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    LS MT342 with loader leaks down

    My 342 has 21 hrs on it. Where I have to park it in my shop, I have to leave the bucket up about head high. It has set for weeks and the bucket hasnt ever leaked down.
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    LS 342 lift problems

    Yep. Whats worse I was talking crap abput buying a lemon tractor and buddy told me it was a lemon operator. o_O
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    interlock switch for generator backfeeding panel

    Someone had put in a breaker box and 30amp hookup for a camper before I bought the house. I changed out the plug and now use it for when the power goes out. I have to flip the 200amp main breaker before pluging in the generator. Two years ago I was able to pretty much run the entire house off a...
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    trailer modification

    Lots of merit to the dont do it comments. I built this trailer myself a long time ago. Built a few others before and since. My problem now is the actual physical labor involved, I aint 30 or 40 years old anymore. I cant run a weld bead without holding the stinger with both hands. Use coke bottle...
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    LS 342 lift problems

    I hate to tell this, but there was nothing wrong with my lift. Somehow I had knocked one of the rear remotes out of neutral and it was robbing oil from the 3pt. shifted the remote into neutral and lift went back to working. A little embarrassing considering I hauled the tractor the 56 miles to...
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    LS 342 lift problems

    LS mt 342h
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    Help me find a LS Mt342 or 347 hydro

    Another bad news update. Tractor now has a total of 22.9 hrs on the meter. 6 hrs of that time was with the brush hog. Last hr of mowing was with the lift not working. I heard a loud pop and 3pt just dropped. Something broke internal on the lift. Taking back to dealer next Tuesday. No telling how...
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    LS 342 lift problems

    Well, what should of been a easy day, fix flat, haul tractor home and unload. Nothing is ever that easy. got tire fixed and when I started to pull off, the brakes on the truck felt spongey. Blown brake line on front of truck., Unhook truck, put in brake fluid and drive home to fix the blown...
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    trailer modification

    The axles are 3500lb. 7000lb total/ Tractor weighs 3900lbs without ballast, both back tire are filled. Loader weighs 780 with out bucket so call it 1000lb. Not sure on the bushhog weight, guessing around 1000lbs. Around 6500-7000lbs total. The trailer is double framed and will handle a lot more...
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    trailer modification

    Blowed a tire on the trailer today, of course it ruint the fender. I have been thinking/leaning toward selling the trailer and buying one a little longer and heavier. I built this trailer several years ago and it has served me well, but I am just feeling my axles are a little light for the...
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    LS 342 lift problems

    I was brush hogging a small field today and the lift on my 3pt just quit. Tractor only has 24 total hrs on it and only 6 of those hrs are using the bushhog. Field had been mowed for hay and all I was doing was knocking down the johnson grass that was in small clumps scattered in the field. I did...
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    trailer modification

    Interesting concept. I need to think about that for a bit.
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    trailer modification

    Biggest issue with tail wheel hanging off is it dragging when turning on and off the road. Of course the dove tail would drag also, but it wouldnt be tearing up my tail wheel. What I think I am going to do for right now is remove the bolt that adjust the tail wheel height and fold the wheel back...
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    trailer modification

    Kind of what I have planed if I decide to move the axles. thinking about a 2ft dovetail, to keep the axles in the correct weight balance I would need to move the center point about 14 inches. New spring perches used to be cheap, I havent checked in a while. Flip trailer upside down, weld on...
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    trailer modification

    Well, if I had your money$$$$. Spending $7-8000 on a new trailer aint worth it for something that hasnt been used in 2 years untill this week, and probably wouldnt be used more than a couple or three times a year in the future. But to be honest, I have already been looking for a bigger trailer...
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    trailer modification

    Good suggestion. I can turn it over easy enough with the fel. I would probably just buy new mounts instead of trying to reuse the old ones.
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    trailer modification

    That is how I placed the axles when I built the trailer. I have built several using that formula and they all towed well.
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    trailer modification

    Thinking about adding a dove tail to my trailer. I build this trailer probably 10-15 years ago to hual my landscape equipment. Trailer has a 7ft bed and is 18ft long. Since building the trailer, things have change, I retired and no longer do any lanscapeing work, sold all the equipment. I...
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    Help me find a LS Mt342 or 347 hydro

