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    What do you drive for a truck?

    That sounds a lot like what Ford tried in the 60s, with the cab and bed being one unit, on a frame. That better idea only lasted a year or two as I recall. Anyway, guess you don't care for looking up definitions as spelled out by the DOT? In other words, the definitions that actually count.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Somewhat similar to my girlfriend hauling bags of horse food in her Challenger Redeye, I suppose. But normally she uses her TRX or her Ram 3500, because she doesn't like having to lift those heavy bags out of the spacious trunk.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Okay, since you asked nicely, here's a photo of my 1500.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    That's somewhat obvious. Look up the legal descriptions at DOT, for example. Meanwhile, I would never call my 1500 a truck. I may have referred to it as a pickup at times, but normally it's "the 1500". Yes, it's a fun to drive 1500 with 700 hp, but to me it's still a car with a tiny bed on the...
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Whoa! You can't call an SUV a station wagon. Many peoples' delicate feelings would get hurt.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    They're so tiny you don't need much property.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    This has reminded me of when a friend and I were talking to my neighbor several moons ago. He mentioned that he was going to do something "with his truck". My friend and I instantly said (in stereo if you will) "Gil, you don't have a truck". He was referring to his S-10 Blazer.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Thanks, it is indeed a fun little thing. A Daihatsu HiJet to be precise. It's what I drive the most often, by far, but for the most part it doesn't leave the property. I take it to the nearby post office once a week or so.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Just back from taking out the trash, using my "truck". It may not me as manly as a Ridgeline, only able to carry 770 lbs., but on the other hand it does have a hydraulic dump bed, making it a little more "trucky".
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    And our BX25D is a tractor, not a lawnmower with a tiny backhoe, right?
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Never did have to trailer a bulldozer yet, and I don't use my 3500 for rock crawling, but to call a Ridgeline a "truck" is really pushing it in my mind. It's a car with a bed on the back as far as I'm concerned, just like an El Camino, or late model 1/2-ton.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Makes that '69 El Camino I'm starting to lust for look really appealing.
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    Stuck B&W gooseneck ball

    The newer models are installed from the bottom, so yes. And the older style with cross bars was also accessible from below. And it sounds like the OP did attack the ball from the bottom, just with the wrong tool for the job. I should dig up photos from one of the many B&Ws I have installed and...
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    Stuck B&W gooseneck ball

    That great force would have to exceed the 15,000 lbs. the hitch is rated for, and then some. Since the ball was beat on with an air hammer, it's most likely that the bottom is mushroomed, which has been mentioned. I'd start with pushing it back in and take a grinder to the bottom edges. If...
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Yes, much like my Ram 3500 was "incomplete vehicle" until I put the flatbed on it. Now it's a truck, because it has a cargo area (there are DOT requirements for the minimum size). When I have something other than the bed on it, it's no longer a truck. If there's nothing it reverts back the...
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Here's another photo, but it's not a truck. They called it a wrecker, and with front and rear winches plus the 10-ton (rotator) crane it's a fairly good one. Most KWs aren't trucks, they're tractors (made to pull trailers, not put things onto), just like my Pete wasn't a truck.
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    An EV??????`

    I'd call another supplier. If that doesn't work I'll use what I already have. And when I run out, guess I'll have to go to a gas station like I used to do.
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    An EV??????`

    I know that my gas and diesel comes from a nice delivery truck, about 200 gallons and 1,500 gallons at a time, respectively. Where he gets it I don't know. It doesn't matter to me.
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    Year-round oil viscosity

    Should be available at Amazon, and many other places.
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    An EV??????`

    Or, reflecting the result of improved equipment and technology.
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    An EV??????`

    Idling an engine, any engine, isn't good for them. That can be especially true for diesels since the rings don't necessarily seal well at idle. But, I may have misunderstood you, and your "very rural", then merely "rural", and now apparently "small rural town" driveway is a mile or two long...
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    An EV??????`

    Am I remembering wrong, or is that a small rural town that recently used to be "very rural". If so, they are indeed building a lot out there, creating a whole town in very short time.
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    An EV??????`

    Similar to getting it to charging stations in remote areas, just on a bigger scale.
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    An EV??????`

    Somewhat close. Not that far north in the Rockies, though. I have not regretted buying a 15KW diesel generator. The power here can be unreliable on a good day.
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    An EV??????`

    Which is one reason we won't see any along the roads here for the foreseeable future.
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    An EV??????`

    And now the progressives are doing their best to stop that.
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    An EV??????`

    I rest just fine, thanks, since I have no desire to buy an EV. Whether it'd cost $25K or $100K is irrelevant. It still wouldn't work for me. Well, one could if I moved, but I have no plans to do that, either.
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    An EV??????`

    Sure, electricity is technically available almost everywhere. All it takes is to run power lines from where it is to where it's wanted. Getting it to large parts of the roads around here could involve several miles of stringing lines through the woods or over farmers' fields (if they're...
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    An EV??????`

