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    Replacing 1 tire - or 2?

    There is a thread about whether just the front tires need to be replaced or all four, answer was that just the fronts. My question goes one step further. On the front axle of a 4wd tractor, can just one tire be replaced or do both sides need replacing? The left front has a leak in it and I have...
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    Location of septic leach field

    There is a thread about how far a leach field can be from the septic tank. This question is How close can the leach field be to a building? I have a gently sloping area with the house at the top, and going downhill there's the wife's shed, my shop (both connected to the septic lines), then the...
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    Shoveling out a dump trailer - really!

    It's not a very good picture because of the sun angle, but if you'll look closely, you can see that the front half of the mulch isn't coming out. The back half came out fine, just like it's supposed to. I ended up having to use a pitch fork to break it up before I could get it out. This is the...
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    Wired driveway alarm

    Had a situation that needed EMTs to show up at my place at 3 AM. Everything turned out well, but got an education on visibility. I've encouraged brush to grow between the road and the house. At 3 am if you haven't been to our house you're probably not going to find the driveway. So, EMTs...
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    Now what do I do?

    Went out to the barn the other morning and opened up the door and saw this: Crap! I've got a critter that's hiding in the barn. Left the doors open all day hoping it would leave. This morning I go out and find more damage, so it didn't leave. We have possums come thru regularly and there are...
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    Manual says not to use CJ-4 oil

    The Owners manual for a Kubota RTV-x900 (diesel) says: "The CJ-4 engine oil is intended for DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) type engines, and cannot be used on this vehicle." I've been using Rotella T4 for all my diesels which says meets CK-4, CJ-4, CJ-4plus, CI-4, CH-4. So does this mean I...
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    Change to different Hydraulic fluid

    I have a 10hp Case tractor (model 210) about 1970's vintage that calls for SAE 30 motor oil for it's hydraulic system. (It has a gas engine driving a hydraulic pump which then runs a hydraulic motor on the axle and a hydraulic cylinder for the hitch.) I also have a Kubota L235 that calls for...
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    3pt Clutches - Slip & Overrun

    I have a new to me Woodland Mills chipper and started wondering about a PTO slip clutch. I use a slip clutch on my bush hog and my rototiller, I'm wondering if I need one on the chipper? It has a large rotating mass but not much room for a slip clutch. How do you determine which implements get a...
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    Machining metal parts

    In the Drill Press Cross-Feed Table there were some posts where I learned some things to look for in tools. I'm interested in doing some machining as in making some of my own parts, especially if I can't find a replacement, but have never done any machining. There is one machinist in town that I...
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    ZTR Maintenance

    I have a John Deere Z525E 54" mower deck with the John Deere extended life engine which I think is the Briggs & Stratton engine. I have a problem with it surging at all speeds. It will mow and seems to have full power. I've replaced the air cleaner and fuel filter and it still does it. Next I'll...
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    Farmstead planning

    The Bathroom in the shop thread prompted this thread. For those who are just getting their farmstead plan put together, what would you recommend them to consider. For example, the Bathroom in the shop is one. There is also: Yard light controlled from each building. I have 3 buildings on my...
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    Fence Lines

    My property is timber thus I don't need a fence and only have it on 1 of the 4 sides. My neighbor's is pasture. My neighbor just sold his property and the new owner is moving cattle onto it. The fence line has barb wire but is old and well rusted and his cattle have been getting thru the fence...
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    Death of a machine

    The air tool thread brought up 3phase motors and VFDs which is what this is about. I have a lathe that has a 2hp 3phase motor run by a VFD off of 1phase 240v power. Unfortunately, the magic smoke got loose. The motor has a short in one of it's coils and the VFD is fried. My options are: 1)...
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    Rebar supports in a slab

    I have a slab pour coming up and I'm wanting rebar chairs to hold the rebar off the ground during the pour. The slab will have 26,000# on it so the contractor is going to pour 5.5" thick with 8" at the edges. Question is: 1) How far apart are the chairs supposed to be? I've seen 2' on...
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    Cell Phone Booster

    I have poor cell reception where I am, but discovered that if I can get up about 30 feet it is much better. So, I'm in the process of putting in a cell booster, but have to put it up in the air as there is not enough signal down on the ground. I will have to run somewhere between 50 and 100' of...
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    17.5" Wheels

    I have a new dump trailer that I had 17.5" wheels put on. The dealer took off the 16" and put on the 17's meaning a different hub, rim, and tires. My understanding is that the 17's come in both hub centric and lug centric versions. The saleslady said these are lug centric, but they don't look...
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    Dump trailer delivery

