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  1. big bubba

    compressed air to prevent pipe freeze

    My cabin took a big hit when the elec failed during extended sub zero temps. heat lamp under sink works great when there's power, but i lost a tankless water heater & pipes in the aftermath w/o power for many hrs. The supply from the pump house is below cabin, so a purge in extremes would be...
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    Weeping battery

    Replaced 13yr factory battery last year. The new one has the removable cell inspection plates (factory one did not have) From the start, it has spilled onto the battery tray. Even after removing some of fluid, still does when over rough terrain (i'm in feral hog country). So is there any fix...
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    Algae & Microbal growth in diesel

    recent fuel injection failure discussions on this forum have made me upgrade from Howes to Optilube. not interested in what you are using never had a fuel problem. however, just wondering if most algae & microbal problems occur within tractor or farm storage tanks, etc i rotate between 2x...
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    T6 replacement

    Given up trying to locate T6 locally, considering the following for tractor. anyone have personal experience with this oil, recommendations, etc. not really interested in a thread of what forum members use for their own engine oil, just something specific on this Mobil 1 product. it seems to...
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    Mxx40 series hyd shuttle owners

    the hyd shuttle system in my M8540 works perfectly & is cable controlled from steering column. a while back i had issues, even with cable tension adjustment. turned out the cable was sticking. access is difficult (tank removal, etc) so had the shop do it for round 1k. been working perfect...
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    Underwater Welding Experience

    Any veteran underwater welders? Not just anecdotal stories, but direct field experience: Why so dangerous? Where does most of the work occur? Improved safety & equip through the years? Your story almost became one right out of welding school back in the day. Missed the underwater welding...
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    Is Shell VPower Premium ethanol free?

    My regular ethanol free dealer is out of business. Some say Shell VPower premium is ethanol free. Is it? my feeling is that some of it is free, but not all according to location. need it for small engines & old school pickup. know there are specialty places around here, but in my area very...
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    Big Cars are killing Americans

    i know many here will not agree with this article, but just to stir the pot.... inho increased size of the pickup over the years to the now monstrous has posed safety hazards for pedestrians. add all the small vehicles now on public roads (i hate scooters, etc) only increases risk. we have a...
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    why so many jeeps now on road?

    in the past few months, i notice a huge increase of Jeeps on the road here in town & on way to place out of town. Why? my theory is covid release. lots of wanna be adventure seekers out there now. most of them will never go off road, mostly mall cruisers, but still, i'm amazed. covid...
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    chain saw bar question

    starting to cut wood for the season. have a question re: increasing bar length & chain saw performance. have a Stihl 460 that i increased the bar length from 18" to 25" (saw is easily capable of handling extra length). new bar & chain cuts great. got to thinking...because of the added bar...
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    Unsecured hay hauling

    I travel a narrow 2 lane State highway in Arkansas 3-4 times weekly to my rural place in Ozarks. it's a busy highway w/o shoulders & blind curves. lots of round bale hauling without any securing, they say gravity will do the job...that is until control is lost around a curve to oncoming...
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    any reviews of Stihl HS 82R hedge trimmers?

    have above machine on order as a backup to my lighter hedge trimmer. it's the model that will accommodate larger woody cuts. anyone have experience with this model? at the price paid, hope the reviews are favorable thx in advance...
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    ag battery

    K factory battery lasted 12 yrs. & replaced this spring. the replacement has 2 removable wet cell inspection covers, factory original was closed cell have noticed weeping overrun on battery tray now w/rust, etc. given severe operating conditions w/heat & vibration, are closed cell batteries...
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    pickup truck size

    I've often wondered in recent years how is it that American (& foreign) full size pick up trucks have become so large, luxury laden, and overwhelmingly expensive almost requiring a 2nd mortgage to purchase. (i'm not talking about those who make a living from their pickups, just everyday owners...
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    quick battery question

    will a discharged battery freeze in the extreme cold? thinking of my zero turn battery & other smaller ones. good reason alone for tender, etc hoping everyone is able to stay warm, & warm thoughts to those who may be without power/water. batteries are replaceable..... thx in advance
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    hobart stickmate ac/dc arc welder

    finally letting my old Lincoln tombstone a/c welder go after many years. i only weld with torch & arc for farm utility applications. anyone have personal experience with the following arc welder? looks like a good upgrade. again, all i do is stick welding. thanks in advance Hobart...
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    valve adj M8540?

