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  1. JWR

    Terrified of tipping - how about an inclinometer?

    Hey beenthere -- I was being a little sarcastic for which I apologize. Should not have said "stomping." But seriously any amount of braking on the uphill side in that hypothetical "about to tip" circumstance will be counterproductive. Counterproductive whether in 4WD or not. Will make things...
  2. JWR

    Terrified of tipping - how about an inclinometer?

    Au contrare. There is no particular need for any change in rotation of the downhill rear tire to get the tractor pointed downhill for several reasons: 1) You were in some degree of forward motion to begin with or you would not be in the middle of a tip-over circumstance. 2) People should not...
  3. JWR

    Terrified of tipping - how about an inclinometer?

    Correct. I agree it is bad advice. For sure... turn down hill. And for sure... forget the brakes which you do not have time to screw with anyway! beenthere may have meant to say apply the down hill brake which is potentially helpful but still poor advice -- just don't have time in general to...
  4. JWR

    Terrified of tipping - how about an inclinometer?

    Concur with all that. "Terrified" is a bad word and maybe only a poor choice of words (?) but if one is terrified in operating some piece of machinery you have no business on it. You need to be confident in the use AND comfortable, not terrified. At 167 posts this thread is crazy-long... but...
  5. JWR

    Utility trailers - what should i know?

    I agree in general. Me too. However Stagecoach does make a 16ft. single axle trailer of a couple of different styles at least shown on their website at Trailer Info As I said in Post # 110 (if you really are in the market for one) you are best off going through a dealer. I got several...
  6. JWR

    Utility trailers - what should i know?

    It depends on preferences. I prefer a single axle trailer for misc general moving of small tractors, attachments, etc. The 14' single axle is very maneuverable and handles so well with an F-150. I would not have taken a 16' at the same price. Matters a lot what your load is of course.
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    Utility trailers - what should i know?

    You can get pricing info a little easier talking to dealers rather than the factory. Try Topps trailers in Shreveport which is where I bought my Stagecoach trailer with custom (well anyway several specific) features including the heavier capacity axle. Not sure what the weight of my 14'...
  8. JWR

    New tractor owner- MF231

    Great to hear that it finally came unlocked! At least now you can go ahead and do what you need to do. Comment on the use of PT Blaster -- it is mainly formulated for what the old timer's called "penetrating oil" to loosen stuck metal parts. While great for that, I wouldn't really recommend it...
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    New tractor owner- MF231

    Very good. The photo looked like that could be a lot of thorn bushes -- glad they are not. Sumac are, as you now know, much easier to cut. Sounds like you have the right plan and on the way there if you just had a tractor you could steer !! This is wild. Surely the refusal to steer normally...
  10. JWR

    New tractor owner- MF231

    Yeah, you have some serious bush hogging to do. I would guess some of those thorn bushes are going to be tough (maybe even too much) for your bush hog. Assuming those are thorn bushes you are probably going to have air leak issues in those front tires. Many things you can do -- preload with...
  11. JWR

    New tractor owner- MF231

    Welcome to TBN ! Where are you located ? First, before I forget it, "what that means" (locked differential) is you have a pedal or lever at your right heel near the floor of the tractor. That is the differential lock pedal. On the older Masseys I think it is a short L-shaped lever made out...
  12. JWR

    block heater kx57-4 / How Cold

    Valid opinion of course. But I disagree. The block heater heats the liquid ONLY LOCALLY near the plug (plus whatever luck you get with some convection within the block.) There is nothing 'old fashioned' about an in line coolant heater. Block heaters were probably around long before in-line...
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    block heater kx57-4 / How Cold

    I have no input on the hydraulic fluids in extreme cold. I always recommend in-line coolant heaters for extreme cold operation because they warm the entire powerplant (and most things bolted to it.) Really more effective. The same type I bought from Sears Roebuck in 1979 are still available...
  14. JWR

    L3200 battery - is it special?

    English in forums (to establish what we mean) is so hard to be clear about compared to other forms of communication ! I'm not sure what you are giving a contrary (opposite) view about. Tractors often see less usage then your car. Agree. Longer idle times increase plate sulfation. Hmmm ...
  15. JWR

    L3200 battery - is it special?

    That Farm and Fleet site is a slightly condensed version of the same info seen at the Interstate website I mentioned in post #14 above in this thread. Largely agree. There are a few technicalities that are glossed over in the Farm and Fleet article -- especially they say it can be mounted in...
  16. JWR

    L3200 battery - is it special?

    In your case it is pretty clear you just need to replace your battery. It owes you nothing, you've gotten many good years from it, its' useful life is over. But you also raised some other issues worth comment. First, there is no such thing as a 'deep-cycle farm tractor only battery.' In...
  17. JWR

    L3200 battery - is it special?

