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  1. Little Red Tractor

    1 tractor rest of forever -- what brand?

    My normal response to all such questions is "shop the dealer." If you can't get parts and service conveniently and with a good attitude from the shop, buy a different brand.
  2. Little Red Tractor

    Branson 2910i tractor dies while in use.

    I don't know that tractor at all--not many around here--but if it has a settling bowl in the fuel line, there is likely a filter in that which may be stopped up. If so, that could cause intermittant problems.
  3. Little Red Tractor

    Is a subcompact under 25hp enough power?

    Throwing my 2 cents in (somewhat late): The difference between a BX and B 23 horse is pretty big, I have the B-2301, my neighbor has a BX; big difference between the two. His my be a bit nimbler, mine will pull harder. With loaded tires, the B 2601 handles the loader and anything else I've asked...
  4. Little Red Tractor

    Best subcompact for the money

    I will mount my usual soapbox: Shop the dealer. No tractor/mower is any good if you can't get parts and service reliably.
  5. Little Red Tractor

    To CAB or NOT

    If the work situation in which you use it will allow for it--without smashing glass out of it on a regular basis--get the cab. My situation won't allow it or I'd have one.
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    Gifted a Tractor... need help

    When you get them for free, a thousand bucks is a reasonable number to put into into it to get it home (on a roll-back), into a warm and dry garage near all your tools. Nice find for a great price!
  7. Little Red Tractor

    New E60 Excavator

    I think I'll put a shovel like that on my Christmas list!
  8. Little Red Tractor

    What is the oddest machine you have worked on or operated

    My dad repaired farm equipment from his own shop in the rural upper Hudson Valley farm country. There was a lot of old farm equipement he either had on his shop or repaired in the field. Old Cletrac crawlers, early Farmalls with steel wheels, all dating back to the early 30s maybe into the late...
  9. Little Red Tractor

    How to back up a pivoting axle trailer

    It is a unique artform. Plan to always back as straight as possible and that will help. Turning corners in reverse is a delicate operation. The only one rule has already been said: the wagon goes in the direction the front wheels are pointed. When I worked on a farm as a teenager and as a...
  10. Little Red Tractor

    Non Traditional Projects (What have you done with your tractor?)

    That's why you carry your pistol, so you don't have to run back to the house for it!
  11. Little Red Tractor

    Buying Advice - Kioti, LS, TYM Compact Tractors

    I'll double down on a couple great comments already given: 1. Shop the dealer. If the one guy feels slimy, he problably is! 2. I'm not good enough on math, but the lower cost and the 3.99% interest might cost you more over 6 years than the high price at 0.0% 3. I'm a fan of renting the right...
  12. Little Red Tractor

    Tractor decision

    Admittedly, I have not read all the comments, so I me be dublicating some. Shop the dealer. If the service is no good, no tractor will be totally satisfactory. Mass is your friend. Assumiming two machines of near-qual horsepower, you can get more work out of the heavier one--1000 pounds makes...
  13. Little Red Tractor

    Kubota L48 loud. Quieter muffler options?

    Simplest...and cheapest...solution is better ear protection. Do the research on the decibel level.
  14. Little Red Tractor

    CASE Guys

    Be careful when you say "old, old" on those old Farmall C tractors! They're my age or only a bit older!
  15. Little Red Tractor

    Tractor battery issue

    Run a jumper cable from the battery to ground. A couple folks have already suggested a ground issue and this will prove it one way or the other.
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    Now I'm paranoid

    Age tends to bring wisdom. Sometimes it's from surviving our own mistakes, sometimes from seeing the mistakes of others. One thing I've learned is to always have someone knowing where I am. Cell phones generally make that possible--though in the mountains, maybe not. One of my friends, who...
  17. Little Red Tractor

    Options on a new to me tractor

    I have to totally agree. The "pig in a poke" aspect of used tractors, especially when they seem like seem like really good deals makes it doubly important for the buyer to beware. I hope that neither of these options are from the dealers that sold you the last couple bargains!
  18. Little Red Tractor

    Buying Advice Auctions?

    A paraphrase from a nearby auctioneer: don't expect a $4500 compact tractor to perform like a $10,000 compact tractor! There are deals to be had, certainly, but LET THE BUYER BEWARE!
  19. Little Red Tractor

    Removing small dead trees - best way to pull

    One caution no one else made: Never, NEVER rig up anything to pull from the the three point hitch. That gives a high hook point and can quickly flip your machine over backwards.
  20. Little Red Tractor

    Backhoe vs Tractor with backhoe

    You really have to decide how often you're going to use those big pieces. Particularly the backhoe...and how effective it would be if mounted on a tractor. I'm a fan of stacking up a pile of work and then renting a tracked excavator. Chances are that for a grand you'd accomplish a LOT of...
  21. Little Red Tractor

    What size tractor can we get by with?

    Tossing in the same comment I make so often: shop the dealer. A shop that will keep you running without breaking the bank is is worth a bit more on the purchase price.
  22. Little Red Tractor

    What is it worth

    I have to agree with the radiator shop method. I guess the problem would be finding such a craftsman who is reliable. Good luck on that.
  23. Little Red Tractor

    Question about using a stabilizer?

    I put Stabil in my fuel cans when I buy the fuel. I add a bit of Star Tron about ever-other time I fill the tanks on all my small gas implements. That generally prevents any problems. I do tend to run the smaller implements dry before I put them away for the season.
  24. Little Red Tractor

    Stuck in the pond

    Before I put some sub-surface drainage in, I had to have my wife drag me and my B-2301 out of a spot we used to call the "rice paddy." Embarassing, but no damage done.
  25. Little Red Tractor

    Stuck in the pond

    :cool: :cool: :):oops:;)
  26. Little Red Tractor

    How long does an engine coolant heater need to be plugged in?

