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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

    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

    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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    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

    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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    Tig weld fail

    Every try to do something you knew wasnt going to work before you even tried. Buddy brought over his aluminum ramps he had broken the end off of wanting me to weld it up. Ramps where greasy and oxidized so bad you couldnt tell what kind of metal it was. I knew this was going to be a challege...
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    Stolen tractor Kubota M5140

    my Nephew had his tractor stolen Saturday Night. Tractor was located in the Murphy NC area. A reward is being offered for information. sine we are located close to the Tenn and Ga state lines, I suspect the tractor could already be out of state. I appreciate if everyone can keep a look out and...
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    building a propane pipe burner to heat a scald barrel

    been trying to build a 4ft pipe burner to heat a oil barrel, cut in half long ways, to use to scald hogs. we have been using wood to heat the water, but when scalding, the smoke gets very bad in my eyes. I have been trying to get a propane burner made, but cant get it to work correctly. I had a...
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    bad welding rods arggggg.

    Got started back to my processor build after almost a year and half of surgeries and rehab. I had bought a box of hobart 1/8 7018 several months ago, but hadnot opened the box. Knowing I was going to be doing a lot of welding yesterday, I opened the box and laid them on top of my wood stove the...
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    Welding lead extentions

    Been doing a little shop clean up and had a ideal I wanted to get some feed back on. My welder is pretty heavy and even tho its mounted on casters, I seldom, actually never have, move it from its assigned location. It is close to the door and right next to the fuse panel. I have a 15ft #8...
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    e70 cat, one side works the other doesnt

    Went to look at a e70 cat trackhoe today and didnt like what I found. Not sure the year model early 90 something. Serial number is 3cg10421 if anybody can look it up. I knew the machine was old, but was told it worked fine the last time it was used, about 2 years ago. Been setting ever since...
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    welding aluminum after siliconed

    Got a little boat welding project. Aluminum boat that is separating at the seam. Long crack, 18in to 2 ft long. Owner has been covering crack with silicon to stop the leak. Of course the crack keeps growing and only real fix is to weld. Anyways, I dont see anyway to get behind the crack to...
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    miller m10 mig gun repair?

    I drug out the miller 175 mig the other day to do a little patchwork. Welder wouldnt feed the wire at all. Swapped liner for a old one, and it still didnt feed. Why didnt I throw away that old liner when I installed the new one last time,Duh. Thats when I found the old liner had a kink in it...
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    Sometimes having all the tools just sucks

    Spent most of the day working on a old bushog. brother bought one needing work and elected me to help him. First off, the 3pt frame was bent. No problem, just lifted the mower in the air and hung his fat butt on the end while I heated the bent parts with the torch. Few cracks in the mower deck...
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    going to the dark side welder

    Never thought I would ever need a small welder. I have mig, stick and tig in my shop. Now I am thinking about a small tig welder to put in my basement shop. Needs to be ac and dc to weld thin aluminum. Would like a dual voltage machine, but it has to be able to plug into 110/120. I dont plan on...
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    reverse rotaton pump mount

    I have two section hyd pump, I want to mount on a 7.3 international engine. Pump is 75gpm combined. shooting for 3000psi, but might be able to get by with less pressure. Anyways, the engine is coming out of a old international truck, Tranny is shot before someone suggest using the transmission...
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    can you convert a 120v mig to a scratch start tig

    Every now and then I run across older 135amp mig welders pretty cheap. I have a Idealarc 250/250 stick tig machine, but it aint exactly portable. I am just wondering if it would be possible to remove the mig lead and replace with a tig torch like I use on my Idealarc. I realize I would have to...
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    Mansonary advice needed

    Several years ago, I built a small addition to my house. This addition also included extending the basement. my house had rock laid around the bottom and when I extended the basement, I peeled all the rock off, which wasnt easy by the way. I had saved that rock all these years and since the only...
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    /windmill water pump

    BIL called me up a little while ago to discuss building a windmill water pump to keep his stock tanks full of water. He had mentioned this project about a year ago and has already built the windmill. He used 8 plastic 55 gal drums cut in half with the halves stacked on top of each other and...
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    I hate small engines that have sat not used.

