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  1. dkmc

    400lbs of Lucas red n tacky?

    I really hate grease, grease guns, zerk fittings, all that crap. I do own grease guns and a couple tubes of grease but despise using it. When I'm gone, the guys that end up with my worn out junk can deal with it. LOL
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    What is the oddest machine you have worked on or operated

    So does 'worked on' mean I can rant about the shittty design of the Howard Price TURF BLAZER I owned for awhile years ago? What a pile of crap. A few of it's 'better' points....To change the main drive belt from engine to PTO, you had to pull the engine. To take out the PTO shaft to replace the...
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    Tractor smoking

    I disagree. Let it get up to at least 140F before applying heavy load. 30 minutes is excessive but 2 is not long enough. Maybe the OP's thermostat isn't working right? Is it really up to 180F? A cold diesel will smoke blue from partly unburned fuel. A warm diesel will smoke black from excessive...
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    Paint - Majic or Rust-oleum ?

    I'm really glad I asked, no Majic for me
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    Paint - Majic or Rust-oleum ?

    The Kubota color they have at TS seems to be the new color. They only have the one choice. I like the newer better than the old color. Any color orange paint will be better than what it looks like now....
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    Paint - Majic or Rust-oleum ?

    Thanks for the replys...I'll be spraying (Rust-oleum) with a HF HLVP gun, I might just get 2 quarts instead of a gallon which is probably an excessive amount for a 5k sized forklift. I wanted AC orange, nothing regionally in quarts or gallons, so Kubota orange it will be. Back around 1991 I...
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    Paint - Majic or Rust-oleum ?

    Forklift so it will be out in the sun. I've used Majic years ago but seem to see more complaints about it in recent years. I assume hardener is worth the money? I'll buy a gallon of paint.
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    Paint - Majic or Rust-oleum ?

    Please share opinions about which brand is better than the other. Maybe this is a Chevy-Ford question?
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    I destroyed the gearbox on my brush hog.... help

    Back in '93 I bought a well used but cheap Woods 5' hog that spent it's life behind a 100hp tractor. I think the owner never looked back when using it. No oil in it, and gears about 1/3 worn out. Brushogs take a beating and most are rolling demolition derby's. The blade shaft loosens up, the oil...
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    Just arrived and hour meter is broken

    The electric powered meters ALSO are especially prone to failure. I see all sorts of equipment on Marketplace that looks well used, pic of the hour meter shows 1500 hours. Ad descriptions says 'only 1500 hours', and I think 'Ya 1500 hours when the hour meter quit working 3000 hours ago'... Yes...
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    Interesting observations...

    I have a tolerance level for dirt and grime. Washing before working on a machine is common sense. Protecting ports from dirt and rust, same thing. Washing after every use is personal choice, some folks don't have the time. If it makes you feel good or feeds your sense of pride, by all means do...
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    Another rant about buying used

    That's the nature of the exercise. Years ago I called about a forklift I saw for sale 60 miles from home. Guy says "come down Saturday morning, has to be 7am as I'm very busy". I get up early Sat morning, drive down, no forklift. I went in the store where it was and woman says "Oh yes that was...
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    Another rant about buying used

    I have an even better approach. Take a buddy along and have HIM play devils advocate. He's the one pulling the dip stick and saying "Just changed the oil?? Looks pretty dirty to me"! And he picks apart any other issues or BS the seller throws at ya. If it agitates the seller you can say "He's...
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    Another rant about buying used

    If I was there to purchase a tractor and the seller said that, I know I'm going to pull the dip stick, open the radiator cap, etc. So I'd be holding the dip stick and saying "when exactly was that when you just changed this oil? Looks like it needs to be changed again"! IOW, call him out with a...
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    Where do you get rid of used hydraulic fluid?

    I'm not so sure Tractor Supply's onsite chemical engineer would know the difference between used Motor oil or any other Oil, or be concerned about it. If it became a problem, I'd say it's break in oil from the rebuilt john deere, only has 3 hrs run time on it.
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    MF 1835M loader support collapsed on tractor

    I'd say it's just built too light for the size of the machine period. My GF has a MF 1529, everything about the tractor is minimal. Not a pound of extra metal anywhere on the machine. It would not lift a full bucket of dirt so I checked the pressure relief and it was set 300 psi low. I set it to...
  17. dkmc

    Shipping container weight on one end?

