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  1. Sodo

    Need help with Kubota KX040 FUEL PROBLEM

    I found "looseness" at the lift pump connection too, same as your pic of the spring clamp (moved). So someone was working on your lift pump before you. All I could do in the limited access, was move the clamp closer to the bead. Yeah that counterweight makes it very difficult to access the...
  2. Sodo

    Need help with Kubota KX040 FUEL PROBLEM

    Have you read the whole post? Tried anything? I never solved it then the owner took the machine back. I think it's still happening sometimes, but the machine is "usable" at a little lower power levels. My plan next, that I didn't get to do.... 1) Bypass the lines after the lift pump ----...
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    sawmill platform? What to use?

    I've been setting my sawmill on a couple 'furniture dollies' on the barn floor. Yes on laser level, especially a green laser. How about adding a platform on the carriage that puts the laser line at blade height. Then you can see exactly where the blade's gonna cut. I suppose depending on...
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    sawmill platform? What to use?

    All good input, thanks! Strange how stuff you see often over the years becomes a needle in a haystack as soon as you 'need it'. Menagerie....... I may do it ^^kinda like yours^^. I have lots of doug fir on-site. If I lay steel roofing over it, it will last a long time outdoors. But my place...
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    sawmill platform? What to use?

    Thx Eagle1 I need "that kinda guy".... except who has already disassembled it.😁 I'd pay if it was "scrap price". Buying new steel would cost a bit, and I may have to just do that if nothing turns up. ....but surely just the tow charge would be more than "new steel". New Steel would be more fun...
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    sawmill platform? What to use?

    yep Eagle1 I need tips how to find that kind of thing. Other than just keeping eyes peeled. I've probably seen hundreds, but then when I want one I can't think how to find one. What kind of business etc ends up with that stuff, and hoping that someone will come ask to take it away - so they...
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    sawmill platform? What to use?

    That's my entry slab. To the left of the pic is the rollup door etc. I've been sawing on my entry slab for 10 years. It works but I have to do a setup & takedown every time I saw. I live a few hours away so don't leave anything of interest visible "outside".
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    sawmill platform? What to use?

    OK good point. I should have known that!😤 The request is too vague. And no pic, no interest! I edited the top post, adding a pic of what I have now. 19" Hud-Son bandsaw. I have to drag the track out of the barn onto a slab every time I want to use it. It's in the way of other stuff...
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    sawmill platform? What to use?

    No ideas?
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    sawmill platform? What to use?

    I want to make a permanent platform for my sawmill. I was thinking the base of a 40ft shipping container would be good. I would like to have 30 feet know.....??? So that's one idea. I don't want to pour concrete, it's just not worth the cost. Maybe mixing a few bags for footings...
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    Zerk Unblocked

    What I hate is overspending,,,,, and ending up with the same item ....that Harbor Freight sells.
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    Zerk Unblocked

    I bought the Harbor Freight assortment of many zerks, but they don’t fit my Kubotas. Almost Nothing fits. And too many of them don’t seal up to the greasegun, just make a mess. Not a good purchase. When I use a drillbit on a grease problem I’m usually drilling dirt, twisting it with my fingers.
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    Zerk Unblocked

    Probably could rethread most holes to 1/8 NPT. Usually you’d have to disassemble the joint first (take the pin out). Lots of effort more than just unscrewing the zerk, dig out the blockage, and put the same zerk back in.
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    Zerk Unblocked

    I’d unscrew the fitting, then probe with wire or possibly a drill to loosen the blockage. There are about 3 or 4 different grease fitting thread types and it’s always been much more of a PITA than ever expected to replace one. There’s taper thread, straight thread, metric straight & taper…...
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    B3030 gets it done! (backhoe carry 22’ log on side)

    Thx for reminder 😤 that there’s Log weight calculators all over the web. Nice one on Redwood 2nd growth 19”, 15”, 22ft 1300lbs. It felt like more. Anyway if thats true I bet I could carry about 25% more. B3030 is only one step up from the smallest size Kubota. Agreed it...
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    B3030 gets it done! (backhoe carry 22’ log on side)

    Thx!!! No idea how heavy. Been down six months.
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    B3030 gets it done! (backhoe carry 22’ log on side)

    Was a little tippy but I got it on the car trailer. Redwood, 22 feet long, headed for my bandsaw mill... I didn't like the tongue weight so I had to cut it in half, (dangit). Ready to roll
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    Chainsaw vs Outboard 2 Cycle Oil

    I have never paid the slightest attention to 'outboard/marine/aircooled/snowmobile/motorcycle'. If it's 2 stroke oil I mix it and it's been 30 years. The differences are subtle. "Engine oil" likely has conductive metal additives (like zinc) which could build up on the spark plug and foul it...
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    028 AV Super spits gas out of the carburetor

    I cut my 24" Doug fir. Standing dead, dry, real nice wood! Got it done, but I don't feel like the saw is running right. It has a 24" bar on it (too long) but I don't keep the whole chain in the wood. It has very little power when the H screw is at the 'basic' setting (1 1/4 out). The saw...
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    028 AV Super spits gas out of the carburetor

    Exhaust screen was not plugged at all. No reeds. Piston looks perfect, almost like new. Took the carb apart and found the filter was plugged with very fine “stuff”. Almost like an algae or something. Shot starting fluid at it and it was gone instantly. It seems to run well but haven’t put...
  21. Sodo

    028 AV Super spits gas out of the carburetor

    Screen is clean, dangit I was hoping for an easy win.
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    Anyone go from gas to electric, then back to gas?

    It depends who you are talking to. If you are taking to people with no experience with electric, talk gas. They might be the perfect candidate to switch over to electric, especially if they're not a professional user. But it's not your job to do so. If you talk to people with electric tools...
  23. Sodo

    028 AV Super spits gas out of the carburetor

    I like this saw, I inherited it from my father-in-law. I had to replace the coil once. And it was stolen but the cops got it back for me. It reminds me of him when I use it and I like that. Does anyone know why its spitting gas out the carburetor? Full throttle. Starts and idles but won't...
  24. Sodo

    Pouring hydr oil from a 5-gal pail

    I hafta say..... whenever i pick up a pail that has a vent in it.... I never think: "what a waste of 90 cents". I think: "Oh good, this is gonna be easy."
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    Electric Riding Mowers

    2many, that's a reasonable price but I want 42 or 54 to minimize mowing time. But thanks for your research that it has sealed-lead-acid batteries. HomeDepot doesn't share that detail. "Apparently" it has four separate 12v 50Ah batteries that weigh 32 lbs each The 54" has four separate 115Ah...
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    Electric Riding Mowers

    I was getting pretty hot for a new Zero-Turn mower yesterday, and of course electric rears it head. Grass is coming thru holes in my John Deere deck, but it still cuts fine, so I should probably just wait this year out.... What is compelling is: 1) The quiet. You have a conversation with...
  27. Sodo

    Building a workbench - cross-stack plastic tubs for drawers

    That’s a good 6-year question! Yes its GOOD. I’m thinking about adding another rack. That round tuit will get used to clear off the benchtop (hopes&prayers)
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    Building a workbench - cross-stack plastic tubs for drawers

    Heres the 6-year rust report. 4 posts have light rust. 6posts are still mill-scale. The drawers pull out. It won’t be hard to paint if I ever get a round tuit. What I really need to do is clean off the workbench.
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    Starting my bridge!!