    Cant really blame anyone other than myself. When I got out of the landscaping business about 15 years ago. I left a lot of my equipment sit around rusting. Since I have stopped working, I started dragging some of that equipment out of the weeds and seeing if I can get it running again. Cant...
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    Diesel burning oil, bad

    I started this thread in the Ventrac section, http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/ventrac/367478-ventrac-42oo-tubo-diesl-driving.html. I thought I might get a little more feed back here. If you read thru the original thread, I was able to pretty much fix the electrical and hyd oil problems. My...
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    Ventrac 42oo tubo diesl driving me nuts

    I have a very old, 4200 with the tubo diesel that I bought newback when they where unheard of. Not even sure of the model year I have had it so long. Anyways, a couple or three years ago the charging system stopped working. I figured it was the alternator and parked it in the shed until I had...
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    shop vise

    A buddy called me up this morning saying he was cleaning out a old shop of a deceased friend. Said there was a welding table, 3x4 with 1/2in top with a 8in Allied vise mounted on it. Said I could have it for $100. Of course I jumped all over it, even tho I havent seen it, and will be going to...
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    Magnesium tank with hole in it

    I have a 346xp husky chainsaw with a hole in the oil (chain oil),tank. It seems somewhere sometime, someone put the wrong screw in the handle and it wore a hole in the oil tank. If the tank was aluminum, I would just clean it up and tig the hole shut, but it is made out of magnesium or a...
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    info on hydraulic manifold

    I have ran across a manifold/accessory block I cant find any info on. The valve is a parker, cse c132a. Block has some sort of flow control and is used to connect hydraulic tooling to using QC. There are three connections, one 10gpm flow, and two 5gpm flows. currently on has the connections...
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    Dumb mistake=Dumb question

    Seems like the harder I try, the more mistakes I made. I was cutting out the blade for my wood processor, measured it a dozen times, and still cut it wrong. I was cutting 3/4 plate to use for the wedges and managed to cut one 1/2inch to short. Each plate is supposed to be 15in long and then...
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    MIller 175 mig problems

    Been trying to spot weld up a bunch of pieces on my wood processor build. Was having a terrible time and took me a while to figure out what was going wrong. Every weld was porous, wasnt getting any pentration, Wire sticking in the gun. Couldnt figure it out. Tried turning up the argon, (75/25)...
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    Little score today, one free and one not so free

    Went over to see the new house my brother bought today. Place had 3 shop buildings. Did a little looking around and found this in the weeds. Two all steel saw horses top is 2.5x4in Ibeam, legs angle iron. Dragged them out of the weeds and hauled home. Then made a little trip to the metal supply...
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    wood processor hydraulic circuits

    Ok, I will admit, I am not the best hydraulic engineer. I have just enough sense to ask for advise. I just need opinions and suggestions on my proposed hydraulic setup. I was going to try and draw it out in Autocad, but the software I downloaded is buggy and wont display the symbols correctly...
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    converting hand torch to machine torch?

    I have one of the older miller 625 plasma cutters, 220v only. I have been thinking about getting a machine torch for it so I can use it on my home made track torch. Miller is proud of there machine torches, but I have found this torch, P 80 Panasonic Plasma Cutting Torch Complete Straight...
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    Learning hydraulic basics

    I have worked with hydraulic equipment all my life. I thought I had a handle on the basics. I learned how to trouble shoot and repair most of the equipment I worked with. I knew enough about those systems to know there was a lot I didnt know about them. The old equipment was pretty simple...
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    hydraulic circuit, need advise

    I am wnating to combine the flow from two hydraulic pumps to make one flow. P1 will provide flow, 30gpm, for one function before combining with P2 flow, also 30gpm to make 60gpm flow for another function. I Plan on running P1 thru a 4way control valve with Power beyond. I realize while operating...
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    Valve screwing with my head

