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    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    If you have the right soil, and the right weather, it can be that easy.
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    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    I like to water in a rooting hormone, when I transplant anything. They make a big difference. Rooting hormone can also be used to revive unhealthy plants, like flowers in late summer. If you have a bulb auger for your drill, bore holes in the ground about 6' deep, about 18" apart, at the...
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    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    In case you don't have a lot of experience with evergreens, you want to break up the soil all around where you are planting it. Even better, make a small mound there. And, don't let it completely dry out, for the first year. (y)
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    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    Wow. I'm going to consider not even putting the plow on this fall. It may come down to a coin toss.
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    Favorite diesel can?

    This is my favorite.
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    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    Good luck to you guys with that, hope it's not as bad as they expect.
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    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    Doesn't matter what the calendar says, if the grass is high, and you have inches of rain in the forecast with already soft ground, if you're smart, you need to look at mowing. If for no other reason, it dries out faster when the grass is short. My neighbor tried waiting it out one spring, It...
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    Back-Country Aviation

    The rules are almost always there to help keep everyone safe. Everyone sometimes does something that's not 100% by the book. Either knowingly, or unknowingly. The sad part is, the more experienced pilots seem to often be the ones who set the worst examples of ignoring the regulations. Which...
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    Back-Country Aviation

    Meanwhile, we have dusters here, that commute long distances at 200' agl, over populated areas. And, enter the pattern to land even lower completely unannounced, fouling up traffic. And, the FAA doesn't act.
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    Bolt-on Plastic Edge for FEL?

    My father always used a treated 2x4. Plenty of depth to countersink the bolts. No, it doesn't wear right out. The snow, greatly reduces the friction. He always got multiple seasons out of a board.
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    Really, really dumb question about difference between off road and on road diesel fuel.

    Yes, the underlying fuel is the same basic product, whether it's "on" or "off" road fuel. But, there are additives that the end seller adds or doesn't add, which can make a difference. I am fortunate to be relatively close to an independent supplier that most of the farmers use around here for...
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    Clearing weeds in driveway

    Ortho ground clear, or Roundup 365 are probably your safest bets. There are commercial per-emergent weed killers, like Diuron, which are extremely effective. But, you will not have application instructions that will be of much help to you, for small applications. And, you do NOT want to over...
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    Kubota M5660SUHD caught on fire (60hrs)!

    You will have to prove that Kabota is responsible, to get awarded money in court. That may seem simple, and obvious to some. But, it is not. It's also expensive, and there are no guarantees. The fact that they haven't accepted responsibility, strongly suggests they don't see a path for you...
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    New TV. Purchase and delivery, Who to buy from ??

    That's the world we live in. Lots of people who don't give a flip, and businesses who can't find people to fill their job openings. Even Chic-fil-A, who probably does a better job at customer service, that anyone, can't do it 100% of the time.
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    New TV. Purchase and delivery, Who to buy from ??

    The same way an ipad becomes obsolete. Yes, the operating system can and will be updated, for a period of time. Most of these updates won't mean much, as far as the Tv is concerned. They often are done to try and get you interested in watching things they have a vested interest in, or to add...
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    New TV. Purchase and delivery, Who to buy from ??

    Hard to beat Best Buy. They also usually have the most knowledgeable sales staff, at least in my area. When I bought the big dollar TV in my man cave, the guy I dealt with asked me a lot of questions, and gave me all the answers. Showed me models, I wasn't even considering. Including the...
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    Massey/Agco vs aftermarket replacement hydraulic hoses and replacement interval

    That appears to be a 4 braid. Some real heavy duty stuff.
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    Massey/Agco vs aftermarket replacement hydraulic hoses and replacement interval

    That's a pretty safe bet. It would be a bad idea anyway, since the factory hoses are lighter duty, than most shops even stock.
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    What are the signs of rototilling when it's too wet?

