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  1. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Until lately I have been impressed with HF tools. It seemed like they had turned a corner and were starting to make a real push towards being a retailer of good tools. Some are but then you come across some that just are terrible. For example I bought a 10" tile saw almost 2 decades ago...
  2. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    So the Gen 3 US General upper chest that I recently bought is worse than the 5 drawer mechanic's chest that I bought 4 or 5 years ago. The latches for the drawers are terrible. They are difficult to slide and often I have to use a screw driver to help them so the drawer will open. I've been...
  3. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I have the same one. Mine's the 8 ton (I think). It's the larger sized one. It's rusty but it works. The foam inside the case is completely gone. I remember seeing them in HF when they switched to a plastic case. At the time I wanted a plastic case because, even back then, the foam wasn't...
  4. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I see HF is offering a 10% off no exclusions coupon for everyone. I'm wondering if they are seeing sales decline and are trying to boost foot traffic.
  5. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I must be doing something right (or wrong). After ordering the 56" roller toolbox a few weeks ago I got another "No exclusion" coupon. This one was just for 15% off. So I bought a top box they had in stock.
  6. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    As for getting things like the "we miss you coupon" and getting lower prices I've found that repeatedly going to the page of the item, maybe even putting it in your cart then not purchasing it works well. Amazon seems to do this pretty often.
  7. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I'll find out. I get free stuff from Amazon to review and a LiFePO4 charger was in the list. Yesterday I started charging the battery to see what happens. It's not much above freezing in my garage so I'm thinking of getting a quick disconnect for the battery and keeping it in the basement...
  8. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    My 8750 Predator inverter generator let me down. The company that makes it uses a LiFePO4 battery that just isn't right for a generator in cold weather. I think it didn't have the voltage needed to open the fuel cutoff solenoid so it wouldn't start. Neither pull starting or with the battery...
  9. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I got another one of the "we miss you" 25% off coupons. I didn't really need much but I always need tool boxes so I ordered the 56"lower cabinets. None of the stores around here have them on stock so it looks like I'll be waiting. The website says they will be shipping by the end of this...
  10. crazyal

    Has anyone put a quick disconnect on a grease gun?

    I use a Milwaukee cordless grease gun. I have no plans to get a second one because I like the plastic case that comes with the kit. Every other grease gun I have owned has always found dirt and grime while leaving grease on things it never touched. With the case that doesn't happen. But it...
  11. crazyal

    Has anyone put a quick disconnect on a grease gun?

    I have a luck n lube connector for my grease gun but rarely use it because there's a few spots where it can't fit on my tractor. Not wanting to switch back and forth it's sat mostly unused. I actually forgot I had it. I now have a second hose for my Milwaukee cordless grease gun so I was...
  12. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    It's the magic material that holds the smoke in. It changes smell once you let the smoke out.
  13. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    The auto throttle doesn't go to full idle. I'm not really sure how hard it is on the engine. Yamaha golf carts start and then go to full speed when the gas pedal is pressed. If a small engine can take that I'm sure going from about half speed up to full doesn't seem to be that hard. When I...
  14. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I picked up the 8750 inverter generator on Thursday. I called and asked if they had the 56" tool box in stock but they said no. When I got there they had a black one on display but I didn't take the truck so I didn't bother asking about buying it. They did say I could buy the yellow one now...
  15. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I blanked out the barcode. It's the instore part that's an issue. Most of what I wouldn't mind getting 25% off isn't in stock at my somewhat local HFs. There's two that are an hour away. I could always use another US General tool box. The 56" box in yellow for $450 would be tempting but I'm...
  16. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Just got a 25% off coupon. Am I missing something? This one doesn't have all the usual exclusions.
  17. crazyal

    How often do you replace your teeth!

    What people don't realize is the shank the bucket also wears. When new the teeth fit snugly. But as time goes on and dirt gets between the tooth and shank the steel wears. Hard soil and rocks make it worse. I have two buckets for my backhoe. One always loses teeth while the other came from...
  18. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    The problem of "good enough" is when it isn't. I have plenty of HF tools that don't get pushed to their limit so they are actually good enough. But the last 3/4" breaker bar I had couldn't handle removing a 1 1/2" nut (2 1/4" socket). For the price of the Icon there's several other brands...
  19. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Anyone have the 3/4" Icon breaker bar? I'm rebuilding a backhoe boom cylinder and there's a 1 1/4" bolt that has to be removed. I have (had) a Pittsburgh 18" pipe wrench I tried to use and it couldn't budge it. I tried to put a cheater on it and the handle bent. I have a Snap On 1 7/8"...
  20. crazyal

    Case 450 Dozer

    My 450 has the hydraulic pump mounted to the front of the engine. You may need to remove it to make sure it's not seized. With it removed you may be able to get on the front of the engine to try and turn it over. I would take a close look at the tracks and rollers before spending too much...
  21. crazyal

    milwaukee battery 1/2" impact question

    I have a Milwaukee 1/2" from maybe 10 years ago. Not sure which model but it's done everything I have asked of it. I think I got it about the time Milwaukee's red lithium batteries came out. It doesn't have the power of my Air Cat impact but it doesn't need to. I don't know why anyone would...
  22. crazyal

    Torque Wrench Suggestions

    An ex GF had a 2003 (IIRC) Trailblazer. It not only had an aluminum oil pan the oil pan was also the front differential. There's a driveshaft from the transfer case going back into the oil pan. There's a reason why they sell so many different oil drain plug repair kits. I would hate to have...
  23. crazyal

    Bare metal epoxy primer for truck frame

    I would look into a product from International paint. It's called Pre Prime 167. It's a clear liquid that's designed to be painted on rusty surfaces that can't be properly prepared. The first time I saw the results were at a local paint dealer. They had an I-beam that was clearly rusted...
  24. crazyal

    Husqvarna Chain loosening problem

    When adjusting the chain lift up on the loose bar. Some saws (at least mine) the chain will loosen slightly. So I lift up on the bar to set how loose it is and then lift up on the bar when tightening the nuts. That way of the bar works it's way up the chain isn't going to loosen up.
  25. crazyal

    Evolution Metal cutting saw blade replacement.

    I would like to have seen the teeth on each blade after the last test. I was surprised how many blades showed signs of chipping after such short use. I was leaning towards getting another Evolution blade but the Diablo was also on my list. In part because they are made in japan and Italy...
  26. crazyal

    Evolution Metal cutting saw blade replacement.

    14" is the standard size while 15" is an optional size. But I think only Evolution makes a blade that size. I think the chipped teeth happened from cutting thin metal. Even when new the blade seems to throw off sparks so I put almost no pressure on the blade.
  27. crazyal

    Evolution Metal cutting saw blade replacement.