    My dealer suggested 20-30 minutes. I've only needed to use it a couple times and the Kubota B 2301 starts right off.
  27. Little Red Tractor

    Are diesel conditioners needed for new

    I'm small potatoes, just one diesel, but treat cut the winter fuel with about 1/3 kerosene AND add a conditioner. I only use about 10 gallons in a bad winter, in the summer, about 10 gallons every two weeks, so I keep it pretty fresh except in the winter
  28. Little Red Tractor

    Blocking the clutch pedal when parked?

    For what it's worth, I grew up in my dad's farm equipment shop and saw a LOT of the old Oliver and Farmall tractors, as well as a few Ford, Fergusson, and even a few JDs. I recall not ONE incident of a stuck clutch. All this in a day that most machines were kept outside. Wonder why it's an issue...
  29. Little Red Tractor

    Bought A Used King Kutter 60" Tiller And It Broke.

    A friend had a little 110 volt flux-core mig machine that would produce nice looking welds, but had virutally no penetration. That would be my guess on that weld.
  30. Little Red Tractor

    skidding logs

    Sounds like you're looking for an excuse to build something :cool: , so maybe fabricate a shield to fit the drawbar. That should ensure no log would get away and try to push you.
  31. Little Red Tractor

    Just arrived and hour meter is broken

    In the final analysis, this is likely the best advicie. There will be no proving that it wasn't working if when the dealer took it in; certainly no proving that he tampered with it. Run your tractor and maintain it well. If this is something that is going to trouble you every time you get on the...
  32. Little Red Tractor

    Wire Rope

    Though cable may be the right thing for some applications, I think a chain--or pair of chains as already suggested--is the better option.
  33. Little Red Tractor

    How to initially oil new roller chain on equipment

    I think that there have been some pretty clever solutions--I really like the "drill a hole" option.
  34. Little Red Tractor

    Bucket work with clutch /shuttle Vs hydro.

    I did a lot of work with an old 510 JD and found the shuttle, with a foot throttle a virtually unbeatable combination for steady loader work.
  35. Little Red Tractor

    Where do you get rid of used hydraulic fluid?

    My brother burns used oil...doesn't care what kind it is--in his shop. It makes a good excuse for a ride to see him. I bring the oil, he makes the coffee. Good enough deal for me.
  36. Little Red Tractor

    trailering your utility tractors

    Towing my B-2301 I used one chain on the back, through a draw bar clevis. Two ratchet straps on the front, never had an issue.
  37. Little Red Tractor

    What spray lube do you like?

    I've been a Break-Free guy for years. Started using it on guns and it ended up on about everything else. I've also gone back to just an basic oil can for some applications. It's not as active as the modern ones, but there's something satisfying about the old tunka-tunka-tunka, of putting a...
  38. Little Red Tractor

    Bush Hog repair question

    From the picture, I'd have to agree that this would be the best option. I would not trust the best weld on that crack. The entire piece has been stressed out of shape by that impact, most likely.
  39. Little Red Tractor

    Buying Advice Cab or no cab?

    One more guy in the 70+ range chiming in: A cab doesn't suit my needs BUT, were in Florida, I think it would be a necessity, particularly at our tender age! What I ALWAYS tell people is shop the dealer, as much as the brand. Talk to people who own the different brands and patronize different...
  40. Little Red Tractor

    Anyone go from gas to electric, then back to gas?

    I use a B/D battery powered hedge trimmer to prune Christmas trees. Each battery lasts me about 20 minutes. Two batteries and I'm done in anyway. I have yet to bite the bullet for an electric chainsaw. I've used a couple of DeWalts, and have been favorably impressed, but not enough to spend the...
  41. Little Red Tractor

    Looking for info on garden tractors 🚜

    Restoring old garden tractors is not an obsession, it's a disease, especially if you are brand-specific, e.g., JD, Cub Cadet....
  42. Little Red Tractor

    For Sale Add Definitions

    "It's worth at least $1500! I bought it for $300.
  43. Little Red Tractor

    What could have caused this ???

    Yeah...if those men in black suits come, don't look at the camera!
  44. Little Red Tractor

    Mossimo mini tractor

    I think that anyone parting with the 2500 bucks for one would soone be wishing he spent the cash on something else. A used ATV would be more versatile and likely less money. However, soe people just NEED to have a tractor.
  45. Little Red Tractor

    How to get a pasture to bare dirt?

    On an acre or so, I'd go for the tiller. You can do it two or three passes in a pretty short time. After tilling, some sort of final levelling has to be done. I like those heavy wire screen drags. They seem to do a pretty good job one small properties.
  46. Little Red Tractor

    Front Tire Puncture Question

    When I had turf tires on my last tractor, I had at least one front tire problem every year. Tubes solved it...mostly. The R4 tires on my Kubota stand up better to the abuse I give it working a small Christmas tree farm, even if they're a bit tougher on the lawn.
  47. Little Red Tractor

    All thread rod as rebar

    Great grab! Free metal of any kind is good. If you have the equipment, and have to have turns, either heat it with a torch and let it cool slowly, then bend it or, as already suggested, weld the corners. Either one should produce good results.
  48. Little Red Tractor

    Tractor idling

    My rule of thumb with small diesels varies by season. Warm weather operation, shut it down if you'll be off for more than a couple minutes. Colder weather, only shut down if I'll be off for more than 5 minutes or so. I'm not painful about those times, just a general guideline.
  49. Little Red Tractor

    Have you ever sold a tractor due to no dealer support?

    Sounds like you could be in my area. We have a similar situation. What had been a family operation is now a mega-corp. Not a lot of personal service anymore from what I've been told (I use a different brand, so it's not an issue for me).
  50. Little Red Tractor

    Marvel Mystery Oil

    I now use a different product in my modern "stuff" but would buy another bottle of MMO if I have any older engines. My dad had a shop in which he repair farm equipment--and anything else that go dragged in--from the 1950s to his retirement in the 80s. Always a barrel of it open and one on hand...
  51. Little Red Tractor

    Cost of steel?