    Search google images for "bridge truss design." For a guy who builds stuff the load paths of the various configurations will make sense. Trussing the top.... they can buckle if 'bumped' or bent. But truss offers the benefit of a railing. But maybe you don't want a railing. Tension rods below...
  30. Sodo

    Starting my bridge!!

    If hardpan is just below the mud, jackhammering many #5 rebars that come up into your abutment will ensure it never sinks in the mud. You can get a 120v electric jackhammer for under $200 if willing to buy a tool. Regarding pre-tension. Thats more for concrete, its a “pre-load measure” to...
  31. Sodo

    Starting my bridge!!

    “Pin” piles of 5/8 rebar? Lots of them. Keep welding them end for end until they hit hardpan. Weld together and form your concrete around them.
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    Starting my bridge!!

    Plus 1500 lbs of dirt in the bucket for 5500 lbs tractor weight? And a mower on the 3-point? That cable will increase strength substantially. Maybe consider double cables, cuz you have extra. Each with independent (redundant) mounting that one cable can hold the design load even if the other...
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    Starting my bridge!!

    With free steel, maybe add a couple more 20ft stringers to increase the section modulus out in the middle. “Overbuilt” is in your favor. I may have missed it but never saw the wall thickness of that 2x6 tube. You might post it, or PM it to one of your engineer-members. Or add the doublers...
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    Bad Day for Pole Barn

    Monday-morning quarterbackin'......
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    Expected Depreciation in Used Tractors?

    For desired models the value is rising faster than inflation. And the older tractors don’t have infuriating electronic systems.
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    Pouring hydr oil from a 5-gal pail

    I think everyone knows you pour from the top because you have to. Because there's no vent. If there was a vent no fool would pour from the top.
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    Adding grab hooks on front bucket, 2 or 3 hooks?

    Compact tractor Kubota B2710. Two hooks for forward chain pull and 3 hooks for rearward chain pull. Compact tractor has a little more lifting force from the backside of the bucket. That's an L-angle welded across the bent lip at the bucket top. Here's hooks I added to my BX24. It worked...
  38. Sodo

    Pro Press Copper Crimping Cordless Tools

    Got a link, or a pic of the item or process?
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    wood pallets under gravel driveway?

    Don’t use wood. It will become “compost”. It turns into “nothing” a void. Make this subgrade structure with geotextile and rock. Second choice is geotextile & soil (which is probably already onsite! Maybe it has some gravel in it. The geotex and the rock will let water pass thru, its better...
  40. Sodo

    Leaks are Driving me ....

    PTFE tape is also ready for full pressure immediately. I worry a little about the backstory of the ‘repair’ I did. Where the machine’s regular mechanic would not use Teflon tape. It leaked all over everything, for weeks. Operators had to add hydr oil - I saw it 5+ gallons low at one point...
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    Leaks are Driving me ....

    Very high pressure flows teflon tape into the voids, sealing the leak path (hopefully). It's the same goal of any thread sealant. And it lubricates too thus the joint may be a little tighter. Teflon tape has a significant risk of "improper application" and can cause problems by contaminating...
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    Leaks are Driving me ....

    Have a friend with an excavator that had a real PITA leak on a fitting on the boom. His mechanic wouldn’t use tape. I looked at it and it was a tapered thread. I put teflon tape on it. The leak stopped dry. I think stopping the PITA leak on one fitting with tape is probably “OK”. I probably...
  43. Sodo

    Pouring hydr oil from a 5-gal pail

    Keeping a pump clean, wiping up the drips etc as you move it from pail to pail could be more effort than this method. And overshooting the hole as you calibrate your high-pour. And mess from overshooting the hole as you adjust. Cleaning a funnel takes time too (before and after). I’ve done...
  44. Sodo

    Common sayings that are wrong or butchered

    I'm tired, been screwing the pooch at both ends.....
  45. Sodo

    Pouring hydr oil from a 5-gal pail

    sure, you can just drill the hole & discard the empty pail, if you got too many piling up. I have a few different pcs of eqpt, and poured about 2quarts out thus far. So the pail is still quite full. I imagine it will be a few quarts of oil here and there ...... over the next months or year...
  46. Sodo

    Pouring hydr oil from a 5-gal pail

    That's how I did it before. Then I had to use an 5-gal pail to carry diesel, so I put a fuel can vent in that oil pail so it would pour diesel faster and neater. Then the next time I had to pour from a new 5-gal of hydr oil,,,, knowing how it was easier, faster, neater,,,, I put a vent in from new.
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    Quick easy to make jig to hold chainsaw in a bench vise.

    I often build special jigs and tools for tasks I do often. But I've never even checked if the vise made marks on the saw bar. I consider the saw bar a wear item that is replaceable. I intend to wear that bar out. I like how the vise saves a lot of time when sharpening the chain.
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    Adding grab hooks on front bucket, 2 or 3 hooks?

    I have 5 hooks. I started with 3 hooks but added 2 in the other direction 'cuz I was needing it. Also I put a thicker L-angle across the formed lip before welding the hooks on.
  49. Sodo

    Pouring hydr oil from a 5-gal pail

    That's what you do when theres no vent but it's more difficult. Its almost always easier to pour clean with the spout at the bottom. I bet if there was a vent you wouldn't invert.😉 Anyway this is just a shop tip, not a requirement. And you do have to plan ahead and have the vents on hand, and...
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    Pouring hydr oil from a 5-gal pail

    First of all, if you drill carefully the plastic is mostly together and it comes out the top. It depends somewhat on the kind of drill bit you use. A step-drill woud prob make lots of smaller bits. But can plastic swarf cause any problems? What problem? They can't get past a screen and if they...
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    Pouring hydr oil from a 5-gal pail

    Pouring oil from a 5-gal pail. Unless you're born yesterday, here's how it goes: So it doesn’t “glug” you position the spout on the top and try to guess the long arc that the stream will take to the filler hole. Hoping to adjust with minimal spillage. Of course it makes a mess, but you do...
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    Burn piles

    That's 3 piles in a row, they are about 100ft apart. It's kind of a shame to burn them, I'd rather leave wildlife piles. It was impenetrable brush. I'm hoping to create a 'natural' open meadow feedplot here and don't wanna look at piles. Wish me luck.
  53. Sodo

    Need help with Kubota KX040 FUEL PROBLEM

    I got to run the machine again and it still has a similar problem, but ONLY when it's cold (dies often). It's not as bad as before, but the machine has 300 more hours since I worked on it last. All we know is the dealer/tech replaced the fuel filter with a unit specified by Kubota for that...
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    Shed for lawn tractor, nailed to dirt hillside

    That’s half the fun (after its all done of course). Raining right now, and the tractor’s dry after 5(!) years uncovered. The rain that misses the roof falls on the hillside as it has done since the hill was made (50years ago?). Its some heavy fill with gravel in it. Real hard stuff, the...
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    Shed for lawn tractor, nailed to dirt hillside

    Overthink? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 hey that’s where the fun is When the dang thing’s all built and keeping the rain off it gets kinda boring.
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    Shed for lawn tractor, nailed to dirt hillside

    Thx for the ideas. It kinda looks like a “wide kiosk” with stabilization attached to the slope. I think it doesn’t need any more attention to stand for 30 years. Which is long enough to hit my head on it more than a few times. Funny you mentioned T-posts. I used 5/8” rebar which cost more than...
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    Shed for lawn tractor, nailed to dirt hillside