    The blade on my Evolution 380 has a number of chipped carbide teeth and several that are missing. So it looks like it's time to replace it. It looks like several choices. Does anyone have an opinion on which blade is worth getting. For the most part I only cut thicker steel. Is it worth...
  28. crazyal

    When to plane rough cut lumber?

    I had some green rough cut red maple that I tried to dry but at the time I didn't have an open area. Before it could dry powder post beetles got to it. It takes plenty of air movement around the wood to remove the moisture. Too little and mold and infestation will result. I don't know if...
  29. crazyal

    Kubota overheated!

    Seems like a remote pressure gauge might be worthwhile to monitor the cooling system. It would be useful to know if it's too high (pointing to a broken radiator cap) or too low (a fluid leak). It even could point to a bad head gasket if the pressure is bouncing. As for the OP I would...
  30. crazyal

    ATV Tubeless Tire Repair

    Just remember that you may run the tire at 4 psi but once you debead the tire you'll need more pressure to mount it again. If it's that big of a gash a patch may not be enough to keep the tube inside the tire while trying to seat it. I don't know how close they are to you but Pete's Tire Barn...
  31. crazyal

    Kubota overheated!

    I'm guessing thick weeds means your radiator most likely needs to be cleaned out. I would change the engine oil and send out a sample of the old oil for analysis. They will easily tell you things like antifreeze level in the oil and bearing wear.
  32. crazyal

    Pouring fuel from cans

    For gas I have valve stems. For diesel (which I don't do very often) I use round plastic racing gas cans. The hole in the top is about the size of a tennis ball. The caps have the ability to have a flexible tube added to them (I think 3/4") but I just use them with a huge funnel. It takes...
  33. crazyal

    Guy uses fake check to steal Massey tractor...recognize him?

    Sorry but the dealer should have easily caught this. Every cashier's check has the name of the bank and a phone number on it. It's not like the second he walks out the door he's gone. He still has to load the tractor. Someone should have been calling the bank to confirm it's legit. In...
  34. crazyal

    Premium UDT Oil for Kubota

    I was going to order some from Messick's a few years ago but the shipping was a killer. I paid more per gallon at a local dealer and had to pick it up vs being dropped off but the savings were worth it.
  35. crazyal

    Milwaukee cordless Grease gun owners

    I've had the 18v now for about 10 years now. No problems. I don't have any M12 tools so it was an easy choice. It doesn't use much power so even the smallest capacity battery is more than enough unless you're doing a fleet. Hopefully you got the plastic case. It's really nice to keep the...
  36. crazyal

    How to use all of this sawdust?

    I've looked into it, not so much for sawdust but for wood chips. The stuff you put into the mill has to be very fine. Usually you need to get a hammer mill to break it down before it can be formed into a pellet. Even sawdust from a lumber mill may not be fine enough depending on what types of...
  37. crazyal

    Diesel prices take a jump yet again

    With all this talk about record high diesel and gas prices and how big oil is raking in profits what's missed is the biggest winner. States and federal government. A number of states tax fuel with a percent tax vs a fixed amount per gallon. Even the states that don't are still making more...
  38. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Tomorrow I'm sure some of us will find out. I'm trying to decide if I drive an hour and a half to a HF or just order on-line. If I drive I can cross a few other things off my list and I can there's a couple of nice restaurants near it but it'll eat up close to a tank of gas burn the better...
  39. crazyal

    2022 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition: Everything’s Bigger in Texas

    Gone are the days when you had to climb into the engine bay to work on a pickup. The engineering problem with those old square body GMs were you couldn't reach the plugs unless you were 6'10". Now, with so much extra junk under the hood pulling the cab is just easier. Plus it makes it more...
  40. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I have several Makita tools. The cordless ones I've moved to Milwaukee after having problems with battery life but their corded stuff has lasted decades without any issues. I've looked at their sander but each time I just can't justify spending that much on a tool I rarely use. As it is I have...
  41. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    There's no HF close to me so I haven't gotten a replacement yet. I did pick up a Bauer jigsaw and it's worked just fine (except that the LED laser guide light is always on when plugged in) the few times I have used it so I'll probably pick up the 4x24 Bauer sander too. I did find a local...
  42. crazyal

    I need a propane torch that works

    The TS4000T doesn't have any control over how much gas comes out. It's either on or off. I use mine to start my woodstove daily. The only issue I have is where the holes are to let the air in is a weak spot. If it gets knocked over it's probably not going to be an issue but I had my first...
  43. crazyal

    My bucket is broken !

    Call some of the welding schools around you. Chances are you can find one that will let a student weld the bucket. It's also a good teaching opportunity for the school. A buddy of mine who runs a couple welding schools usually doesn't charge if the "customer" buys some beer for the students.
  44. crazyal

    Kubota backhoe cylinder fitting welds are horrific

    If it was mine I would put some labor into it and stop the problem. First remove the lines and put plugs in the cylinders so you can remove them. Then I would sand blast the rusted parts to strip any flaking metal and rust. If you have a local bridge painting company they use some of the best...
  45. crazyal

    I need some input on roll around tool boxes

    I have older Craftsman boxes but when I looked at the new stuff in Lowes it felt like the steel was thinner. But I didn't look too closely. I did pick up one of the 5 drawer pit carts from HF (the kind where the lower half is open and the top of the box opens up so you can't put a box on top...
  46. crazyal

    How to maintain wooded walking trails

    The problem with packing snow to walk on is that sooner or later it's going to start to melt and that packed snow is going to be very difficult to walk on. It's different for a snow machine (or any other tracked vehicle). In that case you want the snow to help lubricate and cool the track...
  47. crazyal

    Loader hoses

    I would call before taking a hose to a local shop. I made the mistake of just getting one hose made for my front mount snow blower (about 10' long 1/4 hose and fittings). I dropped it off and came back to pick it up an hour later along with a bill for almost $140. The same hose on-line was...
  48. crazyal

    Tuff Torq K46 - rebuild or just drain/refill oil?

    You can always try to flush it by changing the oil a couple of times to try and get out anything that the magnet isn't catching. I use the Deere oil in my x500.
  49. crazyal

    I'm downsizing tractor but would like to keep my box blade

    I have a 6' grading scraper that I use for maintaing my driveway. It weighs around 800lbs but was always kind of light so I have two logs (beech about 15" in diameter on the back of it for extra weight. I would guess that it's pushing at least 1600 lbs now. The tractor will squat a little...
  50. crazyal

    Is sub compact big enough?

    Maybe I missed it but does the OP want gear or HST? Along with a list of tasks (including how important are they) would be the first questions I would answer. A large gear tractor is going to be a handful in tight places around a house or in the woods. But HST is very different. With HST you...
  51. crazyal

    Red-Neck Mailbox ???

