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  1. Bill Guenthner

    Do I need a general contractor to build a house?

    You really, really, really, really, do need a GC. A good GC pays for himself. You won't have any connection with or knowledge of the subs. You won't know who is good or bad and they won't have any reason to prioritize you, show up to your site on time, or do a good job because you aren't a...
  2. Bill Guenthner

    Rocky trail mowing options

    Ride it, repeatedly, with an ATV. You will clear a path. Then spot treat it with a mixture of glyphosate and 2,4-d with a surfactant added. If your water has a high mineral content add some Ammonium Thiosulfate to the tank before you add the glyphosate.
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    New to tractors and trailering them

    This is very bad and dangerous advice. A 7k pound trailer (no matter how loaded) would very severely overload this particular pickup.
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    New to tractors and trailering them

    Trouble being defined as "dead."
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    leaking tire fluid.

    I've never understood the fascination with putting liquid in the tires, especially on compact tractors. It corrodes the wheels, makes tires hard, increases the likelihood of punctures and makes repairing punctures more difficult. I keep an implement or a weight box on and I've never had a...
  6. Bill Guenthner

    Why some people are too stupid to own a car

    GM is pushing pre-paid maintenance plans as "insurance" that they will honor their warranty. https://www.gmc.com/protection-plans/prepaid-maintenance
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    Commuter Vehicle Thoughts - Freeway + County + Gravel

    A properly maintained full size pickup will last 300k miles (on average). 5 years of your commute will put 100k miles on a vehicle. I don't see how a second vehicle with added insurance, maintenance, payments, and property taxes gets you much advantage, economically. I say pile the miles on the...
  8. Bill Guenthner

    Fighting 'Solar Farm' Installation

    Texas is projected to get almost 40% of its power this year from green sources, according to a US Energy Information Administration forecast. That trails California’s 52%, but because Texas is a bigger market, it’s produced more power from renewables (excluding hydropower) than any other state...
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    Fighting 'Solar Farm' Installation

    Wind, solar and hydro generation produces 20% of US electricity. Wind and solar will account for 60% of added generation capacity in the US this year. Nuclear power plants generate 18% of power with that figure declining rapidly. Five nuclear plants were shuttered in the last two years...
  10. Bill Guenthner

    Chipper recommendation

    I got the WCBX42S from Titan. It handles everything I need to chip on my 50+ acres. I’ve had it for a couple or three years now and run mountains of limbs through it.
  11. Bill Guenthner

    T-posts in hard ground - a hack

    I personally never want to see a Tik Tok video in these forums.
  12. Bill Guenthner

    One of the worst floor plans ever

    Many times, second/vacation homes aren’t planned, they evolve. None of that would bother me.
  13. Bill Guenthner

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Seeing people getting hyped up about stocks that are trading at 100 times earnings reminds me of the dotCom crash. Nobody ever learns. As soon as you hear "analysts" saying "It's different this time.", it's time to head for the exits.
  14. Bill Guenthner

    Dad Jokes

    Here's one to kick off summer. Pig 1: I never sausage heat Pig 2: Tell me about it, I'm bacon Have you got any that drove your kids bonkers?
  15. Bill Guenthner

    Good morning!!!!

    It was here, but it left, and it's 86 degrees now. ☀️
  16. Bill Guenthner

    If You Were To Get A New 6 Ft Finish Mower - What Would You get?

    You should have said “rides decent on my property” 😉
  17. Bill Guenthner

    Electric Fence?

    Works great! Thanks!
  18. Bill Guenthner

    Swollen Ford Lug nuts

    They allow you to use your impact driver with no danger of over torquing. No strong arm work for this old man. I’m not going to hand torque 32 lug nuts.
  19. Bill Guenthner

    Diesel Fuel Rationing?

    Not likely. More likely we’re fully into a recession and demand goes down.
  20. Bill Guenthner

    Is there any food you do not like?

    Brusselsprouts, remove disgusting parts, stare at empty hand. 😉
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    If You Were To Get A New 6 Ft Finish Mower - What Would You get?

    Trimming? What’s that?? 🤨 Seriously though, I’m with you, keep trimming to an absolute minimum.
  22. Bill Guenthner

    Good morning!!!!

    Oh yes.
  23. Bill Guenthner

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    That’s true, sort of. SS collects your taxes and they have to do something with it. They don’t have Scrooge McDuck’s vault full of cash. So they buy Treasury securities with it. But… the SS Trust fund is only $2.9 trillion of the $23.2 trillion in outstanding Treasury notes. If you have money in...
  24. Bill Guenthner

    Amazon Stuff That Doesn't Suck

    We buy a lot from Amazon. Pretty much weekly. Everything from shoes, to tools, to dog food. Why drive to the store just to find out they don’t have what we need? Most things are delivered 2nd day. Bought a set of tires for my UTV, they came the next day. And anything that doesn’t pan out you...
  25. Bill Guenthner

    Good morning!!!!