    ok so i have 770 hrs on my M8540 purchased new. flawless engine, runs quiet & smooth w/o valve lash noise i've encountered on other engines that need valve adjustment, etc. have done valve adj on engines for most of adult life. but i hesitate to open the valve cover from the factory...
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    flash back arrestor valves

    finally installing flash back arrestor valves on oxy/acet torch. should have been done years ago do you prefer the valves mounted on torch body, or those that attach to regulators? pros & cons? local suppliers charge around $70+ for a set, as usual, i can get them on Amazon for much less...
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    transporting oxy/acet tanks

    occasionally transport my tanks in horiz position (regs off & tanks capped of course). have always allowed 24 hrs for acetone in the acetylene tank to settle in vertical position before using. otherwise i understand it could damage reg diaphragm if not allowed to settle. just what a...
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    Smith torch o rings

    apologize in advance for such a simple question. had my Smith torches/welding tips since early 70's. never a problem. the o rings are original & am careful in making the various attachment connections. my question is what is the recommended "lube" to prevent tearing, etc to the rings...
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    so is it safe?

    It's a staple in every suburban household. large & small time farmers use w/impunity. some i know use the ingredient to rid lilly pads/cattails in their wetlands. Is it safe? or is this just one legal scam on a perfectly safe product?... come on, i know at least 90% of you use it...
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    0 turn hyd motor slow leak

    noticed a slow leakage from a wheel motor on my zero turn (higher end hyd system). typically, when there is leakage under the motor itself, how involved is the seal replacement, & what are the causes for failure? it is slow but recently had to add a few cups to the reservoir. is this a...
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    wood ash & commercial fertilizer together?

    getting garden plot ready. can wood ash & commercial fertilizer be broadcast together? have read not to broadcast lime w/ fertilizer as they inhibit benefits? not sure w/wood ash. otherwise will broadcast a month apart. thx in advance
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    your thoughts on Conty Line 40 ton log splitter

    Members: your thoughts, experience with this TSC 40 ton County Line log splitter. it will replace my TSC Huskee 35 ton splitter that i'll give to a good friend in need. any feedback appreciated before purchase, thx in advance CountyLine 4-Ton Log Splitter at Tractor Supply Co.
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    FEL torsion bar mis allignment

    inquiring if any members have had this happen. on my M series, there is a large diameter torsion bar that connects one FELarm to the other. on occasion, the lever on one side of the attach becomes disconnected (brush handling, etc) in my case it happened without my knowledge. so in...
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    Welding/ Cutting on smaller gas powered equip

    Looking @ a repair on a smaller 4wd power wheelbarrow about the size of a zero turn mower. need to replace broken ft. axle that will involve cutting/welding, fabrication. the engine is rear mount like a zero turn. so...what are the hazards of doing the above on gas powered equip w/fuel in...
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    latex stain spray question

    putting up lattice under porch deck & will spray w/latex stain. understand that some thinning will be necessary for the spray pattern so talking to the paint specialist @ lowes, rather than using water as the thinner, they recommended their latex base thinner (water base). 1st i've heard...
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    when to let go of tractor insurance

    am interested in hearing from forum members when they feel annual tractor insurance is no longer needed. currently have M8540 hd12 sp open station that i've insured w/KTAC for 10 yrs since purchased new. long since paid off. very pleased w/KTAC. never filed a claim. they rate the machine...
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    leaking carb

    have a 9 hp Briggs Vanguard. forgot to open fuel shut off valve, & engine ran gas dry & of course stopped. when i opened the valve, i now have fuel leaking out of the housing. the carb mounting bolts are tight. could a float sticking open cause a carb to leak & over flow from the...
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    coolant change interval

    so i've got 30k/6 yr on the last coolant change on my honda prelude. temp protection checks out fine. do i need to look at another change soon? thx in advance it's just conventional prestone, not extended life....
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    question on hyd pump or wheel motor issue on zero turn

    greetings fellow forum members. i have a walk behind hyd mower that has a hydraulic issue. the forward motion in one wheel suddenly does not operate. it does tho in reverse. question: if the problem is either in the hydraulic pump or in the wheel motor on that side, generally is it more...
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    M series: hydraulic shuttle issue solved

    just a note to M series owners who might have hydraulic shuttle issues. might save you some frustration. over time, the shifter cable might need adjustment on the steering column due to stretch if there is clutch (wet) engagement problems in either direction. this is done via turnbuckle...
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    ZT premature idler pulley failures

    members: have only around 225 hrs on a commercial zero turn, runs great. recently have had 2 idler pulley bearings go out (drive & blade). pulleys are kind of pricey ($60) and i'm looking into getting just the bearings if they are a press fit, etc. any ideas why they should be going out so...
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    ZT aftermarket suspension seat

