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  1. CobyRupert

    John Deere (LX280) electrical

    Where is a good place to get John Deere lawn tractor service m*nual or w*ring di*grams, in general, and specifically for a LX280 lawn tractor? PTO stopped turning. Thought “not again”, It’s on its 2nd or 3rd PTO. PTO measured 3 ohm, seems fine; but no voltage at the plug with switch on or off...
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    Who knows a good Deere salvage yard?

    Mice got into wiring behind my tractor’s instrument- gauge panel cluster. Tractor is a Deere 5075E, Tier II, OOS. They got a couple wires from a big harness to spade terminals on the light switch. I think I can easily butt splice them back together. Mice chewed about 6 wires on a (pigtail...
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    Kerosene Heater - I’m stumped (?)

    I have a 40,000 btu Reddy kerosene heater made by Desa (similar to picture). I think they were sold under a lot of names. Anyways, it will run for a couple minutes, then suddenly quit. (No sputtering, etc..). Here’s what I’ve done: - Checked that air pressure to nozzle was 3 lbs. - I cleaned...
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    5075E Hydraulic / transmission freeze and thaw. -linkage

    Today I started up Deere. 5075E tractor today. Let it warm for a few minutes. Drove it in 2nd gear, low range it’s (3x3, 9 speed) at just above idle for a hundred feet or so. Went to put it in reverse. It was like the gear wasn’t there and wouldn’t go in. Same with 1st gear. I had 2nd & 3rd gear...
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    What do you think of a man that...

    Wears sandals, or flip flops (when not at the beach or pool)? OMG! I just realized I’m prejudice! [emoji15] I have no problem with a person’s race, sexual orientation, religion, choice of tractor, etc..., but I have a hard time respecting a man in public wearing flip flops. Maybe it’s because...
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    Tires Tire valve - what is this?

    Stupid question, but here goes: Bad valve on tire. Can I just unscrew internal air valve core, like a car tire and replace it with some of the spares cores I have? On a Deere 5075E w/ filled tires. Tires weren’t soft, I wanted to check pressure. 1st thing I did was park valve at 12:00 and...
  7. CobyRupert

    Another ‘how to cut this tree’?

    With trees that have been cut that then hang up on another tree I’ve been taught to pull them down from a safe distance. ...but what if they’re “hung up” but have never been cut (still attached to the stump and roots)? Friend has a ~60’ oak tree, probably 18” diameter. The wind has blown the...
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    Small engine muffler- extra parts?

    I ordered a new muffler for my mom’s 1970 Montgomery Ward’s rototiller. It’s has a small single cylinder Briggs and Stratton motor on it. New muffler came with “extra parts”. That is, the existing muffler doesn’t have a “deflector” that screws on to the exhaust port like the new muffler. 2...
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    Snowblower What’s best Snowblower paint.

    Got some extra time on my hands, so I thought that this year I’d paint the snowblower’s interior surfaces that slide snow. I don’t own a paint sprayer or want to be buying respirator masks. Don’t own a sand blaster either. What’s a good homeowner method of prep and painting? Best brand of...
  10. CobyRupert

    "Free vintage tractor to anyone who wants to come get it"

    An astounding view from 17,5’ beneath... - White Stars, Black Sea | Facebook "An astounding view from 17,500 beneath the surface of the sea - a 1941 International Harvester sits still chained to the deck of USS Hornet (CV-8), lost during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, October 27th...
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    Too kinky! Who makes best non-kink

    Was thinking this is a lawn and garden topic, but it's a farm, ranch, construction, everybody topic too... Who makes best garden hose? Least susceptible to kinking? Don't care about weight. Anybody ever use the wire reinforced hoses?
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    Should Tenant's Boyfriend's name also be on the Lease?

    First off, my tenant doesn't have an actual lease that locks us both into 6 month, or 1 year, etc... terms; we have a Renter's Agreement that stipulates conditions (rent due date, no loud music, no abandoned cars in driveway, etc..). This give us both freedom make more immediate changes or move...
  13. CobyRupert

    Gas station’s diesel pump nozzle too big?

