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    Backhoe Need Max PSI Setting for LW-8 Backhoe Relief Valve

    Hello gang, It's been a long time ... Today, I finally added a pressure gauge to my LW-8 Backhoe. You may remember that I got one from a friend, then fixed it all up and made a custom sub-frame for it to fit my 55HP Kama. This is the name of the thread about it: "Diamond Shape Sub-Frame for...
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    Diamond Shape Sub-Frame for LW-8 Backhoe

    Hello fellow members. Boy, it's been a long time since I wrote a new thread. But I recently acquired a new (used) LW-8 Backhoe from my good friend Scott. It has quite a bit more reach than my Italian made Nardi 220 hoe, so I was very interested in getting it. It also weighs a lot more and has a...
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    FEL Joystick Control Cable Repair

    I didn't get anywhere trying to get new control cables for the Cofle Joystick in my other thread. So I decided to go ahead and repair the broken ones. I had a cable break a couple years ago in exactly the same place and I saved it for a repair like this. Below are a couple photos of the...
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    Need Help Getting FEL Control Cables

    Hi guys, Thought someone out there could help provide a link to a place where I can get replacement FEL control cables. I have a Koyker 195 loader with a Dinoil valve. It has a Cofle joystick. I called Koyker today and they no longer carry the cable I need, which is their part number 669296...
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    My Special Chainsaw Cart

    Hi guys, I just finished a little project which I wanted to share with you guys. It's a home made Chainsaw Cart made from all scrap materials except the tires some roller thrust bearings and some expanded metal I had to buy. I know I could've bought one for a little more than I got into this...
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    New Water Pump, Fan & Accu-Link Belt, Kama 554

    LOL ... wouldn't you know it, after working the Kama 554 for 14 hours on my pond project, the bearing in the water pump went out. This is right after I completed the engine overhaul, so it's a good thing I'm pretty good natured. My other thought was to take my 378 Weatherby Magnum with armor...
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    Engine Overhaul Kama 554

    Hi guys, I've decided to tear the 554 Kama apart to deal with the excessive blow by I've had since about 500 hours on the machine. You might remember me trying several things to reduce (and hide) it in related threads here: Re-Route Breather Vent Kama 554 I've got 718 hours on the clock, but...
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    4WD Repair Jinma 284

    To make a long story short, I busted the 4wd on Loretta's 284. Ever since reading about how careful to be ... not using 4wd when using the loader for example, we have been using it sparingly and only when needed. Well, when I was using her 284 to rip trenches for the sprinkler systems, I needed...
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    Jinma 284 PTO Clutch Adjustment

    No big deal...just sharing... Just to let you know, the PTO clutch on Loretta''s 284 Jinma was sticking. We were using the post hole digger. Sometimes pressing the clutch pedal in all the would stop the implement rotation, other times not. Being a dangerous tool, I thought it best to check...
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    Simple Valve Handle Relocation Kama 554

    Hi guys, I wanted to share a simple modification which made operating a little easier for me. My Kama 554 came stock with 2 rear remotes. Several years ago, I switched that valve so it operates 2 hydraulic side link cylinders when I added top and tilt. I also added another 3 spool valve so I...
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    Here Comes the HEAT

    I've been reading the other threads about all that rain in Texas and now Frost for the guys back East. Out here in Central California foothills we have the HEAT coming. Last week it got into the 90'sF and yesterday it was supposed to get to 102F. It's only mid May. We usually have a camp out...
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    Another Chain Box/Tool Box

    Thought I'd share this chain/tool box addition. After installing one of Larry's ammo boxes on Loretta's Jinma, I had to install the other one on my Kama. Mounting it low on her tractor, and using it several times already, it was really easy to get chains in and out of these dual lid ammo boxes...
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    Trailer Hitch Mod

    Hi guys, You may remember when I made my Quick Attach Gauge Wheels to fit my box blade, landscape rake and rotary mower? I had the receptacles on the box blade, which is the implement I have on the tractor more than any other. I wanted to be able to tow a small trailer while I had the box...
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    Steel Wool Filter for Kama 554

    You may have read this thread about re-routing the breather on my Kama? Re-Routing Breather Tube on Kama 554 What this did is re-route some of the blow by from my engine back into the air intake manifold so it could be re-burned. Larry had mentioned that his breather is plumbed to his intake...
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    New Mods to Loretta's 284 Jinma

    We are finally getting around to making some more improvements to Loretta's 284 Jinma. On the list are several items which include (not necessarily in order): -Add tool box(es) (including the ones Larry gave me a couple years ago). -Add a Filter Minder gauge for the air filter. -Add FEL...
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    Tulare Ag Show 2009

    Any members besides myself going to attend this year? I got a PM from MountainView and he'll be staying at my place while attending the fair this year. Hope to see some familiar faces there.
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    Oil & Fuel Add Mechanical Oil Gage Kama 554