    When I till the first time in a season, if it's too wet, I get a lot of clumps that are really hard to break up later. I put drain tile in my garden about 5 years ago. Wish I had done it sooner. I can till much earlier in the spring, and the soil warms up much earlier, so I can get the corn in...
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    Massey/Agco vs aftermarket replacement hydraulic hoses and replacement interval

    It depends on how critical your tractor is to your operation. My GC is 18 years old, and it's only had one hose replaced when it was new, under warranty. If I had to stop using it, and have a hose made, it's not a real big deal. The original hoses are of a low quality single braid. And, any...
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    Tiller for GC

    Size is going to depend a lot on soil conditions. When in doubt, I would go smaller.
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    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    Sadly, we are supposed to have one more day of winter, on Thursday. It's only going to get up to 37F. I grew leaf lettuce in my hot box, all winter again this year.
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    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    I don't want everyone coming here, but man is it nice. 70F yesterday, and today. Outside, in a T shirt, in February? Yeah, global warming really sucks!!!
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    Massey Ferguson GC 2300 bent steering box brackets :(

    Please give the info, for the parts you used. I'm sure it will be helpful to many. Hope your redesign works out.
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    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    Keep in mind, running an engine for short periods of time in the winter, can lead to higher levels of moisture in your crankcase, due to condensation during cool down. It's best if you try to only start it in the winter, when you are going to run it long enough to evaporate all the previous...
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    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    Can't leave mine up, it's an eyesore. I also have the heavy wood stuff. If I use the plastic, the drunken snow mobile'rs will ride right through it, even though I leave them 20' to get through. I've been wondering if any of them were dumb enough to take a run at the wood snow fence. It's been...
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    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    My tractor hasn't been started, since I put the plow on it last October. We got 4" once. I don't plow the first 4" to keep from moving the gravel. That snow melted in two days. Last night, we got 2". Also expected to melt soon. Would rather not put up all that snow fence, and put the plow...
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    Roof Ridge/Cap Wind Driven Leak

    The windward side of my shingled barn roof gets occasional drips on some nails, from wind driven rain. When water is in there and freezes, it expands and that makes leaks progressively worse over time. Replacing a roof is expensive enough, without having to do it prematurely.
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    Paint for vintage tractors & implements

    Ancient technology. Now, you can buy entry level single stage urethane that's about 100 times better, for a little more money. Doesn't lift when you get back into it, sprays better, covers better, sets up to get out of dirt faster, dries faster, dries harder, holds gloss better, and doesn't...
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    Massey Ferguson GC 2300 bent steering box brackets :(

    The link is an old "Wacky" thread. It's been a real long time since we have heard from him.
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    Massey Ferguson GC 2300 bent steering box brackets :(

    I haven't looked at it hard. But, I can speculate that the wheel being turned hard over, and bumping, or side swiping a log, a rock, or a tree stump could be putting heavy forces on those brackets. Especially, when you consider what a full loader bucket, and whatever other weight is involved...
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    Car - what if engine suddenly quits

    Having worked all my life in the auto repair business, I have lots of experience driving dead, or partially dead vehicles into the shop. If they don't run, usually they are pushed by hand, sometimes by another vehicle. Vehicles are all designed to be controllable, when the engine fails while...
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    Massey Ferguson GC 2300 bent steering box brackets :(

    Sorry guys, I know some of you don't like hearing this, but these are NOT heavy duty tractors. Don't get mad at me. I'm just the messenger. These were built well, for the price point they were intended originally. Yes, the price has gotten stupid since then, so has the cost of everything...
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    Question on vehicles timing belt

    Changing a timing belt is not usually high degree of expertise repair. It just not usually a lot of fun. If you don't have enough experience, and enough tools, it can be challenging. Some fasteners are difficult to get to, especially if you don't have a lift. You may benefit greatly from...
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    Help Bending Metal Back

    I have straightened a lot of automotive frames. I'm speculating it's out of square, based on what I think I see. To correct that, you would need to figure out how to hold the parts you don't want to move, and push or pull the parts you want to move, back to where you want them. This concept...
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    Paint storage -how cold is too cold?