    I buy my diesel 5 gallons at a time. Finally the gas station 1/2 mile from my house installed a diesel pump. No more nervous travel of can in trunk from 10 miles away. Or so I thought. I take my typical standard diesel can to nearby store and find that the nozzle on the diesel pump is too big...
  14. CobyRupert

    Use heat to free up bolt. Can heat draw in penetrating oil?

    Other day, someone mentioned trying to get something apart. I think they used penetrating oil on a bolt/nut then applied some heat to “draw the oil in”. I’d heard of that before but how does that work? By what principle? I got curious in what actually forces one is trying to overcome when...
  15. CobyRupert

    Rotary mower gearbox input seal. How often gear oil change?

    Have a Frontier 2084 7’ rotary mower. 6 years old. Gets used maybe 6-8 hours a year. This year when i go to hook up, there’s an oil trail out of front input shaft. It’s never leaked oil before. Never saw any leaks prior to putting it away last year. Do you think seal got a leak sitting over...
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    How to shorten hay elevator chain?

    I have a old New Holland tube steel type hay elevator with the center "detachable" chain. Every 10 links or so there is a spike that grabs the bale. The chain links are sort of like one side of an apron chain you'd find on old equipment, or a manure spreader, etc... Looks something likes this...
  17. CobyRupert

    When is a brake dragging?

    I have a Ford F-250. Front passenger side is making a scraping noise, almost like pads are gone. But constantly, even when not braking. Hubs are unlocked. I look, pads are good. Ok, must be sticky caliper. I can turn the tire “fine”. Turn hub fine with tire off. Press brake pedal and...
  18. CobyRupert

    Best way to split 3'-4' boulder?

    There's another thread going on about best way to dig 3' of bedrock. This is similar, but different enough that I didn't want to derail that one. I have a (let's say 3'-4' diameter) boulder that got dug out when I built my barn. Not sure what type of stone, but seems pretty dense/hard...
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    Explain battery voltage?

    So I put a new battery in my ATV. I'm also installing a battery disconnect switch on the negative (-) post of the new battery because I have a 30mA (.03 amps) drain on the battery. The drain is either through the voltage regulator, or possibly the starter "solenoid" (which might be a...
  20. CobyRupert

    Back tires skid when in four wheel drive?

    Tractor runs fine. I put new tires on tractor. I order the same exact size as before, but ever since, the back tires seem to skid when I engage 4WD. Is this a problem with transmission? Also: I want to use tractor to snow blow. Should I put chains on the front tires or back tires?
  21. CobyRupert

    Oil changes: Warm or Cold?

    Does it matter if oil changes are down with a warm or cold engine? Not sure if this has been debated here on TBN. There seems to be a wide debate on the internet. I know the difference is miniscule in the big picture, and this is mostly an academic debate, but let's argue anyways..... For...
  22. CobyRupert

    Battery Booster Packs?

    Who can recommend a good battery booster pack for daughter’s college car? Her car sits for weeks. How about the Craftsman 1000 amp peak with built in air compressor?
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    Turf (R3) tires better in snow - but why?

    I always read here than turf tires are better in snow, but why? Is this only true when clearing snow and tires are really on a hard or frozen surface where the surface area of the tire in contact with the ground (combined with weight) creates the friction that propels? (Similar to how a bald...
  24. CobyRupert

    Deere 50xxE Series Batteries

    John Deere 5075E (2012/13-ish) Does anybody know what brand battery was supplied with these? I suppose I could turn wrenches to find out, but am wondering if collective wisdom of TBN knows first: The first three letters on the battery are "IND___" , (I thought maybe "INDIA" seeing how it was...
  25. CobyRupert

    Furnace power vent electric motor oil?

    My furnace has a power vent exhaust that has a fractional horsepower motor on the outside, north side of the house. (Subject to -20F on start, but quickly warms with furnace exhaust). The manufacturer has some pretty specific oil requirements, and dire warnings if you don’t buy their brand. They...
  26. CobyRupert

    What is best way to cross a ditch?

