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  1. jwmorris

    Anyone Seen A Flail Like this? Who Makes it?

    With the offset, I think you are correct. https://betstco.com/product/fh-agl165/
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    How many gallons

    There are 231 cubic inches, 3.8 liters in a gallon (or Grandnational engine). Your 36" is probably OD and you can't count that, you need ID. In any case, you find the volume in cubic inches. And divide that by 231 to get gallons.
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    The one thing that you wonder why you didn't buy sooner?

    I didn't buy it but I sure wish I had built this years before I did. Saves a lot of work.
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    I hate to see this...

    I've put a lot of trust in kids that I know I can.
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    I hate to see this...

    I've got photos of lots of kids sitting on things, they are acting like they are operating. That said, I have seen some very young people that operate machines better than people ten times their age. Just being older doesn't always equal better, smarter or safer.
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    Solar PV panel Hot Water System

    Kind of a problem with lots of stuff that relies on the Sun.
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    Is there a safe way to pump gasoline into a plastic tank in the bed of a truck?

    All of them do not but many do and it can be added to others. Most often they are a schrader valve. Open when connected, off when disconnected. Like the valve in your tires. It is most likely on the feed line in the engine bay. Something like this.
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    Is there a safe way to pump gasoline into a plastic tank in the bed of a truck?

    I have often used the gas tank in a vehicle to transport fuel. I connect a hose to the fuel pressure test port, put the other end of my hose where I want the fuel, then start the engine. No lifting or extra containers. Just stop soon enough you can make it back to a station for a refill.
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    Returning batteries for warranty claim

    If charging overnight does the trick but the charging system of the tractor cannot maintain the charge, it is the problem. If the batteries cannot HOLD a charge, they should be replaced. Tell the people at NAPA to charge it back up and leave it sitting for a day, then test. As you don't leave...
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    Another tractor manufacturer out of business?

    In that case, can I borrow your keys, for a minute... If they could have the money they waste, they wouldn't waste as much; however, they have to dump billions of our dollars places just to get a few million kicked back to them well enough they don't go to jail. Even the IOU's are on us, when...
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    Welding plastic

    There are specific gravity tests with water that I use from time to time.
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    Welding plastic

    As far as filler, assuming I don't know what the parent material is, I try and remove enough of it from the part (from an unseen location) to use as the filler. Will not only be a material match but color as well.
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    Another tractor manufacturer out of business?

    All of the dollars they spend are our dollars. The inflation we have felt recently is because they just "made up" more dollars we are on the hook for. All while making the one's they let us keep, have less and less value.
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    Another tractor manufacturer out of business?

    I keep trying. If I didn't vote, I wouldn't complain. ;)
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    Air Compressor Performance

    I guess just me. Just a way to quantify performance/degradation there of. Kind of like a doctor keeping records over time to track your health vs just saying, "well, your not dead yet, see you next year."
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    Another tractor manufacturer out of business?

    No doubt about it. The electric vehicle was invented over 140 years ago. Motor and battery tech have come a hell of a long way, but its still not good enough for some of our uses. And thats with the .gov throwing billions of dollars at the ideas.
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    Welding a Reese tube to a box blade

    I have one box blade that has a 2" receiver welded into it but I really don't use it much. If I am pulling dirt I generally use just the box part, that I cut the 3 point off of. If I want to smooth it out, I use the 3 point part off that box that I converted into a land plane. I did weld...
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    Another tractor manufacturer out of business?

    To have a successful business you need to make products people want and can use. Thats nice and a noble goal but people don't by goals, they buy a tractor to achieve them.
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    Cast iron repair

    I'd work on the original wheel myself a break in a thicker section is easier than building up thin. The process I would use would be similar to this repair. https://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/threads/one-way-to-repair-cast-iron.461671/#post-6435511 No need to have to repair and then modify...
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    DIY tree shear

    Be sure to post a link to your DIY version or even a place to buy.
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    Really need your advice whether my daughters car is safe to drive or not as she needs to return to school later this morning

    A vacuum leak, in itself, can cause high idle. Plug the hose back on and it would be good to go. I'm not one to put kids into questionable vehicles but unless she's going to idle it 160 miles, a small vacuum leak isn't going to matter much but I'd still look for something the tech missed...
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    Propane tank fire pit

    I used an 18" wide roll of sheet metal I had to go around the cylinder and line it up with itself to mark a line around it that is square, then a rolled piece of 1/4" aluminum I had as a guide. That is it on the ring I cut off, using a plasma. I used it because my roller will only go 4" wide...
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    Would you use this pic in an advertisement?

    It’s a trailer jack, I modified (the trunnions), it’s designed to be a couple feet behind a truck throwing road debris around, rain or shine. My guess is a long time though, not sure when the last time I adjusted it was. The only reason it’s there is that I originally used it without a 3...
  24. jwmorris

    Air Compressor Performance

    Me either but why wait until things fail, if we could easily see a decline in their performance before failure..when you require it?
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    Air Compressor Performance

    Thank you, that is the kind of quantitative information I was looking for. What is the brand and model?
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    Air Compressor Performance

    I have a number of older compressors and wished I had wrote down how long they ran, to fill from empty. So I could see how well they were still doing. Thought maybe others had the same thought at some point and numbers could be collected and shared. One is an 80 gal with an SS5 compressor and...
  27. jwmorris

    King Cutter professional rear blade

    We don't ever have enough snow to plow and if I am working on a road, I go down one side and back on the other side at the same angle.
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    Weld table, what tools are your favorite?

    Squirrel cage fan, under the bench. Blows on you, not your work. That said, now that it's cold as heck, why do I only need to use a rosebud when its in the triple digits?
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    King Cutter professional rear blade

    You don't have to. One can make things as difficult as they like it.
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    Weld table, what tools are your favorite?