    Guten Morgen liebe Leute 57 heading to 85 today. “Rolling in clover.” Literally.
  26. Bill Guenthner

    Flattening mole tunnels

    What kind of trap do you use?
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    T-posts in hard ground - a hack

    How big is the jack hammer? Do you have any info on model/cost.
  28. Bill Guenthner

    Windows Defender AV

    No. Nuff said.
  29. Bill Guenthner

    Swollen Ford Lug nuts

    Get yourself a set of torque limiters. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000LZ91WC
  30. Bill Guenthner

    Is Shell VPower Premium ethanol free?

    I doubt it. Ethanol is used as an octane booster. Ethanol boosts the octane number of fuel, which helps prevent pre-ignition knock. Incidentally, the octane rating system for fuels was originally developed by Penn State chemist Russell Marker in the 1920s. The octane rating (Anti-Knock Index...
  31. Bill Guenthner

    Guess What It Is!

    Wire stripper 🤷‍♂️
  32. Bill Guenthner

    BTW, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?

    Also this, but not so much anymore.
  33. Bill Guenthner

    BTW, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?

    Like a boss! One that people ride in, err… no.
  34. Bill Guenthner

    What Is Wrong With People Who Don't Trim Their Zipties?

    No. They’re just general purpose cable ties but made of stainless steel. Example: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XBZZ16S?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_ZQENFS7YT98F0TKSRE4Y
  35. Bill Guenthner

    What Is Wrong With People Who Don't Trim Their Zipties?

    Anybody tried stainless steel zip ties?
  36. Bill Guenthner

    What Is Wrong With People Who Don't Trim Their Zipties?

    Oh no! I use them for everything.
  37. Bill Guenthner

    Flattening mole tunnels

    I just run the mower or tractor tire along the length of the tunnel.
  38. Bill Guenthner

    What Is Wrong With People Who Don't Trim Their Zipties?

    Those people are not to be associated with by decent folk. Oops!
  39. Bill Guenthner

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I’m gonna challenge that one. The first micro computers were Intel 8008 kits. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_8008 One of the first teams to build a complete system around the 8008 was Bill Pentz' team at California State University, Sacramento. The Sac State 8008 was possibly the first...
  40. Bill Guenthner

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    It doesn’t look like something you would want in your lungs, that’s for sure.
  41. Bill Guenthner

    Sales tax question

    If someone owed you $3500 would you let it go or would you want to get paid. Now imagine the resources available to the state. I’d pay it.
  42. Bill Guenthner

    If You Were To Get A New 6 Ft Finish Mower - What Would You get?

    I don’t disagree with you, which is why I bought the zero turn, but it uses most of it’s 5.6 gallon capacity to mow 3 acres. I haven’t measured precisely but I have to switch tanks to get it done. I can cut the whole thing with my tractor and barely move the gauge on the 8 gallon diesel tank.
  43. Bill Guenthner

    Would You Loan It Out?

    Yes, they can. IMHO It is never useful to run anyone down, for any reason. You don’t know everyone’s situation. Maybe he’s a super nice guy. Maybe he volunteers at the hospice. Or maybe he’s a jerk, but YOU decided to lend him your stuff. Get it back and let it go is my advice.
  44. Bill Guenthner

    If You Were To Get A New 6 Ft Finish Mower - What Would You get?

    Yep. My “lawns” were all woods and cow pasture a few years ago. They would beat me and the mower to death if I tried to race around.
  45. Bill Guenthner

    Windows Defender AV

    Probably not. It really depends on how you use the computer and what sites you visit. I have never run any AV on my Macs.
  46. Bill Guenthner

    If You Were To Get A New 6 Ft Finish Mower - What Would You get?

    How much gas do you use mowing 7 acres? My zero turn uses a lot more fuel to mow the same area as my tractor does. The tractor is diesel.
  47. Bill Guenthner

    Would You Loan It Out?

    I would not do that. It serves no purpose. "Neither a lender nor a borrower be."
  48. Bill Guenthner

    Would You Loan It Out?

    The last thing I loaned out was destroyed. Luckily not too expensive. Give him the phone number of a rental store.
  49. Bill Guenthner

    Windows Defender AV

    Windows Defender in Windows 10 and 11 is, in fact, superior to the other options.
  50. Bill Guenthner

    Windows Defender AV

    This is my area of expertise. Windows Defender is absolutely all you need. It's far better than McAfee or any of the other alternatives. You should never leave McAfee installed on any computer.
  51. Bill Guenthner

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Yep. I do like to rent something new and well appointed for long trips. Also means no worries if it breaks down, just call the rental company and they bring you another one.
  52. Bill Guenthner

    If You Were To Get A New 6 Ft Finish Mower - What Would You get?