    I'm just wondering how long it'll take before some fool goes around that corner too fast in the winter and hits it. Of course owning up to driving too fast isn't as likely as a lawsuit.
  52. crazyal

    Rpm's and long downhill runs

    I don't run my diesel truck at 2500 rpm all the time so why would I run my Kubota at that speed all the time? In fact I often run it between 1800 and 2000 rpm. That seems to be the sweet spot for the engine.
  53. crazyal

    Kubota parts.

    When welding a muffler you'll want to clean the inside as much as possible. Otherwise when the oil residue burns off it'll mess with the welding process. You may need to use a torch to burn off the residue.
  54. crazyal

    Trailer Purchasing Advise

    I borrowed a 24' trailer once for my Kubota and it felt very long compared to the 20' I normally use. It wasn't impossible to use but it was a lot more work to back it into a spot where the 20' was easy. I would check with the dealer about test driving it first. See how it feels going around...
  55. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I bought one of these from a company called Greg Smith (that's now ToolTopia). The ram slides side to side making much easier to line up and will work on odd shaped projects better. It can be pumped by hand or by air. It's actually cheaper than the 20 ton HF bottle jack version. For a few...
  56. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Anyone have the Bauer 4x24 belt sander? I was thinking of getting a Makita but I do have a Bauer jigsaw that has worked just fine.
  57. crazyal

    Love hate our new L4060 HSTC limited edition

    When it comes to forks there's a huge difference between lifting with the tip of the forks and having the weight as close as possible to the loader. If you have, and most likely do, the quick attach it also moves the weight away from the loader and cuts down on lifting power. Do you have a...
  58. crazyal

    Who actually makes the tractor and whose engine and transmission does it carry?

    Just the way the world works now. Years ago when I installed glass for a living I had a job at a local factory. The name of the company sounded like they built boats but actually they made soap. Once inside the scent of the soap was powerful. Within 15 minutes you couldn't smell it anymore...
  59. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    When I was building my house Lowes had a deal with Stanley. On the Stanley tape measure package was a coupon for a free tape measure (the silver 25' one) if you spent either $50 or $60 at Lowes. Having a store open until 10 while building a house meant I could work all day and then swing in...
  60. crazyal

    Yard machine log splitter engine replacement.

    Check how the muffler vents. I have a tow behind leaf sucker with a 5hp B&S (Honda clone) that the exhaust acts like a funnel for water. It gets in through bolts on the top of the muffler and if the exhaust valve is open it'll fill up the cylinder. If the valve is closed it'll still rust the...
  61. crazyal

    The power of a telehandler

    Sounds like it's in England. Man's home is his castle, lol. If you read the article it says the kids got two flat tires and parked the car. Exactly what were they doing to get two flat tires?
  62. crazyal

    The power of a telehandler

    Not sure where this should go so if it needs to be moved then please do. I found this article on Yahoo today that's kind of funny but also sad. It's about some youths who felt they were right to block a farmers field. Farmer cleared of all charges
  63. crazyal

    3-Point Log Splitters?

    How much wood do you plan to split in a year? I have a cheap splitter from Lowes with a Honda engine on it. I've owned it for about 17 years now and other than changing the engine oil and hydraulic filter I haven't done a thing to it. It starts up either on the first or second pull. I split...
  64. crazyal

    L6060 Hard Starting In Cold Weather

    I have a block heater and only use it for an hour or less so the temp doesn't get that hot. But it's the block temp, not the radiator or intake manifold. I'm not sure where the temp sensor is but I would guess on the manifold. Either way even after an hour with the block heater on the glow...
  65. crazyal

    L6060 Hard Starting In Cold Weather

    A couple years ago the relay went for my glow plugs. The light would come on but it would turn over slowly and take a lot longer to start. When it did it would run really rough at first. The relay was just one of the ones that are used for aftermarket light kits for cars. I think it was like...
  66. crazyal

    Tractor Shortages

    In 2008 lots of companies got caught with way too much inventory ($$$$$) sitting on a shelf or lot unsold in a recession just at a time when they needed the money. So they all followed Toyota's lean manufacturing or "just in time" manufacturing. The concept is you only have enough inventory to...
  67. crazyal

    Sticker shock

    Anything coming in a container from overseas is going to get extremely expensive. Someone is going to pay for all those ships sitting waiting to be unloaded, all the fines for containers sitting on the dock waiting to be transported, and for storage at the next place they get stored. Everybody...
  68. crazyal

    Front Tire Popped Off Bead

    Had it happen as well, the front right tire. It was winter and too cold to mess with so the local tire guy did it. He told me to put a tube in it (but didn't have one in stock). Well I should have because that tire always seemed to leak just a little bit of air and a few years later off it...
  69. crazyal

    Buying Advice Is it possible to go too big?

    Sounds like you have an idea. Me, personally, I would never buy small with the idea of getting use to a tractor. Within 10 hours you are going to feel comfortable on it and within 50 it'll feel like you've owned it for a very long time. I do most of what you are planning on doing with...
  70. crazyal

    Engine seized???

    Another thing you could do is loosen the belts. I've seen alternators that have rusted and will not allow the engine to turn over. If it was sitting for a short period it's not too likely but you never know. You could also remove the hydraulic pump from the front of the engine. They are...
  71. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Buying any HF tool to use on a daily basis is always a risk.
  72. crazyal

    Dump trailer direct wire?

    I would think you would want a really good connector, one that wouldn't corrode as well as a very good ground on both the vehicle and trailer. Since 12v winches use the same kind of power I see no reason not to. The only risk would be the fuse. If the wire got damaged and partially shorted...
  73. crazyal

    Truck bed extender legality

    I think it's a common sense thing with some people. Other times it's a "I must reply" problem. Then there's the "I didn't read what the OP posted enough to understand it" to provide an accurate answer. It seemed pretty straight forward to me. The question was "So is there a law or something...
  74. crazyal

    Keep ripping tubes

    I had to replace the tube in one of the front wheels on my backhoe and being in a hurry I bought one from Tractor supply. While trying to stretch it over the rim of the wheel it ripped. My first thought was I must have missed a sharp edge on the rim so I bought the other one they had at the...
  75. crazyal

    Filter C&P (cut & post) | phone users - picture heavy

    I test my own (when I'm not too lazy). I friend I worked for previously has his own lab. He was taught while in the air force and when he got out was doing it as an addition to his non destructive testing business. I'm not sure if he still does it commercially though.
  76. crazyal

    Fram tractor hydraulic fluid?