    It's too cold in the little shop but after a couple of hours it feels pretty nice near the 4 x 10 cast iron table, with the help of a 150k btu forced air heater blowing under it...
  31. jwmorris

    King Cutter professional rear blade

    I have one like that, I use a cordless 1/2” impact to adjust it, it stays where I put it.
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    Weld table, what tools are your favorite?

    I was trying to figure out what tool was the handy one but I really need all of them at some point or they wouldn't be there. This time of year, the heater overhead is nice to have. I set it up so it will swing around to heat me at the lathe and mill too. Also have a set of wrenches that...
  33. jwmorris

    Weld table, what tools are your favorite?

    I find a rotary positioner to be pretty handy for making nice welds around things
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    25 Acres worth buying hay equipment?

    This is what I did, find guy close that's bailing hay and strike up a conversation. Keeps me in ag exemption at the house, field maintained and I don't have to add equipment hauling to the list of things to do.
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    Wire inventory?

    I don't. The thicker the wire, the less problems I have feeding it. If it is too thin for .035, I'd probably TIG it anyway.
  36. jwmorris

    Now I'm paranoid

    I have spent many years working around equipment that could rip you're arm off and beat you with it. Don't become complacent around danger, that's when things get you. It's a good start being paranoid but that can fade quickly.
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    Looks like this one is going to be a winner. Used it for 3 days on shy of 250 stumps (mostly smaller cedar trees) but did hit a few big oak and elm stumps. This over 2' one was the largest. and 8" below grade. The teeth held up well, so far. in action.
  38. jwmorris

    Would you use this pic in an advertisement?

    Keeps one from wondering if the bolts are going to be strong enough and brings up a great point. The people that are going to buy a hook welded to a plate and then bolt that on, probably don't know enough about welding to critique.
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    Replace wood splitter hydraulic seals?

    This one is worth the money...
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    It was dark by the time I put out hay and attached it to the tractor but I had to try it out anyway. This was #1, before. And after. And less than ideal weather this morning so a decent video will be after Christmas. For now this is all I have. This is how the fire pit turned out...
  41. jwmorris

    What is it

    A lift point.
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    I spent most of my career building open wheel racecars. They were $11/ea, not a deal breaker but it adds up.
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    I torqued everything down, bolted on the PTO shaft, loaded it and a box blade I had to repair. Ready for a test run, once I run in the clutch. I hope, would have been nice to have had a tractor here... Keep your fingers crossed. Hmm, seems like I am a little behind on painting projects...
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    One of the drawbacks of not drawing out plans is you have to measure things at the end and machine to fit. I started out running PVC through all of the components and measured from there. Then machined the shaft for the hub. Froze it so it pressed on a bit easier. The weld photo must...
  45. jwmorris

    PTO powered stump grinder build

    I wasn’t either, the first one I built, years ago now, was another scrap build that was a side to side swinging one but manual. It works but is a lot of work or I am too old. I built it when I was given this cutting head. Used an old brigs 8hp engine that I threw and electric starter on...
  46. jwmorris

    Broken welds

    I have seen defective castings but can’t see what failed on the OP’s equipment without a photo or two or half a dozen.
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    Exact same concept though. There are a number of outifts that make them based on the same concept, not an original idea just the execution and I‘ll admit I wouldn’t build them like this, if I were selling them but I was using as much scrap as I could. I didn’t get too fancy with setting the...
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    mini welding table

    Drill and tap the table top and use a cordless impact for the fasteners. Is vise is better than most for positioning, have another axis to move parts around in...
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    No I am going to use this with our HST tractor. The idea is the hinge allows the cutter to swing away (actually hold position) if the tractor moves and the cutters can’t cut that fast, then the operator stops advancement and lets the chipping head cut until it’s back vertical. The hinges and...
  50. jwmorris

    Replace wood splitter hydraulic seals?

    Looks like Speeco made cylinders for husky, is it this design? If so, $39 on eBay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/173698137053 $18 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Hydraulic-Splitter-5-0-bore-2-0/dp/B0BCFXXYXK So, yeah, the mark up is ridiculous but it’s a dirty job, not a hard one. Last time I...
  51. jwmorris

    Gopher plow

    No kidding, here you go.
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    I drilled and tapped the hinges for grease fittings yesterday and made a pretty good push on it today. I used some 1” couplers and a short piece of shafting to align the two hinges for welding. The welded it out and made two gussets out of some of the drop, for the grinder side hinges...
  53. jwmorris

    I DIYed A Tool Box For The JD 4052R

    That works until it does’t. Only reason I mentioned it as I did the same thing for my car hauler spare tire, that sees much less debris than my tractors and if it didn’t spend a lot of its life under shelter, it probably would have rusted out by now. No single item can fit through the cracks...
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    I DIYed A Tool Box For The JD 4052R

    I’d have made the bottom expanded metal so the chain isn’t sitting in mudd/water. The project is well executed, nice job.
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    mini welding table

    I liked this concept, for a small welding table I think the ID of the rings (the brake rotors) needs to be larger and probably welded to the vertical tubes at an angle, so you can go to one side or the other for a greater total angle of adjustment. I’d probably lower the stand height off the...
  56. jwmorris

    Ford 1700 to Purchase or Pass?