    If you're moving it on solid ground, just use the forklift......
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    Relays and diodes

    2 times? I would think 10 or 20 times the voltage could be produced. That's what does the damage.
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    Relays and diodes

    Snubber diode, flyback diode, the names continue. There are pre-made cubes called "arc-killers" that contain various combinations of diodes, resistors, and capacitors that all help quell the breakdown voltage that is produced when the coil is de-energized. A relay coil or a solenoid coil can...
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    What to do with a short PTO

    Never any F&F or RC in upstate NY unfortunately
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    What to do with a short PTO

    Incidentally TSC prices have gone crazy as of late. Rusoleum spray paint....$14 a can. Same exact can at Lowes....$8.50. The local ones have shrunk the tractor parts sections and shelves have more & more bare spots & higher & higher prices, kinda like Central Tractor did before they closed...
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    Anybody using a backhoe attachment on their CUT?

    I know someone also. I was shocked (as was the owner) to see the housing was an Alu. casting not iron. He managed to find a guy that did the swap, it took lots of hours. Not sure what model Kubota it is.
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    Learning how to drive with a trailer..

    As the trailer began to sway, and got more aggressive as I let off the gas, I had no clue but in a semi-panic I grabbed the slide on the brake control, and gently applied trailer brakes.....having no idea if it would make things worse or better. Thankfully, the trailer straightened right up...
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    Learning how to drive with a trailer..

    Has anyone mentioned tongue weight and sway? In the early '80's I was a complete noob, bought a used skid steer trailer, hooked it up to my '78' Chevy heavy half (with 4 ply snow tires on the back) and loaded up a 8000lb forklift. I found out very quickly what 'not enough' tongue weight and sway...
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    Seller Beware

    I would never admit to having any either. The worst thing you can do is do a cops job for him IMO. I never incriminate myself or purposly contribute to the negative outcome of their "investigations". But they can and have searched people so I don't think you can hide it. I've hid it in the...
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    Seller Beware

    Not only that, the "good guys" can rob you! Civil Asset Forfeiture is becoming more known but a lot of people still don't know about it. That's where the cops happen to pull you over, happen to search your car (or you admit to having cash when they ask you) and then they confiscate it claiming...
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    Seller Beware

    I have sold dozens of things on CL, EBAY, and FB Marketplace with no problems. Most all buyers appreciate being able to come out the winner when their lower offer is accepted and I am sure it helps the buyer make the decision to purchase instead of a Firm price. Once in awhile a person can...
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    Seller Beware

    The ad had the asking price.....$850 or reasonable offer. And I was OK with taking a lower (reasonable) offer. But not $400 which is just stupid. I responded and told him no. And I said $750 was the lowest I'd go right in my first response.
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    Seller Beware

    I put an old Hemi on CL a few years back, had a guy reply from 150 miles away. Made a low ball offer and I politely declined. Next thing I know, the guy is emailing 2-3 times a day asking all sorts of questions about it, (all covered in my ad). He also includes some chit-chat about cars. etc and...
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    To the basement, or to the scrapyard? My attempt to resurrect a Tarm Excel 2200 Wood Gasification boiler

    If you end up with it, perhaps you'll post your repairs in another thread. Post a link to your thread in this one
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    To the basement, or to the scrapyard? My attempt to resurrect a Tarm Excel 2200 Wood Gasification boiler

    Where are you in upstate? I'm near Corning,NY Years ago I bought a Switzer boiler that the operator ran without the forced draft blower. It plugged up to the point he couldn't use it anymore but was convinced the blower running continuously was not needed. It was quite a clean out project.
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    Similar to the 'upgrade' thread......time to let it go?

    This is one reason I wouldn't bother changing any fluids. The other reason is I'm not spending any money on a machine I'm going to be selling. (IF I end up selling it) Let the next guy pick up the maintenance schedule. What's there is what it is. No water in any of the oil because the tractor is...
  33. dkmc

    Wain Roy 450

    That is a great looking machine you have preserved there. Beautiful job on the exhaust manifold!
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    Barndominium/Shop or "real" House?

    Very exciting plans and all, but as a life long NYS resident, and with the current plan to rid the state of fossil fuels, I'd be relocating to a state farther south with the new build. Eventually I'll be forced out of this state as well. Edit:Looks like walnutman and I were posting...
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    Similar to the 'upgrade' thread......time to let it go?

    That is a good view point. Selling to the right buyer could make all the difference.
  36. dkmc

    Similar to the 'upgrade' thread......time to let it go?