    Received the new cylinder today. Took about 10 minutes to install. It took a little time for the dealer to get the cylinder, I suppose supply chain is still the issue. I noticed the dealer still didnt have many tractors in stock, but he did seem to have quite a few of the smaller machines.
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    Help me find a LS Mt342 or 347 hydro

    I should of looked harder for the leak. After ordering a gland nut spanner wrench set I found It wasnt the gland cap or the hose or the fitting. The port for the fitting had a pin hole in the weld. Made a call to the dealer and he has ordered me a new cyl. I will most likely change the cyl...
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    Help me find a LS Mt342 or 347 hydro

    Another day another leak. Walked around tractor and noticed oil in the floor. Looks like the gland cap on the bucket curl cyl is leaking. Wiped everything down, tightened the fitting, next day still a leak. 11hrs on machine. I ordered a spanner wrench to tighten the gland nut, should be here in...
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    Help me find a LS Mt342 or 347 hydro

    Yea, the dealer said I could bring it back and they would fix it, but no free hauling. To be honest, I was sure I could fix it myself and loading it up on a trailer would have been more work than finding my 7/8 inch wrench in the tool box. (finding the wrench was harder than it sounds). I just...
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    Help me find a LS Mt342 or 347 hydro

    Well, the first bad report on this tractor. 7 hrs total run time and parked in the shed. Was out there today and saw a puddle of oil under it. Called dealer before breaking out the wrenches, just to make sure I wouldnt void any warranties. Control valve was leaking. I rinsed it off with brake...
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    Help me find a LS Mt342 or 347 hydro

    Well. I got to test out my New mt342 this past week. Its got a total of 5 hrs on it so Not a lot to report. I love the titan tiller that came with it. It came set at its deepest depth of till and I let that ride since I only had a small area to till. Didnt measure the exact depth but I know its...
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    Help me find a LS Mt342 or 347 hydro

    Well, I got the call today, my m342 just arrived at the dealer. Got to fill the tires with fluid and install the 3rd function kit and will deliver sometime next week. Dealer said he got 4 tractors in and all of them are already sold. I visited a couple of other dealers, checked out all the...
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    Can ls dealers refuse warranty work on tractor not purchased from them??

    This thread just keeps getting revived. I will just say this about warranty work. I bought a new 4500 series truck at the local dealer. Transmission lines started leaking at 14000 miles. I took the truck back to dealer and the service rep said we dont work on that size truck. Wanted me to take...
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    Help me find a LS Mt342 or 347 hydro

    I gave up on finding a mt342 hydro and ordered a mt347. Dealer said a couple weeks and that was almost 2 weeks ago. Dealer isnt keeping me up to date and if they drag around to long, I'll own a different color
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    Still Waiting For A LS MT342

    Funny thing, people are talking about 35 and 57 hp tractors, but nobody has mentioned a 342. I have found gear drives and cab tractors, but not what I am looking for. The only difference between the 342, 347, 352 and 357 is hp and price.. I finally ordered the m347, hydro, dual remotes in rear...
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    Help me find a LS Mt342 or 347 hydro

    That tractor would do 90% of what I want it to, but it wont do the one thing I need it to, which is load 2000lb pallets, and I dont need any of the attachments. Thanks anyways.
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    Help me find a LS Mt342 or 347 hydro

    Looking to buy a LS mt342 or mt347, open cab. thought I had one bought this morning, but dealer is now telling me he cant get the one he thought he could. I have called several dealers in Tn, Nc, Ga, Ala and SC and nobody seems to have one and dont know when they will get one. If you are a...
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    Still Waiting For A LS MT342

    Been trying to find a mt432 since Friday last week. Dealer didnt have any hydro in stock but said he could have one in 2 weeks. Called today and now wont promise me one. So I got on the net and started looking at other dealers. What I found is that nobody has any MT342h in stock in Tenn, Ga, NC...
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    4520R exhaust adequate for pest erradication?

    Now, I knew when I started reading this thread, I would just have to comment. Growing up, we raised a few hogs and had a corn crib we kept the corn in. Rats would eat all the corn if not controlled. my brother and I used to set on the hill with a couple of 22 rifles and take turns shooting rats...
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    Spend my money.