    If it runs and the stuff that is supposed to move on the implements, moves, I would have already done that deal before research could be done an it changes.
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    Have honey doo’s tonight but did drill and tap the outside hinge brackets and made anti-rotation/retaining tabs and welded them to the 1” shafting that are the hinge.
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    I think the pillow blocks will go before the 2” cold rolled steel shaft. I will admit to not being a fan of it, why I did press it in first and wait until after welding for final machining. I have lots of over run clutches that have failed over the years but have never had one break at the...
  59. jwmorris

    PTO powered stump grinder build

    Thank you. I had hoped there might be some interest to keep me going. I have lots of projects that are in limbo, the ones that get finished are the ones that stay in mind. Too easy to get side tracked… I finished out welding the attachment end tonight. Then welded the piviots to the...
  60. jwmorris

    Pallet forks to move round bales

    If you get wide and go under both sides .O. you can get them. I kind of went the other direction on my last build and put hay spikes in place of the forks, to set round bails into my above ground feeders I have to poke into them higher. But I can still use them for things I would otherwise...
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    I decided I wanted a little more clearance for the main shaft, it didn’t need to be as tight as I had it. So I tacked the drop back in a little high as used it as my guide. Also cut the last piece I needed from the boiler, bottom of 3 pt frame. I then turned to the hinges, I needed a...
  62. jwmorris

    PTO powered stump grinder build

    I machine the piviots for the oil light bushings today. They are now ready to weld to the grinder side hinge plates. Also, welded the main shaft. Faced off the back side and center drilled it, so it’s ready for machining and welding on the drive hub.
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    If it breaks, I have $100 that says it’s not going to be the top link attachment point…
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    Gopher plow

    Had it out again the other day, the sand has done a little smoothing over the last decade. Stainless on the drive wheel seems to have worked out too. No sheared bolts but a ‘48 8N isn’t a power house either. If you operate one of these and do snag something, when you back up, you must...
  65. jwmorris

    PTO powered stump grinder build

    Had Dad stuff to do again but would really like to take it out for a hot lap before next year, so I knocked out another few inches of weld. Not my best work but should be sufficient.
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    It‘s funny, how many things can cut in line of a ”for fun” project… I did get the main hub machined and drilled and a little welding done. So, there’s a little progress.
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    Preventing Three Point Hitch Side Sway

    10” side to side sounds like he doesn’t have any stabilizers. To control sway. and instead did something like this but used a cylinder vs steel.
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    Keeping mice out of your tractors engine bay over the winter and summer too.

    I’d probably pick one or the other, unless your end goal is to kill cats…
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    3rd Function Remote

    Yeah, your going to need a wire from a fused 12v source going to the solenoid, a ground wire going to a switch and then the solenoid. I probably wouldn’t waste my time with zip ties, probably cough up another $20 for some of these myself. The FEL probably has QD fitting on it, remove them...
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    3rd Function Remote

    Fair enough but I did not see “made in the USA” in either of the links above. If I can sell <$200 worth of goods for $700 though, I’m in. Not so much if I am buying. That first link doesn’t even include the long (most expensive) hoses. Must be why it’s ”only” $625… FWIW the reason Chinese...
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    3rd Function Remote

    I think I need to sell “kits” myself, looks closer to $200 than $700 to me. Maybe the button is the expensive part…
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    Ugggg Truck problems

    Thats what a good salesman would say. Even if the original owner had problems with it right out of the gate and got rid of it, so it was someone else’s problem… Average mileage in my State is just over 16k a year or 1300+/month. The guy has the truck for a few weeks and then remembers the...
  73. jwmorris

    Will cutting brass with steel cause a spark?

    The valve is threaded into the tank. Righty tighty, lefty loosey… Personally, I would make sure they are empty and without pressure first.
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    Would you use this pic in an advertisement?

    I just don’t throw anything away. So when I need a heavy duty differential screw for a project, I bought a load binder and cut the hooks off, like to adjust the angle on this box. Then they are already sitting there collecting dust when I weld them onto something. And already there when I...
  75. jwmorris

    Would you use this pic in an advertisement?

    No, it would seem silly to me to buy a hook welded to something that I then have to drill holes and bolt on, when I could just weld the hook to what I want myself and skip the other work.
  76. jwmorris

    Are You A Gambler?

    I am not much of a gambler but I will make a bet. I bet others would be willing to take a gamble and offer more money for one than I would. If it was an old tractor, before they relied so heavily on electronics it would be one thing, a new tractor today. That’s very risky since those are...
  77. jwmorris

    Cordless Framing Nailer

    Might have seen some of their work…
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    Towable pressure washer/30min water source

    Added a vent as well as a little more strength to the frame.
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    Cordless Framing Nailer

    I have an older paslode pneumatic framing nailer and one of their cordless ones that works just as good. They use a battery for ignition but a fuel for combustion. They don’t have an infinite shelf life though. I got a smoking deal on it from Craigslist because the previous owner didn’t know...
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    Side tracked a bit but made it back for a little progress. Getting the 3 point mid plate together.
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    Towable pressure washer/30min water source

    I decided I needed a way to flush rocks away from stumps I needed gone, had a gas powered pressure washer, old drum and a GM intercooler water pump. The frame is 1.5 angle, notched and bent from 1/8. Same for the bearing mounts and battery holder. Transfer screws make it easy to have...
  82. jwmorris

    PTO on 8N won’t attach to mower shaft. My 8N PTO has a kind of slight flange around it that keeps the u-joint from sliding on enough to engage the

    Not just throttle down. It you push in the clutch, to stop power and don’t have an over run clutch, the momentum of everything spinning will power the tractor back through the PTO. As I said earlier, one can buy over run clutches that convert from one shaft to another. The female is one...
  83. jwmorris

    My Senior design project - a "Swamp Thing" tracked vehicle clone

    A bolt and nut adjusted to your liking.
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    Tractor setting areas on fire?

