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    Ventrac 4500Y w/ MS720 Mower Deck Roll or Slide

    Just go up and down easy enough as long as you got a place to land at the bottom. I go up and down for a short ways on a lot steeper than that. ..... Jim
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    Ventrac 4500Y w/ MS720 Mower Deck Roll or Slide

    I. keep mine over full a little to help with that but if you see the light come on you already caused damage... I had issues with a Steiner I had..... Now I don't trust an idiot light, I have a gage installed..... Jim
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    Ventrac 4500Y w/ MS720 Mower Deck Roll or Slide

    It started by cutting side ease on a steep slope but it was a little wet and it broke loose and I couldn't get it turned. It was fine till I slide to the bottom and the bottom tires bit in and over it went and it even stopped traffic.... LOL. hooked a couple of nylon chokers to it and set it...
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    Ventrac 4500Y w/ MS720 Mower Deck Roll or Slide

    You guys talk about the steep of slopes you go on, better take a look at how steep the engine is rated for...... So either your not as steep as you think or your slope gage is wrong or you will starve your engine for oil. When you have to sit on the arm rest, it's steep..... I did roll one on...
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    Well i broke it this time

    I guess I think on trying to improve it. Plus from my point of view is coming from me having a Lathe, milling machine and meg welder..... Jim
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    Well i broke it this time

    First off it is a stupid set up, the highest force is in the middle and it is supported on the outside edge. The pivot arm would need bored out and replace the other tube with a heaver walled one hand weld it on to the pivot arm turn a shaft to fit but first drill and tap for a zerk fitting in...
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    Well i broke it this time

    turn the pin to fit the tube....Jim
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    Well i broke it this time

    The outer tube is nothing but a spacer, get a good grade of steel bar for the inside weld it up.... It sure looks dry inside, lack of grease maybe the cause...... Jim
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    Greasing that front drive shaft zerk on the 4500P easier

    You need to understand that what I did is nowhere around the radiator and if a hole that size hasn't in anyway weaker that part of the tractor, nothing happened in 700 hrs. of hard use.... Jim
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    Greasing that front drive shaft zerk on the 4500P easier

    The lay out of the radiator above the drive shaft is stupid.... you can't get your hand in under the core support to get ahold of the grease gun fitting to get it on the zerk fitting. That is why I drilled a hole in the frame and used a solid extension to push it on from the out side and just...
  11. J

    Greasing that front drive shaft zerk on the 4500P easier

    You don't have a 4500P, they are terrible to grease the drive shaft front zerk fitting. It's all you can do to touch the zerk fitting .... Jim
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    The high cost of cutting grass

    You forgot one more thing, cleaning up after the sheep...... LMAO..... Jim
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    The high cost of cutting grass

    I see the biggest maker in Altoona, Pa.of the meters for the gas and fuel pumps are working over time to make a the parts that can go over 10.00 a gallon. Bend over.... lol..... Jim
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    The high cost of cutting grass

    I see gas is projected to hit 7.00 a gallon by Aug.and diesel may hit 10.00..... it won't be a joke then will it..... Then go to the store and look at the prices and empty shelves..... Then winter and pay to heat your house...... Jim
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    The high cost of cutting grass

    Mine is 3-4hrs. depending how much I mow, 3-4 gal...... Jim
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    The high cost of cutting grass

    My 4500P does fine in tall grass as long as it's dry and that hasn't been the case this year so far, ground is like a sponge a heavy tractor and and deck sure doesn't help... Jim
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    The high cost of cutting grass

    It would be a foot high by then if I did that, I cut back to once a week, got 10 gallons of gas 47.00.... Jim
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    The high cost of cutting grass

    They are setting you up for the big one, Diesel is in short supply..... but the fuel companies are sell it every where to other countries. Just wait till winter approaches and you need to fill your tank for home heating oil..... Jim
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    The high cost of cutting grass

    Well with all the rain and the ground like a sponge you cut where and when you can. I went in to get gas got 10 gallon for the mower and 5.9 for the car 68.00 worth.... and I see fuel at 6.10 @ gallon now scary and oil is under a 100.00 @ barrel now what gives?...... Jim
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    Wanted - PT-425 or PT-1430 in good condition

    that maybe true except for cutting grass, heavy tears up more. BTW steep and gravel are not in the same sentence. If you had modified stone it packs and doesn't kick out like gravel...... Jim
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    Making the decision to buy a Ventrac

    All big loaders are articulated, a skid steer is a joke will not work on a hill My old 422 Powertrac with the light material bucket will carry a 1/3 yard of modified stone heaped, that weighs 3000 lb. to the yard. I see all the cut tractors with a loader front they can only lift around 500 lb.Th...
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    The high cost of cutting grass

    Do you buy off road fuel? or do you have to pay the road tax on it? .Jim
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    The high cost of cutting grass

    You are right they are a rip off... We went with an other company that doesn't spend your money on TV commercials and fancy trucks...... Jim
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    The high cost of cutting grass

    Diesel now over 5.00 a gallon and gas up to 4.18...... and expected to go higher..... not a joke anymore..... Jim
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    The high cost of cutting grass

