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    PTO Power Loss

    I have had that problem before but it was on a Ford 8830. The pto bearing was bad. In my situation anyway, the bearing would heat up and expand then bind up. After it cooled off it would work. it could be the same thing?
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    Stijl 500 Just a concept saw?

    I was looking for the fully fuel injected saw, that was why I was looking at the 500. I have a Husky 562 but oh just does not have any ponies to power through wood, but Stihls can be filed to make a bigger chip too, so I am sure a Smaller Stijl would be better than the Husky. Around here...
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    Canopy rather than Cab

    I mow the sides of the road for area towns so bees are a huge issue with me. I would kill for a cab!
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    Stijl 500 Just a concept saw?

    Yeah I did, but I’m working with industry to get our students hired they gave me an offer I could not refuse. I hate to admit it, but it is a lot less stress and literally twice the amount of money. It is crazy pay, but there is a half million shortage of welders in this country right now so...
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    30 ton excavator chain snapped

    Preheat will be a big part of the answer. I would use a temp stick and get it up to 350 degrees (f), get everything down to clean steel, then weld your way back out.
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    Stijl 500 Just a concept saw?

    I have have been out of touch for awhile, but was waiting for the Stijl 500 to come out before upgrading my junk Husky 562. I was looking on their website and see the Stijl 461 has been upgraded to a newer model but don’t see a 500 Stijl available yet. Does anyone know the deal on them?
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    3pt or Stand Alone Splitter

    You want to go with a stand alone splitter. Why put all those hours on a tractor engine that costs 6000 to replace when a stand alone engines replacement only costs $100?
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    Perkins 4.108 fuel fittings?

    Does anyone know what a Perkins would have for fuel fittings. It almost seems like they are A/N fittings but I am not sure. Auto places have not been any help. It originally came with plastic fuel lines with an olive type of nut on the fuel line to make the connection but the mechanical fuel...
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    220V Plused spray MIG welders?

    Pulsed welding is a different animal all together, but once you get it, we’ll...I will just say it, it is better than sex! it is not for better welds but rather to allow the welder to reduce the heat and thus distortion going into the base metal. It has a slower deposition rate over spray...
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    Canopy rather than Cab

    I operate a canopy tractor from July 3rd thru September 9th, and it sucks! One word, BEES!!!
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    Seeking tractor advice

    One thing to keep in mind is, the bigger the tire, the easier they are to change. This is true of tractor tires too. It is hard to describe here, but I break my tires down with a jack. A floor jack works best, but other jacks do work. You just need to chain the jack down to the rim, then make...
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    Project Apartment: Best Investment Direction Question

    We have a decent house here, and have improved it to the point where every room of the house has been modernized and would meet "Property Brothers" or "Chip and Joanna Ganes" standards. By that I mean, double vanities, double kitchen sinks, a huge great room, wide barn flooring throughout...
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    Ok, which one of y'all did this

    I love it...a man after my own heart! And as seen on the make it yourself sub-forum, YES this is something I cobbled together, and it did work. Nothing like a generator and an electric fan to make a ditch mower!
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    A different View of Safety

    The topic of safety is an interesting one I guess, because I have a different approach to life... I grew up riding the fenders of tractors, and my farmer-neighbors never once shooed me away, or even mentioned liability concerns. But then again, that is why I am a farmer, and mind you, not one...
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    3pt spreader or planter

    Granted this is a two person job, but what else would my wife do besides raise 4 children, work as a nurse, and be part-time farmer, but drive the tractor when needed? :laughing: The biggest field I have done is 10 acres with this method, but it actually works pretty good considering I have...
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    What is the best tools for grading a field back to flat land

    Using a disc harrow would be a HUGE mistake. They have cupped discs to bring soil UP, not down, and that is what you want. You get some leveling with a disc harrow, but you end up picking rocks after every pass to get the job done. I HATE PICKING ROCKS! When I level fields, I land plow to make...
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    Three Phase Power and Welding

    Does anyone really know what the difference is in welding with Three Phase Power versus that of Single Phase Power? I have been told that with 3 phase power the arc is more stable, but since most welders convert to DC I cannot see where that would make a huge difference. Perhaps on some tasks...
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    Gravel driveway repair tips sought

    Egon has it right I think, but I would not wait five years. I maintain the crown in my road and remove traffic ruts by grading my roads every year. It is just as spring task that must be done. I use a tow behind grader with the blade set at an angle to roll the gravel that has been cast to the...
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    Welding Topics to Learn About

    As most of you know, I am a welding instructor, and with these current times, we must do everything by Long Distant Learning means. We do that through the book curriculum, but also videos. In regards to the latter, I have broken my videos down into (2) different categories; Basic Welding...
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    When Do You Pull the Trigger on a Pet?