    ZT operators: does anyone know of or have experience with an aftermarket ZT operator's suspension seat that is superior to the adj. spring loaded factory version? don't want to spend 10K on a ferris, etc, as my machine is heavy duty and runs perfectly. feral hogs are tearing up my rural...
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    hyd shuttle adj inquiry on Mxx40 series

    have an M8540 w/550 hrs. have had to adj the hyd shuttle linkage recently. i realize cable tension changes over time & necessitates adjustment. but performance after adj. still concerns me...rather than go into details, has anyone with the Mxx40 series adjusted their hyd shuttle? maybe give...
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    M 8540 4wd question

    my '08 M8540 operates flawlessly including the 4wd. recently, disengaging the 4wd is problematic in that the lever seems to hang up 3/4 downward toward the floorboard, and requires some coaxing to fully disengage.were it not for the 4wd dash light, i wouldn't have noticed... previously, it was...
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    Unsecured Loads

    As hay season progresses i see at least 1/2 of the round bale loads on the well traveled 2 lane state highway are being transported unsecured, the top tier merely resting on the bottom one. the transporter will no doubt say everything is safe & secure...i have yet to ask the HP here, but in...
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    ideas on building a horse shoe pit?

    forum members. this spring i'll be building a horse shoe pitching pit (actually 2 side by side) for the pleasure of my (friendly) redneck neighbors. i'm aware of regulations & dimensions & have a general design in mind, but am open to any ideas & suggestions you might have (including pics...
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    gear trans: going from syn blend to full syn

    fellow members: have 2 Toyota manual gear transmission (older) vehicles that i have been using Mystic 75/90 syn blend gear oil in for many years w/no issues at all. not sure of ratio of syn to dino base on that (GL5)...this is what the dealer uses & i purchase from them & change...
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    tractor battery charge question

    as a result of an interesting recent thread, i won't be regularly starting & warming my tractor as it sits throughout the winter. only use it when i need it... however, want to keep the battery fully charged (do not have power to the storage area) & don't want to mess with a solar tender, etc...
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    food plot: wood duck

    have an existing favorable wetland site where wood duck & other species already nest & raise clutches. want to enhance the habitat by establishing a food plot along water's edge & an acre plot w/good cover. per recommendation of F&G, will seed w/ japanese millet. anyone have experience growing...
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    hobart stickmate AC/DC welder

    fellow members: just purchased new Hobart Stickmate 225AC/160DC welder for $497 (incl shipping) to my doorstep. this replaces my tried & true lincoln AC buzz box, time for an upgrade. specs on attached link. any feedback from ya? apparently, miller makes the same model but higher priced...
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    b/h drive shaft length

    a friend of mine just purchased a Bush Bog 8' twin spindle, nice machine, every bit as heavy duty as my Rhino...the drive shaft is too long, so he's returning it to dealer, although i think he'll have to measure & cut...my question is how much allowance should he figure for the slip joint...
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    8540 brake maintenance

    8540 6yrs, 450 hrs....no brake issues...looking @ manual scheduled maintenance they call for 1) clean master cyl filter 2 yrs 2) replace master cyl 2 yrs 3)replace equalizer kit 2 yrs 4)replace brake seal 2 yrs 5)bleed brake system as needed. never did any of this, would require a shop manual...
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    synthetics & oil filter longevity

    i've got lots of small engines, some regularly used, others such as my generator go long periods unused. I use Napa Gold oil filters just to keep it all simple. I notice they have a "platinum" version that they recommend to be used w/equipment when using synthetics & the change interval is...
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    shelf life: premium vs reg?

    have a small landscape business plus a rural farm so i run a lot of high dollar 2 & 4 stroke engines. use stabyl & ethanol treatment (this is not about what additive to use). have been told that premium gas in general will outlast regular in shelf life. if so, is this difference negligible...
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    pr/str noise: your take?

    M8540. 450 hrs, hyd oil/filter changed 2nd time @400hrs since new. over the past 10 hrs a squeaking noise has developed as i turn the wheels back & forth. stationery & motion. from ft. end. all ft end fittings greased regularly. udt & Kobota hyd filters installed. fluid level good, used...
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    change interval synthetic

    i use rotella T6 in all of my 4 cyl vehicles (gas) ranging 15-20 years old, very pleased with it, no issues. oil consumption is minimal, engines in good shape, oil starts to turn dark around 2.5K. my question is frequency of engine oil change. currently do filter/oil change between 5-6K and...
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    maintenance overkill?

    been known for a lot of dumb things, yet another....fueled up my M8540 & brush hogged for an hr or so. when i returned, i saw that i had neglected to replace the fuel cap (laying close to the fuel inlet)....so w/all that dust, etc. an uncovered fuel tank !!!!! tank was around 3/4 full about...
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    new tick virus?

    Unusual Tick-Borne Virus Lurks In Missouri's Woods : Shots - Health News : NPR might check out for those of us in mid west out in field & woods. triple R, u there? MO is where it is.......
 
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