    I have a small machine/fabrication company not far from me. For my DYI projects, I can generally find what I need in their cut-off/left-over rack that they'll sell pretty reasonably. Maybe you can find a place like this. Good luck.
  52. Little Red Tractor

    Removing poly twine from fields

    My first thought would be IF and only IF you can do so safely, burn the field off in sections, then disc it with a good heavy disc harrow. Other than that, you're in for a long and tough haul.
  53. Little Red Tractor

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

    I may be last guy in the world to have jumped on the locking grease gun fitting. I suffered for a number of years having to put new jerk fittings on something every year or take pins out of fittings to get grease on them. Whattadifference!
  54. Little Red Tractor

    A little miffed

    Nobody has said it directly, though it's been alluded to: SHOP THE DEALER! The one you've been talking to will be a problem if the experience you have had so far is the norm. Buy from a place that will service what they sell...it won't be Lowe's or any other major retail chain.
  55. Little Red Tractor

    1.5 acres. Am I nuts for thinking about a tractor?

    ...more land, bigger tractors, more implements...
  56. Little Red Tractor

    Field work

    My neighbor has a smaller and very old--tires worn to nothing, all decals weathered off--Kubota, that he keeps outside, mows his tree farm twice each year--maybe 20 hours each time. By his own admission, he abuses it and I suspect he nver changes the oil. It's still running.
  57. Little Red Tractor

    KIOTI CK3510se PTO Output Shaft Not Free Wheeling/Free Spinning

    I like the over-run clutch idea. I had a larger Cub Cadet with electronic PTO. Hated it. Though I could put it in neurtral for hooking up equipment, I popped a lot of shear bolts on the rotary cutter until I put a clutch on the shaft--either engaging or disengaging at too high an RPM. The belly...
  58. Little Red Tractor

    Mowing with 100hp and 3-pt Finish Mower

    My 2 cents worth, likely to add to your confusion: Since this is all your own property and you're not going to wreck anyone else's lawn with the R-1 tires, it's pretty much a matter of your own preference. I can symathize with the back getting beat up. Using a larger, heavier machine does help...
  59. Little Red Tractor

    Dealer charge for loading tires

    My dealer charged a nominal fee to load the rear tires--I think it was about $400. The salesman said he would not see a tractor with a loader unless it had loaded tires, a backhoe or a ballast box. It was the best of the options from my perspective.
  60. Little Red Tractor

    Finally a Home for My Stuff

    YEAH>>> Looks great. Nice that you're including a play space for the grand kids.
  61. Little Red Tractor

    Hours charged for tractor work

    As long as the customer understands and you're both content with the agreement, it's whatever works between you and him. I would charge a sufficient amont so that your time maintaining the machine is worked into to overall price of the machine time.
  62. Little Red Tractor

    Large Garden Plot from Pasture

    I'm in agreement that the distance is the biggest joy-killer of the package. Calculate the cost of a year's travel--others have already given a lot of the information--and put that into your backyard operation. Raised beds are becoming a more popular option here in upstate NY, so they may be...
  63. Little Red Tractor

    Guy is renting out his tractor for 6 month period

    Sounds like a good deal for the owner and a train wreck for the guy renting it.
  64. Little Red Tractor

    Which machine would you use?

    Since you seem to know your soil pretty well, the trencher may work wonderfully. However, if you hit a big rock, you'll be wishing for the mini-ex.
  65. Little Red Tractor

    Tractor for land clearing and preparation

    If it's all saplings, you *could* just cut it all off with a good-sized rotary cutter, then start tilling...but that'll take many passes to get it really tilled up for crops. I'm in agreement with those who suggest a dozer with a root-rake. Do it, be done with it, sell the dozer and then start...
  66. Little Red Tractor

    Doorman’s next big adventure

    Guys quiting when there's hard work to be done seems to be getting more and more common these days. A buddy used to have a crew of 20 or so, now he's down to a handful. Since Covid, few want to work hard, and those who do flock to the best-paying jobs.
  67. Little Red Tractor

    General opinions on R1 vs. R14 tires?

    If I knew then what I know now, I'd have bought the R-14. Just sayin.
  68. Little Red Tractor

    Side by Side for yard work 2x4 ok?

    No personal experience; but among those I know with the machines, no one has EVER regretted the extra money for four wheel drive. Some have regretted 2WD and gone on to upgrade sooner than desired because of it.
  69. Little Red Tractor

    Plugged up drain.

    :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :):oops::) I see why you're an "epic contributor!
  70. Little Red Tractor

    First time buyer 35-50 hp and implements

    I have similar usage. I have 12 acres, about half in Christmas trees, plus about an acre of lawn. My hour usage is similar. I do it all with a Kubota 2301 and, though it's a great tractor, it's a bit underpowered when I hit some of the heavier soils with the rototiller. If it were not for using...
  71. Little Red Tractor

    Tractor lots are full

    In upstate NY, the dealers look to have planty of stock. Also noticing what seems to be a lot of trading activity, e.g., a Yanmar at an LS dealer, a JD at a Kioti/NH dealer....
  72. Little Red Tractor

    750' Concrete Driveway Demo/Refinish Help

    A previous comment was about reusing the broken pieces for landscaping, etc. I've seen a civic minded guy with access to a lot of broken concrete, use it to fix a continually eroding stream bank that the municipality never seemed to get right. He did it more than 20 years ago and it's still...
  73. Little Red Tractor

    12x16 Shed Sitting on Blocks Needs Attention

    Whatever time you spend jacking it up so you work on the corners/bottom will be well worth the time. Get the corners up, strap them together as others have said. I've played with cable before and it can be more trouble that you expect--or it might work like a charm. I like the idea of setting...
  74. Little Red Tractor

    Can a Mahindra 1626 pull an RV?

    I'm in agreement with using the tractor to tow the truck. Safer all around.
  75. Little Red Tractor

    Learning how to drive with a trailer..