    Agreed 5/8” to 1/4” is not just “a little beyond” the recommendations for 120v, but perhaps “a little more than beyond” etc 🤣🤣 One thing you can’t see because its out of the pic frame is the no trespassing sign. This isn’t to keep friends away, just troublesome neighbors and city weld...
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    Shed for lawn tractor, nailed to dirt hillside

    Mines been out for 4 years. I intended to make a shed but it got delayed a bit. Pretty good shape now, just need some gravel.
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    Shed for lawn tractor, nailed to dirt hillside

    DK The vapor barrier could impede the ground moisture that continually replenishes the humid environment under the mower deck. Bit wouldn’t take much time to lay plastic down before the gravel. Probably an effective use of time is to setup a wash station where I drive over a sprinkler to wash...
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    Shed for lawn tractor, nailed to dirt hillside

    yes that’s the next step. Im trying to decide between these two options Put down 5/8minus, let it compact for awhile, then lay plastic on the compacted gravel and pour a 3” concrete pad. Or Lay plastic right on the dirt (its firm) and put 4 inches of 5/8minus on the plastic. This sounds much...
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    Shed for lawn tractor, nailed to dirt hillside

    The thing is,,,,ya gotta stick around and see if I own up to problems in 5 years. I need it to last about 20 years. ljj yep nailed connections hold pretty well when there’s several at all angles. Try and imagine if nails were invented after screws, they would be prohibited by building code...
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    Shed for lawn tractor, nailed to dirt hillside

    Doughknob Last night I was fretting about grandkids walking out onto it from the yard above. I think the clear PVC will be so “soft” as to provide a warning. But I don’t have any yet, and modern kids…..welllll….. Eddie give me a moment, this thing is barely 18 hours old.🤣🤣🤣. I have a few...
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    Upgrading From the Dewalt 18V Platform

    I switched over to Makita but still have a lot of DeWalt 18v tools. That all work well but as you know the batteries are gone. I made this adapter so I could use my DeWalt jigsaw, which is an awesome machine. I used a Makita “USB Adapter” that cost about $16. It’s possible that you can get...
  64. Sodo

    Plasma cutter recommendations

    Those are foundation brackets for a little shed for my lawn tractor that sits out in the weather, the poor deere.... Been intending to build it for 4 years. All that..... then then it took just one day...
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    Shed for lawn tractor, nailed to dirt hillside

    Thanks Doofy, 120v has only been legal for a few years now.😄😄 (Big Barn remembers the oid days....(y)(y)) The Miller Multimatic 200 is 120v/240v but I'm 90 feet from the house and I don't have that much 240v cord. So had to use 120v.
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    Shed for lawn tractor, nailed to dirt hillside

    OK here is is as the sun is going down. Here is a horizontal bracket nailed into the slope. Itellya it ain't goin' nowhere. Those fat rebars are 4 feet long. Much more secure than a concrete lump glued to the dirt. I suppose a guy could pour a concrete abutment around it for the...
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    Shed for lawn tractor, nailed to dirt hillside

    The 1/4” thick steel channel is drilled for 3/8” thru-bolts. Thanks for the link and for putting your thoughts to my project 👍🏽👍🏽It helps a lot to see where other experiences lead. Heres the anchors. Ground anchors are good if you don’t hit a rock and I have rocks in my dirt. Plus If you can...
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    Shed for lawn tractor, nailed to dirt hillside

    yes I hope it works too. Probably gonna use clear polycarbonate corrugated roof. Its not heavy. Sharpened the rebar with my (new!) plasma cutter. This is how big the Rebar “stumps” are. Probably kind of hard to pull them out of the dirt. I hope. I’ve always been suprised how hard it is to...
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    Shed for lawn tractor, nailed to dirt hillside

    What do you think of this? I know you value the shelter, as will My Deere…. I pounded rebar spikes into the dirt and welded a steel bracket on. Then bolted a cedar board to the bracket. Its cantilevered. It doesn't snow like the old days. We got 9” of snow last winter. Got just 2 inches this...
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    Plasma cutter recommendations

    loads of fun!!! Split a 3x6x.25 rect tube into channels
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    Plasma cutter recommendations

    Hypertherm sounds like fun! I have a specific task coming up and I'm not going to be a pro. Maybe a pro-slacker.(y) I've wanted one for ten years.....that was my first mistake, not getting one. And with all the steel stuff I've made over the years. Last week was the last straw, was cutting...
  72. Sodo

    What's happened to Shield Arc

    I gathered that. But that tip he gave... lives on(y)(y)
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    New Hobart 140.. can I weld on bucket hooks?

    The Hobart 140 can do it well. The Q is, can you? Will these hooks ever hold anything overhead, endangering people? If you don't have experience welding 'critical' welds......give this time to sink in. Agreed with the above, preheat provides what the 120V MIG is a little short on.... the heat...
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    What's happened to Shield Arc

    Carl and I had some online disagreements that I'm positive would not exist in 'real life', in the shop. They exist because of the internet. If I walked into his shop with my Miller in-hand we'da been best buds in a few minutes. That was back when 120v was illegal...:ROFLMAO: This is like a...
  75. Sodo

    Welding a hydraulic anchor point

    I can't imagine how that little bucket broke it in the first place, must have had a defect in the factory weld. But it won't break again, that's a nice job. WRT the original question.... can a regular guy who's never welded 1/2" thick repair that with a 110v MIG? The answer is "perhaps yes...
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    Need help with Kubota KX040 FUEL PROBLEM

    Excellent Laurence! Thank you. I will find a way to verify voltage (& current supply) to the lift pump!! I hear the pump when you switch the key on but it could be interrupted and then the injection pump may be drawing suction during interruptions.
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    Need help with Kubota KX040 FUEL PROBLEM

    I talked to the owner, he is still having trouble with his 040 over the past year. He said he has been changing the fuel filter often, sometimes after only 2 weeks which seems to always 'work' for the short period. And he knows he's not putting dirty fuel in the machine, in fact being super...
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    Need help with Kubota KX040 FUEL PROBLEM

    Tried that…. In this pic you can see that I tried a Jerry can. 🤣🤣 I was in the middle of this when the owner got the call that a master tech was willing to work on it - so he quickly collected his machine (while I was mid-test in the Jerry can stage). So I never got to follow that to the end...
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    Need help with Kubota KX040 FUEL PROBLEM

    I ran the fuel out of the water separator, thru a long clear vinyl hose past the operator seat so I could see the bubbles going into the injector pump. I conclude that the Kubota injector pump can tolerate or eject some air. I don’t know how much - but it tolerates much more than I expected...
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    Welding a hydraulic hose

    Steel will hold. Worst thing about this is "it works" and other repairs rise higher on the list. Luckily "it drips" which will keep it on the list to make it right. I just went back to work, and have not checked if its a weld pinhole or leaking at the connection. nIt could be the fitting, or...
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    Welding a hydraulic hose

    Hose still in good shape, I broke the fitting with “operator error”. Got back to work but it drips dangit.
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    Welding a hydraulic hose

    Ok here we are. Broken hose fitting. Done for the day? No 30 minutes later I’m digging again. Only problem is I have to remember to replace it. ============== I welded a short bead, then sprayed water on it to prevent heating the rubber hose. Repeating all the way around. That's why it's an...
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    Help with Kubota KX040 mini-excavator getting air in the fuel.

