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  1. crashz

    Getting Warm

    The weekend before last, I cut a small 2 acre field that I have cut many times with the brush cutter. This time I used my finish mower, as all of the "brush" is gone and it was nothing more than thick grass. Both the brush cutter (5ft JD 506) and finish mower (Landpride 1872) are oversized for...
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    New L 02 Series

    I just jumped onto the Kubota website and saw that they have updated the Standard L line up with a new series. New 3302 and 3902 tractors. Seems like a nice refresh of the line up, but I'm surprised it does not include the L2501 too. From what I see as new features: - Upgraded seat with...
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    Cat UTV

    I have an excellent opportunity to buy a Cat CUV82 (gas) that I know the history on. In fact, my crew has it on rental now and it was brand new when delivered. 250hrs on it now. Price is almost half of new and has a bunch of accessories already. I also have a father who is just starting to...
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    Existentialism and the New Truck Bug

    I think I have an addiction or deep personality flaw. I realized that every 6 months or so, I get obsessed with buying a new vehicle or restoring and older one. The old Blazer project, new GMC Canyon, new Ford Ranger, new F150 and now I'm looking at a Ram 1500. I literally go through periods o...
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    2 Wheel Tractor for Tough Brush Cutting

    Just wondering about a 2 wheel tractor for some of my smaller jobs that have unique challenges. I have a few customers now that have steep slopes, usually pocked with gopher holes and such. I was thinking that an older Gravely with brush cutter would be the ticket. Especially with the dual wheel...
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    Steep Slope Mowing Questions/Thoughts?

    This weekend I picked up a mowing job for a customer. Looking at the property on Google Maps, it looked great. But its very steep. So I mowed in low range, 4wd and kept a very slow crawl, going up and down the slope, only turning when I could at the top and bottom. It did it, but my tractor...
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    Flux Core Welding Issues

    I was hoping you guys could point me in the right direction here. I've been doing a little welding on my snow plow, fixing cracks and reinforcing patches. I use a 120V/240V Hobart Handler 210 on 120V single phase and flux core wire. Typically Hobart brand 0.030 flux core wire used. To weld 1/4"...
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    Briggs and Stratton OHV - Stripped Spark Plug

    This past fall I tried to start my pressure washer and was having a hard time. Its a Troy Built 3100 psi unit that I bought from Lowes. Its been kinda finicky since the first tank of gas ran through it. So I went to pull the spark plug and it broke clean at the threads. Any tips on how to remove...
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    Rake New To Me Power Rake

    I've been shopping for a used power rake for about a year, with no luck. These seem to be the Toyota Tacoma's of attachments, if you can even find a used one, its nearly new for price. But two weekends ago I found this Landpride PR2572 on Craigslist. Actually two. Seller is a really good guy...
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    Operator Error

    This is more a statement of my idiocy rather than a question or helpful content. But I hope it gives some noobies some comfort and veteran TBNer's a chuckle or two. Yesterday I had the tractor out after work as I received a package (new plate compactor!) and wanted to put it away. I had the...
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    Daily Driver

    First - I'd like to think that us TBN'er are a lot alike. Honest, hard workers with a habit of doing and building things on their own. We are also a little obsessed with trucks, equipment and the like. So I'd like some honest opinions about my replacement commuter ideas. I'm torn and not sure...
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    L2501 (Or all Standard L's) Air filter

    I have approximately 100 hrs on the 2501 and its been an absolute work horse. Great machine. It gets run a full throttle or PTO speed most of the time, as bush-hogging and mowing is its main chore. It occasionally gets into heavy cutting and puffs a little black smoke when the governor lays on...
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    Tractor Tie Downs

    With the new trailer and newly formed side business, I have been moving my Kubota nearly every weekend. Each project typically has been mowing, and mostly with the brush cutter. The new trailer is an 18ft equipment hauler and I use every inch of it with the Kubota with cutter and loader. What...
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    Kubota T1600

    My father is looking at a T1600 for a really great price. He says he heard it run and drove it. But has no mower deck. I'm going to call the dealer (and stop by another at lunch). I had to Google it this morning, as I've never heard of this model. Looks like a a regular lawn tractor (not even...
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    Did I Dodge a Bullet?