    Like everything, stuff is built to a budget. Also a lot of stuff is built by someone else who will put what ever name you want on it. Fram realized that more people care about the price than how well the filter was made so they came up with the cheapest way to make a filter for them. I'm sure...
  77. crazyal

    Is there any size of tractor that is too big to add a backhoe on it?

    it sounds like the OP is looking for a larger tractor, not a larger backhoe. If so then I would suggest sitting on one at the dealer and see if it'll still do what you want. I bought my 580k because I needed to pull a lot of stumps, move large rocks, and dig a foundation for a house. My plan...
  78. crazyal

    Towing capacity

    I love these kinds of posts. You always get the guy who says "go big or go home". Sorry but you can buy too big of a trailer. I have two I borrow. One is a 20' 10k and the other is a 24' 12k. Huge difference between the two. My truck is rated for 10k so I would never buy a 12k trailer to...
  79. crazyal

    pickup truck size

    A real truck has 44" tires.
  80. crazyal

    What works against rodents

    If you use a snap style trap set it and then test it with something like a pen. You'll be surprised just how much force it takes to set it off. Use a set of pliers to make it as sensitive as you can (think like a hair trigger on a gun). Otherwise you'll be lucky to kill 1 in 10. For me I...
  81. crazyal

    Corner clamps

    I find the corner clamps with just one screw too much trouble and haven't used the ones I have in decades. Trying to get both pieces of steel the right depth and level so you can tighten up the one screw can be frustrating. I have a couple of the Shop Fox corner clamps that are machined cast...
  82. crazyal

    Drill Bit Sets

    We use Irwin Cobalt bits at work for drilling stainless and harden steel. I was impressed enough so I bought a set of them for my shop. I don't know how good the "Harbor Freight" Chineseum cobalt drill bits are but I think any name brand ones are worth the investment.
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    Beware of the shop-vac trick when changing hydraulic filters...

    Actually they don't go kaboom. Usually they don't even catch fire (without help). Back in the younger days we would have parties (with beer) where we would connect them up to a portable generator. Often we would have to put a flame near the blow side to ignite the gas. From there it's like a...
  84. crazyal

    converting 3pt splitter to pull behind

    I would price it out first and then price a similar splitter new. You may find that just selling what you have and getting a new one isn't going to cost you much more.
  85. crazyal

    DK5310se HST Won't Start **Emergency**

    What is sounds like is Kioti requires the brake pedal to be pressed for the starter to work. The people who designed it used the power going to the lights to also tell the computer that the operator's foot was on the brake pedal. A better way of doing it would have been to use a double pole...
  86. crazyal

    Upgrade trailer axle possible?

    Everyone is going to give you the standard "no" answer. Would I do it, probably not. Do I think the rest of the trailer could handle it, most likely. I've seen lots of homemade trailers and trailers made from mobile home frame/ axles that carry far more than I would put on them. The 3 biggest...
  87. crazyal

    Super Duty Lead Times

    I can't see dealers being thrilled about this. Too many people just want to buy on the spot. It's why EVs are struggling (people want to fill up a tank in 3 minutes). Sure some people custom order but of all the people I know only one once custom ordered. I know I have, as well as others...
  88. crazyal

    Public Service announcement... of a sort

    I've used real 3M brand ones and had good luck. It seems like there's a lot of cheap Chinese versions out there. I wouldn't count on butt splices being the solution. Like ljjhouser said, if it's not water proof or a soldered joint the copper is going to be attacked by the elements. If I use...
  89. crazyal

    Right to repair - we WIN!!

    Yet what happens now with cars is something like this. A code saying an O2 sensor is reading out of range and the backyard mechanic buys a new O2 sensor where as a pro looks at the data to see what's going on. Unless you know what the data is telling you people are just going to shotgun parts...
  90. crazyal

    Right to repair - we WIN!!

    As Ruff says it's not that simple. Plus when it comes to cars there's a lot of them out there. That means a massive market. Not the case with tractors so don't expect companies to line up with cheap versions of what the mfg sells. Even with cars there's generic codes that all use then their...
  91. crazyal

    Ramp Door capacity

    Back when I was racing I had a 26' enclosed Haulmark trailer. You could tell the door was heavy by how much tension was on the cables going to the springs. Well I bent it loading a 3000# car. So I rebuilt it. It's actually very easy to do. The rectangle tubing was very thin wall (I think it...
  92. crazyal

    Right to repair - we WIN!!

    What's going to happen is these companies will make more money. Instead of withholding the software needed to troubleshoot your equipment they are going to sell you access to an on-line version of the software for a limited amount of time. You'll plug your computer in and it'll spit out an...
  93. crazyal

    crazy steel prices - should I import from China?

    Around here you would have to go to a place like fastenall to get any brand other than National Hardware. I don't know who makes the bolt Tractor Supply sells but they can be had as well. Otherwise you are going to a hardware store and buying what they have or ordering on-line. Even ordering...
  94. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that DO SUCK II

    The tube in the front tire on my backhoe needed replacing so I bought one of TS Travelers brand tubes. Since it had been decades since the tire was removed lots of rust formed inside the wheel and the rim had some damage. I spend an hour or so removing the rust and dents and then grinding...
  95. crazyal

    Tire won’t take air.

    A trick (very similar to the ratchet strap) is to use a rope. Make a loop around the tire and put a pipe between the tire and rope. Just make sure the loop is larger than the diameter of the tire when blown up. Twist the pipe so the rope tightens around the tire. Unlike a ratchet strap once...
  96. crazyal

    Generac engines on lawn mower

    Seems like a lot of these engines produced today are just Honda clones. I wonder if the Generac engines are just assembled in Wisconsin with parts from China. I was disappointed to find out that Briggs small engines are just Chinese throw away engines. If you want to know how good they are...
  97. crazyal

    Hit rock and bent mower deck

    I actually imbedded the blade into the top of the deck on a cheap MTD mower after hitting a rock. It cut about a 2" slot into the deck and the blade looked more like a banana than a blade. Of course the sheet metal on that deck isn't anywhere near as thick as a Kubota deck. A new set of...
  98. crazyal


    Getting back on topic, sort of. If you bring a tractor to the dealership to get work done they will most likely enter the VIN number into the computer. Depending on the dealership this could end up in a national database. If so and there's still a lien on it you may not get your tractor back...
  99. crazyal

    Should I cab or not. Getting ready to buy

    My backhoe has a cab, was never a big fan of cabs. Then mice decided the overhead duct work was a great place to build a nest. What a mess. Are they the only creatures who will sleep in their own p? Nothing like the smell of mouse backed in a cab in hot summer weather.
  100. crazyal

    Stop bolt won't go back in!

    I think you're looking for an easy answer to a hard problem. I don't know your skill level but at some point I think you are going to have to face the fact that the easy solution just doesn't exist. The good news is that there's plenty of parts tractors around so finding a used one is a...
  101. crazyal

    I give Up looking for a trailer.

    I read that China is trying to ramp up production post COVID and buying all sorts of stuff. They are causing price spikes. It's why natural gas has gone up. I think they know that if they can drive up prices then they can drive some of the competition out of business.
  102. crazyal

    Trying to remove 50 inch oak tree stump with Bobcat backhoe. Struggling

    The best way I've found to deal with large stumps is to try and get a tooth in a place that can act like a wedge to spit it. If it's in the ground I'll use a root coming off the side. On really large ones I've even used the chainsaw to make a slot to get a tooth into. Once you wedge a tooth...
  103. crazyal

    Which o ring material is best for hydraulics?