    Everybody talking about how fast they can mow. I didn't move to the country and buy a bunch of land to spend as little time as possible out on it. I put on my noise canceling headphones and some music and I can stay out there all day. It reminds me of golfers who brag about how fast they can...
  53. Bill Guenthner

    Gravely or Cub Cadet

    I “upgraded” from a JD x300 that was nothing but trouble to the cheapest Cub Cadet rider and it has kept going through 8 years of abuse. Just bought a new CC zero turn because I’m mowing several acres now.
  54. Bill Guenthner

    Cool Nature Photos

    I see you
  55. Bill Guenthner

    I need a propane torch that works

    I have the same problem with a Bernzomatic and with the one that it replaced. It just won’t stat lit. Won’t burn when inverted for more than a few seconds. Basically makes it useless. Sounds like the $20 unit is garbage and the $50 unit works as designed. I wish companies would stop selling...
  56. Bill Guenthner

    Need Advice with Mud & Horses. Rookie

    Some folks out on the highway tried to keep horses on a too small piece of land. Eventually the whole place washed out and is now just unusable for any purpose. Horses need a lot of space and you really need to be able to rotate them in and out of pastures to allow the grass to recover...
  57. Bill Guenthner

    If You Were To Get A New 6 Ft Finish Mower - What Would You get?

    Yes. But does your bank account want one?
  58. Bill Guenthner

    Posting videos

    You can share directly from your respective phone without using YouTube. From an Android phone you can open the video from the photos app and click the share button below the video and get a link to share from google photos. , For Apple click the share icon. And choose “Copy iCloud Link”...
  59. Bill Guenthner

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    That sounds about right and you don’t want the nicest car you ever rode in to be a hearse.
  60. Bill Guenthner

    T-posts in hard ground - a hack

    You might say we have a few rocks
  61. Bill Guenthner

    Posting videos

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    Posting videos

    I doubt it. Video is expensive to process and store. You can convert to and upload animated GIFs if you just need a very short clip.
  63. Bill Guenthner

    Cool Nature Photos

    Nice. The bluebird makes the shot.
  64. Bill Guenthner

    T-posts in hard ground - a hack

    Here we hit limestone, and when you do you have to move the post because they’re often the size of a dining room table, or a Buick Roadmaster. 🪨 Now when I see fences with posts at irregular intervals, I know why.
  65. Bill Guenthner

    Ground squirrels

    … in a squirrel cemetery. 😉
  66. Bill Guenthner

    New Lawn for new house - looking for input and advice

    Creeping Red Fescue does well in shade. Nothing is going to grow where there is very little sunlight or tree roots capture all the water.
  67. Bill Guenthner

    Road Maintenance

    Not at all unlikely. Rural cooperatives often run copper phone lines with a walk behind trencher at the edge of the road. When I moved into this house that’s exactly how they ran the phone line from half a mile up the road. Thankfully we now have fiber up on poles.
  68. Bill Guenthner

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    New ones that you can actually buy are running about $40k
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Assuming your time has no value and you can miss work for extended periods and you don’t count the radiator repairs, transmission repairs, replaced water pumps, replaced alternators, replaced air conditioner compressors, replaced heater cores, replaced timing chains, replaced fuel injectors...
  70. Bill Guenthner

    Joined the red club!

    I wouldn’t tow that rig with that car at 70mph if you gave it to me. I’ve seen what happens when things go wrong and you’re pushing the limits.
  71. Bill Guenthner

    Joined the red club!

    You should post this to the “people towing improperly” thread.
  72. Bill Guenthner

    Anyone else have an unusually large number of hummingbirds this year?

    Yep. They come up on the porch where the feeders hang and just hover there. Sadly very, very few birds this year. Something went terribly wrong on the return flight I suspect.
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    I just did a search for used cars under $5000. Most of them have over 200k miles on them. If you buy one of them you better invest in good shoe leather. There is really no way to get around the fact that owning a car is an on-going expense, you just decide if you’re going to pay up front for a...
  74. Bill Guenthner

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Yep. 1 or 2 year old car, drive it 100k miles, repeat. Although I’m probably going to hold on to my GMC 2500 HD for a second 100k miles. New one is just too expensive. I traded the last one in at 95k and got a good deal but I don’t put that many miles on anymore.
  75. Bill Guenthner

    First Tractor Purchase - Looking for advice

    Dead trees are an essential part of the forest eco system. Leave a few for the owls and woodpeckers.
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    Cool Nature Photos

  77. Bill Guenthner

    How to clean out radiator fins that are clogged with gunk?