    Interstate has a very good and detailed evaluation of the AGM technology and why they are superior to old tech normal batteries. See https://www.interstatebatteries.com/blog/what-is-an-agm-battery-and-whats-the-big-deal Cost is the ONLY downside of an AGM battery I can find and they are becoming...
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    L3200 battery - is it special?

    I disagree about the years. Useful life is useful life, not some arbitrary number of years. I replace a battery only when it needs to be replaced as evidenced by starting sluggishness or failure. Clearly the OP in this thread needs to replace his battery. Simple case. I agree completely with...
  19. JWR

    Pros and cons of using an over run clutch/coupler on pto??

    I guess you know more about it than I do but I have never seen my PTO persist in turning after I put it out of gear (other than when some flywheel is involved like a bush hog) nor seen it suddenly stop turning when I put it out of gear (which would be evidence of a PTO brake.) So far, I...
  20. JWR

    Pros and cons of using an over run clutch/coupler on pto??

    I do not understand this conversation -- I use a MF 2660 which is a 2011 model & I would not call it ancient. Seems reasonably "modern" to me. There is no PTO brake to my knowledge and I have no idea why anyone would want one nor consider themselves 'modern' if they have one. So long as the...
  21. JWR

    Kubota tractor spin-off fuel and oil filters

    Most likely a grey market machine imported under uncontrolled (or illegal?) circumstances. No way to know. I've seen a few over the years . All sort of odd characteristics like the most famous "PTO runs the wrong direction," etc. The ultimate opposite of standard. My thinking is they have to...
  22. JWR

    Annual BX2230 service today

    Some people just do not have enough to do... out there embarrassing us all. Shame on you. Good for you in other words. Quite windy here in So MD today too and was 78 degrees. Seemed like every boat owner in the area was out on the water, darn near crowded (we are on an inlet from the...
  23. JWR

    Fuel line Bleeding

    Sounds to me like you had a significant issue before air in the lines. I will mention a few possibilities I know of: 1) Depending on the age of your Massey old deteriorated fuel lines develop air leaks and can get air in them even when there are no obvious leaks. For example the line feeding...
  24. JWR

    Tractor bogs down

    My 2011 MF 2660 was delivered with brakes that would not hold the tractor on a 45% slope and a fuel tank pickup that would cause the engine to starve for fuel trying to go up a 45% slope even with half a tank full. Both problems seemed known to AGCO/Massey and were fixed. The brakes got a...
  25. JWR

    B2601 Review

    "The brake pedal lock snaps off by tapping the pedals. " My son in law just bought a B2710 which also has the strap that locks the two brake pedals together pulled loose and missing. That what you meant?
  26. JWR

    BX2750 snowblower compatability

    I cannot tell you for sure. I own a 2003 BX2200 but no snowblower on it. I would bet that the front mount blower will fit your BX25D if you have 100% of her mounting hardware, the subframe and all that. I'd be mainly concerned that your BX25D chassis (being set up for a backhoe) could...
  27. JWR

    L3400 power loss..

    Hmmm... that is intriguing. With the two data points of -- GOOD operation on the flat with a full tank and trouble on inclines... I do not know if the L3400 has a lift pump feeding the fuel injection pump or not. Sounds like it COULD be a lift pump issue if there is one. A second thought...
  28. JWR

    10’ Western Heavyweight conversion to Tractor front 3 point hitch ?

    That MAY be the type that MF dealers offer under the AGCO umbrella. I found the ones they offer require welding the female part to the implement (or else making custom pin connections) and seem to be from Europe. Esp these front mount hitches are much more common in Europe where I have seen...
  29. JWR

    New Car

    Yabba Dabba Doooo !
  30. JWR

    10’ Western Heavyweight conversion to Tractor front 3 point hitch ?

    What brand/source is that red male triangle ?
  31. JWR

    Pros and cons of using an over run clutch/coupler on pto??

    Jake brakes makes a very large air compressor out of the engine. Some diesel Jake brake systems are augmented by a butterfly in the exhaust which increases back pressure for greater braking. One thing NOT clear to me is whether fuel is still being injected while Jake braking is used. It would...
  32. JWR

    Pros and cons of using an over run clutch/coupler on pto??

    Not exactly... agree, the lack of the butterfly valve on the intake side prevents higher vacuum (that would be there in the intake port if the intake path was more closed by the butterfly) but the intake stroke still creates a lot of vacuum and pulls in the air on a diesel.
  33. JWR

    Pros and cons of using an over run clutch/coupler on pto??