    He nailed it! Another thought when you're starting to back up: put your hands on the bottom of your steering wheel; the direction you hands go, the trailer will go. After you do that a couple times, it'll come more naturally.
  76. Little Red Tractor

    Anyone have a solution to eradicating moles ??

    I have treated for grubs with some success in the lawn area...not practical in the larger area. I've also used a product called MOLETOX, where it was practical. It kills moles and voles (which are a larger problem for me). Moles tend to be a long-term problem; good luck.
  77. Little Red Tractor

    Placement of doors in 40x60x14 workshop

    My garage, built by the previous homeowner, is a dream. Two large overhead doors on one end, and a smaller one on the side toward the opposite end. The two large doors are for the major things, cars/tractors/motorcycle...the end door for "shop" access, mowers, hand-held tools. It was a great...
  78. Little Red Tractor

    Does Anyone Buy Used Tractors?

    Another factor for new has been, and in some cases still is, 0 down and 0% financing. When I bought my tractor a couple years ago, it made more sense because of those two issues.
  79. Little Red Tractor

    Seller Beware

    That's all good information there. After spending most of my adult life as a law enforcement officer, I'm pretty good at sniffing out scams. This smells like one. Better you have a face to face meet with a guy who beats you out of a couple hundred bucks but hands you CASH!
  80. Little Red Tractor

    Wain Roy 450

    Old machines like that, as long as you can make replacement parts, or find them within a reasonable amount of time, are still great work horses. Better than to have it and wish it was a newer machine than to not have one.
  81. Little Red Tractor

    New L2501

    Welcome to the forum. Enjoy. I'll double down on the previous avice about counterbalance if you don't have something. Liquid filled tires were my choice...and they make a world of difference.
  82. Little Red Tractor

    I'm in shock... Kubota BX pricing

    Add another voice to this thought. Once you have had a tractor and loader, you're going to want it back anyway. If you're happy with all but the mower aspect, a good ZTM might be your most economical alternative.
  83. Little Red Tractor

    Free Ford 1210

    Once again, I seem to be playing catch up on this thread. Now that it's running, I suspect that it will start to start filling the oil with fuel. That WILL ruin the engine. Thepumpguysc thinks he has a fix. I'd suggest having a conversation with him. I suspect it might fix the idle problem in...
  84. Little Red Tractor

    Educate me

    If you have a class available at a reasonable price, and you really want to learn all the facets before you start buying equipment, it would be a good investment. There are a lot of technologies that are out there now I never learned when growing up in my dad's shop with either gas or stick...
  85. Little Red Tractor

    looking to buy first tractor with loader and backhoe

    I must agree. That's a lot of work in a couple years with a small tractor. You're going to beat it up pretty badly. Renting is a good option for that kind of work. Another option would be finding an older, larger bucket/backhoe on a tractor like a JD 310 or something. Use it hard, maintain it...
  86. Little Red Tractor

    To upgrade or not

    Something about those old tractors you'll never get with an orange or green machine. That said, the dependability of the new ones goes a long way to happiness. If you can afford to keep it and buy a newer machine, that's the way to go, as long as you can care for two machines. A cheaper fix to...
  87. Little Red Tractor

    Is it to cold to buy diesel

    I'm a north country guy as well. The above answer covers all the basis. Even when the frost is 5 feet into the ground--pretty uncomoon these last years--the fuel in undergrround tanks should be in the 40 + degree range. Add at least 1/3 kerosene and a good anti-gel additive. That should...
  88. Little Red Tractor

    Doorman’s next big adventure

    Go as big as you can with the door! You'll never regret it.
  89. Little Red Tractor

    Sold on Seafoam

    I use one of the other treatments--the blue bottle--and had a similar experience. I forgot to run the fuel out in my generator and the carb plugged so badly it would only run if choked, and then not at full throttle. Fresh fuel with the treatment got it running. I let it set overnight with the...
  90. Little Red Tractor

    Garden Tractors

    I'll try to summarize some of the thoughts thus far: fiture out what implements you want to run, THEN start looking for a platform that will handle them. I think you'll end up looking more for a SCUT than what we grew up thinking about as a "garden tractor."
  91. Little Red Tractor

    A sad day on the farm

    Just saw this. So sorry for the losses.
  92. Little Red Tractor

    What is the coldest you have ever been ?

    Cutting firewood on a 20 degree day, worked up a sweat despite shedding layers. Then the temp dropped--FAST! Wind came up as well. Couldn't get the truck warm enough to get ahead of it. Even a warm meal and hot coffee didn't help too quickly. All that when I was young. Now, I can't stay warm...
  93. Little Red Tractor

    No Turf Tires?

    I wish I had done a bit more research. If so, I'd have likelly landed on the R 14. I have R4s because I punched too many R 3s working on my tree farm with the previous tractor. The R 4 has not given me a problem with punctures, but the do track up the lawn a bit .
  94. Little Red Tractor

    Plugged up drain.

    I'm thinking vent is plugged. I had a similar problem in a previous home.
  95. Little Red Tractor

    BH attachment for Kubota L2800

    I'll jump in with the guys who say "don't do it." Hire it or, if you have the time, rent an excavator big enough to do the job. You won't wreck the tractor, and it'll be quicker all the way around.
  96. Little Red Tractor

    Gas Drill anyone?

    I think you did OK for 200 bucks.
  97. Little Red Tractor

    No start condition Massey Ferguson 1260

    It does sound like that relay. Going through all the battery cable connections, though is never a bad idea. I had a shop teacher, more years ago than I'd care to remember, who told us often, "to get a good electrical connection, get a good mechanical connection." I have proven him right many times.
  98. Little Red Tractor

    home shop lathe

    My brother has built an entire automotive machine shop out of used equipment, most of it from E-bay and FB Marketplace type shopping. If you know what you're looking for, know the foibles to watch out for, you should be OK.
  99. Little Red Tractor

    New Kubota Tractor Purchase

    I admit that I haven't read all the feedback, but if you're looking for that higher HP, remember to factor in the weight of the tractor. Mass=pulling power. You can't leave that out.
  100. Little Red Tractor

    Kubota BX2670 Fuel Filter Freezing up in Cold Weather

    I had a year with bad fuel from a normally dependable source. at about 25 degrees, I couldn't get more than an idle out of my old Cub Cadet with the Cat Diesel. Power service and a new filter got it running. Then I cut the fuel to about 50% kerosene. No problems the rest of the winter. Now, I...
  101. Little Red Tractor

    Pipe Threader

    Doubling down on the advice to keep the dies oiled! Oil is cheap in the long run.
  102. Little Red Tractor

    Do These Actually Work...