    If you think Viton is expensive price out a compound like Kalrez. I would go Viton over rubber everytime when dealing with hydraulics. Rubber breaks down much quicker.
  104. crazyal

    Please tell me this isn't what I think it is

    Those marks on the wheels with the tapered side of the nut facing in are more likely from the socket used to tighten them than washers that were used then removed. My guess is that the wheels don't come shipped with the tractor (since there's the option between turf, construction, and ag) so to...
  105. crazyal

    Bigger HST machines.

    The fact is that gear tractors are going away. Maybe not soon but they are going to fade away just like manual transmissions in vehicles. first it was cars and pickups. Now getting a stick in a semi is getting harder. The old farmers are dying off and the younger ones taking over are more...
  106. crazyal

    Battery disconnect switch

    I have a couple on stuff that I don't use very often. But they are a screw type that mounts directly to the battery terminal. You can get them cheap off of ebay. I found that they come in two styles, cheap Chinese and US made. Get the US made ones.
  107. crazyal

    How long before Compact Diesels are obsolete?

    Preorders are one thing. Once it's on the dealers lot and ready for anyone to walk in and buy that's when you'll find out how well it's selling. I know Ford is saying that the MachE is selling great but a local dealer has had 5 sitting on his lot for over a month now (probably longer). I have...
  108. crazyal

    Desperately need to fix driveway

    I think the OP needs to identify what's happening before trying to fix the problem. Is the gravel moving to the sides which is creating ruts? If so round rocks are like marbles. They roll and move and without something to hold them in place, often called fines, like small pieces of broken...
  109. crazyal

    Electrical / romex mess

    So it sounds like the person who installed it wanted to have an outlet at the light as well as having the light on a switch inside the house. It sounds like the OP has a plan and an electrician. If so Plowhog is all set. I think I read where the breaker is an arc flash breaker, if so I...
  110. crazyal

    What's happened to Shield Arc

    A valuable source of information has been lost. Anyone who has been here for long enough knew he would always offer advice. I don't think I have ever seen him attack another poster or retaliate if attacked. This forum will miss him. To those who personally knew him, his family, and friends I...
  111. crazyal

    Craftsman Tire Won't Stay On

    That bent bar isn't your problem. That would just impact the position of the steering wheel when going straight. I deal with toe out you need to adjust the rod between the wheels. If you can remove that rod then maybe you could add a way to make it adjustable. Chances are the bracket that...
  112. crazyal

    Kubota L3940 All the Sudden Won't Move and Hydraulics Won't Work

    Get it up to level ground and get yourself at least 10 gallons of hydro oil. Follow the directions in the manual to check the level and fill it. After the first gallon stop and look for any leaks. If none are seen add a few more gallons and look again. Also start checking the level with the...
  113. crazyal

    Sick of cheap box store riding mowers. 1500-3k budget used zero turns?

    I use to feel the same way. I had a flat small lawn and one of those $1000 MTD specials (Wheel Horse). When I moved and tried mowing a larger lawn with hills I found out why they called it a "Super Bronco". When the cra**y brakes don't work because grease leaks out of the gear box, Yee Haw...
  114. crazyal

    Buying Advice A tractor for 35 wooded acres

    Nice looking tractor, I'm sure it'll give you years of service and smiles. To those who break out the spreadsheet to try to find the right tractor I always say "go sit on the seat". If it feels right then the only question is if it'll have the HP needed to do what you want. Can't sit on a...
  115. crazyal

    M59 - Homestead builder?

    Here's my story, maybe it'll help you in your decision. I bought a large chunk of land on a hill with rocky soil. My plan was to buy something around the size of the M59 to dig holes and trenches for building a house. After a winter of thinking about it I ended up getting a used Case 580K...
  116. crazyal

    Compact tractor for grading long and steep driveway?

    High gear on a HST is really only for flat ground. My Kubota has a two speed HST motor so it acts like a 6 speed. Even in M (high) it'll start to bog down if I push the go pedal to the floor on some of my steeper hills. If pulling a grading scraper I use M(high) to start off with but once I...
  117. crazyal

    Transporting boulders

    I would get one of those rubber bed mats and put the rocks on it. That alone would stop them from sliding (but not rolling). Then maybe a tarp or mover's blanket with chain link fence on top. How are you planning on loading and unloading them? Most of the "crated" ones you can buy are for...
  118. crazyal

    Driverless Cars

    As Tesla repeatedly demonstrates the technology isn't there. Even they admit that if there's no markings on a road their technology doesn't work. So the real question is when will it be ready and what will it look like? I can envision a system for interstate use first. You get on and forget...
  119. crazyal

    How far would you drive a tractor?

    I've done it with my backhoe and found that at 4am on a Sunday morning there's not much traffic. By then the drunks leaving the bars have cleared the roads and the only people out are the ones who have a job they are going to. Flashers and lights also can be seen better at dawn/ dusk than the...
  120. crazyal

    TC45DA 4WD Ring Gear Fell Off Inside Transfer Case

    I've never seen locktite used on a ring gear. Usually they are a tight fit and torquing the screws down is all that's needed. It does look like the teeth on the ring gear do have some damage but I think you'll be ok. I would drain the oil after a few hours of use and check for metal. If you...
  121. crazyal

    Building up u-joint cap bore? (PTO shaft repair)

    The first thing I would ask myself is if it fails what will happen? Is the bad yoke on the tractor side or attachment side? If the yoke breaks you are suddenly going to have a driveshaft flailing around. If it's connected to the tractor it'll either break your tractor or the driveshaft long...
  122. crazyal

    New Drill Press

    I have an older Craftsman DP that I bought new. It was one of my fist purchases of a tool for myself. I paid $600 for it and it was the largest they sold at the time. But now that I'm more into woodworking I'm finding that I need one for metal working and one that's free of cutting oil for...
  123. crazyal

    kubota mx5000 blows oil cap off

    You can always pull the hose off on one end and start the tractor. If it's not plugged you should feel air coming out of it.
  124. crazyal

    can anyone help with replacement bucket teeth?

    Have you removed a tooth yet? How was (or is) the tooth held on? Some use pins that are made from steel with rubber sandwiched in the middle. If you have that style tooth then they are easy to find.
  125. crazyal

    Questions about snow removal.