    I do not follow that: Certainly the diesel creates a vacuum, otherwise the air would never be drawn in through the intake valves. The vacuum is produced on the intake stroke as it would be normally and as it is in all internal combustion engines be they diesel or otherwise. Then the Jake brake...
  34. JWR

    Pros and cons of using an over run clutch/coupler on pto??

    The only time I ever use and overrun clutch/coupler is on a 1954 tractor that lacks one internally. I tore up the PTO on that tractor once for lack of an overrun clutch. But I see no need for an ORC unless your tractor lacks one internally.
  35. JWR

    Pros and cons of using an over run clutch/coupler on pto??

    With diesel compression ratios being much higher than gas why wouldn't the inherent braking be greater?
  36. JWR

    Massey GC vs. Kubota BX Loader Lift Test

    The loader they are showing on the GC is the heavier of the two available for that tractor. SO in that sense there is some bias. The DL95 for the GC being lighter and less lift is not tested. The Kubota only shows one loader, the LA344. Entirely possible that the DL 95 would be more...
  37. JWR

    BX2200 -- What is this beside the hour meter?

    I went out this evening and fired up a second BX2200 of my own (the one I had been asking about was my daughter's) and it is the same. Surely you guys are correct -- that it just indicates the meter is running. BravoXray - no it does not show 1/100 of an hour. I did time it and the white...
  38. JWR

    BX2200 -- What is this beside the hour meter?

    Just to the right of the "1/10" explanatory printed mark beside the hour meter is a tiny window with a small vertical white mark that seems to alternate from white to black (or gone) when the engine is running. It is not fast but kind of blinking on and off and on ... maybe 2 or 3 seconds...
  39. JWR

    Adding remotes for a snow blower on a L3400HST

    So far as we know this snow blower is a rear 3pt mount , right ? If so, you sure do not want to give up the loader! You want to be able to use the loader going one way and the blower going the other way. Far more productive.
  40. JWR

    Adding remotes for a snow blower on a L3400HST

    Hydraulics are the first-class route but remotes are somewhat expensive and so are the actuators, valves, etc. I've noticed a lot of people use electric drive instead. Some use "windshield wiper motors" I hear. Already set up for 12v, running wires is cheap and so are switches compared to hyd...
  41. JWR

    10’ Western Heavyweight conversion to Tractor front 3 point hitch ?

    I like that a whole lot better -- AND you will get a front mounted skid-steer compatible SSQA. Another note: Since you already have the triangle style quick hitch, I'd get a "blank" female part that fits and mount that on the blade frame one way or the other. Weld if need be. Choose between...
  42. JWR

    Trailer question - is there too light of a load for a 14k trailer?

    Don't bother asking -- he is full of it. Total nonsense. Being aluminum (I have zero experience with aluminum) I suppose there is wild and rare possibility that very excessive jumping up and down on rough road could damage the connection between the springs and the aluminum frame. Well... if...
  43. JWR

    Overheating M9540

    Overheating seems to be a frequent complaint with Kubotas. My experience is all with the smaller ones however. These principles apply regardless of size: 1) Unlikely to have anything to do with rpm 2) Both posts 2 and 3 offer good comments on it ...first make sure the radiator screen and fins...
  44. JWR

    Tiny tractor hay.

    You said the magic words... (it is also the star of my avatar...)
  45. JWR

    Tiny tractor hay.

    I have no pictures unfortunately but back in the 1950s my family had a 1954 Massey Harris Pacer (which I still have) and had what was called a "buck rake" for it which was a misnomer because it was not a rake but rather what looked like a "steel bed headboard" with a frame at the bottom that had...
  46. JWR

    Parts for B2710 -- Need Grille

    Anyone have a black grille for the B2710? Know of a source? New prices are ridiculous.
  47. JWR

    Tiny tractor hay.

    That video is of the old standard horse drawn rake. The user seated on the rake kicked the pedal you see and it updumps however much hay you have collected in it by then and it starts over. Typical use was to unload the rake at the right moment in each round of the field so that you made...
  48. JWR

    Tiny tractor hay.

    As others have said, you need to give us more info on your overall picture and intent -- Do you have use for the hay yourself? Are you going to raise farm animals? What all else are you going to be doing that you plan or know about? Several comments (pending better info from you): 1) Doing...
  49. JWR

    Tiny tractor hay.

    True but those self-powered old square hay balers are too heavy to be handled/pulled by a GC1725.
  50. JWR

    Tiny tractor hay.

    That is ultramodern. "When I was a kid" (50's) we raked the hay into rows with a horse drawn rake, piled it into "shocks" by hand with pitch forks, then pulled the shocks by rope/pole/horse to a location where a pole was set into the ground and the hay was stacked around the pole. The stacks...
 
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