    Some chemicals can develop pressure under the right conditions, and can break the seal. if it's upside down, it's a mess. Especially, if its something really sticky. I run 1" wide aluminum foil tape around the top, and press it down firmly, sealing the lid. Aluminum foil tape comes in 1" wide...
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    Paint storage -how cold is too cold?

    Incandescent traffic signal, and rough service trouble light bulbs have heavier filaments. Makes them inefficient at making light, but good for longevity. Neither are easy to get anymore. I have a back up heater in my outdoor closet. Another bulb, on a photo eye. It will come on if the first...
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    Paint storage -how cold is too cold?

    Consider building an insulated closet, out in your shop or garage. I have the space under the second floor steps enclosed, insulated, and I installed an exterior door on it. The water line enters this space, and my air compressor is also in there. So, they should be heated anyway. That...
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    Talk about quality control!

    Roll out sensors don't normally just fail for no reason. Usually, it's because they got over heated. You may simply be able to reset it, and it will work again. Other times, they get fired. If you have a high efficiency condensing furnace things can be complicated. It could be the intake, the...
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    My Steering Wheel does not stay centered

    As stated, there is no mechanical connection, (steering shaft), between the steering wheel, and the front wheels. There are only some hoses connecting them, which move the hydraulic oil from the steering wheel controller valve to the steering ram on the front wheels. This often results in the...
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    Won’t start

    We have had issues with ignition switches on the sub compacts. I don't know if your series has the same problems. While looking for problems, I would look at the switch to see if any wires have broken off of it. Or, if there is any corrosion at the connector. They can also have internal...
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    Weld table, what tools are your favorite?

    Simple gun holder. Don't over think it.
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    GC1723 50 hour Maintenance Questions

    It's 2024. Cheap oil, is kind of cheap. Good oil, is NOT cheap. 5 gallons of good hydraulic oil, is now $200. The hydraulic filters on these are $50, and there are still no cheap engine oil filters, that are officially listed for these. So, it's well over $300 to do oil and filters on a...
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    Pull type Hybrid snowblowers ?

    Nice. An obvious improvement over looking backwards. No way am I ever again blowing snow, without a cab. I'll stay with the loader mounted plow.
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    Buying local

    As far as service goes, I bought my Kia from a Buick dealer. They serviced it, including replacing the brakes, before they put it on the lot. It's done all the time. If you want to pay their high labor rates, they don't turn down your work. Automobile dealers do generally have networks...
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    Buying local

    Of course not. You have to be a licensed dealer to buy from the manufacturer. That's the point.
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    Buying local

    I'll try this again, no matter how loyal you are to your dealer, How great a guy you think he is, when they decide to switch brands, you get the shaft. You don't get parts, and you don't get warranty service any more. The two most important things, after the sale. And, you should be considering...
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    Buying local

    Do they sell factory parts for tractors they don't sell?
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    Buying local

    So, you're saying when they were a JD dealer, they helped you with your JD tractor. And when they switched to being a MF dealer, they helped you with your MF tractor? Dealers do actually do that. It seems as though you missed my point entirely.
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    Buying local

    Yeah, that works out great until your dealer, switches brands, or goes out of business. Mine was 10 minutes away, and had been in business forever. One day several years later, I got,"Sorry we don't sell MF anymore". The loyalty has to go both ways. And, it's business so it doesn't .
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    GC1725 leave before backhoe on with snowblower or remove

    This is why I like my loader mounted plow. Snow pile too high? No problem. I could knock the snow off my roof. lol.
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    T post removal

    I used to use a fabricated device. Mostly it's a chain wrapped around the post, and a stand the right height to pry the chain and the post out. It always worked. A couple of years ago, I decided to buy an actual "T post puller". It's faster, and easy to use. Search Amazon, or E-bay for...
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    Fed Ex - A Lazy Bunch