    Well, there's a difference between relying on generators for occasional outages and having them be the constant source of electricity.
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    An EV??????`

    Well, duh. Such a simple solution. Why didn't I think of that?
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    An EV??????`

    That sounds a bit like building a new gas station, but overlook the installation of tanks to store the fuel in. As far as I know, there isn't readily available electricity everywhere.
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    An EV??????`

    There are several more expensive vehicles that are selling well. It may not be about money as much as people buying what they want - instead of what they're told they want.
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    An EV??????`

    On the local (okay, statewide) news this morning they said that EV sales are way down. The explanation? They're too expensive and there aren't nearly enough charging stations. That seems to be in sync with the rest of the nation. I'm guessing that those who wanted an EV got one, maybe a...
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Maybe mine could do 65 mph, despite weighing some 40,000 lbs. and "powered" by 250 hp, but I wouldn't want to be in it.
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    Weak trailer brakes. Sure could use some ideas here!

    I would not trust self adjusting brakes to be adjusted correctly. Not sure it matters much if the trailer has 10 ga., or even 2 ga., when the tow vehicles has limited wire size and output. Not that it hurts, but still. Selfishly, I do like my electric over hydraulic disc brakes more and more.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Those ratings can be an interesting subject. But realistically, most any law enforcement would go by what the axles and tires are rated at, not what the official GVWR is. Heck, I haven't looked into it, but my so-called 5-ton supposedly weighs about 40,000. I did put a bracket for a SWM...
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    Stuck B&W gooseneck ball

    Well, it could be less dramatic if using a Hi-Lift when it does come loose. With something to spread the load under the base of the Hi-Lift, of course. I'd also smack it from four sides both before it's under tension and while it is. Maybe also smack yourself (lightly) if using WD-40 instead...
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Okay, everything is relative. I'd much rather lengthen a frame like that than chopping or sectioning a car.
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    Stuck B&W gooseneck ball

    If only you had a Bobcat or something to pull it out with.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    1. Lengthening or shortening a frame like that is easy. 2. My Unimogs weigh 16,000 lbs. And the GVWR is also 16,000 lbs. Coincidentally, so is the towing capacity. As Alfred E. Neuman would say, why worry?
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Not technically a truck, since there's no cargo area, but this one is fun to drive.
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    What did you buy this week?

    Meh. EVs are perfectly safe. Read that on another thread.
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    Trailer wood deck treatment: Brush on used oil, linseed oil, sealer stain, unicorn tears...?

    Used oil, applied with a roller for the most part and a wide paint brush for edges and corners, has kept my little 16-footers deck alive since '09. It has worked well enough that I did the same to the decks around the house. I wouldn't put a rubber tire on the trailer deck within a few days...
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    An EV??????`

    If I couldn't get into a vehicle, a ditch would be my next option...as long as there's no water in it. Lightning doesn't necessarily strike the tallest or most conductive object either, so it's a bit of a crap shoot. They say that if you can hear thunder, you can get struck. Well, I won't...
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    An EV??????`

    Lightning doesn't seem to care, either, striking where it feels like. Supposedly lightning was the leading cause of death around here, which kinda makes sense since there can be plenty during the monsoon season when many are out working on fences. But I still think more people got shot...
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    An EV??????`

    At least we know that the disasters will get more expensive. Inflation guarantees that.
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    An EV??????`

    That NIO battery may be much better than what's available now, but... If it's 650 miles in 14 hours, that means an average of a measly 46.5 mph. Most of my road going vehicles are at a 62 mph or better average speed. In other words, I'd probably get a 400 mile range out of it, at best. Not...
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    An EV??????`

    And speaking of ice ages, I find it interesting that the rising water levels are a result of melting ice only. Nothing else has been mentioned as far as I know. That land is still rising after slowly rebounding from the ice mass, and consequently displacing water, doesn't seem to matter. That...
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    An EV??????`

    Dang. Should've known that somebody tried (had to look Soletrac up). Guess they're selling so well that nobody there had time to pay the rent.
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    An EV??????`

    Electric tractor anyone? They're supposed to be heavy, and usually don't go all that far from the house.
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    An EV??????`

    My girlfriend just sent me this, and it's funny as can be to me. Why, you ask? Because she has a donkey named Brandon. No, really.
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    An EV??????`

    Sure makes me appreciate I'm not 15 years old at this point...and that we don't have any children.
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    An EV??????`

    As mentioned above, I don't think it matters one iota what we do here in the USA as long as China and India are allowed to keep doing things their way.
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    Year-round oil viscosity

    How dark the oil is in a diesel is not an indication of how old or used up it is. Very few diesels have clean looking oil after some usage, and some make the oil dark withing a minute of starting the engine after an oil change.
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    An EV??????`