    No battery in it, one front tire historically ends up flat. It's probably a shame to just leave it sit. If I get my mind in the right place I can and have let things go. Hardly ever any regrets after the fact. It's the initial let-go that's hard to execute.
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    Similar to the 'upgrade' thread......time to let it go?

    Not the best pics of it...
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    Similar to the 'upgrade' thread......time to let it go?

    Thanks. Looks like shiny paint ups the price nicely.
  39. dkmc

    Similar to the 'upgrade' thread......time to let it go?

    Good points. I guess the blantant question is, how attached to the tractor......and all my other machinery am I. At this point (63) I think I still am. For my purposes, the work I did on it when I got it constitutes all the fixing up I intend to do on it. Overall it's in pretty good shape. GF is...
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    Similar to the 'upgrade' thread......time to let it go?

    I bought a 1957 IH 330 Utility back in 1991. Split the tractor and replaced a broken Bull Gear in the trans.-rearend. 12V alternator upgrade, cleaned and painted it up real purdy. Used to to brush hog for many years, plus back blade the driveway with DIY back blade. Motor is some what tired, it...
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    Sold on Seafoam

    Nope. Stoddard solvent IS mineral spirits, same thing. It's mostly Toluene with a hint of Naphtha tossed in. Sometimes available in gallon cans at the box stores (Paint dept for Toluene, camp stove fuel for Naptha) for much less than $8 per 16 oz bottle. I've tried the home brew, it works. The...
  42. dkmc

    A sad day on the farm

    Very sorry for the OP loss. I just went out and unplugged all the battery chargers.
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    Do I really need a tractor on 1.5 acres?

    This reminds me, I grew up in a small town and one of the neighbors had a house with a lot that was probably 50ft x 75ft, no garage. He had a 16hp lawn tractor kept it under a tarp behind the house. It'd take him maybe 15 minutes to cut his grass with it, longer to untarp, fuel up, get it...
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    I had to use the laundromat tonight... my house STINKS!

    NOOO! o_O:poop::sick:
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    Pipe Threader

    If you go look at the HF ones, if you can check the cutting edges of the chasers. Be sure they are sharp and crisp, not rounded over, or chipped.
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    I had to use the laundromat tonight... my house STINKS!

    I had to do the laundromat thing for a couple years and I saw a couple of funny things. One guy came in, went to the biggest front loader, and stuffed it FULL of several baskets of clothes. Dumped in a cap full of soap, and left. When the machine filled and began to wash, the clothes were a...
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    Pipe Threader

    10+ years ago a buddy bought a HF hand threader set, and complained it was tearing the threads on the pipe. I took a look at the chasers and the cutting edges were a joke. I sharpened them for him (on a tool and cutter grinder) and then they cut beautiful threads. A couple years ago I picked up...
  48. dkmc

    I was snookered!

    There should be a country song about caller ID. Like "Thank God for caller ID" similar to "Thank God and greyhound yer gone". It amazes me how many calls I get that show as 'unavailable' or the name of various nearby cities. Hint: No one except the scammers use the name of a city or town for...
  49. dkmc

    Anybody using a backhoe attachment on their CUT?

    A neighbor had a BH attachment on his Kubota and ended up cracking the aluminum trans case. I think any 'subframe' should be extra beefy to avoid stress on the tractor frame/case. I know it's not what you asked, but how about a used skid steer with a BH attachment? I have and old Arps hoe I...
  50. dkmc

    Tractor idiling running woodsplitter

    One way to correct the issue is to install a flow control on the tractor hydraulic system. Not easy but flow to aux port can be adjusted down then throttle increased. Load on engine will still be light given application...
  51. dkmc

    wood pallets under gravel driveway?

    I had an area aprox 17 x 45 between the buildings that over the years was sod, some grass, and pretty dry in summer but could get soggy in winter or during rainy days. We need to run the outdoor forklift across it occasionally. Not fun when it was soggy or winter. I asked on a couple forums and...
  52. dkmc

    How many of your friends do NOT have tractors?

    I don't have any friends. Maybe I'm luckier than it feels.
  53. dkmc

    Deutz FL 511 2 cylinder Eninge Temp. Gauge??

    Hi I have a Deutz 2 cylinder FL 511 in a portable compressor. I would like to install an engine temp gauge, can anybody tell me where the sensors are located on this engine (when equipped with a gauge)? And I'm looking for a place to buy the gauge and sending unit. Any info on where to get...
  54. dkmc

    Hello

    Lots of good info on this forum, thanks for letting me be a member
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