    What is best way to cross a ditch? Perpendicular to the ditch, or at a 45 degree angle to the ditch? Is there a different answer depending if you have 4WD vs 2WD? Or have attachment in tow (or suspended from 3 PTH)? Do 2WD front axles pivot more than 4WD front axles? Why?
  27. CobyRupert

    Replace Furnace Nozzle (Fuel Oil)

    First time that I'm changing out the nozzle on my, fuel oil furnace. About to put new nozzle in and I notice that you can hear a rattle (like a bearing ball) in the nozzle adaptor, that the nozzle screws into, when you tilt the fuel line assembly. Is this normal? Is there a ball in there...
  28. CobyRupert

    Huskee Woodsplitter Hydraulic Oil Change Frequency?

    Not sure where to put this post, and maybe it's been asked before (I couldn't find), but.. I have a "30 ton" / 12.5 Hp Huskee woodsplitter I bought from TSC 10 years ago. I started thinking that maybe it's time to change the hydraulic oil and filter. ...but then when I look at the oil, it...
  29. CobyRupert

    12 Guage Slug Range /Ballistics ?

    Is it possible for me to hit my neighbors house? The deer tend to come out into a clearing, that when I see them, they are usually at is at an elevation higher than my vantage point (i.e. it would be an uphill shot). A definite no-no with high powered rifles. But what about a 12 gauge slug...
  30. CobyRupert

    Rotary Cutter PTO Slip clutch on Rotary Mower- How often to check?

    Each summer season before using rotary mower, after sitting out through the winter, , I always loosen the slip clutch bolts on the mower and verify that it not rusted together. Question: Do I only need to do this once a year? How often should one make sure the slip clutch hasn't rusted, or...
  31. CobyRupert

    6500 Watt Generator - Real Craigslist ad?

    Just started looking for a generator. Need one that can start a well pump (say 1-1/2 hp, 240V) if necessary. I don't have a good idea what the used market is. Does this ad seem real? Ad is for a: "Black Max Honda Generator - $850 Looking to sell a like new portable generator. The generator...
  32. CobyRupert

    Don't change transmission oil? One and done?

    I have a John Deere LX280 lawn tractor with over 650 hours on it. I started wondering if the transmission oil should be changed. The manual only says to check the level every 50 hours. and under the "How to check oil" section of the manual it says: Transmission Oil IMPORTANT: Avoid damage...
  33. CobyRupert

    Well pump /Ballast Tank /Air volume control ballast tank experts?

    Went to my moms house today. She has a (deep well) jet pump system set up with what I am guessing is a 30-40 gallon ballast tank? The pump is short cycling. The ballast tank is bladder-less, what I guess is called "air over water". It uses a (Campbell) Brady AV30 (maybe AV-100?) "air volume...
  34. CobyRupert

    Should mower width match wheel width?

    What's the big deal with insisting that a mower is as wide as the tractor wheel width? I see this all the time in forums. This means your tires will run over 2 tracks of grass that enter the mower. If tires are set wider, the mower is only going over 1 track (the track that you left on the...
  35. CobyRupert

    Pat's Easy Change: For Cat. I & Cat. II mix?

    My tractor has a Cat II 3 PTH. Some of my implements are Cat I, some Cat II? Some of the Cat I implements have: Cat I pins (bolted on), but some of them have what I can only describe as "2 vertical plates with holes that the tractor's lift arm goes between, and you insert the (CAT I) pin...
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    New Engine break-in. How many miles or hours

    Wife just bought a new Subaru Impreza. How many miles (or hours, figuring an average of 40 mph) would you suggest changing the oil during the break in for a new gas motor, non-turbo. The manual only suggests checking level more often during an undefined "break in" period. 500? 1000? 1500...
  37. CobyRupert

    What's a good Auto Scanner Tool / Code Reader?

    This has probably been discussed before, but.... What's a good "middle-of-the-road /weekend-end-warrior/ best-bang-for-the-buck" automobile scanner tool / code reader diagnostic tool? There's a lot to pick from, but little details on the products, plus when there are details I don't always...
  38. CobyRupert

    Chainsaw versus max. bar length?