    My stock oil sensor went out when I broke off one of the electric connecting posts. This happened when I was re-assembling the tractor after splitting it. I went to Napa and bought a mechanical oil gauge and finally installed it the other day. I installed a "T" into the oil sensing port...
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    Chipper WC-6 Chipper Photos

    Last year, exactly a year ago when we bought Loretta's Jinma along with Scott's tractor purchases, we ordered a bunch of implements. One of them was the WC-6 Chipper which is similar to the Jinma Chipper so many of you have. It was literally half price of the ones we could buy here since our...
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    Tires Need 8.3 x 20 R1 Tires Kama 554 Fronts

    Hi guys, Do you guys know where I can get, or do any of you dealers carry 8.3 x 20 R1 Ag tires for my Kama 554 fronts? These are tube type tires and I need (2) of them. How about the tubes for them? Thanks, Rob-
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    Propane Usage Meter

    Is there a meter I can get to determine propane usage? I'm a routed customer and the tank gets filled periodically. I'd like a way to check the amount of gallons I'm charged for is somewhat close to what I'm using ... if you know what I mean. Thanks, Rob-
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    Re-Route Breather Vent Kama 554

    Hi guys, Almost a year ago I was asking about excessive blow by on my Kama 554 in this old thread. Excessive Blow-By Kama 554 As it turned out, the blow by is not too excessive after all. In fact, other owners said it was pretty standard. Someday I'll do an engine overhaul if it becomes...
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    Loader Upgrade and Paint Kama 554

    Well, I got the tractor back to work after the throw out bearing repair. The creeping in neutral seems to have gone away. I guess it was normal after all so I'm not worried about it? I got a lot of little things fixed on the Kama before getting it out of the barn. But not before I painted...
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    Clutch Repair Kama 554

    Right after I re-set the valve lash on my 2005 Kama 554 I started doing some FEL work in order to get to a pile of logs that I wanted to gather for firewood. Wouldn't you know it, I pressed the clutch pedal in and felt it give way and the tractor kept going. I had to yank it out of gear to...
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    Valve Lash Adjustment 2008 Jinma 284 with QC395T Engine

    I know there are many threads about setting the valve lash and torquing the head bolts by now, but this one is for Loretta's 2008 Jinma 284 with the QC395T EPA conforming engine. Loretta helped me with the whole procedure and did several things herself. It might help some guys who have that...
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    Front Drive Casting Repair Kama 554

    This last week we had to do the usual road repairs at the ravine switchback. We decided to widen it and build it up another foot and also add more boulders around the sides of the land bridge. I had to dig into DG and get a bunch of boulders. I was driving up some steep embankments to get...
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    My Special Firewood Cart

    Now that we have a wood burning stove, Loretta and I wanted to make our own firewood cart. We're going to keep it out on the deck near the door, so we wanted it to be similar looking and sort of match our Log Home. The cart holds about a 1/2 rick of wood. In our area it's not as cold as in...
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    Savage Sweet 17HMR Review

    Loretta and I got a pair of 17HMR Savage rifles bare bones Model 93 R17GV 17HMR. The left hand one is GLV. Do a search since you can get them about anywhere. I think Big 5 has them for about $215 bucks on sale. They have wood stocks and the accutrigger which was the feature I was looking for...
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    Power Steering Cylinder Repair, Kama 554

    With all this talk of getting my steering to work better, I was going to remove the power steering cylinder and dis-assemble it to check for nicks or whatever to see if I could find anything obviously wrong with it and repair it if needed. I noticed that the bolts holding the mount to the front...
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    Dove Hunting ... Opening Day

    Any dove shooters out there? Anybody else make opening day a yearly ritual like I do? Where do you hunt and is it with the same group?
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    Koyker Loader Olfe Joystick Repair

    For those of you who have the Olfe joystick with control cables, is there a website that explains, preferably with photos, the easy way to replace a broken control cable? Also, when turning in the brass collars onto the valve, what is the proper way to set the spring pressure? I just got...
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    See Ya Later Bikes

    About a month ago, I was cleaning up my bikes since we're moving them. I called my son Matthew up and he came over to help me wash and wax one of them. We changed the oils and battery on the 92' Sportster and got it running. Man that bike is nice with the 89" S & S stroker motor in it...
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    Add More Bucket Curl to Jinma 284

    I've got a problem with how little Loretta's Jinma284 bucket curls. When she scoops up dirt or material, a lot of it tends to fall out of her bucket because the bucket does not curl back far enough to make sure it stays in there. Especially when carrying the load low, the material tends to...
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    500 Hour Service Kama 554

    I did some work at the property this weekend like bush hogging the meadow again. Man what a lot of dust and debris. I also did some other work and cleaned the tractor up a bit. I noticed I had gone over the 500 hour mark on the clock. Besides what my manual says to do for the maintenance...
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    Bustin' Up Boulders