    We got a cat from Hades. I am not even sure Satan himself would want this cat. We have had it a year, and tried to be patient with it, but it just cannot learn. It gets up on the counters, it gets into everything, and despite being litter box trained, in the last month, about once a week, it...
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    I Think I will Rebuild My Kubota

    I think I will rebuild my Kubota. It is 21 years old and has 3100 hours on it. I was using it yesterday and the clutch was jamming up on me. I kept busting it loose, but it is going to need a new clutch soon, so why put it off? With Black Swan Disease here, and time off from work, what better...
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    What would be your companion tractor?

    What would be your companion tractor? (It is okay to dream here) I made the mistake of buying bulldozers, and I realized too late that they were not good companion tractors to my Kubota. Neither have my skidders... With the bulldozers, they had tracks, but still pushed and pulled. And the...
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    Ditch bank mower information?

    I had about 1000 people coming to a concert on our farm last year, so to make the place look good, I cobbled together a ditch-bank mower. I used a fan, a 2x4 and a generator. Total cost was $0. It was crude, but worked. :-)
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    Anyone Else "Just Like to stay Busy?"

    My Mom never said I was a bad kid, just very "active". Over the last four years, (3) bouts of cancer had really slowed me up. For those that do not know, cancer is funny in that it consumes 3 times more energy to fight, even when the body is at rest, so trying to work, can really cripple it...
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    I Wonder if Bushog will get Back to Me?

    I wonder if Bushog will get back to me? I just sent them an email because as I was tearing down my old Bushog mower, what I thought was a #605 bushog, had a part number that said #6200. The 6 makes sense as this is a 6 foot mower, and being an old square back Bushog, I thought it was a #605...
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    I write about size and dimension because it is the variable that does not change. Weight is another matter entirely. It would be foolish to buy a tractor based upon weight because it can and should be changed depending upon the work at hand. A tractor owner can buy wheel weights, have fluid...
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    I have hundreds of acres yet I get plenty done with my L2500 series Kubota Tractor. I never see myself getting a bigger tractor. Bigger is not always better. 1. My Grandfather had a Ford 900, so the implements that we have, are sized for that. While I have the land base to justify a bigger...
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    From Stump to Vanity

    Last year I noticed, a White Pine that I had worked around forever, had a big wood pecker hole about 20 feet up the tree. This meant bugs were inside, and it was dying. I could see the tree from the house, and for whatever reason, my wife loves single trees silhouetted in the distance, so I...
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    The Taj Ma Hal of Duck Coops

    We like our ducks here, partly because they LOVE to eat ticks, partly because they take care of slugs, some because they eat frogs and toads, but absolutely LOVE them because they eat snakes. Since having ducks, I have yet to see a snake where they roam. We do not have poisonous snake here...
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    New Rear Tires

    I put new rear tires on my tractor yesterday. As for details, the old tires were original, bought with the Kubota 2500L tractor in 1999, so they were on the tractor for 21 years, or 3000 hours. I did not do the front tires because I replaced those a year ago. I bought the 11.2-24 tires from...
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    You know you are getting old when:

    They are very baggy, nylon pants... Katie admits that when she met me, she went a little overboard on clothes and shoes, but she had never been allowed to dress in fashion, which is something she loves. She was not even allowed to decorate her house; he had to decorate it, in swords and crap...
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    How to make water bars in a driveway?

    I just use earthen humps on an angle, terminating the downhill ends with rip-rap to keep erosion at bay as it diverts road surface water into the ditch. I then put an rock check dam in the ditch, across the ditch, to prevent ditch erosion. (These can be seen in the photo) I do that just because...
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    Tips for more Effecient Logging

    Tips for Logging (Many while alone). I have always logged alone, and so here are a few tips I learned over the years to make production more efficient, and in some aspects, more safe. 1. Know your saw. For instance, when logging with a skidder, I know my saw can last for (2) twitches before...
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    Tractor Rollover Demo Pictures and Videos

    The one and only time I have ever rolled my tractor, and this is in 40 years of operating, and mowing the sides of the road for several towns to boot; was in a field with a roll-over plow. I was on the outside edge of a 9% grade, and had just come around a corner. Because there was a sheep...
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    Like OldPath05 said, it is hit or miss. In some places I could take a bucketful, but not in other places. BUT...the working face of my pit faces North and not South, so that is why it is what it is. With all the snow we got, it is just easier to wait until it is all thawed out really. But my...
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    Building a Shoe Barn