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006K8GKBO
  78. Bill Guenthner

    Are you "brand" person when it comes to your tractor?

    I have a dealership that I stick with. They carry more than one brand.
  79. Bill Guenthner

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Sounds like your son knows the difference between “want” and “need.” Most Americans don’t. Congratulations.
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    Ground squirrels

    Please feel free to kill all the carpenter bees.
  81. Bill Guenthner

    Ground squirrels

    We have chipmunks. They burrow everywhere. I tamp down the burrows when they pop up and count it as free lawn aeration. Never kill a snake.
  82. Bill Guenthner

    Is there any food you do not like?

    Everything in chain restaurants is smothered in garlic to the point that nothing tastes like anything but garlic.
  83. Bill Guenthner

    Is there any food you do not like?

    I don’t know that I’ve had elk. I have had caribou and it was OK.
  84. Bill Guenthner

    Oil Filter, Oil TC45D

    My thoughts are that fluid and filter specifics are SWAGS anyway and that oil doesn’t need to be changed unless it needs to be changed. Back in the day, you checked the oil, you felt it between your thumb and forefinger, you smelled it, you knew if it needed to be changed. I don’t think oil...
  85. Bill Guenthner

    Business Ethics In The Tractor Industry

    Yep. Just always do the right thing, because it’s the right thing.
  86. Bill Guenthner

    Is there any food you do not like?

    Lamb. Hard no. Goat, even worse. Deer. Fugget about it. 🤮
  87. Bill Guenthner

    Front Tire Wear

    Do you have young male children? Is someone doing donuts in the driveway? 😉
  88. Bill Guenthner

    Boy has this been a Major project !!

    I think you are going to need a new refrigerator my friend.
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    Rotary cutter preference

    http://www.tennesseeriverimplements.com/
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    Rotary cutter preference

    I don’t think that’s true unless you abuse them, and even then nothing some touch up with a welder can’t fix. I’m not even sure what would constitute a “high end” rotary cutter.
  91. Bill Guenthner

    New Lawn for new house - looking for input and advice

    In gravel driveways is where grass thrives around here. I bought a 3 acre lot that had a short gravel drive, 7 years on you can’t tell there was ever gravel there unless you dig a hole. All I did was not stop it.
  92. Bill Guenthner

    Anyone else have an unusually large number of hummingbirds this year?

    They’re real slow showing up this year. Maybe the recent storms in the south pushed them up the eastern seaboard.
  93. Bill Guenthner

    Can you believe this story?

    I am not a lawyer but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last week. I would think gross negligence on the part of the employer (if provable) would take it out of the realm of workman’s comp.
  94. Bill Guenthner

    Riding mower vs BX

    👍 Was ready to pull the trigger on a 100 series pro but the day I was ready to buy they didn’t have one ready to go. I thought maybe I needed the ROPS but it’s incredibly stable so I’m happy.
  95. Bill Guenthner

    New Lawn for new house - looking for input and advice

    You like a lifeless, monoculture, desert of grass? Rabbits gotta eat man.
  96. Bill Guenthner

    Can you believe this story?

    1. If Jeep doesn’t immediately move in to protect the customer then I would suggest that having a vehicle serviced at any Jeep dealership is too risky. 2. Given that there are probably more Jeeps sold with manual transmissions than any other brand, how does Jeep not train all service employees...
  97. Bill Guenthner

    How long do hoses last?

    A tractor is not a bulldozer.
  98. Bill Guenthner

    New Lawn for new house - looking for input and advice

    Most of my “grass” is about half dutch white clover, with red and crimson on the tree edges and right-of-ways where I don’t mow as often.
  99. Bill Guenthner

    Rotary cutter preference

    Tennessee River is good. Had a Big Bee before, it was constantly shaking bolts loose and there was no access holes to change the blades.
  100. Bill Guenthner

    First visit to a Rural King

    Pretty much everything is 30 miles from my house, except the doctors, they are up to 70 miles.
  101. Bill Guenthner

    Good morning!!!!

    52 ℉ heading to 80. Time to plant the garden.
  102. Bill Guenthner

    Is there any food you do not like?

    Cilantro. Disgusting!
  103. Bill Guenthner

    Valve adjustment on CK20 HST

    I haven’t adjusted the valves on anything since 1975.
  104. Bill Guenthner

    The day the music died.

    Hey Siri play __________________ So much better.
  105. Bill Guenthner

    Yellow or Dijon?