    I have a place that sharpens for 6 bucks. Saves me the frustration.
  103. Little Red Tractor

    Log splitter and a flying log - safety

    Never seen or heard of air being a factor. Certainly could be a piece of the equation. I think it's more likely a knot of series of them in the wood. I've had pieces pop, but never as badly as described here.
  104. Little Red Tractor

    really need your advice if you have ever had an insect infestation !!!

    Maybe your health department can help. This will depend on state and local laws
  105. Little Red Tractor

    Web sites don't lie to people, but...

    All the different colors in my area: both the orange ones, the red one both the blue ones and the green one all are showing plenty of stock for the last couple months. New truckloads show up with a reasonable frequency.
  106. Little Red Tractor

    Orec brush rover for grass

    I totally understand the desire to have one machine that will do it all, and get it for an afordable price. The thought of such a machine having what the website calls a "go-kart" feel gives me an unsettled feeling. I suspect the woody plants it would take care of would not be much more than 1/2...
  107. Little Red Tractor

    Zetor Tractors

    Have to agree with that thought. Never seen a Zetor around here; but I've shot some CZ pistols and they're finely-made machines.
  108. Little Red Tractor

    Favorite Subcompact Color? 😁

    If someone else is buying, I'd take one of any color--or one of each!
  109. Little Red Tractor

    Tractor Insurance

    This is great information. Dealing with tractor insurance is a good reason to have an insurance agent you can trust. You might be able to get good deals on line, but an agent understands the fine print and, if you've got a history with the company, you can trust what you're told.
  110. Little Red Tractor

    Scam or decent deal? Kubota l2202

    If you take a zero off the end of the price, you couldn't get hurt too badly if you sold if for scrap, or maybe parts. For what it's worth, here are some of the tech-specs: Kubota L2202 technical specs, dimensions, horsepower, fuel economy and equipments diesel
  111. Little Red Tractor

    Canopy angle

    :cool: ...and here I thought the angle was for style!
  112. Little Red Tractor

    Wet wood roads

    You already have a bunch of good advice. Just remember that when talking drainage, drain as low as you possibly can get. A couple hundred feed of tile, or a few hundred feed of open trenching my cost $ or time, but will be well worth the trouble and investment.
  113. Little Red Tractor

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    Wish I could find the pic of the belt-driven buzz saw on my dad's Farmall Cub from back in the mid-70s.
  114. Little Red Tractor

    Free Ford 1210

    Learning to use a manual transmission on a tractor is not at all like using one on a car or pickup. Don't let it scare you. Just put it in the gear you want and go. You don't working about going through the gears.
  115. Little Red Tractor

    Bought a new L3560, state shut down the project. Sell or keep?

    I'm jumping in sort of late, but have to think you're making the right choice. I've never been unhappy keeping something I can afford, as long as I can maintain it.
  116. Little Red Tractor

    Culvert Install

    I echo the thought of posting some pictures when you're done. Can't wait to see the end result!
  117. Little Red Tractor

    Zero Turn front tires

    Semi-pneumatic is the proper term. The flex a bit with normal weight of items such as ZT mowers and should give long service life. Heavier machines will likely wreck them in a hurry.
  118. Little Red Tractor

    Culvert Install

    Doing a concrete headwall is a great idea. However, you may find that you can do it with stone of some sort for less money--even if it's a bit more labor-intensive. There is a good book on Best Management Practices that was put out by NYS Forestry that describes how do do it. Here's a link to...
  119. Little Red Tractor

    Please critique the weld quality (photos enclosed)

    I don't weld enough to call myself a welder; but mine look better than that. Mine generally hold up; but don't have a lot of stress on them. The welding on this gate might be problematic.
  120. Little Red Tractor

    Would it be possible to convert a lawn mower into a lawn "tractor"

    Totally agree with the Farmall Cub advice! A great tractor with lots of simple to use implements available, if you have the patience to look for them.
  121. Little Red Tractor

    Newb looking for advice and info on a new compact tractor and attachments

    I have to agree that the YouTube failres look like overuse...maybe even a bit of drama due to an axe to grind with the brand/dealer. You're taking on a huge project for someone with only a few days here and there to do the work. I'd suggest get the dozer you hire for the road to do the major...
  122. Little Red Tractor

    Finishing mower blade removal question

    If clearances are tight (no room for a pipe), and you're not too worried about a box wrench, a solid blow to the wrench with a 2-3 pound hammer might do the trick. I have a 4 pound lead hammer that's worked for that without damaging the wrench.
  123. Little Red Tractor

    Finishing mower blade removal question

    They tightened in the direction that the wheels turned, as I recall. Too long ago to be sure.
  124. Little Red Tractor

    Part out or repair

    I don't recall anyone successfully rebuilding a burned over piece of farm machinery...or a motor vehicle, for that matter. Just not worth the time. Probably not even worth trying to part out.
  125. Little Red Tractor

    TYM T233 Oil Pressure

    Going to echo the applause for your system of working through the problem. There are many who call themselves experienced who can't figure all that out. Good job!
  126. Little Red Tractor

    Loaded tires or air for a better/smoother ride?

    That's simple science, so air alone should make some difference in the ride, though with the R4s, I'm not sure how much difference. The other issue is if you are adding a FEL. When I bought my B2301, (even though I had to wait some months for the loader) the dealer would not let it out the door...
  127. Little Red Tractor

    Mower lift pins always coming loose? Suggestions?