    Monday I get my dump trailer delivered, well, actually I have to go get it, but it's supposed to be ready for me to pick it up. It is a PJ gooseneck 16' with 2' sides, 14k#. Everything is standard except I went for the 17.5" wheels and wireless remote control. Now, i've got 10s of thousands of...
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    Trailer Dealers & Warranty

    I've pretty much narrowed my dump trailer selection down to a PJ gooseneck dump trailer. It will have to be ordered. So, there are 2 dealers I can order from: 1st dealer is 2 hours north of me and not to far from the factory, but only does sales, no warranty work, limited stock on hand, but is...
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    Trailer Width

    I'm looking at getting a dump trailer. Most of them seem to be 83" wide although there are one or two out there that are deckover and 96" wide, but puts the bed up at 38" high. My question is for y'all that transport equipment in trailers with sides. How much clearance between the sides and your...
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    Wheel bearing temperature

    There is another thread about the "light on a trailer axle", but the question I have is just how hot can a wheel hub be and still be safe? Here's what I saw this weekend. The parking lot (concrete) temperature was 140*, the tire side wall temp was 120*, the wheel hub was 220*. To me the 220*...
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    Quick disconnect that isn't

    I am having lots of trouble with the push-in, pull-out disconnect to the point that I've tried for an hour to get it unplugged. I managed to get the top one unplugged, but the bottom one isn't coming out. I finally gave up and got my wrenches and the hose is off, but the plug is still in there...
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    Dump trailer load equalizer hitch

    I've been looking at dump trailers in the 14k GVW range and figure that I'll need a load equalizer type hitch for it. I have a Reese Equalizer for my RV trailer (11,000 # GVW) which works well and plan to use it for the dump trailer as well. However, the I-Beam type trailer does not accommodate...
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    Grizzly tools

    Not exactly a tractor post other than I have some and this is a DIY question. I've been looking at the Grizzly tools for awhile and am ready to buy another. Last time I bought one only the green ones were available. Now there are white ones under the shop fox name. They appear to be the same...
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    5055E Tie Rod

    It's time to replace the boot on my tie rods. (Both sides) I've never done anything with tie rods before so I want to check in with y'all before I start in on it. What I plan to do is: 1) Put the front axle on jack stands 2) measure the distance from the mold line on the back of the left tire...
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    Log splitter size

    I had a big oak tree that appeared to be hollow and if it fell on it's own there could be a lot of damage. So, I had it cut down. I now have many 16" lengths of 24" rounds of white oak. They need to be split, some are from the crotch area with a large branch coming off the main trunk. I will...
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    Just one more pass and I'll be done

    I've been needing to work on the drainage around our cabin for a while and everything finally came together so I could actually get out there and move some dirt. Got the excess dirt removed and had almost finished the contour of the swale to direct the water around the cabin. Just one more pass...
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    JD Z525E Left turn

    I was out mowing today on my Z525E when the left side quit turning. The hydro drive on the left does not turn, but the one on the right does. Research implies that the drive is defective and will need to be repaired. (The bypass levers are in the proper position) I still have to check the...
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    Medications

    I've been on a medication for some time now and have been paying big bucks for it. Recently the patent expired and the generic form became available at about $300 which is about half of what I'd been paying so I thought I was doing well. However, I've been seeing adds for GoodRx and decided to...
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    dual grade rotary laser

    There was a thread a little while ago about rotary lasers and there were 2 favorites with Topcon being one of them. The ability to set the grade seemed to be important, but all the ones mentioned were a single grade. There is one from Johnson Level that claims dual slope. Is the Johnson level...
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    Pipe Threads #$%^&

    I've added some hydraulic lines to my tractor and had to use pipe threads in a few places. I used thread sealant on all pipe threads, but have a single fitting that leaks. I've gotten all but one tight enough to not leak, but the one is driving me up a wall. It is a 1/2" pipe thread quick...
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    Added Hydraulic ports to my tractor

    The tractor is a JD 5055E which the dealer has put the subframe and hoses in for a backhoe. So, since the backhoe valves are open center, return to tank, it was an easy task to swap out the backhoe valve bank for another valve bank of a set of 4 stack valves to run additional equipment. Here's...
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    Battery Terminal Corrosion

    I check my equipment periodically, but this surprised me! The battery is less than 3 years old and I check electrolyte levels every time I change engine oil. There were some signs of corrosion beginning about 2 months ago, so what is causing this? I have the felt washers on the terminals and the...
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    Hydraulic flow