    I remember when gas cost 18 cents a gallon on the farm delivered.... It just hit 3.90 here in Pa. and will go a lot higher, it won't be funny then will it..... Jim
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    The high cost of cutting grass

    Can you guess what it is going to cost to cut grass this year...... when you need to cut twice a week .... My 4500P takes 3 hours to cut without trimming so at 5.00 @ gal. thats 15.00 twice a week. I may have to change how much I cut and how often... The war will and did raise the prices here...
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    Greasing that front drive shaft zerk on the 4500P easier

    I.drilled a 1' hole in the side that lines up with the zerk fitting in the front setting at 90 degrees and access the rear one straight up by removing the velcro cover behind the radiator. Then I got a piece of 1/8 pipe around a foot long that was threaded and and coupler, added it to the...
  28. J

    Bolt on blade for buckets

    I been around equipment and farming my whole life and never heard of one either.... Jim
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    Bolt on blade for buckets

    First the video is of a lot heavier built bucket and when it is open and back draging the rear of the bucket is engaging the ground first and the part of the bottom is only grading loose dirt. second that is a track machine, made for grading. a big difference than a wheel machine. ... Jim
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    Bolt on blade for buckets

    If back dragging with the bottom open and using the rear edge sure is going to get bent for sure.... Jim
  31. J

    Bolt on blade for buckets

    Bolt on cutting edges are made for wear not stiffness. bolt on cutting edges with teeth are made to penetrate not stiffness.. it would be nice to see a pic. of what you are talking about. Either it is a poor design or you aren't using it correctly...... Jim
  32. J

    HB580 belt slipping off

    You can eye ball it close enough to see if it is lined up when the tension is applied. Also make sure the tension is right..... Jim
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    HB580 belt slipping off

    I had a person that worked for the dealer load my tractor and never said a word but he rammed it into the front of the trailer and bent the drive pulley mount and I got it home and tore up a drive belt had to fix ir myself but they replaced the drive belt. When it's hooked up see if it looks...
  34. J

    High Performance Radiator?

    Mine has one on it right from Ventrac and it leaked in a year. Had it repaired and it has been good for over two years.... Jim
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    Dig with Ventrac 4500Y?

    I put the teeth on it and tilt it down and travel forward and and close it where I want it to stop, you have to ramp in. I also use the ripper on the 3 point I made to loosen things up, but the smallest hole will be over 4' wide..... Jim
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    Dig with Ventrac 4500Y?

    I think the big question is what will be the primary use of the tractor? then how much of each are you going to do ... planting beds? plant trees? the reason I say this I have a 4' bucket and it will dig a 4' hole min. have a stump grinder that will dig a small hole but one 6" deep but I made a...
  37. J

    Power Bucket - Dimensions

    So the bottom is thinner than the sides? Mine is the same, a real cutting edge like the older buckets was flat..... Jim
  38. J

    Power Bucket - Dimensions

    No where on my power bucket is a .50 thick.... Jim
  39. J

    Power Bucket - Dimensions

    I built my Ventrac teeth up in the front with the meg welder and ground them to a sharp edge and they work good Remember the more you add to the front edge the less power you have ...Jim
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    Happy Holidays

    Merry Christmas and safe holidays...... Jim
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    Merry Christmas

    Everybody have a great holiday and stay safe...... Jim
  42. J

    1430 good deal or no

    Wheel motors too, but remember if you want power let up on the pedal..... Jim
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    1430 good deal or no

    Lay a 2x4x8 on the slope and use a 2' level and rule and make it level and measure the end in the difference from the live to the 2x4 vertical.... 1 foot would be a 2 to 1... Jim
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    1430 good deal or no

    It lacks power go up a 30 degree slope under load? does it spin ? My 422 would go up a 2 to 1 slope with a light material bucket of dirt but it was a sick chicken with a 48" mower running trying to cut grass.... Jim
  45. J

    Dear Santa: mini-ex with breaker for ditch work?

    I would bet he only needs to go down from 0 to a ft.+..... Jim
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    Dear Santa: mini-ex with breaker for ditch work?

    not really, just sit on the road surface and deepen and widen the ditch. use the material you hammer out to make a berm above the road surface. if you get an excavator that has a blade it will level you road out after you are done. A week at the most for a 1000 ft...... Jim
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    Dear Santa: mini-ex with breaker for ditch work?

    If you had spent any time on a excavator with a hammer you would hear the the welds breaking in the stick and boom, plus the hammer self destructing. Most companies use rented equipment for that ....... Depending on the rock and how deep you need to go you can get a ripper for an excavator...
  48. J

    Steiner charge pump - Can it be rebuilt

    Why not take it to a hydraulic repair shop and see if they can rebuild it.... Jim
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    Dear Santa: mini-ex with breaker for ditch work?

    A hammer will tear a machine apart, plus it will tear it's self apart. without a pic it maybe better to creat a swell to turn the water away from the driveway. Something that is shallow and wide and can be mowed easy..... Jim
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    Thoughts on new Ventrac 4520?

    Best to rent an excavator, I prefer to run the old 5230's. They get it done fast..... 25 yards a pass..... lol... Jim
 
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