    The first thing to remember is a tractor with a loader is not a bulldozer. When you talk about hitting a manhole cover I can tell you from experience that you can do some serious ($$$$) damage. If you look at some of the posts in this thread of front mounted plows they use trip springs to...
  126. crazyal

    3pt or Stand Alone Splitter

    I have a cheap Troy Built (MTD) with a lower quality Honda engine. I've had it close to 20 years now and other than change the oil I've had no problems with the engine. When I'm done using it and it'll sit for more than a week I just shut the fuel off and let it run till it stalls. The only...
  127. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Most likely the person who answered your question had no clue about the word "series" when it comes to electronics. He could have assumed that you were connecting both of them to the battery terminals (in parallel) which one would do to double the capacity. It could be a liability issue as...
  128. crazyal

    Y'all Been Checkin' Lumber Prices?

    That's not a lot of lumber. The trains run at night now so people don't see them but they often will have 3 or more cars loaded with lumber. That's every day. Then that lumber gets sent all across the east coast. If anything there's a problem finding the trucks to keep it moving. Now if...
  129. crazyal

    Heating Aluminum Case to Remove Oil Plug

    With the oil still in it (unless you flip the truck over) will resist heating the aluminum. It's like trying to solder on a copper pipe with water in it. Granted you are not going to need to get to soldering temperatures but it'll still have an impact. Also if the oil get too hot (much lower...
  130. crazyal

    Warm Up / Cool Down? ? ?

    I start it and let it idle at about 1300 rpm until the engine starts running smoothly (maybe 15 seconds ish depending how cold it is). Then I bump it up to a little over 1500 and start to use it gently for the first minute or two. Anything more is just burning fuel for no reason IMO. If you...
  131. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I have their 1hp model. It sucked at first (actually it didn't). They put a plastic guard on both the inlet and outlet to prevent fingers from reaching in. The problem is that anything larger than sawdust will get caught on it. Once removed it works great. I tell anyone who is using a shop...
  132. crazyal

    L6060 Engine Noise Getting Louder

    I would still have the dealer look at it. Yes it's kind of a pain to get it there but once they look at it then it's documented. I wouldn't doubt that the tractor's computer could make an adjustment at a specific temperature and I know cars often learn as they get used so when new it could...
  133. crazyal

    My L3901 seems WAY under-powered to me

    I think a little more testing should be done. For example do you have something like a large tree? I would set the RPM to something like 2000 (or higher) and try to push the tree (not ram it) and pay attention to how far you move the pedal. Do it in both low and medium. What does the engine...
  134. crazyal

    I Hate To Even Think This, BUT

    How about coming at this from a different angle. Why would you not want the tractor you picked out? Many too small, not enough HP, something else? Are you just second guessing the need for a tractor? Or maybe the cost? I'm asking because I doubt your dealer is going to care. You didn't...
  135. crazyal

    Is this what a tire plug looks like?

    How can any of you say it's a plug? Judging from that picture it could be a plug or it could be something that the tire ran over and is stuck to it. The OP was given the suggestion of checking it for leaks with soapy water but I didn't see that was done. Until it is and the source of the leak...
  136. crazyal

    Air ratchet repair.

    Most of the time I find that the rotor blades get gunk on them from the oil residue and they no longer slide out and seal. This allows air to pass around them. If it's working after putting oil in it chances are you got them unstuck. I would still take it apart and clean up the internal...
  137. crazyal

    L6060 Engine Noise Getting Louder

    I made the mistake of saying KTAC in that other thread when I really meant Orange Protection. OP basically continues your warranty. It's not super cheap but if you are worried it would offer you peace of mind. You would need to purchase it before your warranty runs out. A friend bought a...
  138. crazyal

    Kubota L6060 Engine failure

    Sorry I was thinking "Orange protection" and wrote KTAC.
  139. crazyal

    Kubota L6060 Engine failure

    I disagree with you. Kubota offers you a soolution, you made the choice not to pay for it. You could have bought KTAC insurance that would have covered this for a small deductible. Yes it would have been nice if Kubota offered something to help ease the pain but since this is the first and...
  140. crazyal

    Pipe in concrete slab, rather than rebar?

    Ditching the pipe is a smart choice. Rebar is not the same alloy as pipe. In fact they make a special rebar that's weldable vs the standard stuff that shouldn't be. Rebar doesn't rust like a steel pipe. It does rust but where a steel pipe will rust and start to flake in a short period of time...
  141. crazyal

    Y'all Been Checkin' Lumber Prices?

    And our government still says there's no inflation going on. I'd be hard pressed to name a product that hasn't gone up in the last 6 months.
  142. crazyal

    Y'all Been Checkin' Lumber Prices?

    Some things can be put on hold while others can't. If you can't wait or waiting is going to cost you even more then you suck it up and buy what you need. For example I need to build a table for a CNC router coming in a few months. I could use the odds and ends I have already but if I did it...
  143. crazyal

    Failed attempt to smooth property, how to correct?

    I think your that when the farmer was done leveling it the soil was compressed at different rates. Over winter the softer spots settled. I don't think I would use a roller as it'll just compact the high stuff, that's already compacted more than the low stuff, even further which isn't good for...
  144. crazyal

    Driverless Cars

    It's Wall-E coming to a city near you, lol. Life is going to suck for those who never learn how to drive when the automation crashes. It'll happen, just like the power going out.
  145. crazyal

    How to tell when the Winter to Summer diesel fuel switch happens

    Do you really think (or would trust) what someone who's making close to minimum wage thinks? Yes, they could be right but at the same time they could have no clue and are just repeating some wrong info. Chances are the driver of the truck filling the tank might know. Unless you are putting a...
  146. crazyal

    Driverless Cars

    AI can only think about what it's programed to think about and what it's sensors tell it. Snow is just one, but a very difficult one, condition that AI will struggle with. I'm all for self driving. When the roads are designed to work with it (sensors built into the pavement for example, cars...
  147. crazyal

    Does HST Transmission Rob Horsepower??

    Actually it's the pump that's variable. Most CUTs have a single speed motor. In the case of the Kubota Grand L tractors (and a couple others) they have a two speed motor. When not moving the only loss vs a geared tractor in HP is the pump that supplies oil to the HST pump. It's not much but...
  148. crazyal

    Driverless Cars

    How many people with autopilot have used it in a snow storm? Heavy downpour? Freezing ice? Seems to me that you can't compare autopilot vs manunaly driving statistics without knowing the details. I'm sure autopilot would do well against distracted driving but there's lots of cases where the...
  149. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I don't have one of those crimpers but I do have multiple ones that are much higher quality. I can't see how it would be useful for crimping small diameter wires. It would be like using a sledge hammer to drive a nail. For larger wires I think it would be useful. I have a very similar tool...
  150. crazyal

    How to Release Kubota B7800 Left Rear Brake

    I know it's set up very differently but my Kubota did something like this a few years ago. I failed to keep the brakes in adjustment and one time when I went to make a hard turn I pushed too hard. The way the linkage works is that if you do so and the pedal travel is excessive a part in the...
  151. crazyal

    Impulse tube?