    I've read a lot about guys dealing with large rocks and boulders lately. In most of those threads, there is a reference to a liquid solution which you pour into drilled holes and it splits the rocks. Well, I got to experience it first hand with some boulders I had to split this weekend. Some...
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    2008 Jinma 284 Injector Pump Oil Change

    Loretta finally got around to changing her injector pump oil on her 2008 Jinma 284. It is a good thing to check it frequently and change it once a year or sooner if you wish. Keeps your injector pump in good working order. Some reminders on how to do it. Refer to the photos below and use a...
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    A Few Trailer Mods

    About a year ago I bought a standard utility Carlson Trailer with ramp gate. It's my first trailer. It's 7,000lb dual axle 16' car hauler type and 8' wide on the outside. It's got a 1 foot tall steel railing around the bed, equalizer leaf springs, electric brakes on one axle and 2" x 6" wood...
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    Markham Toothbar for Loretta's 284 Jinma

    Hi guys, Thought I'd share our next project for Loretta's 284 Jinma. We ordered a 48" Markham toothbar with 6 teeth instead of the standard 5 teeth on it. Reason being on the 5 tooth model, the 2 teeth next to the center tooth would interfere with the grapple jaw tips in case I reposition the...
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    Old Guys at Las Vegas Drags 2008

    There is a whole group of "the old gang" that I am still in touch with. These are guys I've known since I cam to America in 1957, so in my case, a lot of them from the 1st grade and ever since. We went to Junior High and also graduated together from High school...I've known these guys for 51...
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    Old Tractors, Bulldozers on Fence Poles

    While driving through a rural part of Fresno California, we drove by this place that had what appeared a bunch of old tractors and small bulldozers stuck up on fence poles. I just couldn't believe what I saw so I snapped some photos with my cell phone which did not come out that good. But on...
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    Replace Worn Boxblade Blade

    Thought I'd share a little story about changing out the worn inner blade on my trusty boxblade. You've seen the wear I've gotten of several years use on my hard decomposed granite roads and all the roads, trails and foundations I've built with it. The front of the side plates on the box itself...
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    ZL-20 FEL Valve Comparison

    I was messing around with Loretta's hydraulic system on her 284 Jinma this week. I took the valves off and decided to make a comparison of the stock ZL-20 FEL valve to her new Ranch Hand Supply aftermarket FEL valve. I have a couple questions that came up after comparing them. As advertised...
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    Excessive Blow-by on Kama 554

    I'm nearing 500 hours (on the clock) on my Kama 554. I have a couple of questions. I've noticed excessive blow-by coming from the breather cap on the valve cover. It's become more apparent than before. I can see oil fumes (smoke) getting pushed out the little holes in the breather cap and...
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    Ranch Hand Supply FEL Valve Kit

    Some of you may have seen Loretta's thread here My New Jinma where she got a brand new 284 in January. She just loves that tractor and plans to do all her gardening and farming with it. It came with the ZL20 loader and valve. We noticed the stock valve does not have a "float" feature and the...
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    Manifold Heater Kama 554

    This is pretty interesting. A while ago there was some discussion about the manifold heater on the Kama 554. It is a feature that works by holding the key in the counter-clockwise position for 20 or 30 seconds. That allows a heating element to heat up and ignite a few droplets of fuel inside...
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    Power Steering Pump Repair Kama 554

    You may have seen some of the work I've been doing with the Kama 554 these last couple weeks around the homesite and especially the road work in my Log Home Thread. Well, my power steering had been acting funny for some time now. Sometimes working just fine and other times it gets really hard...
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    Various BoxBlade Uses

    Over the years new threads keep popping up seeking the answer to "What implement to use for...? or which implement is better for this or that?" Those that come to mind are boxblades, rear blades, road graders, rock grapples or bucket grapples etc., and the list goes on. I've learned a lot on...
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    1/2 Remote on Kama 554

    I recently got a hydraulic dump trailer that has a single acting hydraulic cylinder on it. My Kama 554 has a 1/2 remote on it and supposedly, that is to run a single acting cylinder. Past research led to a couple possible answers, but I wanted to run it by the experts to confirm before I start...
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    Mile Marker Hydraulic Winch

    Several months ago, I bought a 10,500 lb Mile Marker 2 speed Hydraulic Winch model 70-50050C. It came with a clevis that you can slip into a trailer hitch. I got it off eBay for $695 + $45 shipping, so I thought it was a pretty good deal. I wanted to mount it on my Kama 554 so it can be...
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    Extra Work Lights Kama 554

    Well, here's another mod I've been wanting to do for the last two years. I had 2 sets of 100w halogen off road lights sitting around but never got around to installing them either. That is until Larry came to visit this last time. He came to get his injector pump he ordered from Scott, but...
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    Filter Minder Install Kama 554

    You guys remember when Larry started his thread about the filter minder installation? Then several others did the same thing to their tractors. Well, when Larry first posted about his, he emailed me a link to bid on one for my tractor and I got one for like $8.85 plus shipping ... about $17...
 
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