    Tilling next to a fence and starting fires, wire beating around inside a bunch of spinning steel, causes sparks…
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    PTO on 8N won’t attach to mower shaft. My 8N PTO has a kind of slight flange around it that keeps the u-joint from sliding on enough to engage the

    If it’s something with enough inertia to “drive” the tractor after you depress the clutch, I would agree; However, not all implements will do so and there are a number of stationary PTO uses as well. For them, they are not required. One can also go from one size shaft to another via the over...
  86. jwmorris

    Belt Tensioner

    This is how mine is as well. They already knew how to make automatic tensioners by then but figured it might remind people there are grease zerks in there too. As it would happen, snugging the belt is a lot easier than changing a bearing.
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    Box Blade Cutting Angle?

    I like it, my axle came off an old paint vat, trailing arms were off a foxbody and I used a load binder so I could set an angle if I wanted to.
  88. jwmorris

    Box Blade Cutting Angle?

    I have had the same thought, making it a land plane that can capture some amount of dirt. Then I came across a Craigslist box blade for cheap that had a hinged rear blade so it was a great “cutter” but not as good at smoothing since one couldn’t ride on the rear fixed blade, it would just swing...
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    Box Blade Cutting Angle?

    Are you going to have a hinged rear blade or is it going to be fixed? Are you wanting to dig or scrape level?
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    Another homemade tractor canopy

    I see where you were coming from now, the shade part isn’t metal, just the frame. The cover is a “drop“ of high impact plastic I had left over from a gas powered rotary broom project. Metal will get hot in sun for sure, in the summer my smokers read 150 F Before you start the fire.
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    Another homemade tractor canopy

    Thanks, unfortunately it’s too late for my hearing. In the first photo, you can see the worktunes ear muffs I always wear, that I hang on the steering wheel after I turn it off and just behind the seat, the backup pair I keep on it, if someone has snatched my primaries. Wish I had started that...
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    Another homemade tractor canopy

    I then attached the top to the frame with pan head rivets. I had an LED light I took off of something that I decided to used, I tied into one of the tail light wires for power and added another switch so I didn’t have to have it on if I didn’t need it.
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    Another homemade tractor canopy

    I did this one a little bit different than others and it’s the easiest one I have to put on that can withstand a little running into branches. I started with a hunk of 1x3 box tube and made some 1/2-13 threaded inserts that I welded into it, then drilled out a 1/2” bolt to use as a drill...
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    Bucket Hooks with D-Rings

    Remember it when you vote….
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    Loaded tires filled with....antifreeze?

    Yeah, once you destroy a rim or two, antifreeze will make more sense to you. I actually use “old“ antifreeze from a local shop that keeps it separate from oil and transmission fluid because they can’t get them picked up if there is antifreeze mixed with them.
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    Kubota Hydraulic cylinder with broken piston rod

    I haven’t messed with a Kubota cylinder but I have drilled and tapped lots of holes down the center of Thompson shafting (hardened 60-65C on the outside), it’s the outside thats hard, the center is softer, thats why you see more bent rods than ones that break in two, like they would be if fully...
  97. jwmorris

    Is DEF that bad?

    Thats kind of the nature of the beast. If you add stuff, it can fail. Don’t get me wrong I’d rather take a trip in my 2023 F350 than my 1923 Model T but there is a LOT more to go wrong on the F350. I would be astonished (and very dead) if it’s still running 100 years from now, the T wouldn’t...
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    Cut the other mid plate mount and a couple of gussets today. Can see the ”from the back of the tractor” view of the hinge in the last photo. Will be two pins, as a finished produc, just easier than a fixture to align them with 1 piece of barstock.
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    Thank you, Don. I was finally going to use a fancy cutter….and it was smoked…so I used the lowly hole saw. Yeah, 1” of steel takes the better part of a beer. This is the main hinge that allows the grinding head to piviot away from the stump, if feed is too aggressive, so one can stop...
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    Have the generator running like a top now and decided I needed to borrow a part from the kids seesaw, bolted on a couple hanging door skates and it seems pretty decent way to balance the grinding wheel when I’m done with it.
  101. jwmorris

    Single swing drive gate

    I have had several sets of mighty mule ones, they are pretty crummy but will work for a few years before they bite the dust. Liftmasters are a lot better and is reflected in their prose as well.
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    Making a port-a-band, a vertical band saw..

    You are HF’s target market. :)
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    Kubota LX4020 Already Having Problems

    How about making pickups so tall you can‘t reach over the bed and get anything out of it, then put a ladder in the bed so you can get in there but be sure to make it so light weight a soccer mom won’t break a finger nail but your butt will dent it if you sit on it.., Yeah, I could probably deal...
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    latest Ford Bronco? Need reviews.

    My wife got one I drive more than she does, V6, beats the 2011 3.8L Jeep I had in almost every way. I’d take the Jeeps ability to not get filthy (has a lot to do with color) and the Windshield wipers were better on the Jeep. Not much else is even close. Its the best soft top I’ve been it...
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    Making a port-a-band, a vertical band saw..

    That’s a horizontal saw like this one. Not a vertical one. Once you get one of the horizontal ones cutting right, you don’t want to mess with them again, so they become dedicated. Then again, if you’re not building stuff, you don’t need much, I guess…
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    Making a port-a-band, a vertical band saw..

    This is the 4th one I’ve put together and they are all slightly different but are based on some 1/4” tank feet that cracked on the edges when bent, used for the table. A ziptie holds the trigger down and I use a foot ”on/off” switch on them in most cases, clamped to the table on the right on...
  107. jwmorris

    PTO powered stump grinder build

    I managed to make a little headway, have my non perpendicular blade mounts all ready to go. Cut a couple of 3 x 1/4 box tube sections that will have telescoping feet for storage. The remaining section of boiler plate was too far off of the main frame arch for me to have hopes of getting...
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    Not much today, cut and drilled 10 more parts, laid out another, I might be able to knock out tomorrow.
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    That’s pretty much how I have acquired my equipment, the job buys it, I keep it. I have sharpened my annular cutters by hand but I don’t work them very hard, just didn’t have one that size. I have a slip roll that I made I have used up to 2” box tubing but it’s only 4” wide, this is it...
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    PTO powered stump grinder build

    The mag drill is a “vintage” Milwaukee. Personal projects come from, opportunity and free resources or else I would buy it. It would be Interesting to know what alloy the, Boiler plate is. It was certainly tought getting into place.
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    Are You A Gambler?