    Had to do this to get to the fuel pump. To observe the fuel on it's last leg from the filter into the injector pump I added a section of clear hose. All that air is going into the injector pump. It runs, but stumbles when you try to do some work (I suppose when it opens the throttle) I...
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    Cordless chainsaw, hedge trimmer recommendations?

    Here's my current program. The Makita 36v XCU02 has worked so well over the 3 years I've had it that I bought a 2nd one. I've used the first one so hard (14" bar) that I can't believe it has much life remaining.....although it shows no sign of giving up. But I thought Makita might discontinue...
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    Tilt-blade trick for mini-excavator

    If you have clear space for the boom to hang off the side you can use the boom weight to tilt the blade a little. Sometimes you only need a little bit. A bucket full of dirt tilts the machine (and the blade) more. Some small machines can narrow the track width Note in THIS pic that the...
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    Mini-Ex Blade track digger (poor-man's tilt-blade)

    Mini-Ex Blade manual TILT-blade device Kubota KX41 3800 lb mini-excavator. It has a one-way blade, simply goes up & down. Sometimes I need to cut a level track across a hillside. Or level a roadway. Also as spill comes down the bank the track rides ontop of it, lifting the uphill track and...
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    Need help with Kubota KX040 FUEL PROBLEM

    It won't run at full-power. It stumbles and dies periodically (often). I am able to work it lightly at about 1/3 throttle, but whenever the control system pours the coal to it, it stumbles and often quits. When not stumbling, the engine is perfectly smooth. I'm not a diesel mechanic but I may be...
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    Help replacing dipper stick bushings, mini-excavator KX41

    There are clever and experienced folks on this forum. I'm wondering if any of you can offer tips to get these worn bushings out. Bushings were so worn out it was letting the thumb bend the pin... until the pin broke. I welded the pin while waiting for my new parts, and it fractured again 3x...
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    Brazed a cast iron stove leg (buttered)

    Had this project on the list for 9 years. Main problem was my oxy/acet torch was not working well. The regulator couldn't hold the set pressure, it would rise, and you had to continually reduce the oxygen on the mixer. FINALLY fixed the oxy regulator and then brazed the stove leg. Broken leg...
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    Craftsman 313 oxygen regulator repair

    I had a cast itron brazing job to do, that was hanging around on my to-do list for almost 9 years. Not done because my Oxy regulator was not holding the gas pressure setting. If I set it at 20 psi, it would slowly rise to (whatever, bury the needle ! ) which was not good. And the flame would...
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    Spare tire on underside of DUMP trailer bed

    Just some pics of a spare tire mount that I built. This trailer's pretty high, has space for a spare under the dump bed. A hitch-pin holds the tire latch in place.
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    Sharpen a dull holesaw (YES it works!)

    Yes it can be done, easily done. (Probably just once though.) Holesaw was visibly dull and I wondered if it was gonna cut at all? Well, It did ..... about halfway, smoking the oil, and hardly any chips (only dust) coming out. Some of you have Been There Done That? So using a narrow kerf...
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    Hot-rodding your 2" ratchet straps (beginner weld project)

    Here's an easy project for a rainy shop day. 1) with an angle grinder cutoff wheel, cut the corners off the hook, so it drops thru slots easier. 2) weld up the crotch of the triangle so you can stuff the strap thru the triangle and use it as a slip-knot. Otherwise the strap gets wedged into...
  94. Sodo

    Jack handle spinner nub - (easy trailer project)

    Here's a trailer welding project that's approved for beginner MIG welders. ;) Lets you spin the handle faster. Note the Txgiving themed arrow feature pointing at the spinner nub. My stomach just growled. I'm going in the house now to lobby for an early punkin' pie.....:licking:
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    Cut dump trailer coupler, weld on adjustable height coupler (w/pics)

    My dump trailer coupler was damaged a little and was difficult to get it coupled. The locking mechanism didn't want to slide into the closed/locked position. From looking at the scars below, I thik the trailer was backed over an embankment, and the ball or tongue bent the mechanism. Anyway, I...
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    Broken seat rails (Kubota B2710) pics and REPAIR

    My seat rail broke. I welded it up but I can see the problem (why it broke). Other Kubota owners should probably unbolt your seat and LOOK for cracks. If it's just cracked and all the parts are still together, you don't need to weld. Just countersink the hinge base and re-tighten. With the...
  97. Sodo

    LA120 - Greased spindles (and idlers !) on 42" mower deck (with PICS)

    I bought this mower with 155 hours for $950 (with bagger), in the winter, from a "mower flipper". I see these go for $1200 in the springtime (around here). So far the only problems I've found I had to put tubes in the front tires, and still fighting a slow leak on a rear, even with a liquid...
  98. Sodo

    Welding gas = OFF (shop tip)

    Here's a shop tip. Put a piece of blue tape on the valve knob. Inline with the regulator signifies that the gas valve is CLOSED. That way I can glance from afar and KNOW That I closed it. When you open it, leave it in a different position (other than the "closed" position). If you...
  99. Sodo

    Mig or stick?

    Nailgun is another good analogy. You dont see it behind the drywall. You dont see the bad Stick welds cuz nobody shows them (no pics). Heres one weld on my 20year old dump trailer. Poorly done, obviously. The whole trailer is MIG. It welds a stake into a pocket. The left side looks OK as...
  100. Sodo

    Learn MIG first, then try Stick?

    Has anyone learned stick AFTER mig? It makes a lot of sense that you can learn puddle control much faster and easier on a MIG. Then apply that to your stick learning process.
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    need help with access road across steep slope

    I'm cutting in a roadway to access a little level spot on some steep land. The access turns off my driveway above. I want to park a vehicle on the level spot (under a small roof). I'm first cutting in a preliminary road to the level spot, and will level it out first. I plan to dump concrete...
  102. Sodo

    Drive tractor up into dump trailer to fill bucket

    Just got a dump trailer and discovered this little trick to getting a bucket full. I'm getting used to the little tractor's limitations, one of which is the light weight, it doesn't have enough traction to push the bucket into a pile to fill the bucket. Maybe garden mix though. But anyway...
  103. Sodo

    Welding a Side-mount jack onto dump trailer

    Just another simple project for the forum. Welded with a portable Miller MultiMatic 200 MIG/TIG/Stick using the MIG & C25 gas Settings? Haha, I just chose the factory setting for ---> 1/4" Tailgate hits jack when the trailer is attached. Pretty much can't open tailgate, unless you have a rag...
  104. Sodo

    Garage Bridge Crane

    Yeah xfaxman, ya gotta wonder how you survived long enough to have experience from 30 years ago. Right? I'm certain I could make good use of your cherrypicker, and keep within it's limitations, but I sure wouldn't lend it to just anybody. I rented a 50-foot towable lift to do some tree work...
  105. Sodo

    Bent trailer jack dragging on a waterbar (repaired story)

    OK since you poor fellas aren't getting much action on TBN here's a story to liven thinks up. I know y'all are on the edge of your seats. Beautiful October day..... Hooked the trailer jack on a waterbar......dang. Peeled the jack body open like a tuna can. Jack-knifed the trailer and...
  106. Sodo