    BTW the fact that the gas/ fuel mixture goes into the crankcase before going into the cylinder to get burnt is why 2 strokes need to have oil mixed in with the gas. It's that oil that lubricates the bearings and piston.
  152. crazyal

    Chainsaw died;

    I get the impression that you aren't likely to try to repair it yourself so my advice would be to just replace it. Most likely the new saw will outlast you (I can only hope to make it to your age and still do stuff like cutting stumps). I think you could sell your current saw, I'm sure someone...
  153. crazyal

    John Deere rep going to take tractor

    Without knowing what the contract says how can you say fraud? Most likely the contract allows for a certain number of defective units to be shipped. It's normally not written that way. The contract may say that 85% of the parts must be good. If the supplying company is well above that number...
  154. crazyal

    RFID Ignition Lock Anyone?

    For RFID to work well against theft it needs to be tied in with the CPU. Anything you install after the fact can be removed. You would have to add something that can't easily be removed or even seen otherwise.
  155. crazyal

    Kubota L6060 Engine failure

    Are the injectors mechanical or electronic? I'm assuming electronic if they suspect the ECU somehow damaging them. I would think that something like a faulty regulator in the alternator could cause something like this (voltage spike) but the ECU? If this was a common problem I'm sure we would...
  156. crazyal

    Does HST Transmission Rob Horsepower??

    I always love when HST comes up. You have those who are die hard gear people who think the HST guys succumbed to the dark side. Then there's the HST guys who feel like they've seen the light. I had a geared tractor (never again), have a shuttle shift, and an HST. For doing almost anything...
  157. crazyal

    Gooseneck trailer repair project

    I think you could have done everything the frame shop did too. I had to straighten a twisted trailer for a friend. What we did was used a couple 16' landscape timbers (8x8 I think). On each end we slid a timber sideways under the trailer with one end flush with the corner that needed to come...
  158. crazyal

    Most cost effective way to divert water

    Without a tractor I think your options are limited. If you had one I think I would just get a 3pt scoop and divert what it digs off to the side. Maybe in the middle of summer when it's dry. Do it in minimal passes and even a very small tractor could handle it. As for the state or town...
  159. crazyal

    Does engine HP affect driving power

    Long story short is yes, HP, makes a difference in everything a tractor does. Think of going up a hill on a bicycle. The higher the gear selected the harder it is to pedal. If you are a weak little boy you are going to struggle more than a guy who has stronger muscles. The way to get around...
  160. crazyal

    Kubota L3901 HST vs. Kioti 4010SE HST Compact Tractor Pricing

    When I was shopping I found that some dealers charged either retail or even slightly over retail. With Kubota it was easy at the time because you could go on their site and build the same tractor to find out what the retail price was. With that it was easy to figure out what sort of discount...
  161. crazyal

    “Buy the dealer, not the machine” is outdated

    Unless a person at the dealership is a friend how would they know who you are? They have no clue where you were living when you bought the tractor in question. If one gave me the run around about how I didn't buy it there so I was going to be shuffled to the back of the line (or not work on it...
  162. crazyal

    Firewood rack

    Wow, you guys burn a lot of wood. It's my primary source of heat and only go through a little more than 2 cords a season (even with the wife being home all day and feeling the need to keep the house at 80). Nice looking rack, lol. It's good that you had most of the material. I was in Lowes...
  163. crazyal

    Tractor News Viable Electric Tractor?

    Electricity is still electricity. The faster you charge a battery the more power you are going to need. That's either a higher voltage, which will require thicker shielding, or more current which will require thicker copper wires. Can you picture Bill Murry in Caddyshack dragging the water...
  164. crazyal

    “Buy the dealer, not the machine” is outdated

    People retire or find new jobs. Owners sell. There's not a lot of dealers that you can count on being the same 20 years from now as they are now. Buy what you like and just accept that your dealer could change.
  165. crazyal

    Why don’t tractors have dedicated tie down points?

    Are yoo sure you don't have any? The grill guard on my Kubota has holes in it that serve as a tie down point. Like previously posted almost every tractor has a draw bar in the rear that also can be used.
  166. crazyal

    Crank but no start, Kubota L4330

    The glow plug solenoid on my Kubota died and I was able to replace it with one of the standard 30 amp automotive relays. The pins were in the correct location and all I needed to do was cut one off (it was one that would have power on it when the relay isn't picked). They are dirt cheap at any...
  167. crazyal

    Bucket Level Rod

    My Kubota has the bent rod style. When the bend in the rod is in the loop it passes through it's level. Not sure why some tractors are going to this style system. Gordan's idea seems like a good solution to a problem that never should have been created.
  168. crazyal

    If you had doubts about pull ropes...

    Been using them since the 80s. The first thing to do is inspect them. If you see any cuts or strands unraveling toss them. Best place to hook them is the tow hook on the front of a truck. For the 2" wide ones or the style where the loops on the end are folded over and half the width of the...
  169. crazyal

    Tractor assisted tree felling.

    What you need is a 12 pack, a chainsaw, and a friend to hold your beer. Just kidding. It shouldn't be too hard to find a tree service. Several up here just bring a truck with a chipper in tow. The truck has a man lift on it and they just prune the tree safely lowering each branch to the...
  170. crazyal

    Ford 2000 Engine Seized

    I put a small Chinese Briggs on a snow blower a couple years ago (the clone to what Harbor Freight sells) and it got left outside during the summer for a few months. The design of the muffler basically channels water to the exhaust valve. Not sure if it was open or if someone tried to start it...
  171. crazyal

    Bucket Level Rod

    I think it's the wrong one for your loader. My Kubota is different so maybe I'm wrong but it looks like when the rod is flush with the top of the guide tube the bucket is level. Is that the case? Flipping over the guide tube may keep it from coming out but the rod would then not be flush when...
  172. crazyal

    John Deere rep going to take tractor

    I tried to buy a Deere but the closest dealer mainly sold large farm equipment and just didn't have time to answer my questions. Most of the smaller brands weren't even around here at the time except for Kioti. The one dealer just got the line, knew nothing about it, and by the time I was...
  173. crazyal

    Was one of you pulling this trailer?

    Moral of the story is "don't bend over in the middle of a parking lot". Around here it's not unusual to have sewer drains and potholes in the middle of a parking lot that would feel the same as when the truck hit her. Crouching down like that for as long as she was I can easily see how the...
  174. crazyal

    2021 Chevy Silverado 2500HD gas vs. diesel?

    Funny how so many people say "I cringe when I go up a hill and push my gasser to 4000 rpms". I get it, I'm the same way. Yet that same engine in a boat will run all day long at those same RMPs without anyone thinking twice. Boat engines have to meet a certain spec for their WOT. I think the...
  175. crazyal

    Filling a Hundred Holes (6-feet across, 4-feet deep)

    First thing I would do is figure out how deep your topsoil is. You'll want to save it, not use it to fill holes in. If you plan on using material from other places on your property you'll also want to remove the topsoil first. If buying material the price for fill vs topsoil is enough so I...
  176. crazyal

    Non-dealer financing options

    For 10 years I think a home equity loan would be your only option. Usually it's hard to beat the interest rates the dealers offer though.
  177. crazyal

    55 Acres, Wooded, Hilly, and Snowy!

    The reason why the 6060 is kind of pricey is because it's a "deluxe" tractor. It's main advantages are the transmission (HST+). Before buying one I would test drive it and then come back and ask lots of questions. If you want a HST tractor and a Grand L is in your price range I would highly...
  178. crazyal

    Foamed the front tires; broke the 4WD?