    What's the biggest bar that I can (should) put on a 57cc saw (for just a few cuts on one big tree)? I've ran a firewood saws for about 20+ years and have had no problem running a Husky 55 (53cc) with a 16" bar. My other "big" (not really, but bigger) saw is a Husky 257 (57 cc, 3.6hp...
  39. CobyRupert

    Best oven type: Gas, electric or induction?

    Wife wants the old 30+ year old electric range to go. ...I don't agree..... I say: "So what if the burner indication dial doesn't spin when you turn it? It still works. You can tell if it's hot-medium-or-low by how far you turned it, right?" Plus you can buy a new handle. Now I think she's...
  40. CobyRupert

    Where can I get power unit for a "leaf vacuum"?

    I have a 4' x 8' trailer that I liked to adapt into leaf vacuum trailer that I tow behind my riding mower. (the type where the mower deck blows the leaves through a tube to a motorized impellor that sucks/blows the leaves to the cart) I see it's easy to find the tubing and the attachment to the...
  41. CobyRupert

    Hydraulic fitting sanity check

    Stupid questions, but just never dealt with these before: To disconnect the hoses from the green power beyond cap, I'm guessing I first turn the hex fitting on the right? If I turn it enough will it come totally off the inner fitting? Or do I just loosen the fitting on the right...
  42. CobyRupert

    Deere 5075E -Hot axle- Normal or hydraulic problem

    The John Deere 5075E rarely makes it off the property or uses road gear, but a few weeks back I made 3 trips (about 4 miles round trip each) over the course of an evening running hay wagons. About an hour or so between each trip. For the most part had it wide open in top gear (18mph). When I put...
  43. CobyRupert

    Butcher pigs - remove hair- torch?

    Anybody have any good tips to butchering a hog. Particularly the removal of the skin, or if not skin the hair? I seem to remember seeing big kettles as a kid and hear about skalding the pig in those. If no kettle handy would a 55 gallon drum work? Anybody ever try that? I also vaguely...
  44. CobyRupert

    Is this solder on wires? How do i unsplice wires?

    Hay is coming and I need hay elevator. Existing motor has a short to ground. Miraculously I found another motor same size/rpm, bolt holes even fit! Problem: New motor runs backwards. I know which leads to swap but am unsure how to do existing splice. Is this solder? How do you undue it? Any...
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    How to estimate pig weight?

    This summer my wife decided she wanted to raise a couple pigs. I've been told it's most efficient if you butcher them when they are in the 250-300 lb range. How can I estimate their weight? My wife bought a weight tape for cattle (couldn't find one locally for pigs), Will this be accurate for...
  46. CobyRupert

    Another Chainsaw / 2cycle question: Won't hot start?

    I have an old top handle Montgomery Ward (McCulllough Eager Beaver) saw I got running a few years ago. Use it for special elevated trimming jobs, occasionally. New spark plug has less than an hour run time. It usually starts easily, but if you shut it off and try to restart it doesn't want...
  47. CobyRupert

    Post hole auger: What do I have here?

    Finally got the right fittings to test out the down force cylinder on Danuser G20/40 post hole digger. The cylinder extended 2", stopped and wouldn't retract. When I try to retract I hear what almost sounds like a sucking sound. Looking closer it's a single action cylinder, but two hoses...
  48. CobyRupert

    Would ethanol gas do this?

    This is my latest project. A Montgomery Ward saw I traded for a bedroom door. I think it was made by Remmington (Arms) in the 70's, The guy I got it from only had it a couple weeks but had gotten it from an older man who said he hadn't run it in a couple decades. Supposedly it worked when he...
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    Leak test a water hydrant/facuet ?

    Assuming my water hydrant for the horse barn ever thaws out, I suspect that part of the issue may be if the seal has a slight leak, with probably not the best drainage around the weep hole. Other than pulling the hydrant and inspecting the gasket, even after I reassemble how can I be 100% sure...
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    Chainsaw Manual for a Remington SL-11 / Montgomery Ward TMC-24036D

    I know this is a long shot, but does anybody know where to get a manual for a Montgomery Ward 65cc (TMC-24036D) chainsaw (Remington SL-11). I'm not sure if Monkey Ward sold them under a different name, but I believe the saw was made by Remington and sold by them as a model Remington SL-11...
 
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