    Yellow, of course. I am not now nor have I ever been a communist. 🇺🇸 ⚾️🌭🥧 😉
  106. Bill Guenthner

    How do you store your outside generator?

    Mine stays on the porch under the roof.
  107. Bill Guenthner

    Why do PTO shafts need to be cut equally?

    Equal length halves gives the largest range from shortest to longest operating length.
  108. Bill Guenthner

    Amazingly accurate but inexpensive inclinometer

    iPhone / iPad app Angle Pro
  109. Bill Guenthner

    Replying to Multiple Messages

    https://support.apple.com/manuals The days when they killed a bunch of trees are long gone. They were fun though.
  110. Bill Guenthner

    To Chicken or not to Chicken?

    Not sure that’s correct unless you buy from the gas station or dollar store. Walmart and Kroger move eggs fast and the eggs that we get from both are indistinguishable from the $6 a dozen “pasture raised” eggs. The 60 egg boxes from Walmart are very fresh, thick whites that stand up and nice...
  111. Bill Guenthner

    Repainting pole barn metal siding

    I painted an aluminum sided house 40 years ago. The most important step is getting ALL of the chalking off. I think I used steel wool on the whole house. I would use a metal primer and then a finish coat. Oil based. It’s possible that there are modern all-in-one water based enamels that will do...
  112. Bill Guenthner

    Foods you ate growing up that most folks don't eat today

    … and take out the rhubarb. It’s like the recipe for cooking carp. Clean it. Put it on a cedar plank. Season. Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees. Throw the carp out and eat the plank.
  113. Bill Guenthner

    Exporting tractors to France

    Sell here, buy used there.
  114. Bill Guenthner

    Mowing About fed up with trying to adjust deck on 1025R

    I have an X300 that was terrible from the day it was new. Max cutting height is too low and it is impossible to level.
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    Unused Topsoil

    When the highway department (around here anyway) needs to keep soil back for a project they leave it in a pile and let nature take its course. I suspect that’s the best way to keep it from washing away. Honestly, I would find a place to use it. If someone brought me 5 tons of good soil right now...
  116. Bill Guenthner

    Can you believe this story?

    It’s not lawyers, it’s judges. This should have been thrown out as soon as it was filed.
  117. Bill Guenthner

    Concrete Floor Leveling Question

    Learn to live with the floor as is. You can tile it, you can level the cabinets. A floor drain is good to have in a mud room. Every commercial restroom and laundry has a floor drain.
  118. Bill Guenthner

    How heavy should a tractor be?

    I have heavy clay soil as well. When it’s at all wet no amount of weight will allow you to steer a straight line. It’s like grease.
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    To Chicken or not to Chicken?

    You need to meet more people. 😉 I eat more than a dozen eggs a week by myself. Two every morning.
  120. Bill Guenthner

    Top Link Jam Nut

    I don’t use a wrench on the top link nut. I just hand tighten the turnbuckle against it.
  121. Bill Guenthner

    Boomer 24 wimping out when plowing/tilling

    I am NEVER in a hurry when using a tractor. Slow and steady wins the race and gets the job done without hurting me or the equipment. For many of us this tractor thing is a hobby, slow down, enjoy it. I actually enjoy figuring out how to do a thing with limited equipment/resources. Anyone can...
  122. Bill Guenthner

    First Tractor Purchase - Looking for advice

    I have a negating corollary to that rule. “First time buyers almost always think they need more tractor than they really need”
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    Free Credit Scores

    A credit score is just an indicator of how profitable you are to lenders. For many years my credit score was zero because I had no loans and no credit cards.
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    First visit to a Rural King

    My Rural King is stocked to the rafters, but a few weeks ago it looked very bare. If you have a Rural King there’s no point in going into Tractor Supply. For non-farm home supply Menards is the absolute king.
  125. Bill Guenthner

    Riding mower vs BX

    My zero turn sticks to hills like velcro
  126. Bill Guenthner

    Foods you ate growing up that most folks don't eat today

    Powdered milk Pork brains Calves liver Rhubarb pie Souse Blood pudding
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    Business Ethics In The Tractor Industry

    You were taught wrong then. My company exists to serve our customers, our community and our employees and improve people's lives. Making a profit allows us to continue to exist and to continue to serve our purpose. No one worth knowing starts a business unless they are passionate about what they...
  128. Bill Guenthner

    Protection from or Deterrants for Deer?

    Yep. Step 1: Plant corn Step 2: Crows, turkeys, chipmunks dig up corn Step 3: Go to step 1
  129. Bill Guenthner

    GR2120 Followed Me Home

    I don't trust a man who has a 9 year old mower that looks brand new. ;) :D
  130. Bill Guenthner

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Makes sense. Fats don't make you fat, carbs do. If anything people don't get enough complex fats in their diets now.
  131. Bill Guenthner

    DPF Regeneration driving me crazy...

