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  1. Argonne

    Sloppy 3-Point Bottom Links - What to Do? (video)

    Both bottom links on my Case IH 685 are very sloppy and I'd like to fix them. I pulled one to inspect it, and was dismayed to see that there does not seem to be a retainer clip holding in the ball, and it appears that the entire arm was manufactured as an assembly with the links not being...
  2. Argonne

    Looking at a BD2F Dozer - What Kind of Tracks Are These?

    I'm negotiating for a BD2F dozer. I'll probably take an expert to look at it with me because I don't know squat about dozers (save that I want one :)), but I don't recognize the track style on this thing. Can anyone enlighten me what their intended us is, and how they would work in clay for...
  3. Argonne

    A Really Useful "Branch Hacking" Mowing Aid For $11

    I took a chance on the Harbor Freight 18" Machete With Serrated Blade (SKU 62682 or 62683) at $5.99 for something to keep on the tractor to deal with intruding tree branches while I'm mowing rather than making a separate project out of trimming them. The serrated blade on the back side is...
  4. Argonne

    Water Trough Algae - Pool Shock?

    Algae in stock tanks is a constant problem. It's not a huge time waster to clean, but it would sure be nice if it didn't form in the first place. I have researched treating the water with bleach, but that requires 2-3 oz of household bleach per 50 gal trough, and the...
  5. Argonne

    Case/IH 685 3-Point Lift Control Tension Adjust, DIY Knobs, Labeling

    Little of everything here: First off, the 3-point lift lever on my 685 requires about 40 lbs of force to move. I assume (hope) that there is a simple tension adjustment for that, but I thought I would ask before I went exploring and broke something. Is the bolt through the "puck" holding the...
  6. Argonne

    Broadcast Spreader Settings for Triazicide Acre+

    I know, this is a long shot, but I'm trying to save myself a few hours of experimentation. I need to spread Spectricide Triazacide Acre+ at the .8LB/1000SqFt rate with my King Cutter 400 Poly 3 point spreader. Has anyone out there done this combination, and what gate setting/PTO speed/Ground...
  7. Argonne

    What Is This The Front End Of? - See Pics

    A guy in Hugo Oklahoma has this for sale on facebook as "Yard Art". I find it kind of appealing. Does anybody recognize what it's the front end of?
  8. Argonne

    Leaning Fence Post Remediation

    I have wooden corner and end posts all over my property that are leaning. The fences were perfect when I bought this place several years ago but apparently the installation was lacking for our expansive soil, and every post under any side stress is leaning. I want to fix this problem without...
  9. Argonne

    What's This On The Power Pole?

    Today I'm out working on my gate opener by the road, enjoying the balmy 108 deg F weather, and I look up and see this new radome looking "thingy" up on the pole. That pole is carrying, what I assume to be, 3 phase 13kv power along the state highway. That tapper on the left phase is the one that...
  10. Argonne

    Duck Raft - Utility Pole Pontoons?

    We got a new batch of ducks a few weeks ago with the intention of having them live on a 1 acre pond. In the past, this has worked with varying success, apparently depending on how smart the ducks were and how plentiful the predators are. We have but one duck left from last year, no doubt a...
  11. Argonne

    I Went and Named My T7

    I have never had the inclination to name any vehicle I have ever owned, and don't understand those that do, but today after driving my T7 1/2 mile to where I was going to use the hoe to tension some fence we were installing, I proclaimed that it would heretofore be known as "Lightning". I...
  12. Argonne

    Big Zerks

    I couldn't find the answer to this in other zerk threads, so I apologise if I am rehashing old ground. That, and this is probably a dumb question, but one that I can't see to find an answer to. Some of my equipment has zerk fittings here and there that are way to big for any of my grease guns...
  13. Argonne

    Case Seat Adjust Rant

    I have a Case/IH 685. Nice tractor. About my only complaints with it are that the operator position is a tight squeeze for guys as big and tall as I am, and the seat suspension preload adjustment is just insanely difficult to adjust. If my wife gets off of it, and I get on, I am in for 10...
  14. Argonne

    T5/7/9 Trailer Loading Techniques

    My 20 foot equipment trailer has fairly steep ramps, and loading my T7 is more exciting than I would like due to it's tail heavy weight distribution. I typically put a few hundred lbs in the end-loader and drive on forward, but I've also considered pivoting the hoe 90 deg to pull the tail end...
  15. Argonne

    Deere 6x4 Gator Replacement Tires

    I was going broke buying $100 replacement Carlisles for my 6x4 Gator, and finally tried the Nanco N689s at half the price. These are load range 2 rather than the 3 rating on the Carlisles so I knew I was going to take a bit of a beating on capacity. I ordered two at $50 and placed them in the...
  16. Argonne

    What Are These Switches? - 60A

    I've been mowing at a friend's place for the last few weeks using his tractor, a Case 60A. He has misplaced the owner's manual and can't tell me what the two rocker switches on the right side of the dash do. Can anyone enlighten me?
  17. Argonne

    Will a Cable Gate Contain Horses?