    One spot of weld on the nut should fix it. If you have to change things at some point in the future, a quick touch with a grinder (or a file if you don't use an exceptionally hard rod) will let it come off.
  128. Little Red Tractor

    1938 Oliver change to 8 volt

    The 1953 Farmall Cub (in my picture) was a bear to start. I had both starter and generator rebuilt--by a pro--and that helped some. Adding an 8 volt battery took care of the problems for as long as I kept it. Since it sounds like you're looking to keep the tractor looking like an original, the...
  129. Little Red Tractor

    Lighter weight log chains -- where to buy?

    I'm joining this discussion late, but tossing in a word of caution if you do the flea market/junk sale route. Check the chain for signs of stretch or joining with repair links of some sort. I was given about 20 feet of 5/16 chain some years ago, it was worth exactly what I paid for it--NOTHING...
  130. Little Red Tractor

    Shipping container axles adding?

    Something I've not seen mentioned is the matter of tongue weight and towing stability. I know the intended purpose of the OP is short, infrequent trips; but I also understand that the best-laid plans of mice and men oft-times run amok. Here's a helpful website: How to Measure Tongue Weight
  131. Little Red Tractor

    Blew out another turf tire

    Had I known about the R-14s, I likely would have bought them. However, after punching too many turf tires on my last tractor, I went for the R-4s and have not been unhappy. They may mark up the lawn a bit, but I can deal with it, since I have mowed some nasty places and haven't punche one.
  132. Little Red Tractor

    What kinda lubes do you keep in your old oil cans?

    I have one old can like that. When it goes empty, it gets whatever I have a partial can of just lying around. It may be 30 weight, 10w-40, might get some power steering fluid occasionally. For the general tasks I use it, it doesn't really matter.
  133. Little Red Tractor

    Question about starters and fuel

    I'm generally in the 5/15 club as a couple others have commented. When I had the Cub Cadet 6284, I let it idle for longer in cold weather as the Cat (Perkins built) engine wasn't good in the cold. The Kubota I'm far more willing to shut off, even for a couple minutes.
  134. Little Red Tractor

    What is in my yard

    Looks a lot like the vole damage I get in my Christmas tree farm. I use a poison called Mole-Tox. Here's a link to its MSDS. Its active ingredient is zink phosphide...
  135. Little Red Tractor

    Weird part welded on 4wd lever on Ford 1710

    If it works, there's likely no harm in leaving it. If it doesn't fully disengage, then you need to remove--or shorten--the added bar. I have to think that if the norm is to disengage by stepping on it, it was a way to keep it from being overly pressured. Or...just maybe...a previous owner had a...
  136. Little Red Tractor

    Being ripped off by dealers

    To reiterate what has been said often: Shop the dealer! Some are total crooks, some have good service departments, some are terrible Caveat Emptor--fancy Latin for "Let the buyer beware" Sometimes a rebuild, from a decent shop, is the best bet for both time and economy You get what you pay...
  137. Little Red Tractor

    Ever bent a SSQA lever? I can't figure out how I did it!

    A general rule is that "if it bent cold, it'll straighten cold." Biggest problem is not bending something else while you're fixing one problem. Sounds like you took care of that. Any time you can remove the bent piece and not endanger any other part, you're better off to do that. Almost always...
  138. Little Red Tractor

    5 Volt USB Fans

    I don't carry a rifle on my tractor; but ALWAYS have a pistol, be it for groundhogs, an overly-friendly coyote, or 2-legged predator.
  139. Little Red Tractor

    6x12 Tandem vs 6x14 Tandem?

    For what it's worth, I "over-bought" on the trailer I have, now I have bigger toys and wish I had a bigger trailer. And so it goes, I'm afraid.
  140. Little Red Tractor

    Tight turning with 4WD on

    With my R4 tires, it becomes very obvious on the grass if I forget to take it out of 4WD after getting through a wet spot. The front wheels mark up the lawn more than a little bit if I turn too sharply.
  141. Little Red Tractor

    Hydrostatic quirk or total nonsense?

    Assuming that Sunandsand was quoting that magazine article verbatim, that magazine should filter its writers :cool:
  142. Little Red Tractor

    She bleed out today!

    You probably will get up and running faster--and cheaper--if you can find a local shop that does hydraulics. Doubling down on the advice to "Bring all parts so they can match threads!" A good guess by the best shop may not be good enough.
  143. Little Red Tractor

    New tractor owner

    They're a great little tractor. Enjoy working it and enjoy the banter on this forum.
  144. Little Red Tractor

    I don't understand something.

    I run between 80-100 hours/year. Since gas is cheaper than diesel at the moment--by quite a bit, I have been using a smaller mower for part of my yard; but the bulk of the mowing is still with the tractor. I also cut my brush, clear driveways, haul some wood and other FEL work. All this on 13 acres.
  145. Little Red Tractor

    Something I don't understand about applications of below 40hp tractors

    With the right implement(s) and enough time you can accomplish an incredible amount of work with a small tractor. My ID picture, an old Farmall Cub, was designed to replace a mule--having about the same capability for a day's work. In its day, that was a standard everyone understood. You've...
  146. Little Red Tractor

    Tractor driving in India

    Biggest problem I've heard locally with Mahindra is getting reliable service. A couple shops are OK; others, NO-K.
  147. Little Red Tractor

    Should I even think about 2 wheel drive

    One small thing to remember: A 4-wheel-drive will get you stuck in places you'd never go with 2 WD! My ground is pretty level, so if I were going to go bigger, a 2 WD would be fine. In general though, as someone else has said already, you never someone saying "I wish I'b bought a 2 WD."
  148. Little Red Tractor

    Groundsmaster 52 runs 10 minutes, then dies

    Probably a long shot, but...is the carb tight to the engine? That could cause the same symptoms once it gets warm...and the symptoms would subside when it cools down. I had a motorcycle engine do this.
  149. Little Red Tractor

    What does "oil - low pressure" light mean when it just barely starts coming on?