    TIG-washing MIG welds

    Well I can't believe I'm the first to do this, but maybe the first to post it? This is probably illegal in 17 states (but common in Canada etc :D) Since I'm no good at holding filler rod I welded this with the MIG then whitewashed it with the TIG, & doesn't it look nice? It's a stair railing.
  107. Sodo

    Quieting noisy trash bin wheels

    I have a 400ft gravel driveway. Part of the driveway goes past some neighbor houses and when we drag the trash bins (3 of them) up & down the driveway I often feel like it's noise the neighbors don't need to hear. When I'm getting the newspaper @ 6AM I like to drag one of the bins back to the...
  108. Sodo

    Tighten quick-release Kubota bucket

    I don't know where this bucket came from, it seems much more worn than the excavator. I can't imagine this little excavator being able to wear out a bucket. Is it better to buildup weld? Or weld on a tapered shim? Also gotta fix a crack.
  109. Sodo

    Building a workbench - cross-stack plastic tubs for drawers

    Haha yeah that would be a LOT of outlets. I hardly ever plug in a 120v tool anymore, since battery powered tools have come so far. I've been blessed by freedom from cords by DeWalt, - it's been 10 years now. :D Of course the chopsaw etc and the welder, have their plug-ins. Fingers crossed...
  110. Sodo

    Building a workbench - cross-stack plastic tubs for drawers

    I got a new shop. It's a 14x24foot bay of a 3-car garage. It's covered with pegboard. I'm not too thrilled about that. maybe i can learn to live with it. or maybe I'll cover it over. I blew in AttiCat insulation behind the pegboard. AttiCat doesn't seem to come out of the holes, but if it...
  111. Sodo

    Self-closing gravity gate (angled hinges)

    Does anyone have experience with self-closing gates? Want gravity to close it, overcome friction etc. I might have to let the wind blow thru it. If you know of one can you measure the angle for me? Here's how I envision it, but there are probably several ways. I know you can do it with a...
  112. Sodo

    Blow-in insulation behind pegboard?

    If theres any time at all - I want to build & "move into" a new workbench. The workshop bay is 14x23. Not sure what that hairdresser sink it all about; its not plumbed in, never was. There is a drain stub in the wall. I was hoping there might be plumbing for hot water for a real utility sink...
  113. Sodo

    Battery powered chainsaw recommendations? (2017)

    Any current opinions what's the best battery powered chainsaw? I have to trim some trees from a 40 foot man-lift. I have a hotrodded Stihl MS201T that cuts like h*ll - but after trying the 36volt Makita & the 40V Husqv .... there's no turning back :thumbsup: .... Gotta have one, more work &...
  114. Sodo

    Blow-in insulation behind pegboard?

    I have a new shop. This is good! REAL GOOD! One bay is walled off, with a door, so I thought I'd put a woodstove in that bay. It has pegboard on ALL walls, nailed on with galvanized drywall nails with the thin heads. I don't know if I like pegboard, cuz I yank tools & the hooks fall off (I...
  115. Sodo

    Burying a generator vault into a bank

    Winter is coming and the forum is slowing down so here's a project for ya!. This was done over the last 2 weeks and is not finished yet. The Cedar log. Cedar boards 1 1/2" x 13". Appx 160 board-feet. At $5to 10 bucks per bf that stack of Cedar could be worth $800-1600. Solid cedar...
  116. Sodo

    Weight distribution dynamics video ! !

    I always thought tongue weight was for more weight on the rear tow vehicle wheels. Apparently that's just an incidental benefit.
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    Rebuild track idler HELP? (Kubota KX41-3v mini-excavator)

    Got my new idler, next time the track is off I'll replace it. I'm interested to see how the shadetree bearing fared. This, according to the maintenance schedule, is simply a "2,000hr replacement item". I'm wondering if I oughtta drill & add a grease fitting -or- if its supposed to run dry...
  118. Sodo

    ROPS, a thread I did not want to post

    This is about all I could find to try to understand your description. Prob need better pics. Is this what your ROPS looks like?
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    Rebuild track idler HELP? (Kubota KX41-3v mini-excavator)

    Bearing went out on my front track idler. I thought the sound was just rocks going thru the track, then noticed the font of the track wobbling. Checked if the hub was warm, and it was....almost HOT. Also had suspected one side drive motor getting weak, pretty sure that the idler held that...
  120. Sodo

    Building a ripper claw for KX41 mini-excavator.

    First things first, I was inspired by this thread Giant Metal Claw, or the Little Excavator Ripper That Could. Little excavator weighs only 3900 lbs. Sometimes the ground is too hard to dig, so I need a ripper to tear it up first. Or to pick the rocks, loosen them. Also for digging out...
  121. Sodo

    Hot-rodded the MS201T. Much better now

    I bought an MS201T in 2013 and have NOT been happy with it. Took awhile but I figured out how to fix it reading posts on Arborist forum. I followed the posts and it's a little hotrod now. Basically did 4 things. 1) Bent a little lever up (like a float valve lever but it's on a diaphragm). 2)...
  122. Sodo

    Harbor Freight Threadlock equal Loctite brand?

    Has anyone done any testing between these two "competitors"? Loctite is $11, HF is $1.99. Somebody must have bolted something down with Harbor Freight threadlock, then unscrewed after it's cured, and noted whether holds like Loctite. Right? :thumbsup: Has anyone done any ACTUAL comparison...
  123. Sodo

    Welding a nut into thin-wall steel

    Here's a way I figgered out to weld a small nut into thinwall (3/8 nut into .065") steel tubing. Drill a hole about the size of the wrench. For example for a 3/8" nut, which uses a 9/16" wrench, drill a 9/16" hole. With a cold chisel, cut the six corners Pound the nut into the hole...
  124. Sodo

    remove chainlink fence, replace with zigzag rail fence

    I'm getting tired of looking at this fence. My Ma-in-Law's lives there. Want to remove the chainlink because it looks like a parking lot, and replace it with a split-rail type zigzag fence. Mostly because I have huge numbers of 4-5 inch Douglas Fir trees that need to be thinned (cut out). I...
  125. Sodo

    Bundling cargo ratchet straps (method w/pics)

    Just figured out this method and made a pic for y'all. Not sure if it's better than the loose-knot method. Anyway, try this one and see if it helps to organize straps.
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    Reduce pressure to thumb (bends pivot pin)

    My Kubota KX41 has a user-built thumb added. It pushes hard enough to bend the pivot pin (other thread). I would like to limit the pressure to the big end of the thumb cylinder. I've attached some pics of the hydraulics. It seems like I could just put a relief valve across the hoses to the...
  127. Sodo

    Moved trailer jack (so tailgate doesn't hit it)

    Awhile back I removed an old worn out trailer jack and replaced it with this new 8,000 lb jack. I put it in the same place as the old one was. I didn't think about it at the time ----- but quickly discovered that my tailgate would impact the jack if not very careful to set it down on a rag...
  128. Sodo

    Arborist question (remove 3 smaller trunks of a Cedar tree)

    Large Cedar tree with 5 trunks. I want to remove the 3 smaller trunks to reduce the size of the tree. It's 8 feet from the house. Removing these 3 trunks is a task well within my abilities and equipment. My sawmill is eyeing the bigger one hungrily and may gnaw on the smaller one too. The 3...
  129. Sodo

    Harbor Freight 20-Ton hydraulic press mods

    Simple mods to make a low-cost press work much better. A handle for the valve made of 1/2" sq steel tubing. Spread it with a screwdriver. Squeeze with vise grip. I make the pump lever semi-permanent by drilling a little hole, for wire. Wheels so I can set it against the wall but...
  130. Sodo

    Laser rust remover

    OK Bukitcase here's your next tool! :thumbsup: Ain't technology grand? Seems like would remove paint, dirt, grease too?
  131. Sodo

    Belt sander or disc sander - or both?

