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    2 Year Maintenance

    I'm approaching the 2 year maintenance mark for my CK35. The manual lists that the power steering, HST, coolant, and fuel hoses need to be replaced. Not checked and replaced as needed, but replaced. Is this really necessary? The hoses all look brand new, the tractor only has about 250 hours on...
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    Buying Advice Buying a Zero-Turn Mower

    Well, over the last few years I've invested some serious money in my outdoor equipment. I started with a little lawn tractor and a small chainsaw, and things were a little interesting on 25 acres. Over the past 3 years I've added an older farm tractor, a new CUT, bigger chainsaw, multiple...
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    Front Axle Fluidf

    This week when we got a foot of snow dumped on us, I had to start plowing. Since the 4WD was about to go from lightly used to not disengaged until about march, I decided it was a good idea to check the front axle fluid. I wasn't surprised that it was down, I was surprised that it was down by 3...
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    Chainsaw Sharpener Advice

    OK, this spring I decided to start cutting,splitting, and stacking all my firewood myself. Very quickly it became apparent that the Husqvarna 350, which had been great for small cutting and trimming, wasn't going to cut it (pun intended). So I bought a Stihl MS362cm with a 20" bar and tried it...
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    Horizontal Studs???!!!!

    OK, since rain delayed work on my leanto project, I decided to do the easy indoor task of identifying where the studs are in the polebarn wall. I plan to anchor a ledger board to the barn wall, and use it and joist hangers to secure the leanto roof rafters to the barn wall. As my stud detector...
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    Lean-to Post Bases

    OK, I'm going to attach a lean-to off the side of my barn this spring. The plan calls for 2 sets of 4 by 4 supports. What I need then is bases for 8 load bearing posts. My BIL is a contractor, and he told me to sink concrete piers into the ground to below the frost line. Then embed post...
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    Operating a Post Hole Digger

    My big project this spring is a lean-to off the back of the polebarn. Due to rapid expansion of my tractor fleet and accompanying implements, as well as a trailer, I'm out of room in the barn. So this will be to park a car, trailer and implements under. My plan calls for 2 lines of 4 vertical...
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    Cutting Trees at an Angle

    Well it's the season for wood cutting, and I'm planning to try to take most of my firewood off my own property this year. The problem I have is that there are a bunch of nice down trees that are leaning against another tree, or hung up somehow so they slant off the ground. Some of them are low...
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    Tier 4 DK?

    Don't know if this has been discussed already, but it's new to me. Poking around on Kioti's website yesterday and saw that the DK series is back, but in Tier 4 and designated the DK10 series. According to the website there is 45 through 55 engine HP models, in 8 by 8 synchro or hydraulic...
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    CK35 Work Lights

    OK, the other night I had reason to be in the woods after dark with the tractor. After hitting a couple of things with the loader (much to their detriment) I realized that even the best headlights in the world can't shine through the loader bucket. I already knew this from reading here, but I...
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    I Feel Like an Idiot...

    Ok, so I've put about 25 hrs on my CK now, and I decided to see how the tractor turned with the brakes and if it was possible to press the HST pedal and the brake at the same time. I had actually never split the brakes before in my use of it, so this was the first time. I reach down to split...
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    Hydrostat Whine

    So, my new CK was delivered about a week ago, and I got a brushhog for it last week. This weekend I went through the woods with the set up widening and rerouting trails. As some of you may remember, width was an issue, and I'll say I'm glad I went smaller, as there are still spots I can't get...
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    Rotary Cutter Used Brushhog Advice

    OK, here's the deal. I just purchased a new 35 HP Kioti and, not wanting to spend another 1500+ on a new brushhog, I started looking used. What I found is rather interesting. It is a 60" hunk of steel brushhog. It looks like someone made it themselves or completely rebuilt it. However, it...
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    Buying Advice Looking at Kiotis

    Hi everyone, I found this site a while back and it's been a great help with search for a tractor. I'm finally down to my last "contestants", and I need some advice. First off. I'm situated on about 30 acres, mostly wooded but with some open field areas. For about the last 2 months I've been...
 
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