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  1. irvingj

    Backhoe CB05 Clean-up bucket edge (bolt-on)

    Neat! I've also thought about that -- and how nice it would be to have.... Nice looking job.
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    GC2300/2350FEL help. owners manual doesn't match my equipment. rtfm

    "It's an inside joke between Irving and I...." Nyaaaaahhh! STILL using my OEM battery, Ray.... :)
  3. irvingj

    GC2310 snowblower driveshaft flew off...

    I get 44-1/2"overall length.
  4. irvingj

    GC2300/2350FEL help. owners manual doesn't match my equipment. rtfm

    Glad to help. If you need anything further, let me know. Incidentally, I also had to change that line on mine (circled in red). It was also a heavier line, made up by a local hydraulics shop. The lines that came with the tractor suffer, I fear, from the usual bean-counter mentality of making...
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    GC2300/2350FEL help. owners manual doesn't match my equipment. rtfm

    The one you have circled in red --my finger's on it in the second pic-- is the one that goes all the way back, connecting to another line to become the return circuit when the backhoe's off. On my 2310, it has both a white and a blue zip-tie marker on it. When the BH's on, those two lines...
  6. irvingj

    GC2400 weatherproof bottom seat cushion

    You might try looking in motorcycle supply houses -- I know they make various gel-type cushions....
  7. irvingj

    1725 takes a while to start

    FWIW, I'd say my 2310 starts precisely as described above by JWR. (3-cyl/1100cc IDI non-turbo diesel.) After sitting all night: No GP, quite a few cranks necessary, if it starts at all within a reasonable cranking time. With GP, even at moderately warm temps, starts quickly.
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    Picked up a GC2300 fixer-upper. :D :D

    FWIW: I believe what you have is an early version of the 2300, which did not have a protector for the transmission filter. I have one of the last ones (MY 2007) which does have a small protector. Better than nothing, but it's not as good as aftermarket ones.
  9. irvingj

    Backhoe 50 hour service on MF 1710 TLB

    Idling, on a level surface. If the sight glass is totally full, you probably won't be able to tell if it's empty or full; you might look at it first with the engine NOT running (it will be a bit lower) to see if you can see the fluid line in the sight glass. Then start and look again. Better...
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    Oil & Fuel Damaged fuel line on MF2410

    PS--the white marks on the PTO-end of my MMM shaft are "Wite-Out" stripes that I put on; there was nothing there from the factory.
  11. irvingj

    Oil & Fuel Damaged fuel line on MF2410

    On my 2310, I find I have to rotate my slip collar end onto the mid-PTO shaft several times until it slides on... sure feels like it's keyed to me, on both ends. (MMM end has a white mark on the deck and the shaft to save time.)
  12. irvingj

    Massey MF2326 Gear Box oil interval change?

    I checked mine once, right after buying it lightly used -- it was really hard to remove the top plug -- it was OK, no signs of leakage or seepage, haven't touched it since 2009. Use tractor for mowing, snow blowing, log moving/holding... now have over 1K hrs on tractor (maybe half that using...
  13. irvingj

    Engine hours meter

    That's a tough one! Not that I know of. Mine "flipped" last fall...has "only" 44 hrs now. 582 hrs, however, for a lightly used tractor, is possible. Look for other signs of wear -- but even mine doesn't look too bad: paint worn off a spot on the HST pedal and floor area, a few small dents &...
  14. irvingj

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    So our predicted wet snow has finally arrived, about 1-1/2 hrs behind schedule. Was only rain with a few wet flakes mixed in 2 hrs ago, but now all snow and building up.... Looks like winter out there! Grandkid might get a snow day or delayed opening after all.
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    Can you overfill hydraulic fluid on a GC1723

    "...can you even see the glass with it mounted?" Barely.
  16. irvingj

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    Saw that; we're supposed to get around 5-6" of wet, soupy stuff, changing to rain after 7AM. FEL is ready....
  17. irvingj

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    Yes, I see that, and they're talking about the possibility of snow next Tuesday... but not much. (Otherwise rain.) If necessary, I can remove with the FEL, but in any case I doubt it'll stay on the ground long...at least I hope not!
  18. irvingj

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    Finally (hope I won't get bitten for this) cleaned, removed & stored chains, removed & serviced snowblower & quick hitch assembly, fixed a soft tire, put on FEL for moving some rocks around... Winter's over! :)
  19. irvingj

    GC1705 Mid Mount Mower Noise

    Agree with JWR above (nicely put, BTW!). Grease on belt or bad bearing in idler.
  20. irvingj

    New Woods tiller problem.....