    This is why I can never buy a new tractor, or anything really. I am sick to death of things I paid for telling me what to do and when to do it.
  132. Bill Guenthner

    New tractor Grease Question

    Yep. Don't complicate it. "One grease to rule them all" 💍;)
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    Cool Nature Photos

    We find a lot of racoon, I think. We find mostly the lower jaws but this one stayed in one spot and I glued it together.
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    Cool Nature Photos

    I hate mayapples, can't mow them down fast enough.
  135. Bill Guenthner

    Business Ethics In The Tractor Industry

    https://ariel-lim.com/blog/real-purpose-of-business-why-exist
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    Business Ethics In The Tractor Industry

    That’s not true. In fact it’s patently false. It’s something that is often said by people who have only the most rudimentary understanding of free market systems.
  137. Bill Guenthner

    First Tractor Purchase - Looking for advice

    I have some guidelines that make purchase decisions easier for me. Don’t finance toys or hobbies. Don’t buy anything until I have proven I can’t accomplish the things I want to with what I already have. Don’t buy what I can rent A dollar spent today is a dollar that you can’t spend tomorrow...
  138. Bill Guenthner

    50hr service 3620h, what oils? And any tips?

    Whatever the manual calls for. The manufacturer doesn’t spec an oil if something else would reduce warranty work.
  139. Bill Guenthner

    Frontier Overseeder--Any Good?

    Yep. Grass managed just fine for millions of years. Let’s say that you DO get a little better germination with a seeder. How much more seed can you buy for the cost and maintenance of a seeder? I just wait until there is rain in the forecast then mow and over seed.
  140. Bill Guenthner

    Asking help with DR Chipper disassembly

    Why don’t you call DR and get the manual?
  141. Bill Guenthner

    bucket lifting front end

    Interesting. My FEL will lift the front end in all conditions. I have to go easy on the lever when digging into a pile of dirt or rock (in forward gear) to keep the front wheels on the ground. I can drag in reverse with the front wheels off the ground when spreading topsoil or gravel.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    They are. In pre-history having living parents greatly increased a female’s chances of raising her own offspring to an age where they could survive to then reproduce on their own. It is a modern misconception that people in the past had consistently shorter lives than people do now. In the...
  143. Bill Guenthner

    Cleaning Landscape Rock in Flower Beds

    I went through this whole process, over several years, at a previous house. Eventually got tired of the hassle, ripped it all out and planted grass. Put the flowers in planters and raised beds.
  144. Bill Guenthner

    Considering a Split Fire 48" Carry All PTO Bucket

    My opinion is that they’re pretty useless compared to a front end loader.
  145. Bill Guenthner

    When is a BX enough?

    I cannot imagine how anyone would need to own a backhoe just to use on a 3.5 acre lot. Rent a backhoe, get the backhoe work done and move on. A tractor, especially a compact or sub-compact is not a bulldozer, is not an excavator, is not a stump grinder. Rent the equipment for each of those tasks...
  146. Bill Guenthner

    Can a pile of fresh wood chips spontaneously combust?

    This is a very simple equation. If having it catch on fire where it is would be a catastrophe then either move it to open ground or spread it out so it’s about a foot thick. There is a non-zero chance that it could catch on fire the way you have it now.
  147. Bill Guenthner

    I still haven’t gotten the garden tiller out

    Finally got it out yesterday. Made two passes before one of the inner tubes blew out. Fifty mile round trip to get a replacement. An hour fighting the tire off of, and then back on the rim. 😖 Got two passes done on the whole thing before rain started. Probably going to give it one more turn...
  148. Bill Guenthner

    Looking to buy a yard tractor for mowing

    Exactly! Until recently all I had was a 42 inch baseline riding mower that I was mowing 3 acres with. Now I have 6 acres to mow so I stepped up to a 60 inch zero turn. It’s inconsistent to claim to “need” a big mower and them brag that they get all the mowing done in 90 minutes.
  149. Bill Guenthner

    Mule 610 started blowing white smoke

    It “ran fine” when you parked it, but you’re sure it’s not a fuel or a carburetor issue. Maybe it just lost the will to live.
  150. Bill Guenthner

    Looking to buy a yard tractor for mowing

    I would buy new. You’re going to get your money’s worth out of it. Buying used just shortens the amount of time until you have to buy another one.
  151. Bill Guenthner

    Looking to buy a yard tractor for mowing

    Diesel vs gasoline just isn’t relevant to the discussion. Any heavy duty zero turn with a 60 inch deck is more than sufficient to mow two acres. I mow a lot more than two acres, closer to six. I mowed two acres for 7 years with a cheap, big box store, 42 inch rider, still have the mower.
  152. Bill Guenthner

    Mule 610 started blowing white smoke

    If you left fuel in the carburetor bowl at those temps you probably need to rebuild the carb.
  153. Bill Guenthner

    To Chicken or not to Chicken?