    Here is my understanding of how this works. The system starts with a pump @ 11 gpm and 2800 psi and is open center. This means that the pump is running when the engine is running and pumping fluid thru the valves and into the tank so nothing is happening which also means the pressure in the...
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    Rear Blade Scraper Blade Choice

    I'm looking at a scraper blade purchase. There aren't any used ones around so I talked to the dealers within 50 miles. My choices are Land Pride RBT3596 or a Rhino 950 (8' blade). None of the dealers have one and it will have to be ordered. It seems the differences amount to the following: - The...
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    Reaction at the cash register

    I went into Tractor Supply today to pick up some bolts, most were from the bulk bin, but I also picked up a package of fender washers that were in a sealed package with a bar code and marked $1.49 on the tray (I confirmed the package code and the price code matched). I went up to pay for them...
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    Rear Blade Hydraulic Cylinders on 950 blade

    I'm looking at the Rhino 850 and 950 grading blades. It seems they are similar except the 950 can have a rear wheel added. The 850 probably could as well but would need to have one fabricated. The used market has very few available and the ones that are, are a long ways away to the point it is...
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    Boot replacement

    How do I go about replacing a rubber boot on the tractor? I actually have several that need to be done, but here's the first one: Here's the parts diagram. I'm guessing I can just pry off the insert at the top of the lever, remove the screw and the knob will come right off? Do I have this...
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    JD cooling system flush

    Stopped in at the JD dealer today about changing the coolant on a 5055E. It takes 10 qts of Cool Guard II, they want ~$200 plus parts to do it. :shocked: I really didn't want to mess with it, but for $200 I certainly will. And I can bring the used coolant to them for disposal. Also asked about...
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    Storm Shelter build

    My wife and I contracted to build a house to our specs and finally found a builder that was willing to build it. It's around 2100 sqft, not especially challenging, but we're out at the limits where he normally builds. We have several unique things we wanted and as it was built we challenged him...
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    Wall covering

    I have a concrete block wall with the cores filled with concrete and a steel door whose hinge pins line up with the face of the concrete block. The door will open 160* which is what I need it to do. However, the builder has put 3/4" lath and 1/2" drywall over the block wall with the door trim...
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    International Travel

    There appears to be many of you who have traveled internationally for business and/or pleasure. I'm getting ready to make my first international trip so my question to you is: Are credit cards universally accepted? Do credit cards need a 4 digit PIN? Does the PIN need to be without a "0" in it...
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    Plywood for concrete forms

    I have a need for a poured concrete wall inside an air conditioned and heated building. My plan is to make the form with plywood (and the additional 2x4 bracing etc.) and the plywood will be permanently in place along with anchors (like tapcons) to keep it from separating from the concrete. Then...
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    Rhino 950 blade

    I've been looking at a Rhino 950 to create the roads and drainage swales on my property. I talked to my Rhino dealer and he told me I don't have enough hydraulic capacity nor enough HP. I'd be using a JD 5055e (~50HP, ~7,000# w/loader, 4wd). Rhino specs say a max HP of 81 for 9' blade & 4wd...
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    Z525E followed me home

    I picked up a new John Deere Z525E mower yesterday. I now have about 1 hour on it and I thought you would like a report on it. It is a nice machine! I got the 54 deck and was concerned that it may not have enough HP to run it. I have grass in the 12 to 14 height, but it cut it easily. I started...
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    Z525E with a 54" deck

    I talked to a dealer about the Z525E. One dealer handles only 48" decks, the other only handles 54" decks. :confused: The one that handles 48" decks says the engine doesn't have enough power to run 54" deck. :confused: The deck is only 6" wider, shouldn't take that much more power. I'm wondering...
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    ZTR Selectoin

    I've been using a 3pt finish mower and it's finally time to replace it. I've decided a John Deere ZTR is what will replace it. My choices around here are pretty much limited to John Deere and Kubota. The Kubota dealer has several models on display for both residential and commercial, but start...
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    A "temporary" wood splitter

    I've got several pieces (1 tree worth of ash) of log for firewood that's 8" to 10" in diameter. There's to much for me to split by hand and not enough to make it worth while to buy a real logsplitter. What I'm thinking about doing is to use a steel beam with a wedge and 4" cylinder on it and the...
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    Current on a 12 gauge wire

    We are building a home in the country and there are no building inspections or code requirements in this area. I've told the builder that we want to at least meet all the code requirements even though there will not be any official inspections. So, here's the question: There are (2) romex 12/3...
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    Hi, from East Texas

    New member here, from the Pineywoods of East Texas.
 
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