    Was bush-hogging this weekend with the L2501 for a few hours and hit a rock. A big, solid piece of NH granite. Due to the location I could not lift (my first response) the cutter as the front of the tractor inclining sharply as I went forward and therefore keeping it at the cutting height. By...
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    2011 Silverado - No Start

    Wondering if a member or two has seen this: My father's truck is not starting. He replaced the starter (now on the fourth one) and just put the new one in due to this no start condition. The ignition will come on and dash lights all light up. Key to crank and all goes black with no crank, noises...
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    PTO Shaft Coupler Locking Pin

    Stupid question, but I'm borrowing a 5ft rotary cutter from my father and the PTO shaft will connect with the tractor, but the locking pin is missing. I tried shoving a bolt in to replace the pin, but I can feel the spring is still there at the bottom of the bore. So is there a way to replace...
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    Rotary Mowing in the Rain

    I have some mowing to do this weekend (my house and a side job). My lawn is not a golf course by any stretch, in fact I'm just happy its green in some form. I have about 2 acres that I mow for myself. This would be done with my 6ft finish mower. The side job is about 20 minutes away and is 4-5...
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    NOOBIE Welding Questions

    Last year I bought a nice 120/240 Hobart wire feed/MIG welder. Since I'm really learning, I have just used flux core wire and spent a few hours working on some scrap. This past fall I bought a SSQA attachment plate and made a mount for a plow, and even with a heavy winter, ice storms and a 9ft...
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    L2501 - 50 Hour Service

    Performed the 50 hour service on my L2501 yesterday at 38.2 hours. It was very easy. One thing I wanted to share with the group was that my dealer suggested I replace the hydraulic filter too. The manual states to replace the HST filter, but states that the removal of the hydraulic filter will...
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    New Trailer

    Bought a new trailer this weekend, and until I towed it, I didn't realize how nice a good trailer really is. Lets say our old one (my fathers) is less than compliant. It had brakes, only on one axle, which had long been removed as it was a 9K lb trailer and MA had some weird reg that allowed...
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    Dead Small Equipment

    I must be doing something wrong. My new pressure washer and my new Stihl chainsaw will not start. I've barely used either one, and both have sat for a while. This year I went to start them and they will not run. Actually, the saw ran for a little while, but died and will not re-start. Blame the...
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    Ordered a new L2501!

    Trading in my Bobcat for a new L2501HST. The dealer (Chappell Tractor) has it built, just waiting on a few things. Can't wait until next weekend to pick it up!
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    New Property

    We are buying a new house in New Hampshire with 2.5 acres of lawn, a good sized driveway and woods on the perimeter. So my needs have changed a bit. I'm thinking of selling the Bobcat and trading my JD 770 in on a new tractor. Uses will be: Mowing Planting Christmas trees Snow removal Stump...
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    L2501 Questions

    I've been casually shopping/researching new tractors for a long time, and have long realized that the Standard L series Kubota is what I'm looking for. For my uses, the little John Deere 770 has been perfect, except for loader work. The collar shift transmission is just not suited for that...
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    My Weekend Tow Story

    Last weekend I pulled my fathers Ford tractor (I think its a 5500, an old state of New York DOT mowing rig) with 5 ft bush-hog to my aunts house to cut the fields. The tractor I'm assuming is about 6000 lbs, the trailer is about 2000 lbs. Its well within the range of towing in my 2012 Chevy 2500...
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    Dump Truck or Trailer?

    I've lost the battle with rust on my dump truck. I love the little truck, but I've been working on it for a solid 5 years and have used it a handful of times. It has had major issues, mostly frame related, and all of my attempts at saving it have failed. I've done everything but sand blast...
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    753 Starting Issues

    I though I might have a bad battery. Grounds and cable ends are clean and tight. But sometimes the rig will not start. Turn the key to start, the display go blank, and nothing happens. Usually a charger will bring it around and it fires right up. I was thinking this could be a dead cell...
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    Daily Driver

    After piling 43k miles on my 2012 chevy 2500, i've finally got a little beater car. It big enough to carry the junk I need each day and gets 30 mpg. Its a 1996 Saturn wagon, auto with 182k miles. I'm totally new to Saturns, so any tips would be great. What do you guys think?
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    Ford Taurus

    My neighbor is selling her Taurus. I think she said it was an 05, loaded. Not sure of the engine, but I think it's a six. It has 68k miles and she only wants $2000. It needs a speedometer cable as far as I can tell. I've been barking about how many miles I'm racking up on my new truck as well...
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    What is the CK Field Cab?

    Some day I'm going to buy a cab tractor. I'm not that fragile, but I figure by the time I can afford a new machine, I will be. So while cruising the Kioti site, I saw a photo of a CL with a cab, blowing snow. None of the info on the refers to a cab. Except for the promotional section. In the...
  32. crashz

    First Tank of E85

    I bought a new Silverado last year (2500HD, 6.0L gas, 6 speed auto, 4x4, ECSB) that has the option for running flex fuel. In my area, its difficult to find, so I have used regular gas, well E10, since new. Recently a few stations opened up E85 pumps (Mass Turnpike rest areas at Sturbridge) that...
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    Linclon SA 250

    Hi Welding gurus! My father has an old SA 250 D3 153 that runs well and welds. However the solenoid that controls the fuel doesn't seem to work. It starts and runs to about 75% throttle and stays there. It doesn't idle down and will not idle up while welding ( lugs and won't provide full amps)...
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    Bobcat 753