    I have the combo belt+disc. And the angle grinder/sander too. I like it for squaring up too. Real handy tool and and not expensive I think mine was about $125. Mine is horizontal, I'd get the vertical one next time. Something like this.
  132. Sodo

    Welding brass with a TIG

    I need to weld a "Y" onto a brass sink drain. Can I do this with the TIG? I know I can solder it but with the TIG can I polish the weld and have "that classic look"? Cabin freezes, so I can't have traps, need a dry break. Also I want to be able to say the cabin has no utilities (dry cabin)...
  133. Sodo

    TIG question (arc problems)

    Was trying to weld some SS, 1/16" thick with the MultiMatic200 (with Miller TIG kit). Had an awful time getting an arc started. Sometimes it would just make a conical halo around the sharp cone-tip of the tungsten. And when I did get a real arc going, the arc seemed hotter than the 'settings'...
  134. Sodo

    Steel memorial cross (Stick & MIG)

    A friend asked me to help with a memorial for a friend who passed away. Strong, fit, 57-yo, who rides long and far and uphill, often..... Len simply keeled over on a mountain bike trail. No warning, was happy as can be, as anytime there was either a mtn bike or a chainsaw in his hands...
  135. Sodo

    IR temperature gun (whats the best one?)

    Needed one of these years ago,,,, many many uses! Any opinions which one offers the best value? Saw one that has distance measurement feature but its $500. Any details I need to watch for?
  136. Sodo

    Need 220vAC electrical help - change 4 prong outlet to 3-prong

    I'm still not convinced that my old generator (3-wire) is instant death. Nor my new generator that has a 'switched neutral kit' that allows me to choose the application (3-wire or 4-wire). But as several of you say, the NEC is there to protect those with thick skulls from themselves. My...
  137. Sodo

    Question about trailer with steering?

    Is there an easy way to configure a steerable trailer that has a front axle with steering knuckles and tie-rod? If anyone knows of pics on the net that I can look at this, please tell me where. Not interested in examples where the whole axle pivots (like a kids wagon). Can the steering be...
  138. Sodo

    Move 20ft ocean container on car trailer

    The trailer can hold 5700 lbs on 4 wheel-points, timbers out to the frame rails is the easiest load the trailer ever imagined. Big track hoe is a good way if there's other work, but it's a $1000 method, maybe more. I may have access to a bulldozer to push it around but don't want to chop up...
  139. Sodo

    Move 20ft ocean container on car trailer

    I'm planning to get two ocean containers to store my tractor and other things. I can get a couple container for a reasonable price, 2fer1 delivery. I highly doubt the standard container delivery guy will deliver two containers to the remote location that I have to go. I think for that part...
  140. Sodo

    How to get ice out of empty fuel tank?

    Plastic snowmobile tank is empty, dry. Looking inside the filler hole, there are several silver-dollar sized "puddles" of ice. I can't see the drain hole but.....wouldn't it be clogged with ice? The sled is out in the boonies, no chance of getting it to a warm shop. I'd like to get the ice...
  141. Sodo

    Filter bypass indicator Question

    Just bought this Parker filter on eBay for $30. It's new, un-used. 20GPM, 10micron, uses element 925580. How do you "read" this indicator. Seems to me that it's currently indicating that it's bypassing at 0 psi (new never used)? Is it possible thats the reason it was $30? And...
  142. Sodo

    2" receiver welded into Deere 50d Mini-Excavator blade

    More projects. A few months ago I put a receiver hitch on the blade of my KX41 mini excavator. The other day a contractor doing fuels reduction at my treefarm saw it and wanted one for his 11,000 lb machine. Moving his chipper around is always time-consuming, because he must always have a 4wd...
  143. Sodo

    Fuel can modification

    MYSFYT that looks like fun. I could make that from wood. You could add a vent to speed things up. This $6.25 was the best money spent (for some of my cans). (5 fuel can vents for $6.25) I used a Blair annular holecutter to make the 1/2" hole, all the chips come out on top but the plug...
  144. Sodo

    Welding helmet with LARGER window?

    How important is a larger window? There are times I'd like more viewing area, but not sure if it's worth the extra $$. Which Auto-darkening helmet is a good value? I'd like to get a 2nd helmet so I can teach folks to weld (my way). Or, if I'm really lucky, someone who knows proper methods...
  145. Sodo

    Just got first TIG rig!

    Just got the Miller TIG kit for the MultiMatic 200 (TIG/MIG/Stick combo machine, inverter). Its all assembled & ready. But I'm out in the woods on my phone and can't peruse Youtubes efficiently. With luck, I can look at one, maybe two. It can take a long time to download even 2 minutes worth...
  146. Sodo

    Welded a Cat 650 Dozer stack (MIG)

    Carbon backer that's interesting. I see copper welding backers on eBay but none are carbon. I guess we'll see if exhaust comes out or air sucks in. Maybe we should take bets. :D I've drawn the inner pipe as it should be, but in reality it's about half gone, doesn't extend up to the cone...
  147. Sodo

    Welded a Cat 650 Dozer stack (MIG)

    Lots of members (I think) are trying to decide whether to get a MIG or a stick-welder. Or would like to see examples of tasks that can be accomplished with the MIG they have. Here's an example (,,,,,,way on the thin end ! ) of a repair that can be done with a MIG. Today a freind asked if I...
  148. Sodo

    welded a wire coathook with MIG

    I have a few of these old coathooks. Broke one of them the other day. Rather than trying to replace it, I just welded it. A MIG can weld on the excavator dozer blade one day, then weld a piece of wire next. It's great having a welder, such a versatile tool. And the repairs done quicker than...
  149. Sodo

    Gasohol and Small Engines

    You mentioned an exhaust valve stuck, this procedure is for intake gumming. Interesting they recommend using heat. I know this issue is is not really for those who know whats inside an engine but for those who do, I had EXACTLY that problem on an EU2000i, from using an old steel gas can that...
  150. Sodo

    2" receiver welded into Mini-Excavator blade

    Not a skilsaw, it's for cutting metal. It will cut a sheet of 1/4" steel (it seems) about the same speed as a skilsaw cutting a 1 1/8" sheet of plywood. DE heres a pic for you. Notice this winch is so heavy it needs a dolly (100 lbs).
  151. Sodo

    Battery powered angle grinder to cut 3/4" logging cable

    A thread was posted regarding ways to cut logging cable. Here is a test using a 10 year old DeWalt 18volt angle grinder. It stands to reason that the technology has improved in 10 years but I have never used anything but my old DeWalts. My batteries are 4 years old and past their prime. My...
  152. Sodo

    2" receiver welded into Mini-Excavator blade

    Project story. I know you fellas like pics. Decided I wanted a hitch on the KX41 mini-excavator so I can drag a trailer or ATV to the worksite. Also in the plan is to tow a snowmobile trailer while picking up logs, stumps, sticks, brush etc with the thumb, spin around and set it on the...
  153. Sodo

    Smokin' deal on 10,000watt generator $649 (Today only)

    I paid $999, you paid $650 - my first idea is you send me $250. :laughing: If you make your own duplex adaptor to the 30 or 50A 240v, I'd like to see how you wire it. It seems simple enough but I gave that a try and it didn't work. I used 3 wires though, just one leg to ground. I didn't...
  154. Sodo

    My C25 CGA 580 MIG welder regulator blew out today - anyway to fix it?