    They conclude that the primary differences in flavor have to do with the Maillard reaction and differences in cooking methods such as boiling versus roasting. As to the final sentence, you could just as easily be raising a breed that tastes worse than the breed from the KFC chicken farm, as...
  154. Bill Guenthner

    To Chicken or not to Chicken?

    It is impossible to raise chickens on a small scale without spending a lot more than you would to buy the same amount of meat and eggs at the grocery. And no, your chickens and eggs are not “so much better tasting” than the ones from the grocery. Biology dictates the chemical make up of any...
  155. Bill Guenthner

    Mule 610 started blowing white smoke

    “First start of the year” I try to start everything at least once a month. Hopefully it’s just bad fuel. Did you have stabilizer in the fuel?
  156. Bill Guenthner

    How far would you travel for the right tractor?

    Yep. People drive 5 hours to “save” a few bucks then complain about the “terrible service” from their local dealer.
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    Logging in

    Something you have installed is stopping cookies being saved. Most likely an ad blocker.
  158. Bill Guenthner

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Like I said, over your depth.
  159. Bill Guenthner

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Yep. I’m on the “If it tastes good, spit it out diet”. Seriously though, once you get used to no sugar in tea and coffee, no sodas, no cakes, pies, etc., you don’t want it anymore. Nothing fried. You start to notice how good real food tastes.
  160. Bill Guenthner

    Where to buy lye/caustic soda/Sodium hydroxide in bulk?

    Or if they ask you where they can buy 55 gallon drums close to Lake Mead. 🐟
  161. Bill Guenthner

    Electric Fence?

    Thank! That’s exactly what I need. Low cost and can go away in the winter. What size battery is needed to drive that?
  162. Bill Guenthner

    Buying Advice US/$ at its highest level in twenty years

    We’re still in the warming part of a cycle emerging from the last of a series of ice ages. We’re not going to “slow that down” by paying out the nose for fuel. I don’t understand how people can look up at the giant nuclear furnace in the sky and say “Yep, must be those pesky SUVs that are...
  163. Bill Guenthner

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I’m sorry, but you’re out of your depth here. You need to do more reading and more listening. Maybe study up on Assembly Theory and learn about how complex systems work.
  164. Bill Guenthner

    Good morning!!!!

    Rain coming, 74 degrees, time to work for the bees. The flower is the size of a quarter BTW
  165. Bill Guenthner

    Electric Fence?

    You just taught me how to install electric fence in four paragraphs. Epic!
  166. Bill Guenthner

    Buying Advice Wood splitter

    It depends on how much you want to split. I paid about $270 for an electric splitter and I’ve used it for 5 years now. I’m not in a hurry though and I only split wood for outdoor fires or just to get it to easily burnable chunks. I split about a pickup truck load each year.
  167. Bill Guenthner

    Electric Fence?

    Good post! I plant black oil sunflower out of the 25 pound bags at TSC. The get really tall. The squirrels and birds plant a lot of them for me, as they scatter them all over and rain washes them into little knocks an crannies around the yard and edge of the woods.
  168. Bill Guenthner

    Wheel and tire swap for L4760

    I’ve never had any problem with R4s tearing up my yard just going across it and I haven’t had any issues with traction in the fields or woods. I don’t think turf tires would cut it for going back my trails.
  169. Bill Guenthner

    Metal shavings in hydraulic fluid???

    I’ve let buddies borrow it I think I see your problem.
  170. Bill Guenthner

    Where to buy lye/caustic soda/Sodium hydroxide in bulk?

    Food grade often just means that a product can be used to clean or service machines, tools, containers, in food processing facilities. There are some food preservation techniques that use lye as well. And lye is used to turn corn into hominy.
  171. Bill Guenthner

    Help With a JD Gator Mod Please

    It’s been working that way for 16 years so it obviously isn’t hurting it. As they say, “If if ain’t broke, mod it till it is.” Golf carts have worked like this for decades, and the gator is basically a golf cart.
  172. Bill Guenthner

    Diesel prices take a jump yet again

    Absolutely it does. Everyone who can make it better has their hands tied by the federal government. The industry would love to increase drillling.
  173. Bill Guenthner

    Diesel prices take a jump yet again

    The problem with that comparison is that 2nd half of 2020 is when oil future prices went below zero and the refineries were shutting down process units and operating at huge losses, because fuel consumption was so low that all of their storage tanks were full. Air travel, cruises, even driving...
  174. Bill Guenthner