    I'm looking at a Bobcat 753. Its a bit older, probably a 92 - 97 with 2553 hrs, pretty clean, no leaks, no repair welds, no dents or big scratches and runs really well. Its a private sale for $9000. I has a full cab with heat, and general purpose bucket. According to the filters and fluids its...
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    Hesson 566

    My father is considering buying a Hesson (Fiat) 566. I looked at it this afternoon, and it looks like a 25 year old tractor that spent its life outdoors. Needs front tires. Has 4x4, loader and rear remotes. Has a canopy mounted on posts that are not ROPS. It has about 7K hours on it. The tractor...
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    John Deere 770 Clutch Adjustment

    Got the tractor out last weekend and did some mowing for my aunt and uncle. I cut down a field with grass/weeds about 4 ft tall with a 5 ft bushhog cutter. It ran very well, in fact it seemed to run better the longer and harder it was pushed. Its been a long time since I've used it so that may...
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    Small Field Mowing Business?

    I'm contemplating putting my tractor to work, maybe making a little extra cash and someday justifying another machine. Another thing I was thinking is that it would be a business that I could control in case something happens with either my job or my wife's. I'd like to start very slow, and...
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    New 2012 Chevy 2500HD!

    Well you guys have been hearing me dream of a new truck for some time now and recently dealing with electrical woes on my old GMC (other thread). The old girl was good to me, but at 178K miles she been a bit less dependable. So my wife, the saint she is, began shopping for a new truck on...
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    Truck Electrical Woes

    2004 GMC Sierra 1500, 4x4, 5.3L, automatic. Yesterday afternoon my right directional stuck on while my foot was on the brake. I thought it was merely a burnt bulb. However the indicator kept lighting (solid) every time I stepped on the brakes. Once home, I put the directional on for left and...
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    Ford Super Duty 6.2L Mileage?

    Anyone have some real world data on the mileage of the new 6.2L gas engine in the SD's? I'm slowly working my way to a new truck, and probably going to pull the trigger when my current daily driver hits 200K. Which will be sometime next year. So I'm building it in my head: -3/4 ton -4x4 -gas...
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    Check Your Rearend!

    :) I had an interesting issue with my truck recently. I pulled into the driveway, behind my truck, and noticed that the differential cover was wet. I climbed underneath, and checked the fluid, and it was up to the plug. Hmm. Noticed that the cover was wet on the bottom and around the gasket...
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    Super Noobie Welding Questions

    The warm weather is coming and I have a few welding/fabrication projects that I'd like to tackle. but I haven't done any welding in about 15 years, and at that, nothing good. I posted about buying a welder beofer but for this year, I will just borrow my fathers equipment unitl I get the hang of...
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    Daily Driver

    The wise folks here at TBN have enlightened me many times, so I'm asking for some opinions on what I should do for a daily driver. At this point, brand is of little concern, but best application is highest. Not quite ready for a replacement of my curerent DD yet, but I'm going to start planning...
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    Truck Leaking Green Liquid - Not Anitfreeze??

    I think I cursed my 2004 GMC 1/2ton. I've been bragging about having 149K miles on it with little to no trouble. Now its leaking a slight amount of flourescent green liquid from the front, approximately around the radiator. I also saw a spot of orange in the snow too. A color run down of the...
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    Source for Truck Frame

    I'm a bit of an insaniac about my 1 ton dumptruck. When I bought it, I knew that the frame could be in better shape, but I thought I'd worry about it when something came up. As some of you know, I found a crack in the frame at the front passenger side crossmember from a previous accident. It...
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    Oil and Gas for Snowblower?

    My father gave me his snowblower that has only been used once. Its too big for him to manuver, so I got it out of mothballs, got it home and running yesterday. The blower is a 30" wide, 6 speed Craftsmen with an 11 Hp Tecumsha engine. Takes about 20 feet of pull cord to turn it over! My father...
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    Portable Welder/Generator

    I'm starting to look for a welder/generator for repair work and primary power on the land and also as back-up power at home. My equipment (tractor and dumptruck) sit on land about 130 miles away and currently we have no power there. I have a list of items to repair, but most are good practice...
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    Fighting Corrosion with Zinc Blocks

    This is not tractor related, but close. This referes to my 1 ton dump truck. My truck was used to plow and salt roads and parking lots for many years. The body has been completely replaced about two years ago, and while it is starting to corrode a little, its not too bad. The frame and...
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    1 Ton Dump Truck for Personal Use

    I'm casually shopping around for a used 1 ton dump truck for my personal use. It would be used at my house and also my and my parents land for hauling material, firewood and occasional towing. My current 1/2 ton has provided me with good service, but I tend to beat it up when using it for...
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    Source for truck cab?

    I'm looking to revive my 1983 GMC 1 ton. It needs a cab desperately. The floors, cab mounts, windshield frame and rear windframe are all in rough shape. It may be salvagable, but I'm thinking it will be much faster and probably cheaper to find a replacement cab. I'm in no hurry, the truck has...
 
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