    I have a parker v70, model v70-248-G, air shift and lever shift control valve. I got the valve out of a scrap bin but it is a new valve never been mounted on anything. Supposely the valve is open center, but i have been also told it is a closed center. Both fellows telling me this should know...
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    which cnc plasma

    I have been thinking about getting a cnc plasma table for a few years now. When I first started looking the machines where $10grand and I just couldnt justify the purchase, but prices seem to be coming down quite a bit now. While i dont plan on making a business with the machine, it would be...
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    How big of a plasma cutter do you really need

    I thought i would just post a link to a little plasma cutter I found while playing oon the web. I dont know if this machine is big enough for anything, but I thought some might like to see it. PLAZMARC ESP150 DUECE PACK PLAZMA CUTTER SYSTEM 150HRS WELDER TORTCH CUTTER AIR - RAILIRON--USED...
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    hydro electric power?

    Sitting around trying to research hydropower . My wife and I are about to start building our retirement home. Shes wanting a small house, 600sqft or so. I aint buying it and am thinking 900sqft or so. Anyways, we do have a small creek on the property with about 75ft of head. I will have to bury...
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    Drilling Ferro rods.

    My son asked me to drill some holes in a couple of ferro fire starting rods last nite. I wish I had thought of taking a camera with me while doing it. Just to say the light show was impressive. I had reservations about doing this as I didnt know how well the drill would penetrate and would the...
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    Cheap Northern tool cylinders=junk

    Well, today I decided to do a little maintenance to my splitter. The big thing I really wanted to take care of was opening up the ports to the cylinder. I had bought a 5in bore cyl from Northerntool a couple of years ago that was supposed to have 3/4" ports. Well the ports are 3/4, but when you...
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    Roatary Phase converter ??

    I have the opportunity to purchase a 1947 brown and Sharpe Vertical mill at a extremely good price. Problem is it needs 3phase power and of course I dont have that and couldnt even afford to have it ran to my shop. I contacted a manufacturer of one of those Box converters, which at first look...
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    drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    been trying to figure out how to drill a 2in hole, 12inches deep in some round stock. I have a lathe, but no drill bit that size. Dont have a drill bit that will reach that far except for some aircraft bits, 3/8 I think being the larges size. Thinking about making a drill bit extender and...
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    bending 4x4x.250 sqtube

    Been trying to figure out how much weight I can lift using 4x4x0.250 sq tube. All those online calcultors and formulas just confuse me so I will ask here. The tube is going to be used as the root boom of a knuckleboom loader. Tube will be 8ft long with a fixed pin at one end and cylinder...
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    thinking of hiring a weldor

    For years i have pretty much did all my own welding. As age creeps up on me and old Arthur taking my mobility, I have been thinking about just hiring someone part time to help me finish a few of my projects. Now i aint never been a top notch welder, but I have been trying to come up with some...
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    Welding on a rear axle hub

    I am getting ready to build my knuckleboom and thought I had everything figured out, until I decided to actually start. My thoughts are to weld the cyl braceing to the hub of the 48,000rear axle and let the hub be my swivel point for the boom. Not sure what kind of metal the hub is made from. It...
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    Cutting table

    I need to make a cutting table for my every growing desire to burn things up. I usually just hang what ever I need to cut up on some blocks, hang off the tail gate, or what ever. Been know to use a saw horses and a piece of plywood as a table. What I need help with is the size of the slats and...
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    track torch project

    I always wanted a track torch. The older I get, the more my hands shake, and the uglier my cuts get. I looked for a used one for a while but didnt like the prices of a complete setup. Looked for just the torch itself without the track, but was afraid of what ebay had to offer in the used torchs...
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    combining 2 pump flows into one

    Easy answer, just get a pump with proper flow. Never one to do things the easy, or smart way, so here is the question. I have two identical pumps, same brand, same flow, same pressure. Neither pump is big enough by itself, but together they would provide the correct flow rate. Whats the easiest...
 
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