    I have a request on file to leave packages in the drop box by the front door, to deter theft, and keep things from blowing away. USPS- 100% compliance. They put anything that will fit, into the box as requested. Amazon- 80% compliance. And, even when they don't, they usually at least leave the...
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    MF GC 1715 Front Axle Seal Replace

    Yes, an EP rated synthetic gear oil gives the highest level of protection on hypoid gears. Some of us run 80w-90 gear oil, in the front diff. It does appear to be overkill though in this application. There are lots of people running the hydraulic transmission oil in there, (which is technically...
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    MF GC 1715 Front Axle Seal Replace

    I know, that's why I asked. There isn't a substantial difference between the hydraulic oil viscosity, and 85w or 90w gear oil viscosity, at normal temperatures. That's why it doesn't "fix" the leak, no matter how many times people try it. Most hydraulic transmission oils are around a 30w. The...
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    MF GC 1715 Front Axle Seal Replace

    What did you put in?
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    What happened to Massey Ferguson?

    At least around here, the MF dealer has changed multiple times since I bought mine. Each time, it has moved further and further away. The original dealer, minutes away, was a MF dealer for a very long time. Each time the dealer changes, no one will say who dumped who. It's clear though...
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    Finally painting backhoe

    That's fine, I have no idea how far you are planning to go with it. You were asking about chemically treating the metal, so it was a natural assumption you were looking for advice, was just trying to help. I never suggested taking it all down to bare metal. When I said "metal surface" I meant...
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    Finally painting backhoe

    I don't understand the question. Why does that make a difference? If you want to do the best job possible, you prep any metal surface until it's as clean as possible, before you paint it. If there is pitting, there are lots of different ways to deal with it. Some are better than others, as far...
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    Finally painting backhoe

    Yes, I've used it in the body shop. I do not like it. Lots of prep work, as a result of the powdery residue it will leave in places that are hard to get into, when you try to remove it. Using a product that makes more work, was always counter intuitive to me. I would clean the metal and use...
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    Wire inventory?

    Not all machines weld the same. Some machines weld better than others. And some, work better on thin metal than thicker. My dads Century 200 is a great example. I know of three of them, and no one that uses those machines likes the way they weld sheet metal.
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    Wire inventory?

    I love .030 wire, it's all I use. I can do anything I want with it. It's just heavy enough to be able to penetrate some heaver stuff. Yet, still do a nice job on sheet metal. But, I don't have the power to run .040 wire anyway. And, my limited experience with 200+ amp welders has been, that...
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    GC1725 leave before backhoe on with snowblower or remove

    I'm late to this party. I can't speak for a blower, but if leave the backhoe on for ballast with my plow, it's unstoppable. As Irving said, it has a lot to do with your terrain. My land is essentially flat. Going up hill, you do not want a lot of weight in the back.
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    GC1723 50 hour Maintenance Questions

    Hi John, Currently, I would use the Rotella T6, synthetic oil, 15W-40 in the engine, (it's a bargain, and really a good trusted name), OEM, NAPA or WIX, (both are the same), oil filter. (Those are the only filters that are actually spec'd for that engine). The AGCO Permatran 821XL transmission...
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    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    I certainly lucked out on mine. My problems are not usually that simple.
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    Using Rotella T6 in UTV

    I Don't know how many UTV engines are air cooled, I'm guessing they are generally water cooled? Air cooled engines in most yard equipment run at about 100F hotter than water cooled automotive engines. So, they are better protected by an oil designed for operating at those higher temperatures...
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    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    I found a broken wire internal connection, when my Generac portable did the same. I have a gas fireplace as a back up heat source, it can heat the house sufficiently when there is no power, or something breaks down. That came in real handy, back when I had a crappy Carrier furnace.
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    omaha Steaks