    Well I'll be... Guess they DO make a tiller with only one bolt per tine. (Thanks for that drawing, Dave!) Also, I checked mine again, which is probably at least 20 years old (bought it used) -- It's a GTC40-2, not an RB40 (which is a Rear Blade, duh....)
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    New Woods tiller problem.....

    My camera's broken so I can't post a picture... but my Woods tiller (RB40, IIRC) definitely has two large bolts (the same ones on the shaft) holding each tine. Almost looks like the wrong tines were installed!
  22. irvingj

    Can this be repaired? If not, does replacement have to be exact OEM?

    FWIW: I always keep a couple golf tees in my toolbox for plugging fuel or vacuum lines...
  23. irvingj

    Can this be repaired? If not, does replacement have to be exact OEM?

    When you go to put it back together -- this is probably the best lube for fuel systems I've ever used; it's used on aircraft. Not cheap, but it doesn't really age. https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cspages/ezturnlube.php?clickkey=9406
  24. irvingj

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    Prior to the apparent "snow squall" last night, we had lost ALL of our snow --lawn, woods, everything-- with the exception of the piles my blower had accumulated over the winter. Yuck. Driveway's OK now, but it has struggled to get past 18F today. I'm gettin' too old for this ... stuff. And our...
  25. irvingj

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT?? Well, I knew it was supposed to get cold overnight (now +12F), but I didn't expect this! Glad I haven't yet removed the snow blower... and my camera apparently just died.... Here's a pic my daughter took with her phone and emailed to me -- sheesh!
  26. irvingj

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    Well, it was Thursday, but I hope I've used my blower for the last time this year -- we got a tad over an inch of fairly wet snow overnight and into Thursday AM. Hit it with the blower before temps rose too much; a few hrs later driveway was only wet. Dirt roads up here are horrible this year...
  27. irvingj

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    So the mirrors & magnets (listed by Hube2 & others) I ordered arrived. Yes!! It works! On my GC2300-series I could only put one on the left-side FEL bracket, but even that will be a big help; thanks for the links! (Right-side FEL bracket on my GC is pretty much covered by the joystick valve &...
  28. irvingj

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    And I'm really enjoying the brilliant sunshine this AM at +1.5F..... (disgusting noise here).
  29. irvingj

    Oil & Fuel Damaged fuel line on MF2410

    And in case people didn't see it... My 2310 had a leak in almost the same spot back in 2013 -- a bit lower, however. Interestingly, I couldn't see the damage until I squeezed the line -- then saw the vertical split. I just cut out that last 2"+ section, spliced in a piece of 1/4" copper tube...
  30. irvingj

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    Got to use mine THREE TIMES yesterday... What a pain: Son goes to work @ 12:30, grandson @ 3PM, then they return around midnight. Trying to keep snow off driveway pavement so they don't pack down turn-to-ice-later tracks. Long day; we got about 10", in three 4" shots. (It packs down as it...
  31. irvingj

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    Oh, I love my LRB! (Little Red Beast) Had a neighbor whose husband suddenly had to go in for surgery (via ER), the crew was coming in today to mount garage doors -- doors they've been waiting on since June-- and she asked if I could help "clean up" the snow around her house & garage. Well...
  32. irvingj

    GC1700 Can backhoe can stay on with mid-mount mower?

    I will ALWAYS remove my BH for most operations -- mowing, blowing, bucket loading/scraping, etc. Unless I plan to lift heavy stuff with the FEL, the BH is off. In actuality, the only time I put the BH on is when I plan to use it (and in that case, the FEL always goes on, too.) Not sure about...
  33. irvingj

    Hydraulic couplers are too tight to move by hand special pliers/wrench ?