    If I gamble it’s generally with very small denominations of money. If I make a substantial bet the odds are going to be in my favor by good margin. With all of the electronics in things these days, I’d pass unless they are giving them away.
  112. jwmorris

    PTO powered stump grinder build

    I drilled the front and back plates for the pillow blocks, starting with a center punch to locate the holes. Then center drill at the punch location. Next drill the pilot hole. Then finish drill. Reset pillow block with shank of 5/8 bolt and repeat, like the first photo, showing the...
  113. jwmorris

    What use for a bottle jack that works upside down?

    If the handle was obstructed when normally positioned and you don’t have a porta power, and the pump handle had clearance if you inverted it, that would be one reason.
  114. jwmorris

    PTO powered stump grinder build

    I did look at them, they seem more at home on a “swinging” design, going back and forth across the top of a stump. The one I am building is intended to be lowered on the back side of the stump and pulled through.
  115. jwmorris

    PTO powered stump grinder build

    Every time I get rolling on a project something get in my way… I get a call from a fellow that was trying to sell me a generator but it wasn’t in running condition, I told him I couldn’t offer anything for something I was unsure if worked, a couple months later he tells me to just come get it...
  116. jwmorris

    Ideas for tipping pallets

    Strap the base down if it’s not on forks!
  117. jwmorris

    PTO powered stump grinder build

    I cut the hub for the grinding wheel, it’s amazing what one can do with a regular hand torch, if it can be guided steady. 1 1/2” plate. I turned it “perfect” but it’s nice starting with something less jagged than my hands give me. Went ahead and drilled it out close to “finish” size while...
  118. jwmorris

    Bought a portable oxy/acy setup and need help understanding

    They have the same stuff in them, just a small fraction of it. You can still use them with a rosebud, just not as long. It also costs more to fill them, as far as content per dollar goes. The date will be stamped into the tank, often a number of them as they are restamped with a new date when...
  119. jwmorris

    PTO powered stump grinder build

    I have been gathering up stuff for awhile and finally got started. The shield is the steam dome off a boiler, my Father cut up in the ‘80’s, (think I’m going to build a firepit with the rest of it) some drop 1/2” plate from a roller project, the clutched drive shaft came from vevor $100 and 34...
  120. jwmorris

    How to Move a Large Tool Box

    I know a lot of guys have them moved with a flatbed wrecker. Its a lot cheaper to just rent one of these, roll it on, then lift it up. https://www.unitedrentals.com/marketplace/equipment/trucks-trailers/trailers/hydraulic-ground-level-equipment-trailer-6-ft-14-ft-single-axle
  121. jwmorris

    What two Landpride attachments with new Kubota purchase?

    That would depend entirely what I intended to use it for. A box blade and pallet forks are handy but if you need to bale hay, not so much. What are you going to use it for? That drives what you need. Kind of like #2 suggested a snow blade, might be the most used implement where he lives but...
  122. jwmorris

    Upgrading tractor for dragging horseback riding arenas

    The one I have also has a mode selection where it will automatically shift between “Rabbit/turtle” and you don’t have to do a thing, encounter more load and it “down shifts” when it goes away, it shifts back up. That said, I learned to drive an 8N when I was 11. New operators are almost always...
  123. jwmorris

    How much trailer weight can my tractor tow?

    Probably because total weight you are dragging doesn’t matter much unless you need to stop it from shoving you into something. Tongue weight could be a concern at some point but even that can be eliminated… You might like this one. FWIW 1 full rail car can have a 285,000+Lbs gross weight...
  124. jwmorris

    DIY Pool Pump repair

    It’s not hard work but it is work. Worst one I ever messed with had an odd size proprietary bearing/seal they wouldn’t sell. I ended up opening up the bore for them .015 to fit an off the shelf part. I guess that’s a diy too but you would have to have more than the usual tools at home.
  125. jwmorris

    Pricing pallet forks

    A bit more expensive these days but looks like about $250 today, for the parts I used. I bought a 1/2” thick QD “blank”...
  126. jwmorris

    Gopher mount leveling.

    I made this little drag out of 6 catwalk steps, throw the chain over the ball on a 4 wheeler and send the kids out to find them. It works better than the harrows I have.
  127. jwmorris

    Farmall bn no spark

    I am not sure why but our ‘48 front mount distributor seems like the tractor that always needs the most attention to the points. Generally just knock the oxidation off and they are good but it’s a PITA to get to them. Years ago my Father showed me this trick and it’s worth knowing. The...
  128. jwmorris

    Gopher mount leveling.

    If a slow death to vermin is too hard to swallow, how about something quick? http://rodenator.eu/
  129. jwmorris

    Gopher mount leveling.

    If you want To stop the dirt piles you need to kill the animals that are piling them up. They also bring rocks to the surface here so mowers can throw them and bust out windows. I built this implement that creates a tunnel under ground for them and drops a thimble full of poisoned seeds every...
  130. jwmorris

    Who Listens to a Stereo in their Cab'd Tractor?

    The 3m Worktunes work great in any number of places for reducing ambient noise and let me listen to anything I can on my phone. There‘s not a lot on radio for me these days…...
  131. jwmorris

    What compressor would you get?

