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    Scott’s L2048 ( John Deere GX2048T020833) keeps eating belts

    My scotts ride on keeps eating deck belts. I’ve gone through the entire deck and everything thing checks out spindles, idlers and such. First I thought it was because i bought an off brand belt, but since then I have only used Deere belts at twice the prices, but they perform no better. I am...
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    Teflon tape on hydraulic fittings

    in a forum on FB I belong to, the age old argument got going about sealing hydraulic joints. In particular the use of Teflon tape on hydraulic fittings. I say NO don’t use the stuff, as it can get into things causing issues. Only use a good pipe Dope. what say you?
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    Convert loader to quick attach type

    I am looking to convert my model 75 loader on my JD850 tractor to a quick attach skid steer type. just wanted to touch base and see what folks that hve already done this suggest. I found one unit that will fit my loader but just for the attachment not including the part you weld on your bucket...
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    Stuck PTO shaft

    The PTO shaft on my brushhog is frozen and won’t extend. I’ve soaked it in both PB BLASTER and WD40. Anyone got any tricks up your sleeve to get these unstuck?
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    Off road Diesel versus #2 home heating oil

    I am getting conflicting information on #2 fuel oil (heating oil) versus off road Diesel fuel. The Driver that delivered our last load of heating Oil told me you can no longer Use #2 heating oil in a Diesel engine because they have removed all the Cetane from it. We have a couple of 275 gal...
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    Possible Gernerator Project

    I recently acquired a used 1800 RPM 10 kilowatt Generator (no motor) for doing a friend a favor. The Generator looks in ruff shape, but is in working order. I am looking at a few ways I might power this unit for use as a backup power supply. Ideally I would mount it on a trailer and power it...
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    Cost of John Deere parts

    I was qouted over $500.00 from our local dealer for a starter on a John deere Gator. The Gator has a 2 cyl 18HP Kawasaki Motor. I told the guy that I wanted the regular starter and not the one made of solid gold. He told me that ya thats the price for the regular one. Well I thought about...
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    My no split log splitter!

    I bought someone else's project log splitter (frame with piston) and started building the rest of it up with some new parts from Northern Hydraulics. Got it assembled, filled it with Hydrualic fluid, fired it up and yahoo the piston goes in and out no problem! Tested many in/out cycles and she...
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    What type fluid?

    Putting together a home made Log splitter and was wondering what type of fluid I should use. It will be using a Barns 11 gal/min 2 stage pump. Can I get by with simple ATF fluid for this application? any recomendations would be helpfull. FYI, the pump did not come with any recomendations...
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    ID this pump?

    I picked up a project Wood splitter minus a motor for $400. Some one built it from scratch, and it has this odd dual shaft pump on it (see pictures) I am guessing I will end up changing things out for a two stage 16 gal. pump, but was wondering if anyone could ID this pump. I am not sure why it...
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    carry box

    Welded up this Box to fetch firewood and things around the property. It measures 40" X 40" X 40". Why you ask? Because I got free steel that was 120" long. So far it has only cost me the the price of the Cat 1 pins and some welding rod. Even the Wood was a free find!!! Guess I will have to paint...
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    I hate Yellow Jackets!

    Finally got the clutch fixed in my JD 850, and was brush-hogging around our place to get some clean up done. I have a 5' IMO Brush hog that will take a beating and keep on ticking. I lowered it away on some brush and was beating up the stuff and of course when you do such a thing, it throws up a...
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    I am looking to replace the front tires on my JD 850 MFWD. I blew out one last weekend doing some bucket work (ok so they were old and a bit rotten). They are Firestone 25 X 8.50 X 14 Turf & Field. Question: I would lilke to convert over at some point to something with a bit more agrressive...
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    JD 850 needs a clutch

    My JD 850 needs a clutch replacement. I have replaced Clutchs on small trucks before, but I am unsure about splitting a tractor in half to do the same. Bottom line, my PTO will not disengage, however the main drive clutch is fine. The tractor was originaly used as a loader mostly, and I suspect...
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    IH Brush Hog / rotary mower

    Hi all, Does anyone have any info on IH brush hogs. I bought one site unseen (minus the drive shaft) for $50. My nephew found it for me and I am going to need to purchase a drive shaft for it. I don't really care what shape it is in as long as it works, as I am going to be beating up some...
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    Tires Turf tire to Ag tires

    I recently purchased a JD 850, MFWD with Turf tires. The Turf tires are pretty well worn and I will be looking to replace them with Ag tires in the future. I was wondering if there are any Ag tires that will fit my exisiting Rims or will I have to purchase new Rims as well when I go with Ag...