    No diaphragm. I suppose this means you could cultivate a bad habit & open the valve quickly with this regulator. And yhe benefit you get from that is if the ball doesn't jump then your MIG held pressure. And if thsts the case, you didn't have to close the valve. FWIW,,,,,
  155. Sodo

    modify gasoline filler ( welding near solder ? )

    I have to modify this gasoline filler tube on this old truck. I don't know where it came from but it doesn't 'fit' this trick. The tight bend is probably intedned to be vertical downward, but here it's about 45deg and causes problems trying to fill. Here's the "old". I cut out some of the...
  156. Sodo

    ATV front 2" receiver and towbar

    Heres the towbar construction. Also have a clevis type attachment. All of my ATV hitches have this interchangeable swivel arrangement that use a large 1" thread and welded nut. Lots of ways to make a simple one-degree hinge, I used these Harbor Freight "D-Ring Hitch" parts from my scrap...
  157. Sodo

    ATV front 2" receiver and towbar

    Added a front hitch to my ATV so I can tow it with the tractor. Sometimes I want to leave the tractor where I'm working but need transportation back to the shop, for whatever I broke, or forgot. Towing the ATV seems to be a good way. ATV always has a chainsaw, gas, oil on it, But I can still...
  158. Sodo

    F150 Front 2" receiver hitch build (8" offcenter for V8 )

    Thanks guys. There's so much space ahead of the radiator it's like a front trunk. So I mounted a 12v compressor in there. It's ARB brand, made for operating an air locker but it seems pretty stout. Wish I had a rollbar or some tank volume to pressurize. I think I'll make some kind of...
  159. Sodo

    F150 Front 2" receiver hitch build (8" offcenter for V8 )

    This is the build thread. ( research thread here). A smarter man would buy an Ecoboost license plate holder that mounts off to the right but I'm not that man (then I'd have to wait). Nor did I think of simply screwing the plate directly to that plastic rectangle. :duh: These are good options...
  160. Sodo

    Front receiver hitch on F-150

    I plan to add a front receiver hitch to my pickup. I found one from CURT that does not satisfy me. It's too low, and too far under the bumper. For me it would be always full of dirt. I sure as heck wouldn't drive with a receiver-mounted winch in the CURT unit. I used photoshop and put the...
  161. Sodo

    Wood selection for outdoor chairs

    There are lots of different kinds of "Pine". Ponderosa pine won't last more than a few years, for example. Pine shelf boards from the store could be Ponderosa. There are differences in Cedars too, some better than others for ground contact, but Cedar is generally good for outdoor chairs. If...
  162. Sodo

    What's the secret to drilling through 1/4" angle iron?

    Moss you will need all 18 1/16" bits to drill 40 pilot holes horizontally. I would try 3/32" pilot holes minimum, see if 3/32 survives or 1/8, then go to 1/4". Note: that's 80 holes. You CAN lube a horizontal drill bit. If you go to Home Depot and buy a Milwaukie 1/4" bit I would expect it to...
  163. Sodo

    sometimes i get interesting jobs.

    Agreed, there are conditions in usage where making a frame too stiff in one area can be the wrong solution. That's difficult to assess over the internet, you're in a better position looking at it in person. Often the cracked parts will tell you what motion caused the crack. For example, was...
  164. Sodo

    Repair hitch on 1960s travel trailer

    Well this old trailer made it to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming,,, (and back) 2340 miles. In Idaho, everybody waved. In WA, and Montana, they usually just tried to just get by as quickly as possible. Didn't encounter any weld inspectors. Here's a nice place we camped a couple nights, on the...
  165. Sodo

    Garage Bridge Crane

    xfaxman it looks like those legs telescope out too? Good thing! A swing jib crane with a track on it might be feasible too, and cover a wide enough area. If you box in your bldg corner with plywood and shearnail it, the building itself may be able to support a lot of the cantilevered weight...
  166. Sodo

    Repair hitch on 1960s travel trailer

    I sort of came into this travel trailer. It was a "hunting camp" but my girls wanted it for a clubhouse, so we made it a clubhouse. Now we are planning a trip to Montana, and the tranny on my camper crapped out. So we decided to drive my pickup, towing the "clubhouse". It's a '60s style...
  167. Sodo

    Solar battery charger

    A solar panel as a maintainer is a good idea for a trailer that sits outside, but as you know 1/2A won't actually charge it from a low state. 20 watts is 20/12=1.67 amps which might charge a battery but it's minimal. One way to know is if you hook it up and see it ever gets to a voltage higher...
  168. Sodo

    Bevelling Steel Pieces for Welding

    Pat I've done that with the cold cut saw, it's very fast, accurate, and a nice bevel. Sometimes seems too nice to cover with weld. One thing I don't like about the way you've clamped the items. You have to keep in mind that due to the angle, the saw is "drawing" the item into the cut. If it...
  169. Sodo

    Bevelling Steel Pieces for Welding

    I have one of those, except mine (Porter Cable) can't do bevel cuts. I used it to plunge cut into a 3/16" steel sheet tho, quite surprised how well it worked, as you say like cutting plywood.
  170. Sodo

    Mod to switch GPS rear-view camera ON

    I have a Garmin GPS 760LMT that has a wireless rearview camera. When I put the truck in reverse, it switches the GPS screen over to the rear-view camera. I like it automatic, but there are times when I want the camera "ON continuously". If I put it Drive, the camera turns off. Then back to...
  171. Sodo

    Welding a Small Part

    Heres an example with a 3/8-16 nut. Probably should use 1/16" thickness settings on the MIG. This is using the 14ga setting, and its a little too hot. I wouldn't use 1/8" thats too much heat for this tiny part. Not sure if this fits the bill for appearance. In my mind I thought I could have...
  172. Sodo

    Smokin' deal on 10,000watt generator $649 (Today only)

    I added a digital hour meter today, the "vibration activated' type. I can't remember why I didn't want the sensor wire type, but anyway I got five meters for $53. Made a bracket from 1x1/8" flat bar and installed it on an engine mount bolt, near the oil dipstick. It seems to work. When...
  173. Sodo

    Sickle bar cutter hangs from FEL

    This is a little more than I need. Found this searching "Samurai Mower". I'd like to find a wrecked Samurai and strip it to be a UTV (and the kids could drive around in the woods). One project on my list is dirtbiking with unborn grandkids. Gotta get these grandkids from the right Dads...
  174. Sodo

    Bush Hog on Front of BX

    post #5 ? Might want to rig up a cushion of sorts so it doesn't scare you. Or there are other options.
  175. Sodo

    Sickle bar cutter hangs from FEL

    The general plan is to build a quick attachment sickle bar that hangs a couple feet below the FEL bucket. I have a sickle bar mower for the 3-pt and it works great, but want another that mows ahead of the tractor. I bought a complete Farmall Cub sickle mower attachment (6 foot) on craigslist...
  176. Sodo