    The one I posted a photo of failed, that’s how I got it for free. It was ran hard, everyday at a shop for a decade or so with almost zero maintenance, the tank probably would have been ruined but there was one guy that would drain it every day. The rebuild kit cost me $157 and I have been using...
  132. jwmorris

    Rolling gate opener converted for roll up doors.

    Yeah around 6 years ago I installed one for a friend on a 20ft board on board rolling gate. I didn’t think it would work from the start (all the rolling gate openers I had messed with before were well over $1000 and built more robustly) but it impressed be enough to try a couple myself.
  133. jwmorris

    The one thing that you wonder why you didn't buy sooner?

    Yes these are the ones I use most these days. Bluetooth so you can get alerts or calls as normal and listen to whatever you like or just the equipment at levels that will cause less damage...
  134. jwmorris

    The one thing that you wonder why you didn't buy sooner?

    Ear muffs. It was too late for me by the time I learned to not get on a tractor without them.
  135. jwmorris

    Values for old tractors

    Sorry for your loss. Unless you have to, I probably wouldn’t get rid of any of his stuff until you know you and family are for sure, not interested in any of it. I’d probably see if any of his friends would be interested in one just to bring up memory’s of him from time to time. That would be...
  136. jwmorris

    What compressor would you get?

    I have several but the Zero blast n peen and my pressurized blaster I use the most always worked best with the 40hp screw compressor in our last building. The QT-5 is only 17.7 CFM @ 90 psi, lots of blasters consume more air than that. It’s probably less annoying to have one that doesn’t use...
  137. jwmorris

    What compressor would you get?

    I do run a sand blasting cabinet with mine, I actually run 3 compressors (Quincy, IR and CH, 280 gal total tank capacity) for large projects. The IR is the one I use the most because it was free and works well after the rebuild. I did tie into the pressure switch, on one leg and put a 110v...
  138. jwmorris

    What compressor would you get?

    Here is an 80 gal 2 stage for less than that 60 gal single. https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/ingersoll-rand-80-gallon-5-hp-reciprocating-air-compressor
  139. jwmorris

    Steering trouble !

    Hydraulic seals and piston cups go bad. It’s common enough many businesses exist that rebuild them. It’s not rocket science to rebuild them though This is the seals to rebuild the lift arms; https://tractorparts4less.com/seal-kit-hydraulic-lift-cylinder-kl401-kl451-kl551-p-n-m7530-41271/...
  140. jwmorris

    Rolling gate opener converted for roll up doors.

    Oh, they’ve been in use for a couple years now, installed them before the insulation was blown in. The openers have torque sensing too, so if your gate rolled into something in the driveway they reverse. For the roll up doors, the most sensitive setting is where I keep them. More force would...
  141. jwmorris

    Rolling gate opener converted for roll up doors.

    I’m not really sure why but roll up door openers seem to bring a premium while rolling gate openers can be found fairly cheap. So I picked one up a few years ago to see if I could make it work on my roll up doors. These are the style I have but they don’t have the vevor name on them but were a...
  142. jwmorris

    Skid Steer QD Adapter Parts

    For low quantity bracket needs and such I made this many years ago and it has certainly been worth the investment in time. Figure out what shape you need. Make a template out of something, wood in this case. Fire up the torch and cut it out. Very little clean up needed, no grinding...
  143. jwmorris

    The EPA Just Delivered a Solid Kick to John Deere... Right in their Jimmies

    Only to the people that didn’t understand what they were doing in the first place. Just conformation for the rest of us. My wife’s Uncle was involved in shipping all of their castings to China. it’s only funny until it sets in…
  144. jwmorris

    What causes tractor rollovers?

    Only if you accidentally went there or slipped and fell. If you went there on purpose and it blew, it would just be a natural disaster. Not an accident.
  145. jwmorris

    What causes tractor rollovers?

    I would go as far as saying every accident involving a human, could be traced back to human error.
  146. jwmorris

    Bridge Crane FREE

    I am too far myself but really want to see some photos of it.
  147. jwmorris

    DIY welding squares

    I make mine so I can square not just the frame but the legs too.
  148. jwmorris

    How to keep tractors battery from being stolen?

    I always heard it as, “Locks keep honest people out.”
  149. jwmorris

    Convert wood splitter to pto power

    This would do it with flow to spare...
  150. jwmorris

    Buying Advice Cab or no cab?

    I like AC and heat until I have to maintain or repair the systems. I still think I should make lexan windows for common tractors. Around here broken windows cutting hay is ridiculously common.
  151. jwmorris

    Mailbox studded T post ideas needed

    If it’s Federal, they ignore the rules down south where we only see snow plows on TV. In the city it’s common to see mail boxes that are much more solid that a typical 4x4 wood post.
  152. jwmorris

    Land plane & box scraper from a box blade.

    Land planes seem to be more rare around here and I never could find a good deal on one but did find a Howse box blade for $350. I cut the 3 point attachment and rippers off the box and mounted the blades on 6x6x.375 angle iron. Mounted to side plates with slotted holes punched in it for...
  153. jwmorris

    You'll correct this.

    First thought ^
  154. jwmorris

    Rear Tire Ballast Fluid?