    Maybe it's time for a reality check? Saw this one the other day. "WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Seven percent of Americans, up from 4% a year ago, report that they own an electric vehicle. That increase is matched by an equal decline in the percentage saying they are seriously considering buying one...
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    An EV??????`

    I did indeed do exactly that, and found that while the Tesla was the best selling vehicle in '23, the Corolla is the most popular car. There is a difference, or we could pick a year to our liking, making the Model T the most popular car, for example. And speaking of misinformation, you have...
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    Year-round oil viscosity

    To me, the obvious choice is a synthetic 5W-30 based on those numbers.
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    An EV??????`

    Well, Ford and GM are delaying production of EVs, at least one proposed battery plant has been put on hold (maybe shelved for good, I don't remember). Those are common sense actions if EVs aren't selling like some thought they would. Common sense would also suggest that a higher price (no...
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    An EV??????`

    Please list whatever kind of misinformation I have posted. Or at least one example. I wouldn't exactly call having to actually think and not put gas in a diesel tank, or DEF in a diesel tank, "built in problems". They are certainly not built into the vehicle. Nothing is completely idiot proof.
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    An EV??????`

    In an effort to get a bit of an EV experience I took the Challenger for a short (160 mile) drive today, since the roads are dry and salt free now. It was great to hear that whine coming from under the hood, and the wonderful exhaust notes when letting some of the 707 hp do their thing. Is EV...
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    An EV??????`

    Yes, that has been repeated over and over, and it was an insult to people's intelligence the first time. It really isn't that hard to read up on, and crunch the numbers of, charging and EV ownership in general. You might as well try to convince me to buy a Maserati. I've never owned one, and...
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    An EV??????`

    Well, I have been told that unless I own an EV I have no idea what they're like, and shouldn't have an opinion about them. Or at least, if do have one I shouldn't post it here. And while I may be stupid, I'm smart enough to know that an EV wouldn't work for my usage. There's no need to buy one...
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    An EV??????`

    That JD is probably what I use the least around here. But it's a practical dinghy once I made a towbar for it. That way I can quickly go back and pickup up whatever tools and such I might need where I'm working. For the very most part it's a Dihatsu HiJet that gets driven the most - about 10...
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    An EV??????`

    A friend of mine puts around 400,000 miles on his Ram in about three years or so, delivering trailers. Sometimes grossing out at a bit over 45,000 lbs. He gets a bit over 10 mpg on average, partially because he generally bobtails back. Yes, he pays dearly for fuel, but makes a really good...
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    An EV??????`

    As someone pointed out earlier in this thread, you don't have to own an EV to know about their pros and cons. The manufacturers' (somewhat inflated and misleading) range estimates are readily available, as is the locations for charging. Also, when a dealer is honest enough to say "don't buy...
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    An EV??????`

    This thinking is still baffling to me. Do I really need to go buy an EV, trailer it home (since I know it won't make it on its own) just to be able to partake in the discussion? Yes, it could be used to go to the post office, the nearest voting place, and the gravel pit. And the neighbors, of...
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    An EV??????`

    I have never worried about warranties as I don't want others to work on my vehicles, so I don't know what time or mileage they cover. If I did worry about it, I'd get extended warranties. And maybe I'm alowed a tiny bit of input here if I admit that I own a John Deere eGator? It never leaves...
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    An EV??????`

    That's why the CP4s are being replaced with CP3 pumps by so many, including Ram itself. It's a bad design, and Ram only used it for a couple of years before realizing its mistake.
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    An EV??????`

    Ouch. That's about the same as I pay for the '18 Challenger, which has a bit more power and is popular with thieves. But, a $1,000 deductible.
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    An EV??????`

    As an owner of seven diesel vehicles (not counting tractors and such) I may be qualified enough to point out that diesels can't "implode". They can be made to explode, but not from bad fuel.
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    An EV??????`

    There's apparently a company (Crisco?) that has several of those Tesla tractors. But if memory serves me, they are limited to an 80 mile radius. In contrast, even my '80 Pete 359 would go about 2,000 miles, and it didn't have the largest tanks available.
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    An EV??????`

    I had one for a while, but it was a bit of a disappointment. Shouldn't have been since it was obvious that with the extra weight it'd be nothing like the Challenger. Okay, the TRX is slower yet, and has a severely limited top speed, but that I knew going in. And it can do things the Trackhawk...
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    An EV??????`

    Sorry, but that wouldn't be even close for my needs. When I don't tow anything I have a TRX (with about the same range), primarily bought for when the weather gets ugly and the plow trucks are nowhere near yet. It's somewhat rare that I go anywhere transporting only myself, or a few vehicle...
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    An EV??????`

    Nice! I can rarely go even 50 miles without seeing another vehicle...then again, that's on the main roads. And the hills in the background looks a lot like what we have around here, in the EV free zone.
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    An EV??????`