    According to latest models, unless you live within 20 miles of the coast you may not get much. We're about 100 miles inland, near the CT River, , looking for only 3-5" at this point... but we've seen that change before, haven't we??
  34. irvingj

    GC2410tlb throttle cable frozen

    Bummer. I have a parts book, but it's for my 2310 and I don't think it's the same set-up as yours. You might, to determine for sure if the cable's broken or not, try a hair dryer (or, if you have one, a heat gun) to thaw out the cable first -- then go from there. Probably most any control...
  35. irvingj

    Busted Snow Blower Driveshaft

    No, I never did rebuild it, because I never had the problem of that shaft coming off. Still have the yoke piece with the longer splined section, but haven't ever needed it. Still have the original parts on the driveshaft & quick-hitch assy -- but I DO check that shaft whenever I service it to...
  36. irvingj

    Massey 1526 won't start

    Not sure about a 1526, but late GC2300 series had an issue with ground cables breaking. You might want to check that -- symptoms are the same. All dash lights, etc but no crank. Seat switch on my GC is NC, BTW.
  37. irvingj

    Cold weather start, with glow plugs and block heater. Why does my tractor not start at minus 20 C?

    "Never been able to figure out why there is such a difference between these." Ditto. I've tried advancing my throttle slightly --as Ray has suggested numerous times-- when she becomes obstinate... but that seems to make no difference. (I generally leave throttle at idle when starting.) I was...
  38. irvingj

    Cold weather start, with glow plugs and block heater. Why does my tractor not start at minus 20 C?

    Ray -- NAHH-HH-H! I'll admit the battery in my '05 Jetta TDI Wagon was last replaced in Dec of 2013 (8 yrs) and is now (apparently) due for another change... but that tractor's battery is still holding up amazingly well. No plans to swap it... yet. Today, temps were milder (starting at -2...
  39. irvingj

    Cold weather start, with glow plugs and block heater. Why does my tractor not start at minus 20 C?

    I was in the same situation over on this side of the CT River... No amount of block heater, a blanket over the hood, battery charger, heat gun (even aimed down the air intake)... and yes, I hate to admit it, but a quick shot of ether in the air inlet tube... Nada, except for some farting. All...
  40. irvingj

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    It used to be! When I was in Monterey from '74-'76, I'd often go to see brother in Carson City. Overnight snowfalls in the Sierras were often 3 feet or more back then.
  41. irvingj

    GC 2410 belt change help

    Sorry, that was me that said there was a nut on that driveshaft... but no, there isn't, just that bolt, if I'm getting the picture right here. Sounds like your shaft splines may be rusted/stuck there. Try some PB Blaster or similar, let it soak a few days.... Wow-- memories: "Great Town...
  42. irvingj

    Cold weather start, with glow plugs and block heater. Why does my tractor not start at minus 20 C?

    If it's any consolation -- when temp here in NH hits -20F (-28C), there's not much I can do to get my tractor running unless I: 1) Apply block heater for 3-4 hrs 2) Put a blanket over the whole hood & vent screens to keep heat in 3) Hook up a battery charger 4) Apply glow plugs at least twice...
  43. irvingj

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    ...And now we get to do it all over again...
  44. irvingj

    1723 Loader Valve Float Detent

    My 2310 still does that and always has. I've taken it apart, cleaned & greased it.. and it still pops out. I just drive it with my right hand on it all the time when blowing snow. I've found that's very easy to get used to.
  45. irvingj

    MF GC2310 FEL not keeping tractor up and weak BH arms

    You know, it almost sounds like the float valve is open. Are you pushing the joystick far enough forward that you're engaging the float function? (Or is the valve permanently in float?) Where in NH?
  46. irvingj

    Can't disconect my Quick Conect Coupler Loader 1520

    Ipakiz, thanks for clueing me in. I wasn't aware; this forum generally does a great job at keeping things civil. (I see his post has been deleted, glad to see that.) grasshopper, one thing you need to keep in mind: on my 2310, and I suspect a number of other M-F tractors, Massey-Ferguson very...
  47. irvingj

    The loader on my 1528 (FL1520) can't find the float position

    I got it, thanks! That video ("Mike the Tractor Guy" or whatever) showed it pretty well. A good day, I learned something new!
  48. irvingj

    The loader on my 1528 (FL1520) can't find the float position

    Fantastic! I just now looked at your posts (nice job cleaning it up, BTW!) and noticed that your "cap" assembly has FOUR screws to remove it, in TWO sections, correct? Mine has just two long screws and is only one piece -- so yours is, in fact, different than mine. Same principle, but yours...
 
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