    Is the front driveshaft going to the front axle exposed? If so I would put it in 4wd and jack up one front tire. Try to turn it by hand. If you can then see if the driveshaft is spinning. That should tell you if the problem is in the front axle or the transmission.
  179. crazyal

    On road diesel vs off road NO 2 red

    Around here on-road and off-road diesel both get winterized. Heating oil may not. Both heating oil and off road diesel have red dye in them. Kerosine may have red dye in it or it could be clear (also for tax purposes). Kerosine doesn't need to be winterized and is often used for heating when...
  180. crazyal

    KTAC vs Erie Insurance

    Do you ever take your tractor off of your homestead? Even a trip to the dealer for service work may not be covered under a homeowner policy. The Erie policy would most likely cover rolling over your tractor but it's not likely to cover engine damage where the KTAC usually covers everything.
  181. crazyal

    New kubota tractor advice

    Did you buy the tractor for doing this or are there other tasks that the tractor needs to be able to do? I ask because the advice given is based just on what you described not anything else. Do you leave the tractor there or do you need to occasionally move it? If being able to transport it...
  182. crazyal

    Kubota L6060 Engine failure

    Sorry to read about your troubles. This sounds like an unusual problem (since I don't recall reading any other threads about something like this). I would do the fuel test for a couple reasons. First it will show good will to Kubota, like you are willing to do your part. Secondly, even more...
  183. crazyal

    What would happen ??

    An old neighbor did something very similar. He got tired of grass growing onto the edge of his driveway. So he mounted a saw blade to a horizontal shaft Briggs. It had two wheels on the side of the handle and by raising and lowering the handle it would rock the "trencher" so the blade could...
  184. crazyal

    Vasoline for small hydralic leak

    So hydraulic oil doesn't make the seal expand but vasoline does? I'm not even sure how you would get the vasoline past the wiper on the end of the gland nut. Even then it's on the wrong side of the pressure. Finally every cylinder seal I've replaced is a plastic like material. I'm sure some...
  185. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    HF seems to have moved to coupons only good for a couple days. Like the 10% off everything under $10 for 4 days. I guess if you live close that works but I'm not close enough to make a special trip just to save a buck. As limited as it was without the 20% off coupon I'll probably shop less at HF.
  186. crazyal

    On road diesel vs off road NO 2 red

    Might want to keep in mind that if you live up north heating oil may not contain any anti-gel as the tanks are kept inside the house. Around here there's "off road diesel" and "heating oil". I always add something like Power Service to bump up the anti-gelling performance so I've never had a...
  187. crazyal

    Best way to make a 4 season trail through this low spot

    The only reason for removing soil was to not create a dam that any water had to cross. If flush with the rest of the field then nothing else should be needed.
  188. crazyal

    Best way to make a 4 season trail through this low spot

    I would use fabric with gravel on top. I think it's called geotextile road fabric. I would remove the topsoil down maybe 6" and then put the fabric down and fill with gravel to the same height as the surrounding soil.
  189. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Years ago Sears had a deal where if you signed up for their credit card you got a discount on your purchase. It's a game where you just simply get the card for the discount and if forced to use it just pay it off. Then you cancel it.
  190. crazyal

    Coming soon list

    Are you pulling your hair out yet Muhammad? Every number of years my wife has to deal with upgrading software and all the issues that comes with it. I think she has officially said she will not go through it again. I case you haven't heard it lately, thank you.
  191. crazyal

    Buying Advice best tires for snow/plowing

    Had Nokians on a truck and the traction was great but the wear was unacceptable. If all you use your tractor for is snow removal then it wouldn't matter but for me they wouldn't be an option without proof they can handle what my current tires do. Some of the rocks around here have taken...
  192. crazyal

    Coming soon list

    Is it just my computer or is the links to the parent forums missing on some threads? On this thread above "Coming soon list" at the top right is "Forums > Community Forums > News/Feedback >" Yet when I go to "Parts/Repair" there's nothing. It's useful to me to be able to go back to the sub...
  193. crazyal

    Welcome back

    Is there any way to change the colors? The "yellow" that indicates a new thread is almost white on my laptop. It's a very light pink color and almost impossible to see now. I get most people don't like change but it is what it is. Being able to customize it some would be nice though.
  194. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    For an expensive item it would make sense to join the Inside Track Club and get 20% off vs 10%. It even looks like you could sign up for their goofy credit card and get an additional 10% off. It's hard to say as usually you can't combine coupons but it clearly states "Get an extra 10% off" and...
  195. crazyal


    I can't say I like the new format but clearly there was a problem with the old version. All of a sudden I had a dozen new private messages, some years old, that never showed up with the old version. I kind of feel bad. Hopefully people don't think I was intentionally ignoring them.
  196. crazyal

    Lug nuts on wheel is backing off,... can plowing snow with ice chains cause this?

    Mine loosened up too. I also run chains with studs (like the Aqualine Talons). I solved the problem by replacing the bolts with longer ones and put nuts on the inside of the hub. I don't think this could be done on the front wheels but on the rears there's plenty of room. I think the problem...
  197. crazyal

    Old South Bend lathe

    So I was given an old 9" SB lathe. It's not the one with the gear box, you have to change gears. It's a little rough from being old and lack of use but the bearings feel smooth. I assume that it hasn't had any maintenance done to it and will need that done long before it can be used. I...
  198. crazyal

    What's happened to Shield Arc

    I resisted reading this thread out of fear that something bad has happened. I'm glad he's still alive but sad that his body is failing him as well as what his wife is going through. I think there's a number of us here who have had jobs that have abused our bodies and fear that what's happening...
  199. crazyal

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    The manual tire changer is fine for steel wheels but will gouge aluminum. I modified the tire lever with a piece of teflon to protect the wheel while removing the tire and just don't use it to put the tire back on the wheel. I was kind of hoping that they would start selling touchless manual...
  200. crazyal

    Adding Remotes to a Kubota L3240 - semi-home-brew style

    I've toyed with the idea of adding a couple remotes on my 4240. My plan is to buy the hard lines for the factory spool valves and just plumb them to much cheaper spool valves I can buy elsewhere. It's not the cheapest way to go and it would require some modifications to the lines. Kubota uses...