    A Porsche Taycan owner would love a bargain like that. When at the dealer, my girlfriend learned that the battery alone is something like $80K, and then a couple more for labor. By the way, she did ask the salesman if he'd be willing to drive one the 160 miles to our place. He declined...
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    An EV??????`

    Well, the EV house of cards seems to be crumbling as it is. Remove the subsidies and it would really speed up the process.
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    An EV??????`

    Hmm, come to think of it, there is a way my girlfriend could use an EV. It would be easy enough to build a small trailer with a generator on it, making the lack of range less of an issue. Unfortunately, she absolutely refuses to tow anything with her 1/2-ton, so I seriously doubt she'd accept...
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    An EV??????`

    Yup. That's why I use tractors and other things for plowing and such, and a 3500 for OTR towing - which may become a 4500 or 5500 as the 3500 is on the ragged edge for a 39,000 lb. CGVWR in the hills here.
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    An EV??????`

    I hope I can put this in a way that will sink in: An EV would not work for us, at all. Okay, we have joked about getting one to go to the post office with since it's close, but one would fail miserably for any other of our regular uses. In the case of my girlfriend, her driving is primarily...
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    An EV??????`

    It does sound like he has at least two to pick from. Either way, for actual real work there are 3500s, 4500s and 5500s. Those 3/4-tons aren't quite what it takes (including having only single rear wheels) for real work. Then again, "real work" could be like "very rural"...not quite what it...
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    An EV??????`

    According to the map there's nothing "very rural" anywhere near Texarkana. But I see Interstates, lots of regular roads, cities and towns. And I'm not sure I could call this place "very rural", since I can get to an interstate in about two hours...if driving fast. About the time it takes you to...
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    An EV??????`

    This is getting weird. Sounds like whoever owns the most EVs get to decide the company's rules.
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    An EV??????`

    Probably not voluntarily, since the market seems to be saturated already.
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    An EV??????`

    I had two of them at the time and was supposed to get about $1,500 in "compensation" for each one as I recall. Never got a dime. Oh well, they didn't explode either.
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    An EV??????`

    My (real) Jeep, a '51 CJ 3A, has the tank under the driver's seat, but with an external filler neck. Quite convenient as there's no reason to get out when filling up...if paying at the pump. Had a few of those (real) 500s, and the tank in the front never bothered me. If hitting a moose, or...
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    That's odd. When lived in SoCal things sure rusted. Okay, maybe not like in the rust belt, but the vehicles that lived by the beach were rustier than what I've seen in Colorado - where they use that evil magnesium chloride.
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    An EV??????`

    Absurd indeed, since very few drive a tractor trailer just for for fun. Instead, they keep our economy and life as we know it possible by transporting goods. Realistically, people should pay more for just going to the mall or the movies since that doesn't contribute anywhere near as much to the...
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    An EV??????`

    If unfortunate enough to own one, I would put aluminum foil or something over the ABS module. Done. Until I can get rid of the damn thing.
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    An EV??????`

    You could've fooled me. When I had my RV setup (a Pete 359 tractor and a dry van converted to a toy hauler) registered in California it cost me over $1,600 per year just for registration on the Pete. Thankfully I didn't have to pay IFTA fees and such, but trust me, I paid dearly for the...
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Get the Aisin transmission. It's darn near perfect. Although, some that use their diesel as a car (not towing) don't think so.
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    An EV??????`

    Even if a Silverado WT could tow the trailer I recently picked up 800 some miles from here, the trip wouldn't have been quite the same. Yes, I stopped for fuel along the way since the 114 gallon capacity wouldn't take me there and back. Starting at 2 AM, it had been a long day so I did have to...
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    Ethanol Free Gas

    Then you can imagine what it's like in the northern part of the state.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    FCA/Stellantis didn't sell hundreds of thousand of several vehicles, yet kept making them. Think Hi Po Challengers and Chargers, Trackhawks, TRXs, etc. Also, that $4,000 diesel option is about half of what it is for a Cummins in a Ram. Of course, it's not even close to half the engine.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    I know someone who is in the Ecodiesel cult and has two of them. Which is why I know what I do know about a vehicle that doesn't interest me one bit since I'd have no use for one. He's been looking at buying a spare crate engine. And if they still have a 15% failure rate, that may indeed be a...
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Looked on Auto Trader the other day, after seeing a new one at 15% off MSRP at my favorite dealer. For a couple of hours I considered taking that one as a partial payment for the money they owe me, but quickly came to my senses (I have no idea what I'd do with one of those things). Still, got...
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    To me there are reasons far more important than mileage not to tow with a 1/2-ton. It only takes one incident to wipe out any savings no matter how occasional the towing is. Pay your life insurance at the pump, so to speak.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    If you're really brave, there are unsold Ram Ecodiesels for upwards of $20K off of MSRP. Some claim 30 mpg with those. Of course, if trying to tow anything, like with most any 1/2-ton, then the mileage tanks. No pun intended. Not as badly as with an Ecoboost maybe, but it goes way down.
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    Oil Change intervals?