    Someone else already commented on this but... If this is a fairly recent happening, when was it last serviced? Was the filter changed? That might be a cheap fix...along with using a higher viscosity oil in hotter weather/heavier loads.
  150. Little Red Tractor

    What implement for creating furrows?

    This might not be the ideal situation; sometimes you can find old spring-tooth harrows sitting unused and pick theme up for scrap price, or just to get them out of somebody's yard. Set to maximum depth they creat pretty decent furrows in well-tilled soil.
  151. Little Red Tractor

    cutting on a steep hill - pond at the bottom

    For what it's worth, my grandfather, approaching 80 years old, with a bad heart, would cut a very steep bank alongside his house, about 75 feet high, 300 feet long, with a sythe. He'd pick a cool morning, work at it for 3 minutes, sit in the shade for 10, take a drink and repeat. Essentially, a...
  152. Little Red Tractor

    Bush Hogging 8 acres - pricing?

    If you're looking to do you friend a favor, the $750 is probably pretty fair, notwithstanding the market. HOWEVER A couple other guys have given the most important thought: DON'T go without commercial insurance! Not that you need another way to estimate it but, one friend who would rent out...
  153. Little Red Tractor

    No Kubota loaders?

    When I bought my B2301 last year, I got the tractor in June with the loader promised for August...then the loader seemed to disappear somewhere after it left the factory. It showed up the first week of September. My local dealer was getting ready to bring me a skid-steer so that I could do a...
  154. Little Red Tractor

    Finally bought my first ever tractor! International 674! Help a rookie fix it!

    Alexpops gave you a great flowchart on diagnostics--cheapest first...working toward the more expensive. In the meantime, read, read, and read some more. Lest I forget, have fun with your project!
  155. Little Red Tractor

    Utility trailers - what should i know?

    I bought a single axle Big Tex with a load weight of about a ton. I only bought it for "just one thing." Boy was that a mistake. Buy a 2 axle trailer. It'll be worth it over the long haul. The car-hauler from a previous post has a lot of merit for all the reasons specified thare.
  156. Little Red Tractor

    Kubota catastrophic engine failures

    Check with the factory on matters of warranty. Not saying you can't trust the dealer, but.....
  157. Little Red Tractor

    I jumped the gun... now what?

    That 40 foot container, with good locks, of course, sounds like a good idea. Keep the tractor near the door and use the rest of the space to stockpile things you need when you find them for a good price.
  158. Little Red Tractor

    mid mount mower or 3pt finishing mower

    After a trauk mower pulled behind the old Cub, I went to a Bolens with a belly mower, to a 28 HP Cub Cadet with a belly mower; now in a Kubota B2301 with the 60 inch belly mower (OK, MMM is the proper term). The Kubota takes me less than 5 minutes. After the messing around with the previous to...
  159. Little Red Tractor

    Top Brands

    Don't forget, shop the dealer. If you get the best tractor and can't get service, it's not the best tractor anymore.
  160. Little Red Tractor

    How would you fall this?

    :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:
  161. Little Red Tractor

    What would you do ?

    That whole idea of a siesta has a LOT of merit, particularly in the heat.
  162. Little Red Tractor

    Help me Design Building for Tractors and Pickup

    My garage has two overhead doors on the gable end and a somewhat smaller one in the side near the back--a stroke of genius, in my book; I only wish I could claim the credit. You get varable angles of entrance/exit which has proved helpful in a few cases.
  163. Little Red Tractor

    What would you do ?

    The reality of water rationing ought to be the final nail in the coffin--for the activity, not for you. Scratch the plan until cooler temps prevail and watering is not a problem.
  164. Little Red Tractor

    How would you fall this?

    I sort of like the high-explosive option, myself. :unsure:
  165. Little Red Tractor

    My Tractor Mechanic is not happy

    If memory serves me correctly, the 55 has a six-speed transmissin and live PTO. I think it's more than a match for a pretty good-sized rotary cutter. I still love the old green machines (not that "other" green) along with the old red ones.
  166. Little Red Tractor

    Mowing Fed Up w/ BX Drive-Over Deck. Making a Change.

    You may want to factor projected fuel costs into your purchasing plans. I mow about 4 acres and have a B2301 with a 60 inch deck--drive on/off--and find it pretty handy, though a bit tough to get under the trees. After having a larger Cub Cadet with a mower that was a pain to mount and...
  167. Little Red Tractor

    Wrong oil! (stupid on me)

    That other penalty was far too harsh!
  168. Little Red Tractor

    Diesel Fuel Transfer Tank

    You may be over-thinking this; but even if so, the 10 gallon at a clip test is probably a logical way to do the test--sort of painful; but it'll work and cause minimal damage if you should find a leak.
  169. Little Red Tractor

    Can anyone link me to a definition of a "firm whack"?

    Dude, you must be a union guy, or a government beaurocrat. :cool: :cool:
  170. Little Red Tractor

    Would You Loan It Out?

    Don't loan anything you cannot affort to have broken or not returned at all, espcially to a neighbor like that. Your wife seems to have given the proper evalulation.
  171. Little Red Tractor

    Top Link Jam Nut

    I always snug it up with a wrench...it's a pain in the neck; but it stays where I put it.
  172. Little Red Tractor

    Booster Battery Packs That Last ??

    I had two of the booster packs. Neither lasted more than a couple years. Problem is that if you need a quick start where there's no power, they work where often nothing else is convenient.
  173. Little Red Tractor

    Mahindra dies after turning it on its side

    Weclome to the gang, SmallRedTractor. Most people here are pretty helpful...and most of us honest enought to admit we don't have all the answers. There has even been a thread about the "dumbest things" we've ever done. Most were pretty honest and self-deprecating. Hope the matter comes out OK.
  174. Little Red Tractor

    Am I throwing money away if I by this TSC box blade

    Though I agree that the average worker at the TSC stores aren't the most experienced or sometimes the brightest, I've alsways found them helpful. They'll check whatever they can for you if you ask. Yes, I'd check for consistent welds and other construction flaws, but the average user should be...
  175. Little Red Tractor

    Mice got me!