    I use water and antifreeze, my Father and Grandfather didn’t and have either had to repair rims or replace them altogether because what they used cause major rusting of the wheel when the tube is punctured. Generally the worst around the valve stem. I’d rather run around dry and add weights...
  155. jwmorris

    Argon gas supply for aluminum MIG

    I hope it does. I was just giving you my observations over decades of using both MIG and TIG on aluminum.
  156. jwmorris

    Argon gas supply for aluminum MIG

    Have you taken a look at Hobart information in the machine. Their window on thickness they are capable of welding is only between .048 and .250” (At 100% wire speed). Why I asked about renting. It probably won’t take the OP very long to realize the limits of the machine and MIG/aluminum...
  157. jwmorris

    Argon gas supply for aluminum MIG

    Is there no one in your area that rents tanks out, or do they all have to be owner tanks?
  158. jwmorris

    Argon gas supply for aluminum MIG

    I really only use a MIG for Aluminum for production. Small jobs are almost always easier with the much more versatile TIG. With a TIG, you can sit there adding heat without material until the part is where it needs to be. Being new to welding aluminum and starting with a MIG, seems like the...
  159. jwmorris

    Argon gas supply for aluminum MIG

    How about you look for a used TIG welder and see if you can get a tank or two with it. Not only will you have argon but you will have a much better machine for your aluminum projects as well.
  160. jwmorris

    Question Re: Equip to Dump Trailer Conversions

    I have switched a tilt style, scissor lift trailer over to an actual hydraulic dump but the GVW didn’t change, so there was nothing to change on the title.
  161. jwmorris

    Cost of steel?

    What are you going to do with it? If you are going to cut it up and have a bit of drop left over, I have found that often I can have the parts water jet or laser cut locally for less than anyone local will sell me just one sheet for. They purchase at much better prices than I get and the drop...
  162. jwmorris

    The one thing that you wonder why you didn't buy sooner?

    My pantograph has been around 25 years or so now but I sure wish I had made it decades before I did. Sure it took an entire Saturday to build but has made many metal projects take much less time to build and saved countless grinding wheel lives.
  163. jwmorris

    Broken fastener removal

    This one is a replacement of a factory insert someone messed up in an intake manifold. I start by figuring out the best thread to continue with and thread what remains. Then take some aluminum stock and thread the OD the same as the hole. Then thread the ID for the factory fastener...
  164. jwmorris

    Broken fastener removal

    This one is my favorite IF it’s too deep to weld to AND the fastener isn’t galled in the threads. Generally used on deeply counterbored studs, common on engines these days. Using 4130 tubing for bushings, keeps the drill straight and on center. No need for a custom arbor on this one. After...
  165. jwmorris

    How to keep tractors battery from being stolen?

    Reminds me of a fellow I knew that moved into a trailer park. He told me he had to chain his porch to his trailer after it was stolen the 2nd time… What kind of damage do you suppose they will cause to your equipment if you don’t leave them an easy to steal battery or attempt to make it more...
  166. jwmorris

    oil for air compressor

    The ”turny thingy” is a drain petcock. https://www.amazon.com/Rolair-Compressor-Drain-Valve-Petcock/dp/B01N0KUE85 I really like automatic drains myself. like this one...
  167. jwmorris

    Welding 16ga stainless exhaust pipe

    I much prefer to work with aluminum for cold side plumbing. That said, TIG looks best but you can MIG stainless just fine with regular ER70 wire
  168. jwmorris

    Cheap air compressor

    I actually use them more often as vacuum pumps but have used them for ~200 psi pressure testing. Fill vessel with water (because it doesn’t compress like air, if the vessel fails it doesn’t “blowup”) and pressurize. Either way, if you want it to last very long, you will want to add oil to it...
  169. jwmorris

    welding carts

    Have a couple more for the thread. This one shows how a flat surface attracts various items. This one is actually two parts, the plasma can be lifted off the bottom section and stay with the CNC table (that’s the pluge for the CNC table to turn on the torch and the bottom right of the plasma...
  170. jwmorris

    does anybody have a dxf-file for a palletfork grapple?

    I don’t have an answer for you either but will try and steer you in the right direction. Obtain some photos of what you are wanting. Straight on views are better than isometric. This view shows you a lot but is harder to scale. Using one of these...
  171. jwmorris

    Help with cylinder placement on grapple

    That doesn’t require any math. When you go to look at one, take a camera and tape measure.
  172. jwmorris

    Bending square u-bolts with shop press

    Making a U out of the stainless rod and threading a fastener to them? Sounds a lot like a drawer pull and not something I would want to hold an axel on with. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H35DSLC/ref=syn_sd_onsite_desktop_0?ie=UTF8&pd_rd_plhdr=t&th=1
  173. jwmorris

    Adding zerk/grease fitting?

    It’s a different design than many king pins for sure but could even be a heat treat issue (if they even bother).
  174. jwmorris

    Adding zerk/grease fitting?

    That’s the “notch effect”. The radius is intended to reduce breaks but they still have created the weak spot.
  175. jwmorris

    Adding zerk/grease fitting?

    If it’s in a stressed area, I would probably go as small as I could. Maybe a 1/4-28. lots of fittings out there for that thread And if they do get broken off are generally much easier to remove than tapered pipe fittings.
  176. jwmorris

    Does Anyone Buy Used Tractors?

    Well two of them we have lasted more than one owners lifetime. However, I am not sure such will be the case for modern tractors. An engine from the ’70’s and earlier are pretty easy to keep running, from a mechanical and electrical standpoint because they simply didn’t rely on electronics...
  177. jwmorris

    Does Anyone Buy Used Tractors?

    None of our tractors (5) were purchased new. The real old ones are worth more dollars now than when they were new but the Dollars themselves are not worth what they used to be…
  178. jwmorris

    Cyclone 200ES attached to generator?

    In the past, I have connected one leg of an incandescent light bulb to the generator and another to land power. If the frequency of the generator is not the same as land power the bulb with flash vs stay on like normal. The speed on the generator is then adjusted so the bulb stays on...
  179. jwmorris

    Cyclone 200ES attached to generator?