    Recently had the oil analyzed in two cars. Low miles but two years since the prior oil change. These are ones that supposedly must have the oil changed every six months. Well, the analysis proved they were both good for another year or so.
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    How many acres do you own?

    A little over 30. About enough to create some distance to the neighbors...which are only to the west and south anyway. Could buy another 15 or so from a neighbor, but that property is in bad shape. It would take a couple of years to get the irrigation to work correctly, and get rid of the weeds...
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    The one thing that you wonder why you didn't buy sooner?

    That they do. And since my snowblower is meant for a skid steer, that's what I got. It does operate it far better than my cobbled up setup on a Unimog, but mostly because of the skid steer's hydrostatic drive, allowing me to go slowly enough.
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    The one thing that you wonder why you didn't buy sooner?

    Meanwhile, I did buy a skid steer a couple of years ago. Primarily to run the snowblower, but in the summers it wears the rock bucket/grapple. It came with a bucket, which I have never used. And see no reason to. Also, overall the skid steer is a love/hate thing. It's a pain to get in and out...
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    Oil Change intervals?

    That's far from ideal. You want as much as possible to be suspended in the oil, so it comes out, not largely staying at the bottom of the pan. A cold drain can work on a diff, where the cover is removed and the sludge on the bottom of the housing can be cleaned off.
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    L3560 with cab. How would I know if I'm close to rolling over?

    The parts in the portal axle setup will definitely care if you make it wider by using spacers. That's basic physics. Commonly known as leverage in this case.
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    L3560 with cab. How would I know if I'm close to rolling over?

    Other than messing up the steering geometry a bit, nothing should happen - until you put a load on the axle. Then the extra stresses induced by the spacers can make themselves known. And since front spacers don't normally serve a purpose, to me it wouldn't matter how easy any potentially broken...
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    L3560 with cab. How would I know if I'm close to rolling over?

    I'd think that front spacers would be a bit iffy. That's an entirely different setup than the rear axle, and extra leverage on those parts can't be a good thing. In my mind.
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    Oil Change intervals?

    Sorry. Yes, for an oil change that is warm enough.
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    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    I keep buying the newest versions, and am often surprised by what the official points are compared to my guesses.
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    Oil Change intervals?

    Water temp, or the more important oil temp? None of our tractors have an oil temp gauge, so I have to go by feel and experience.
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    Truck winches

    Do you have a wireless remote for it? Never thought much of them until recently, now I have one for the ComeUp and one for the Warn winches. They can simplify things quite a bit, depending on the situation.
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    Tilt trailer

    Probably. I can measure it tomorrow. Too many trailers for this scatterbrain to keep track of.
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    Tilt trailer

    As I recall this one is 93 inches between the fenders, and they're definitely not sturdy enough to drive over. But removable.
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    Tilt trailer

    I'm spoiled now. The Diamond C has a cordless remote for the dovetail, so no extra steps needed. And the hydraulic jacks (also usable with the cordless) is a great feature. Sure came in handy today when moving two trailers with hydraulic jacks around.
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    Tilt trailer

    Good thinking. That's about what I had planned to do with the 32' PJ mentioned earlier, which is for sale now since the new one showed up way before schedule.
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    Tilt trailer

    Hmm. My 18' little gooseneck with a 2' dove has removable fenders that I never had to remove. Can open the doors on Challengers, Porsches, and...well, anything I've had on it in the past six or so years. Those fenders are nine inches tall as I recall.
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    Tilt trailer

    I would leave well enough alone (based on your photos) and just put a 2x4 or 4x4 under the mower to let its shell rest on it. A lengthened trailer like you describe becomes almost impossible to sell. I had one built (time crunch, or I would've built it) for a cabover camper. That meant the...
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    Tilt trailer

    Not sure why that couldn't work. I've loaded cars with low breakover angles on my 32' PJ. Drove them up on the tail, then raised it and drove onto the deck. Of course, if the distance from a tractor's rear axle to the wheels of what's pulled behind it is three or so feet longer than the...
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Well, the 10,000 lb. GVWR isn't because of the suspension. It's a legality thing. Especially with the optional air suspension they ride very nice, and the axles etc. are the same as on a 3500. And what's your opinion on the 3500s with air suspension? The leaf spring portion on those is really...
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    Tilt trailer