    For what it's worth, the electronics don't seem to work on red squirrels
  176. Little Red Tractor

    Tie Down Straps with loops for tractor

    We often used chunks of old fire hose on boat lines as protection against chaffing. Works like a charm.
  177. Little Red Tractor

    Another new member.

    Welcome to the gang. Enjoy.
  178. Little Red Tractor

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I retired from full-time law enforcement at 56, from part-time at about 65. Somewhere in there, I bought a Christmas tree farm and became a part-time pastor (that's the part of the time I'm not eating and sleeping :giggle: .
  179. Little Red Tractor

    Dealer What Makes a Great Dealer

    Sounds like a dealer we'd all love to have around!
  180. Little Red Tractor

    Dealer What Makes a Great Dealer

    Have a living, breathing human being answer the phone. "Press 1 for parts, 2 for service..." gets old. You've already been given most of what I could/would add.
  181. Little Red Tractor

    Battery powered chainsaw

    All of a sudden my pile of drivers looks sub-standard
  182. Little Red Tractor

    Battery powered chainsaw

    This has been a good thread for me as I'm in the "thinking about it" stage. My son bought into the Kobalt line of tools because he like Lowes. He's been pretty happy with the saw. I've been a Stihl user for some years, having replaced my 20 inch 034 with a 16 inch 211 a few years back (in...
  183. Little Red Tractor

    What is the dumbest thing you have done with your equipment ?

    When a young teen, I had a Beaver brand garden tractor--big Wisconson engine, tiller steering, one speed (slow) forward and one (even slower) reversed. The forward/reverse was a treddle, which would lock in the forward gear. I hooked a piece of old equipment that was many years grown under the...
  184. Little Red Tractor

    To Buy or to Rent?

    If you find a second mini for a grand, call me and I'll come get it!
  185. Little Red Tractor

    To Buy or to Rent?

    I have often advocated for counting the cost of a purchase over rental price. I had given consideration to buying the backhoe attachement for my B2301, roughly $6500 when I bought the tractor. Common sense, and my own advice, prevented me from pulling the trigger on it (even though my wife made...
  186. Little Red Tractor

    3-pt. Rear Rotary Cutter (bush hog)

    I bought a Woods 48 inch cutter a few years back. It was used, the frame that mounts the trailing wheel had been bent--rebuilt it with channel iron--and I gave an even grand for it from a local dealer not noted for low prices.
  187. Little Red Tractor

    How often should you grease a tractor for light duty?

    I must admit, the battery powered gun is becomming a VERY attractive options as my hands get older and less nimble. Probably a purchase in the near future.
  188. Little Red Tractor

    City kids do not leave keys in vehicles. . . It’s different out here...

    I hide my equipment keys, though not so well that I can't find them myself :giggle: I'm at that age, or getting to it, anyway. I can buy my own Christmas presents and be surprised when my wife puts them under the tree.
  189. Little Red Tractor

    New Woods tiller problem.....

    I had that issue. I'm much more careful about raising the tiller at the end of the rows now.
  190. Little Red Tractor

    Teflon tape on hydraulic fittings

    My experience with the tape has always been good. I did plumbing/heating work *back in the day* and never had a problem. HOWEVER, never, NEVER, put it on the first or second thread.
  191. Little Red Tractor

    Seafoam for real?

    I have used Sea Foam, though I prefer Star Tron. I generally turn the gas off in my generator after every test run; but for some reason did not do that one time. Could NOT start it. A shot of starter fluid--no sermons needed, I know the risks--started it; but it only ran choked. I dosed up the...
  192. Little Red Tractor

    Would a zero turn be faster than a B2601?

    I mow about the same amount of ground in about the same time with a B 2301. I suspect a Z-turn would be faster; but I need the other functions of the full tractor. I'm pretty happy with the cut, but when the ground is soft my R4 tires leave some impressions in the ground. Since I want the R4s...
  193. Little Red Tractor

    1025R Price Check + implements

    Seems like a LOT of money to maintain such a small parcel. I'm an advocate of renting the tools you need for the time you need them. The cost of that backhoe, which has limited application, would buy a lot of time with a reasonablly sized excavator. The tracked machine would likely do the work a...
  194. Little Red Tractor

    Greetings and Salutations

    Have a great time with the machine.
  195. Little Red Tractor

    What are the most reliable tractors to own?

    Lists such as theses are totally subjective. You can selectively mine the data, pick and chose your favorite high and low points, and from that you prove about anything you'd like. Statistics without context is valueless
  196. Little Red Tractor

    Single disk gang to pull dirt

    I have a crushed stone roadway about a thousand feet long with a slightly differnt problem; but a possibly similar solution. I used a pretty heave rear rake, angled to pull the edges inward, depositing the stone toward the center. I then flattend that out a bit with the rake leveled off and...
  197. Little Red Tractor

    backhoe attachment vs a separate machine

    It may have alread been said; but I considered adding a backhoe to my tractor, which has a FEL. It would have run about 6500 bucks. I can rent a mini excavator, delivered, for about 500 for a weekend. One weekend a year is 13 years worth of a better machine, and ZERO in upkeep and storage issues.
  198. Little Red Tractor

    Feeling

    I'm at the same point with lifting 5 gallon cans, so this post has been helpful to me as well.
  199. Little Red Tractor

    Is sub compact big enough?

    I'll add my 2 cents worth, from one preacher to another. Even if you have mechanics in the family, shop the dealer. Nothing like dealer knowledge. I had an Iseki-built tractor years ago in the same horsepower range, branded as a Bolens and it was tough as nails. Ran as well when I sold it as...
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