    I just took some quick pictures so the quality is not that good, but you can see the corner-cut-outs that I was talking about. Well at least the tractor ones and the shamrocks. You can also see how the baseboard "flows" around the room. As I said earlier, it was just my way of using a boring...
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    Chainsaw use - alone

    I have always cut wood alone. I cut a fair amount of wood. For a real logger, it is not much, but for a firewooder, it is quite a bit, averaging around 300-400 cord per year. Since starting out 30 years ago, I have been cut (3) times. All have been minor. The first was when I had my saw kick...
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    Making my own 20 KW Genset

    Hey thanks, I try and put a lot of thought into what I do before I do it. As for thermometers and flow controls, I do have them. I was not home when they ran the pex for my floor so they ran various lengths, where as I keep each loop the exact same. That meant not only do I have flow controls...
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    Making my own 20 KW Genset

    Maybe...the manual says 55 Brake Horse Power but I have not done the bore and stroke calculations to see what it is. It does kind of suck that this is a high speed engine instead of slow speed (4000 rpm at full power instead of 1800 rpm), but it is what it is, and I got what I got. Not really...
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    What is Your Off Road -Ranch - Farm Utility Trailer

    One of our best trailers was a manure spreader that we modified. We kept the live-bed, but moved that by a lever-hand crank instead of being wheel-driven. We then put our wood splitter on the hitch and could toss firewood right from the wood splitter into the bed of the trailer, then at the wood...
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    Oh To Build Something Like This (Steam Shovel)

    150 pounds is pretty good pressure, especially considering that they had superheated steam towards the end of steam trains on the railroads. With steam expanding 1700 times in volume, there is a lot of force at play, so you can do some significant work with it. More so with superheated steam...
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    Oh To Build Something Like This (Steam Shovel)

    I was looking at this, and it would be possible to home-build. With a little old equipment mash-ups, you could get the track system, and turntable, then add some winches, and fabricate the boom, bucket and cable system. I know you can buy brand new, vertical tube ASME boilers that look just...
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    Where do you buy your metal stock?

    Most likely 60 pound. If they did a lot of heavy hauling they MIGHT have used 90 pound. My local railroad put down 90 pound from a bigger railroad junction to a grain mill since they were hauling heavy grain cars, but 60 pound rail for the rest of the line. Regional railroads would most...
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    Old Engines and New Oil

    I have an old engine, and to get long service life (30,000 hours) the company had to upgrade the engine. So they increased oil capacity to 28 quarts, and added a secondary oil filter. That is okay, but the secondary filter is a real pain for me, so I was thinking about eliminating it. Obviously...
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    What is Your Off Road -Ranch - Farm Utility Trailer

    I have a Wallenstein Timber Talon. It comes with a Log Loader, Backhoe, and Post Hole Auger, and Dump Trailer. I have added an upside down woodsplitter, feller-buncher, grader blade, seed spreader, etc. They are expensive, but it take all the work off the tractor, and put it on the trailer...
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    You know you are getting old when:

    Hey thanks for the kind words about Katie. I never thought of her dressed in such a way, as her being a "school teacher". I am not saying the moniker does not fit well, it was just when I took that photo, she was a banker. This is no joke: her customer service rating at that bank was always...
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    You know you are getting old when:

    And you wonder where I get my like of women-in-miniskirts from...I think it is an inherited appreciation! Sadly, my wife just turned forty and she read somewhere where it is unfashionable for a lady over forty to wear a miniskirt, so I might not get to see her in one ever again! Stupid fashion...
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    Homemade Implement Book

    Over the years I have dabbled in a few things as hobbies. For instance I have made quite a few of my homemade implements. And back when I was doing classes on farming, I always included a lesson on making your own homemade implements to keep the cost of farming down so that more profit could...
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    Mounting a PTO hydraulic pump

    I did this very thing when I made my upside down woodsplitter. I made a "carrier" that had the tank and fittings (plus my seat for my woodsplitter), and have never had any problems. I have never had any issues with overheating, but I was not exactly working it to death just splitting firewood...
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    Grader/Scraper Build

    As for a grader, I built a homemade one as well. I plan to make a much, much better one soon. I say that because for all my life I have used a tractor to plow snow, and just this year realized I was doing it backwards. That was because this year I used my homemade grader to plow snow out of my...