    I second buying local. I found out last year, I had a farmer only 15-20 minutes away that raises their own beef and sells it right on the property. They mostly sell 1/2's and 1/4's, but, they do generally have steaks, ground beef, and lots of other things for sale. The steaks are nearly...
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    Zero turn lighting

    I'm thinking, you would be better off with a light strapped to your head, than having lights mounted as low as your feet on a ZT.
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    mini welding table

    I made this rig pretty fast, and I am very happy with it. It's a sold vice stand, that also holds a welding table. I have some smaller clamp on vices to use on the welding table as needed. I also added some steel casters to lean it back on, so I can move it around easier. And, it takes up...
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    Modification to reduce gravel ingestion on SnowBlower

    This is why I live where it's flat. 😁
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    Snowblower and crushed rock driveway

    Think about how it would affect a narrow, sharp edge, vs. a rounded one. There is no good reason to have a pipe, it if you have concrete, which wears it the fastest. On gravel, or even asphalt, it's going to last. Mine has been on there since 2007.
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    Wife got in an accident today - Need Advice

    This can also be a problem, because shops generally have to give discounts, and make concessions to the insurance company, to have work sent there. Do you want a shop to be working for your best interest, or the insurance companies best interest? Because there is a clear conflict of interest...
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    Snowblower and crushed rock driveway

    Attach tabs to a steel pipe, and bolt it on. (No need to slit it). You can even bolt it on the back side, if you have clearance issues. As long as it hangs down, it will work. Easy peazy, and permanent.
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    GC1705 block heater question

    This is clearly, not a high end version, but it's certainly not a cost problem: Amazon.com The high end ones are getting a little pricey, but I have some of these cheap ones on my satellite dish, and they seem to work fine.
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    GC1705 block heater question

    I can feel a difference in the temperature of the housing when it has been running a couple of days. It's warm on the bottom, and you can feel it is warmer than the unheated areas, as you move your hand up. If the bottom is warm, it's only going to warm the rest. You could do some testing...
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    GC1705 block heater question

    I am much more concerned about heating the 4.5 gallons of hydraulic fluid. The extended warm up times in the manual suggest that's a much bigger concern. I have a silicone pad heater on the bottom of the transmission. If a big storm is forecast, I plug in the heater a couple of days ahead...
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    GC1705 block heater question

    How "easy" it starts has much to do with technique, and things like fuel quality, battery condition, and glow plug condition. If it needs help starting easily at 40F, there is likely a deficiency somewhere. As I have said, mine starts right up, even in single digit temperatures.
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    GC1705 block heater question

    Those heaters are not designed for continuous use. If it never gets below 40F, I wouldn't even worry about it. It should start fine without it. When it's cold, you may find you need to open the throttle a little, (usually 1/8 to 1/4), before you crank it to compensate for the thicker air.
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    Plastic welding?

    I was only going by the photo of the stapler you posed. I have not seen the kit you are referring to. By the time you do what you are suggesting, you could just use the screen with the iron, instead of the staples, and have a much better weld. Good luck.
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    Plastic welding?

    It will join the two halves of the lid together. But, it won't seal the crack up so no water can get through. There is no way to melt the plastic to put in screen with the stapler. It only heats up the staples, and you try and push them in to the center of the plastic. You then have to cut...
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    Plastic welding?

    I have used both the "stapler", and the soldering iron type extensively. (https://a.co/d/gNQ0SOc). I never use the stapler any more. It's fast, but very crude, and not as reliable a repair. Once you develop a technique to the soldering iron type unit, you can make repairs that were all but...
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    Remove Latex Paint From Clothing

    Many years ago, I used to be able to get a hand cleaner called Cupran "New", it was an incredible laundry stain remover. It would remove even dried automotive paints. It's incredibly expensive now, if you can even find it. The best practical way to remove dried latex paint is with...
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    Hearing aid question