    I have a cell tower on my property. The 5 acre pasture the tower is on is not completely fenced, and I am completing the fencing (barbed wire) now. It is my intent to graze horses in that pasture from time to time. I need to gate the tower access road to prevent the horses from wandering out...
  18. Argonne

    14.5 HP Briggs OHV Hard Crank

    The folks I bought my place from reluctantly left behind the only piece of agricultural equipment they owned, their trusty 1999 Murray 42" riding lawn mower that they had named Norville. Norville looks pretty silly sitting amongst all of the equipment I brought to this place, and I really have...
  19. Argonne

    Why Can't Ford Make a Tailgate Emblem That Lasts?

    It mystifies me that Ford, who has been manufacturing vehicles for 100 years, can't seem to produce a version of their iconic Ford Oval emblem for their vehicles that lasts more than a few years. I mean, how hard could it be, given the universe of materials available today. I think they could...
  20. Argonne

    Backing Up - Amos n Andy

    I need to take a tractor in for service, and my wife was directing me while I was backing the pickup to hook-up to the trailer. I'm backing slowly, she's waving me back and giving me turning instructions, and suddenly there's a "bump" and the truck stops while she simultaneously said "ok, that's...
  21. Argonne

    Repair ATV Tire With a Bolt?

    Yesterday I managed to get a railroad spike embedded in an almost new Swamp-Lite on my Rancher. I thought the spike would look good in the nail jar at the local tire shop, so I took it to them. They said they had plenty of experience with ATV tires with big holes, and no method they possessed...
  22. Argonne

    Cutting Round Bales - Chainsaw?

    Life interrupted this year, and I am ending up buying hay for the winter for our 3 equines. I went with round bales due to the economics. We feed from a bunk feeder with hay rack out in one of the pastures, and I need to keep it that way because when it gets soupy out there the Gator is the...
  23. Argonne

    What Kind of Fence is This?

    A few miles from my place in NE Texas, a guy has this fence surrounding a few hundred acres. Pics are attached, but it consists of ~ 24" high steel posts with a single strand of barbed wire along the top. About 6" off the ground is a single strand of hot wire. I can think of no use for this...
  24. Argonne

    Pond Overflow - DIY Horizontal Drilling

    I have a 1/2 acre stock pond. Three sides have tall earthen berms, the fourth side is a gradual slope up into the pasture. There is no overflow drain, and when it overflows (and it has twice in the last year), it flows out a corner of the pasture side and creates an alluvial plain in a very...
  25. Argonne

    What Is This Antique Tool?

    A friend of mine came up with a strange hand tool, and posted a pic of it on Facebook to see if anyone knew what it was. It's been 2 weeks, and nobody has a (serious) answer. So here it is. What the heck is it?
  26. Argonne

    Apparent Extra Part - What Is This?

    So what is this actuator lookin' thing on the left side of the engine on my Case/IH 685. I have a couple of guesses, but my wife says I'm always wrong.
  27. Argonne

    Case IH 685 Light Behavior Question

    I picked up an '87 Case IH 685 (British built, gear tractor, no cab). It's a pretty sound machine, but every light on the thing has been removed, and the wiring cut off behind the light/horn switch. I'm going to buy aftermarket lights to put on the machine, but I would like to use the stock...
  28. Argonne

    Hitch Stabilizer Arm Geometry

    My Ford 4400 came without stabilizer arms, and I have been getting along without them until now. I finally picked up a couple of thread/adjustable ones at TSC and installed them, so far so good. However, when I lift the hitch, the arms bind within a few inches threatening to break something...
  29. Argonne

    Auxiliary Hydraulics for 2210

    I need to install rear hydraulic ports on my 2210 to serve a new implement that has it's own SCVs. JD says they have the second SCV kit for the 2210, but nothing to add a simple set of ports to serve implements with their own valves. This implement (a McConnel Swingtrim) also has a hydraulic...
  30. Argonne

    3-Pt Log Splitters - How Fast?

    I'm in the market for a log splitter. I like the idea of a 3 pt splitter so that I can take it to the woodlot on the tractor, and I should be able to take advantage of the tractor's power and save money on a power source (and one less small engine to winterize every year). There seem to be 2...
  31. Argonne

    New Implement/Project - McConnel Swingtrim

    Picking it up on Saturday. Intermittently breathing into a paper bag till then. Look out hedges! (It's a great big 3-pt hedge trimmer) PICTURES
  32. Argonne

    GPS, Duct Tape, and .25 MPH

    This is a silly post. I apologize in advance. We're planting 1/2 acre of pumpkins in the spring on ground that has been pasture for as long as anyone can remember. As such, we decided to apply Roundup preparatory to tilling the ground to get it ready for next spring, at which time we will till...
  33. Argonne

    Wrong Oil Recommendation in 2210 Owner's Manual?

    Wrong Oil Recommendation in 2210 Owner\'s Manual? I purchased a 2210 (w/FEL & 54" MMD) about 2 weeks ago. I'm extremely impressed with the machine, but I was astounded to discover that the owner's manual recommends "API Service Classification SG or better" engine oil for this 3 cylinder Yanmar...