    I picked up a Diamond C on Monday. They are indeed nicely built, and the 12' hydraulic dove tail sure makes loading and unloading easy.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    We've had about 10 since 2010, currently two 3500 diesels. One '14 2500 had a poorly set up rear diff, and my '17 3500 had a lot of crap in the rear diff, but other than that they've been fine. Build quality tends to be superior to the domestically produced 1500s. This includes one 5.7, three...
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Hmm. PowerGlide, TH 350, TH400, TH700R4, 4L60E, and 4L80E, comes to mind as good transmissions. And the Aillison ones don't seem to be bad, either.
  121. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    That reminds me of driving some 80 miles, including through Los Angeles, while making the electric fuel pump in my Jeep work by hand. It was a used SU and I suspected that the points was the issue and busted the plastic cover so I could close the points manually as needed. It's mounted within...
  122. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    I have to admit that I don't know all Ford owners. Still, the Ford sales numbers are a bit misleading since they include the entire F-series.
  123. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    In all fairness, the Dodge transmissions were nothing to write home about, until the last 15 years or so. Both the ZF and the Aisins in Rams seem to be great, though.
  124. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    No vehicle has ever left me stranded, and I've had many, ranging from $50 beaters to $100K new ones. But if I didn't know how to fix things, or figure it out, I'd been stranded many times. And some vehicles are much easier to figure out and/or work on than others. Ford seems to like changing...
  125. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    Meanwhile, I have never had enough tools or patience to own a Ford. Have worked on plenty of them, though.
  126. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    Most people I know seem to shy away from Furds because of past and present experiences. Which has surely helped Ram sales.
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    Oil Change intervals?

    Analysis saved me a bunch of money with a new-to-me Peterbilt. Turned out there was coolant in the oil. With a core that was still good it wasn't horribly expensive to get a Cat reman 3406B.
  128. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    Believe it or not, but Ram has changed a bit during the past 27 years.
  129. T

    Oil Change intervals?

    Recently had the oil from two of our "oil must be changed every six month" cars analyzed. Not by Blackstone, but a lab that tests for more. Then had an expert on the subject analyze the analysis for me. One of them is at just over 5,000 miles, the other at 6,000 and change, both had only been...
  130. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    Isn't that when catalytic converters became mandatory?
  131. T

    Trailer mounted winch question

    Ah, that's the same concept as on Dodge Challengers, for example, that has the battery in the rear.
  132. T

    Trailer mounted winch question

    I'm guessing you mean four large batteries?
  133. T

    74 hp skid vs 74 hp hoe for building tiny acreage?

    That part is the least of it, I think. Open the door (loader must be all the way down), sit down, buckle the seatbelt...and then don't move, or the brakes set and the hydraulics shut down. Not that it's fun to climb over a snow covered snowblower.
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    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    I can't remember if it was with the JD Gator or the Daihatsu HiJet, but I did drive off one runner with one wheel in one of them. That can happen when the vehicle is so narrow that only about two inches of tire is on the runners. So I backed up and recentered. Done.
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    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    Or, since people seem to really like backup cameras, back the vehicle up on the lift. Just don't forget to make sure that the mirrors will clear the posts.
  136. T

    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    Maybe it's many years of four wheeling that makes me confident in driving up on something that's five inches tall, in a straight line. If approaching the lift in a reasonably straight fashion, once the mirrors are at equal distances between the first two posts it'd almost be hard to screw it...
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    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    As far as I can tell, it's only a matter of getting all four tires on the runners. Which should be quite easy. Not sure why anyone would use a 4-post for tire rotations, though. For that task I prefer using regular jacks, with the vehicle on the floor. Of course, on a vehicle with live axles...
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    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    That one looks a lot like the one I have. It was quite affordable. Said not to have it outdoors, but that's where mine's been for about seven years now. Of course, I do keep the motor and fluid container covered, not to get rain and snow in the motor, and to keep the UV from ruining the plastic...
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    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    Jeez. Yes, just like they are engineered to.
  140. T

    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    Oh, c'mon. With the lugnuts at eye level it's so easy to see them. Alright, this was not for tire changing or service, but to wash Colorado's finest magnesium chloride off of the chassis. Using only the little 8K crane. Would I want to leave the vehicle like this for extended periods? Of...
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    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    Surely you are attempting to be funny here. There's difference between using the included (or other jack) to change a tire, or a lift to perform work on vehicles, compared to long term storage on a 2-post. I've never had issues with lifting vehicles either, especially not since buying the...
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    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    When picking up the first Challenger I brought ramps that were far too short, the ones in the photo above. They worked for the '65 Cadillac I loaded for the trip to the dealer. Thankfully I had a fair amount of 2x6s with me, and combined with lifting the coupler about a foot off the ball I got...
  143. T

    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    In my mind, vehicles are made to rest on the tires, whether they are unibody or have frames. Some have noticeable differences in the reveals at the doors when on a 2-post.
  144. T

    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    So do I, and quite a few of them, but not quite enough to accommodate that particular car. I'm only set up to handle the Challengers, which are at 10 degrees. The dealer has the really long Race Ramps, and concrete, so unloading was easy.
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    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    When Ram went to radius arms in the front, I questioned the by-the-book placement of the forward lift arms. Especially since there were pads about a foot forward of the pivots that looked like they were made to use as lift points. Somewhere I have a photo where I'd marked the center of gravity...
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    Trailer mounted winch question