    1962 Deere 2010 Overheating

    Worn out water pump would be the next thing to check, not enough flow.
  175. Bill Guenthner

    I still haven’t gotten the garden tiller out

    Oh yes. You can cut the weeds to the ground and dig out the roots and a week later they’ve grown back from a little piece you missed, but vegetables will die from being bent over by the wind. Somebody, bio-engineer some un-killable sweet corn please.
  176. Bill Guenthner

    Diesel prices take a jump yet again

    Yes. They “doubled profit” coming off of some of the worst years in their history. What you should be worried more about is that refining remains profitable enough that diesel and gasoline production remains a large scale, economical, operation in the US. Nobody misses the water ‘till the well...
  177. Bill Guenthner

    Protection from or Deterrants for Deer?

    Once in every few years someone will spot a bear in our area but they are extremely rare, which is good.
  178. Bill Guenthner

    Oil question

    Nice train. I like the cow catcher on the front. 😉
  179. Bill Guenthner

    BX suspension seat....again....

    A grand for a tractor seat. No, I think the standard seat will do. It could be a lot worse.
  180. Bill Guenthner

    Riding mower vs BX

    I like to have my mower be a separate piece of equipment. It would not be practical (or fun) to have to use the tractor to mow around the house and gardens, especially with the loader attached. I also would not want to have to drag around a MMM all the time or have to take it off and put it on...
  181. Bill Guenthner

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Kentucky is Ford country. Especially with a new 1500 acre battery manufacturing plant going in that will employ 5000 people.
  182. Bill Guenthner

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    That is a kit that includes a lock-out and automatic switch over. You don’t need that to just use it like you would any generator. BTW: I would love to be able to load groceries into the “frunk”
  183. Bill Guenthner

    Protection from or Deterrants for Deer?

    Stupid question from flyover country. Why isn’t the crawl space sealed? Even the spiders can’t access my crawl space. https://basc.pnnl.gov/resource-guides/unvented-insulated-crawlspaces
  184. Bill Guenthner

    Do R1 and R4 tires have more impact on the wheel bearings?

    Exactly. And yet, my GMC pickup, which will nag you incessantly about the windshield washer fluid being low, will not make a peep or give you any warning that you’re running 40MPH in 4 wheel hi. 🤪 As far as my tractor, I (somehow) always remember to get out of 4wd as soon as I no longer need...
  185. Bill Guenthner

    Sawmills, sawmill buildings, drying sheds, and kilns... show your pictures!

    How are you planning to get the logs lifted onto the mill? That would be the sticking point for me. I have some big white oaks that are dying and I don’t know if I want to let them become woodpecker habitat or try to turn them into a rough sawn board fence. A 20 inch diameter white oak log is...
  186. Bill Guenthner

    Does Anyone Successfully Use A Gardening APP ??

    Good luck brother. Personally, I wouldn’t put too much effort into writing a garden planning app, unless you’re just doing it for fun.
  187. Bill Guenthner

    Does Anyone Successfully Use A Gardening APP ??

    Yep. We freeze, tomatoes, sweet corn, onions, peas, green beans, okra, egg plant (cooked), summer squash (cooked), potatoes just keep in a cool place. Also string white half runners with a needle and thread and hang up to dry. Dried black beans.
  188. Bill Guenthner

    Does Anyone Successfully Use A Gardening APP ??

    Yep. I’ve been writing apps for 35 years. Love apps, but most of life you just don’t need an app for. KISS principle.
  189. Bill Guenthner

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    There’s a chip shortage in the legacy auto industry because they used the obsolete purpose designed chips from old fabs that they could get for pennies. It was extremely short sighted. New EVs will use System on Chip architectures that reduce the overall discrete chip count and are able to...
  190. Bill Guenthner

    What Insane/Crazy Price did You Pay Today?

    It’s supposedly being done in the name of “fairness” and yet the small landlord is being royally screwed over. This is driving out the small investor and consolidating rental housing into the hands of large corporate entities. The net effect is going to be that once rental housing is controlled...
  191. Bill Guenthner

    Protection from or Deterrants for Deer?

    Deer (unless desperate) usually won’t touch pumpkin, eggplant, summer squash, okra, onions, so I generally grow those wherever I want to without any fencing. They will eat sunflowers but I’ve been able to grow lots of those without too much getting eaten.
  192. Bill Guenthner

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Most of the records set for growing extremely large vegetables are set in Alaska, because of the long hours of sunlight during the brief summers. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/08/20/341884706/why-vegetables-get-freakish-in-the-land-of-the-midnight-sun
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