    I had a friend that liked the Bluetooth option for watching tv. He would put one hearing aid on the tv, and leave the other to hear the family. Made it so he didn't have to have the tv real loud, which made the family happy.
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    Modification to reduce gravel ingestion on SnowBlower

    I can definitely plow my driveway a faster than I can blow it. But, it certainly depends on what equipment you have, and how much snow you get. If I had a paved driveway and was inclined to use a blower, I would definitely want an enclosed cab. And, that's not practical for me with the amount...
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    Modification to reduce gravel ingestion on SnowBlower

    The only good way to keep from moving gravel, is like jfsawatzky said, pack down some snow. I plow 325' of gravel driveway, and move less than a 5 gallon bucket of gravel all season. A snow blower is definitely the wrong tool for clearing snow on gravel.
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    How do you do roof work?

    The Cougar Paws have replaceable synthetic soles. Harnesses are always a good idea. But the reality is, a lot of guy don't use them on a single story, or small jobs. Around here at least, if you own the company, you can choose to not use a safety harness. Workers however, are still required to...
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    How do you do roof work?

    Cougar paws roof shoes, make it pretty easy to walk on even fairly steep pitches. I can walk comfortably on roofs when I have them on, even though my ankles don't really appreciate it. They have gone up tremendously in price in the last year, so they are a bit costly to buy new, but you can...
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    Changing Glow Plugs 2010 GC2400

    I wrapped a piece of old hose over the radiator hose where it hits the air box.
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    Homemade wooden snowplow - thoughts?

    I fabricated my FEL plow from steel, on a low budget. There are lots of plows, and parts out there used. Unfortunately, now is obviously the worst time to get one cheap.
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    Roll air compressor

    Though the chance is relatively low, older air compressors are all potential bombs due to tank corrosion from condensate. Especially in portable units, because the also are sometimes subjected to shock during loading, unloading, and transporting. If you are lucky, the failure will appear in...
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    Massey GC vs. Kubota BX Loader Lift Test

    Just on appearance alone, the MF wins, for not being that ugly orange color. 😁
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    Anyone have a clean way to drain the antifreeze out of a GC engine block?

    It's a sub compact tractor. There simply isn't the room to do things the way we would like. Compromises are required. There are also budget constraints on these. If they did it all the best way possible, it would be a lot more expensive. Pulling the radiator hose is a little messy, but it...
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    Anyone have a clean way to drain the antifreeze out of a GC engine block?

    It's like changing the hydraulic oil, you can not remove all of it easily. Pull the lower radiator hose, and that will get most of it. What little is left in the block is still good anyway after only a year, and will be diluted by the new antifreeze. The annual coolant replacement...
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    Snow plow ? Beginner

    I honestly wasn't expecting there to be many commercially made loader plows. Around here, I all I see are pusher boxes when I see commercial snow removal equipment. Since they were originally pretty much all truck plows, adapted to use with a loader it was already designed to be lifted by a...
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    Snow plow ? Beginner

    I'll guess then, there was some slop built in it. 2-3" of slop on the ends, will work to give you rotation on the center axis, meaning the right, or left side can raise or lower some. But, it's perhaps not enough to give you the straight up, or down movement you need for you terrain. Sorry...
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    Snow plow ? Beginner

    Your plow appears to have no ability to "float"? Most heavy loader plows are hinged, and hung from a chain, so it can move up if the terrain requires it to do so. I designed mine in a way that the chain was not necessary, it can still float up as it needs to. Without the ability to float...
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    Is 4 year old diesel fuel any good?

    The quality of diesel fuel varies dramatically. The fuel I buy, I would not worry. (Premium product from a local trusted agricultural supplier). The fuel from the average gas station, I would worry. I had someone once wanting me to fly his airplane, with 65 gallons of 5+ year old fuel in it. 👎
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    Lifting a 85" TV over Fireplace

    If you think the drywall lift is practical, it can easily handle it. Some things to consider- It's going to load on the lift screen side down. So, you have to have something the size of the screen to cover that area. Putting any weight on the screen is an obvious bad idea. A drywall lift...
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    No MPH Display

    I don't even have a tach on my 2310 v. 1.0. And, it's very happy. I'm happy, to not have the tach cable freezing in the winter either.
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    What did I do wrong drilling these holes?