    Example: Rear remote valve with NO "Power Beyond"

    After a lengthy discussion with knowledgable TBN members (Bukitcase, RSwyan, J_J & others) I finally understand this "problem". Many thanks for their persistence. A tractor can work for years with no "Power Beyond" circuit (PB) on a remote, but understand that the valve seals are at risk...
  177. Sodo

    Operation of "Ratchet Strap" tiedowns (a few 2X4s)

    Consider strapping down a small load of 2x4s to your lumber rack. ================= There was a time when I cursed ratchet straps. Then a friend said "this is a really cool mechanism, you need to understand it" (fightin' words :mad:). I like ratchet straps now. There are more than a few...
  178. Sodo

    Canvas bags for chains (Harbor Freight $10.99)

    Decided this white canvas Harbor Freight canvas bag might be a good way to 'manage' my chains. $10.99 seems like a good price. HF calls it a "15 inch riggers bag". You see $65 off white bags there, I'm happy with this purchase, easy & quick to select chains to head out into the woods. Theres...
  179. Sodo

    Which will bend less or be more rigid: 3/4" rebar or 3/8" black iron pipe?

    Re: Which will bend less or be more rigid: 3/4" rebar or 3/8" black iron pipe? Hang each plate on two short chain sections (of 2 or 3 links) to the pipe sections. Plates hanging on chain links will probably ring better. Toss it onto a cement floor, see what rings the loudest. I think that...
  180. Sodo

    Stihl MS201T takes 3 or 4 pulls to start

    I bought the MS201T on a lark, after my MS180 was stolen. It cost a lot ($649?) double of the 180 it replaced. But the power! Even so, I'm not very "satisfied" with my decision. OK here's the problem. It takes 3 or 4 pulls to start, always. ONLY if I restart within a few seconds will it...
  181. Sodo

    Welded cast parts on sickle with a MIG!

    I bought an old Massey Ferguson MF-31 Sickle mower for $150 (?). It was a challenge to get it going, the main wobble box shaft was broken and I welded it with my MIG. (Story Here) I've been using it and decided that I like a sickle mower! Time to replace some wear parts though ("past"...
  182. Sodo

    Smokin' deal on 10,000watt generator $649 (Today only)

    DId you get the "DIGITAL HOUR / VOLT METER" ? Mine has only an analog meter. It has a "needle" that actually "moves" to 120 or 240VAC, remember those? :laughing:
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    bending 4x4x.250 sqtube

    Happens all the time.
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    Smokin' deal on 10,000watt generator $649 (Today only)

    I think its the 18 Hp version
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    Replace 'foundation' under a 10x16 garden shed

    Just an update. The sorry little shed before Sorry little shed is happy now. Added steel roof, gutters, door and a shed roof on the other side (tractor sized). Will add a window with a flowerbox. Also a pic of a mother's day flowerbox & bench that I built yesterday (with cedar from my...
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    Help ordering hydraulic fittings (for rear remote)

    Hello, Can anybody help me identify these fittings so I can order them online? This is the rear remote that came on my used Kubota B2710 (DINOIL brand). Currently its operating the top-n-Tilt on the 3-point hitch. and the middle spool is un-used. I want to add another set of fittings and a...
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    Smokin' deal on 10,000watt generator $649 (Today only)

    Well hope it's not smokin! Free shipping too! DuroMax 10000 Watt Hybrid Dual Fuel Portable Generator on eBay Daily Deals I have a similar DuroMax 10,000w generator, it's working great except mine is "Gasoline only" I have welded with 1/8" rod, haven't tried bigger, but apparen;y you need...
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    Welding it "tight" (no weep hole)

    I was interested in the discussion about welding an item "tight" vs "weep hole". I was working on my gate yesterday and was looking at it, thinking about water and wondering if there was any inside it. My gate is welded "tight". Drilled a hole and water poured out. It poured a lot more...
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    "Found" a downed cedar tree out in the woods. It's been on the ground for at least 20 years. Headed out to poach lumber. Have bags & bags of chains, 12,000 lb winch, snatch block, battery, dolly, log arch etc. Hoping it's not rotted. First 30 feet was rotted in the center. Last 44 feet...
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    12 Mini-LED reverse lights (drilled into rear bumper)

    Quickie project this afternoon. 2013 F150 had abysmal reverse lights. I replaced the taillight bulbs with Samsung LEDs they suck. They were advertised as 10watts but they were 2.5watts. Less light than original. I decided to add 12 more LEDS. These new LEDs are 1.8watts each and there's 12...
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    Totally dead tractor - mid-PTO symbol on - no mid-PTO

    First of all a mid PTO would be hard to miss. It's smaller spline, under the foot area, facing forward. And on a Kubota I suppose there would be a control lever for it perhaps on the fender. But do any of the L4xxx-series have mid PTO? I'm surprised the dash has an indicator for it. What I...
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    bending 4x4x.250 sqtube

    If the hydr cyl is ontop it's protected from a swinging load. This lets the mounting clevis function as the truss in tension. Kind of a neat unit, extend-a-hoe method. You can use bigger Sq tube, but that cuts into payload. Here's one by Lemco.
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    Welding a cast iron tool (Roper-Whitney XX punch)

    I bought this cheap copy of a Roper Whitney XX deep throat sheetmetal punch. Roper Whitney item costs $250, this was $60. It doesn't work because the punch can't go into the hole on the die. I replied to the eBay seller with pics of the defect and they just returned my money, that was Apr 27...
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    Quickie log-drag, (paper-thin MIG weld)

    Haha Dan that sounds like a challenge! It should be arranged such that it's a long weld in shear. Welded from both sides (and wrapping the ends) it's pretty easy to make it stronger than the chain. A 3/8" plate with a 1 1/2" hole, and two slots ( like the planet Saturn ) would do it too...
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    2" receiver mount for Harbor Freight 12,000lb winch

    Here it is pulling bushes out. 12,000 lbs is less power than I expected, I had to use a snatchblock. I made a long tail adapter to keep the winch straight. It works OK. To keep it wrapping correctly, it needs a large handle (perpendicular to the "tail"). Worked "OK"as shown.
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    Raising a foundation corner stone (Log cabin)

    As you can see I have raised this corner once, but not enough. It seems to have settled out, seems to be not moving anymore. (?) I want to jack it up *** and it's rock too *** and pour some thinset under it without disturbing it (much). You can see how much I jacked it once (3/8), that was not...
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    oops (empty post)

    moved to rural living
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    Convert "Walkie forklift" to 3-point attachment (Lifts 11 feet high)

    Been planning this for awhile but started on it yesterday, and stripped off all the electrics. Got some good stuff for the toybox. I got it pretty far along today but have not yet figured out the top link attachment yet I'm wanted to get it so I could at least "move it around" but am done...
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    porosity - welding mild steel, 7018 rod

    All incandescent light bulbs are heating lamps, they all more than 99% heat. A heat lamp simply operates at a lower color-temperature, has colored glass, and has a reflector to focus the infrared radiation is a specific direction. If it puts out .1% more heat (per watt) than a frosted bulb I'd...
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    Need help buying single cup coffee maker

    I hate those K-cups and anything that lures you into a "program". I like a burr grinder and a manual funnel, with a paper filter. With good quality beans, of course. It's like a coffee intake limiter. Keeps me down to one cup a day, but its a real good cup. I like my hand grinder too...