    I recently rewired things on my 32-foot flatbed to accommodate an 8K winch. The trailer had two batteries (for air suspension and a hydraulic pump) which I removed, then put a large AGM in the front toolbox where it's a short run to the winch. Ran 2 ga back to the compressor and pump, over a...
  147. T

    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    For a while, maybe. Our fast Stellantis/FCA cars are Granite, the Porsches and Audis are Daytona Gray. Trying to stay under the radar, figuratively and literally.
  148. T

    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    Not quite. It was on it's way to get traded in on one in a proper color.
  149. T

    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    One thing the 2-post is better at is for removing and installing beds on pickups. Made the flatbed on the C&C easily removable and while the crane can be used, there's more movement than I care for (working alone, as usual).
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    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    Maybe not the most common use, but the 4-post sure came in handy when loading a car with an 8-degree approach angle on a trailer. That would not work with a 2-post, unless it's a deck-over trailer and a wide enough lift.
  151. T

    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    I figured that asymmetrical was a given for a 2-post. But it can still be tricky to get a diesel pickup somewhat balanced on one.
  152. T

    Neighbor's cattle in yard

    And there's one downside to having irrigation ditches. In addition to better grass than most neighbors.
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    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    That could be part of why I prefer the 4-post. My knees were shot at two years old. Although, while it did help immensely to leave Europe, and maybe even more SoCal, even with the low humidity here they're not exactly fully functional.
  154. T

    Neighbor's cattle in yard

    If driving a ways on a regular road, I'd take the HMMH over the M936 in a heartbeat. And not just to save on fuel. The HMMH is like sportscar compared to the SEE.
  155. T

    Neighbor's cattle in yard

    I found it odd that on such a basic machine you can actually adjust the angle of the bottom seat cushion. And I sure didn't get mine to drive down the road with.
  156. T

    Neighbor's cattle in yard

    Oh, at the time (about two years ago) I had five of them, including a museum quality spare HMMH. Not exactly a fleet. Anyway, while they sure have their quirks, to be able to pick them up with very low hours (often under 100) and most also refurbished, for $5K to $15K made it easy to overlook a...
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    Neighbor's cattle in yard

    They're Unimog FLU 419s. From left to right, a SEE (loader/backhoe) but with the dozer blade from the HME (dozer/trencher) installed. Next is also a SEE, but on that one I installed a 12-inch backhoe bucket. They're Case 580 backhoes, by the way. Last is an HMMH (forklift/crane). Very useful.
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    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    Well, I wouldn't want to store a car on a 2-post, even if it's old enough to have stout frame.
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    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    They're good for lots of things, and much quicker to use. If 2-posts were the ultimate lift I wouldn't have added a 4-post later, and use it far more often.
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    Neighbor's cattle in yard

    It is. And I get reminded every time I see the front of the trailer. Which is one reason I parked it out of sight later.
  161. T

    Neighbor's cattle in yard

    How I got a dent in the new toy hauler.
  162. T

    2 post or 4 post vehicle lift ideas

    Have a 2-post in the garage and a cheapy 4-post outside (by choice). I use the 4-post about five to one. It's just so much quicker and easier for most things - oil changes and such. Setting the arms on the 2-post just right (after consulting the book for the lifting points for specific...
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    connecting front loader with quick hitch when you cannot see the equipment

    Almost forgot (that's how often I use it) but on the little BX25 I have to perform a bit of a balancing act when moving it a short distance, which with the tiny backhoe is often. On that one the seat isn't exactly quick and easy to turn around, so I leave it facing backwards, then push down on...
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    connecting front loader with quick hitch when you cannot see the equipment

    I'd think it'd be much simpler to put a toggle or rocker switch under or near the seat. Yes, you'd have to remember to turn it on and off, but that can't be too hard.
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    My Steering Wheel does not stay centered

    In my experience, the reason the front wheels return to center on their own is because of the caster. It works whether the steering is manual, power assist, power, or not connected at all. It even works on bicycles, motorcycles, and such.
  166. T

    How to back up a pivoting axle trailer

    I'd try, too. Even if it has already been posted that it's impossible.
  167. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    For some reason, so does my unmodified 3500 C&C. Then again, so far I haven't exceeded 25K trailer weight (by much) or on many grades over 12%.
  168. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    No, cops and other authorities don't care about anything but Rams. Which kinda makes sense. They concentrate on the ones that actually run.
  169. T

    Snowblower 3point Snowblower

    That's when I bought my 6040, and have a front dozer/snow blade on it and a heavy duty rear blade. Still, I wouldn't want to be without the snowblower on the skid steer.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    There's no front axle to replace on GMs since '88. They went to IFS (unless including the Blazer, Suburban, and Crew Cab, which had real axles up to '91). Yes, the tail shaft generally has to be replaced when adding a transfer case, and new/modified driveshafts will be needed. But like many...
  171. T