    Jeff, dont know where you are getting your charts, but the numbers dont seem to matchup with the advertisements. Massey 2605h 3-Point Hitch Rear type II/I Control - Rear lift 2755 lbs [1249 kg] Front hitch - Front lift - Power Take-off (PTO): Rear PTO live Clutch - Rear RPM...
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    Spend my money.

    Been away since my last post. 45th year wedding anniverary and, well you can guess the rest of the story. Anyways, at least one person seems to agree with my thoughts on the JD and Kubota tractors. As for a dealer close to me. Nearest ones I know of are both out of state and they carry the exact...
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    Spend my money.

    I dont know the details on the l4240, it was a borrowed tractor. It did have ag tires and they where fluid filled. About all I can say about that. I didnt know the weight of the mf 245, but the low ground clearance and weight sort of explains the pulling ability. Just a little more comparison...
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    Spend my money.

    I can see it now, a ford 1210 with a loader with 2000lb pallet of fertilizer on the front. No thank you. And I already know what a L4240 with a 6ft bushhog will do on steep ground. You can try it and we will decide what you think about it when you hit the bottom, either on its wheels or on its...
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    Spend my money.

    Well, Jeff, I kinda figured that one out already. I am just tired of trying to guess which one will last the best, has the best ground pressure, and has the best part availability, wont turn over on a little slope, or ballhoot down a semi steep grade etc and able to turn around at the end of a...
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    Restoring antique plow - need to remove rusted nuts/bolts - how much heat?

    First off, never heat the nut to red hot, doing so also heats the bolt and will cause the threads to gauld or strip. If you are going to use heat, just heat one flat on the nut, the nut will expand and it doent need to be red hot to do so. Have a long cheater bar on you wrench or ratchet and as...
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    Spend my money.

    Looking to buy a new tractor. I have a few basic requirements. Approx 40hp or larger. Dont need anything much bigger. Must be 4x4. Must have loader capable of 2000lb with forks. Prefer hydrostatic. Cab not necessary. Dont like those itybity tires on the front, but I dont need a set of super...
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    cyl with built in counter balance valves

    I have a bunch of small cyl off a old boom truck. I am trying to use these cyl's to build a small, (2000lb) crane for my dump trailer. The cyl I want to use for the boom has a built in counterbalance valve. I need the cyl to gravity feed down. I am just wondering if I remove the valve cartridge...
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    change shaft rotation on 2stage wood splitter pump

    Has anyone done this. I have flipped the center section on a lot of pumps to change rotation direction, but i have never tried it with a log splitter 2 stage pump. Aways considered them throw away pumps and have never had one apart. I know they sell this type pump with cw and ccw rotation so...
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    forgeing splines using a axle and press

    Was getting ready to go buy the boom material but had to head back to the shop before I left. While walking around back, guess what I tripped over. I had bought a set of used log bunks a couple of years ago, thinking one day I would find a use for the metal. 4x4 sq tube. I was going to buy a...
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    forgeing splines using a axle and press

    axle is approx 1 3/8 dia and 1 1/4 long. It sticks out the end of the tube about 3 inches, more than enough to attach a swing arm.
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    forgeing splines using a axle and press

    I need to put some splines in a piece of 1/2flat plate. I know there are a thousand ways to do this, but I dont have any of those tools. So my question is, if I put the piece of flat plate in a forge and heat it and then use a press to push the plate over the splined axle stub, or axle stub thru...
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    hyd cyl parts sourceing

    I have decided to upgrade my wood splitter by adding a bigger rod into the cyl. The cyl currently is 5in bore and a 2in rod and I am wanting at least a 3in rod. Doing this to decrease return speed, as return load is minimal. Cyl uses a screw in barrel rod cap/gland. I need someplace I can buy...
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    how to determne grade for a new driveway

    I am trying to layout the driveway for my new house site and cant seem to get the grade right. the total lenght of the road will be around 1000-1100ft and is wooded and uphill. I have tried using my nuvii gps to determine the difference in elevation, but everytime I check it, it varies from 30ft...
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    Firewood processor project.

    before and after using a grinder,
 
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