    If you want it to run like in your shop you’ll want a generator capable of this output. https://www.everlastgenerators.com/product/mig/cyclone-200es?gclid=CjwKCAiAmJGgBhAZEiwA1JZolpiBZny_ez0R1NGJWY4abaasSSpbCk_0toAW7TCwe77MjhXXBpNqbxoCwgwQAvD_BwE# If it’s less like the ~ 50% less maximum...
  180. jwmorris

    Help finding a power washer pump that isn't too expensive

    Googled this “1 HP motor 56C 1750 RPM 5/8" shaft pressure washer pump” Found this https://www.amazon.com/CANPUMP-Direct-Hollow-Pressure-Washer/dp/B07V2BG92C
  181. jwmorris

    Help finding a power washer pump that isn't too expensive

    Add me to the list that found one on Amazon. I went to Google and searched “3/4” horizontal shaft 2.5gpm 3400psi”. The specs of my Honda GX powered pressure washer. Then picked this one from the results...
  182. jwmorris

    Ever see a tractor crack in half?

    Looks to me like it was pulled apart by a machine that can exert much more force than the tractor could withstand. The tractor was a “fuse” between the crane and the load, and it didn’t hold up.
  183. jwmorris

    Ever see a tractor crack in half?

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. I assume it happens more often to people that didn’t pay for the piece of equpiment.
  184. jwmorris

    Anyone have a solution to eradicating moles ??

    We use poisoned maze in a plow that drops a half dozen kernels of them into the tunnel it creates, every ~3ft. They find the tunnel, then come across the bait and that’s the end of them. Can do very large areas quickly. That knocks them out but they will come back over time and you can get...
  185. jwmorris

    Broken fastener removal

    It was a brand new engine intended to go into a vehicle. I was confident enough on success work carried on getting it ready and made my life easier because of work height. Some vehicles the engine/transmission and front subframes are faster to drop than pulling just the engine. Such is the...
  186. jwmorris

    Broken fastener removal

    This is my least favorite method because it is quite time consuming; however, it does seem to always work, when you can’t use other methods. This one is an 8740 chromemoly fastener that broke off in a crankshaft and the threads are several inches deep in the crankshaft before they start...
  187. jwmorris

    Dads old 8n not firing up

    If it is going to sit more than being ran, drain the tank and refill with ethanol free gasoline and follow the suggestion of shutting off the fuel and running until the bowl is dry. However, we need a little more than “wouldn’t fire up”. It’s getting fuel of an unknown quality, does it turn...
  188. jwmorris

    Bad Day for Pole Barn

    That’s my luck every time I notice something that needs to be done but avoid actually doing anything about it. Looks like you got away pretty good. Not as good as it falling a different direction but could Have been worse.
  189. jwmorris

    Aluminum equipment trailers.

    I have repaired a number of aluminum trailers, as others have noted the welds commonly fail. It’s probably because people that build them have experience with steel but want something lighter and don’t build them out of aluminum correctly. Pointing at semi trailers made out of aluminum is one...
  190. jwmorris

    Educate me

    You could learn more in an a few hours with someone that knows what they are doing than a month of reading words they wrote.
  191. jwmorris

    Security camera from old smart phone/phones

    I don’t know what he used but we use a cheap cellular game camera and once I receive a photo of them all happily eating, I call it and drop the gate. They go nuts for a little while. Then settle down and wait for me to get there. My control uses a dual tone multi frequency receiver, so I...
  192. jwmorris

    Honda Pioneers

    I have two buddies that both have 1000’s, out the door they were both over $20k. I have a couple of the 3010 mules I use at home and farm. If I were going to drop 20k it would probably be on a used small 4x4 with ac, heat and protection from the dust and hot/cold, with more room to haul...
  193. jwmorris

    Can all tractors flip over easy?

    I started driving one of the 8N’s we have when I was 11. Probably the most dangerous incident that has occurred in the 39 years since then was ~ 20 years ago mowing dow an old trail where someone had left a stump short enough vegetation could grow over it to make it not visible but not low...
  194. jwmorris

    Protecting top on a new welding table

    If you don’t want oil on your projects, you probably don’t want other stuff transferring from the table top to your projects either. I have found these very handy for removing surface rust (and other stuff) without altering the metal underneath...
  195. jwmorris

    150 years worth of Gopher mounds

    I built this for our place. https://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/threads/gopher-plow.234551/ Hootens in Emory sells one very similar. Need to keep every field that you want bailed free of the mounds. The critters bring rocks up with the dirt and when a mower hits them, glass is broken out...
  196. jwmorris

    Yesterday. Would you buy and EV?

    I have followed EV threads out of curiosity post #169 of this thread https://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/threads/electric-polaris-ranger.287792/page-17 Is not a great motivator for me. Move up to larger equipment and the prices go up too. $23k for a 3 year old used battery seems steep to me.
  197. jwmorris

    Worst weld ever

    If it’s still together it’s not the worst I have seen...
  198. jwmorris

    Yesterday. Would you buy and EV?

    As they say, never say never. They have certainly come a long way with both batteries and electric motors in my lifetime. That said, they still have a ways to go before I would get one.
  199. jwmorris

    Anyone have a portable fuel tank for carrying to jobsites/fields etc?

    Yeah, stuff gets dirty if you don’t keep it clean. As far as filling goes, when empty I put in back of truck and go fill it up. I have a ring with pick up points, I made to lift it out of truck and into building where I keep them. The electric pump and jumper cables that reach the tractor...
  200. jwmorris

    Anyone have a portable fuel tank for carrying to jobsites/fields etc?

    I use 55 gallon drums, there are a number of manual and electric pumps already on the market that thread right in the large bung. Or you can build or buy a cradle and valve that threads into the small hole and lay if over so gravity does the work. That’s about as cheap and simple as it gets...
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