    Need a grapple for my tractor... help me spend some money. :)

    Things have settled down considerably there since I left.
  172. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    Those are easy enough to convert as I recall.
  173. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    I'd sometimes wash/clean my first car twice in a day. And with that one I wanted the visible portion to be clean, too. Thankfully it was a small car.
  174. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    Thanks, oldrustysteel. I like keeping the undercarriage clean since those are the parts that actually count. I hate working on dirty stuff.
  175. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    Magnesium chloride is just plain evil. When I have to drive though it I always cleanse the bottom side. The top has only been washed once since '17.
  176. T

    How to back up a pivoting axle trailer

    Yeah. And outlaw doubles while we're at it, since they can't possibly be backed up.
  177. T

    Need a grapple for my tractor... help me spend some money. :)

    Fair enough. I look at it more like a bucket or blade and want things at least as wide as the tractor. Then again, I don't stray into the trees all that often.
  178. T

    Truck winches

    I got a cheap generic one from Amazon. Seems to work just fine.
  179. T

    Truck winches

    Nice. They claim that the later synthetic rope is better at resisting UV, but I'd still keep it covered. Just in case.
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    Attaching Winch to Front of Tractor?

    No, there's no PTO capability on that particular model. It's used up by a pump for the rear hydraulics, which power the backhoe. So I went with an electric 18K ComeUp. One big advantage is that it can be operated remotely, so I can be in stuck vehicle while winching.
  181. T

    3/4” or 1” cordless impacts

    Are you primarily working on Suzuki Samurais?
  182. T

    What do you drive for a truck?

    What I drive most often. What I put the most miles on.
  183. T

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I can relate to that. Drove a K5 Blazer with covered side and rear windows in Los Angeles traffic for about 10 years. And a Peterbilt with a sleeper, so also no side visibility except for the door windows. These days, a 2-door Jeep JK with no side windows in the soft top. What makes that one a...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Before that one time, you had to order the large rear window to get close to 360 degrees. For seeing what's coming up behind me on the right, I use the (now standard) right side mirror. Although, mostly driving on 2-lane roads it's not an issue. And on multi lane roads I'd be quite...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I was about to write that people weren't on their phone while driving, or backing up, but figured I'd be nice. For a change.
  186. T

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Cars, and pickups, used to come with only one door mirror...and no cameras. Yet people managed to back them up.
  187. T

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    You mean like the two perfectly good door mirrors?
  188. T

    Tilt trailer

    This 32-foot hydraulic dovetail will be for sale in about two months, when the ordered 35' is built. Overkill for many perhaps, but the air suspension and disc brakes are very nice to have.
  189. T

    What is the oddest machine you have worked on or operated

    There were quite a few attachments available for early Jeeps. Unfortunately they seem to have gone extinct, and the few remaining ones are pricey.
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    Attaching Winch to Front of Tractor?

    I used a small Warn to raise and lower the rear blade on a home built tractor, and once a year or so the built in in/out switch would call it quits. Far from what that 3500 was supposed to do, but I think that other than having to rebuild the brake once, it kept on working. Of course, it's old...
  191. T

    Welding a Reese tube to a box blade

    Yeah, depends on how precise I want the result to be. Generally both are only used together for ripping and rough grading. Basically I set the side angle to what it should be with the hydraulic side link, then adjust the first one with the 3-point and hydraulic top link. That leaves the second...
  192. T

    connecting front loader with quick hitch when you cannot see the equipment

    Hmm. The L3800 allows me to get off the seat with the mower still running. No questions asked. If I do it with the M6040 it beeps for maybe 10 seconds. That's it. Should the mower stop running when in Reverse I'd be miffed. Then fix it.
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    Welding a Reese tube to a box blade

    Receivers on box blades can be handy for more than light trailers. Running the rippers all the way down on both of these saves a fair amount of time, and it doesn't hurt that the little 7-footer in the back has its rippers right between the ones on the 8'. Same with just spreading/leveling...
  194. T

    Radial vs Bias ply on a compact tractor?

    I can certainly see that since a radial behaves a lot like a tracked vehicle, able to put down a longer footprint without any distortion. Which can work for or against you depending on the surface.
  195. T

    Radial vs Bias ply on a compact tractor?

    In the tread area a radial would normally have the edge in puncture resistance, but that's usually traded off with weaker sidewalls. Unless tractor radials are more like commercial truck tires and have steel from bead to bead. I put bias tires on everything I can, which means anything that...
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    Welding a Reese tube to a box blade

    I have receivers added to box blades and regular blades. But I flush mount them on box blades.
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    Radial vs Bias ply on a compact tractor?

    My experience in dirt, on rocks, any uneven terrain, with LT tires is the opposite. A bias ply generally has superior conformability and will "envelope" lumps and bumps that the radial belts resist. A fair amount of tire testing proved it. A radial's softer sidewalls certainly helps the ride...
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