    I can get a lot more life out of the bits that way. As soon as you start pushing hard, it starts requiring more and more force as you go, then they don't cut anymore. That's why I cringe when someone grabs my drill bits. I know whats going to happen.
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    What did I do wrong drilling these holes?

    I have been using the Mibro cobalt drill bits for TSC, and they seem to be really good for the money. Use oil, go slow, and do not press harder than you need to, to keep it cutting.
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    MF GC 2300 mower deck [2325]mower spindle brgs

    Nothing can compare to Gator Mulch G6 blades. You have to have enough power to run them. But the thinner G5's are there if it doesn't. It is a shame they can't be used on these.
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    MF GC 2300 mower deck [2325]mower spindle brgs

    They are know as "proprietary" parts. There is only one reason for making them "unique", when there are many versions already in the system, they could chose.
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    MF GC 2300 mower deck [2325]mower spindle brgs

    Critically important point. You can get a poor quality version of just about any bearing. Unfortunately, it's often all but impossible to tell.
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    MF GC 2300 mower deck [2325]mower spindle brgs

    I would expect an assembly to be well beyond $300 each then, if they existed. So, perhaps they did you a favor selling it in pieces? Think of it as you're saving maybe $500.
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    MF GC 2300 mower deck [2325]mower spindle brgs

    Hustler makes spindles that don't wear out, even under heavy commercial use. And, they are not even greaseable. Sadly, others haven't tried to do that.
  108. R

    GC1723 50 hour Maintenance Questions

    Mine is due, and it's clean and clear, so I'm not changing it. I'll replace the way over priced filter though. I see there are a bunch of Chinese hydraulic filters now. No thanks.
  109. R

    GC1723 50 hour Maintenance Questions

    That's for the GC1725?
  110. R

    GC1723 50 hour Maintenance Questions

    It's probably the same as mine, transmission is 200hrs. The 50hr is only to clean up the mess they left behind when they assembled it. If they would just clean things properly, before they assemble it, it's unnecessary. That's why some manufacturers are eliminating it. Waste of money, waste...
  111. R

    Chain Float Snow Plow for FEL

    The casters actually work great. I can set the blade height anywhere from all the way down, to 4" above the ground, with the bucket tilt cylinders. I plow over 300' of gravel driveway. And, I move less than a 5 gallon pail of gravel off the driveway, each winter. Ideally, with gravel, you...
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    Is a fully discharged battery now junk?

    Whether or not a wet cell battery will recover from being fully discharged, depends on a number of factors. If the battery isn't already weak and near the end of it's useful life, you can usually get them to take a charge, and return it to service. If it won't take a charge, you can sometimes...
  113. R

    GC1723 50 hour Maintenance Questions

    Are they STILL calling for a 50 hour change on the hydraulic fluid? I thought someone said, they were finally following other makers and getting away from that.
  114. R

    GC Series Filters, OEM And Aftermarket Part Numbers

    There is a Baldwin filter out there that people are using too. Probably the same kind of thing. I'm surprised aftermarket filter companies need a bigger market than we could give them, to make filters for us. If you're set up to make filters, it's doesn't seem as though it would be a big...
  115. R

    Pole Barns Basics - what to do, what to avoid

    Barns are often done on a low budget, or by low skill labor, which can leave them lacking structure. If you post some clear photos of the overall construction, and any areas of concern, I'm sure you can get an accurate assessment from the members.
  116. R

    GC1723 50 hour Maintenance Questions

    Because someone believes something, doesn't make it a "fact". That's an opinion. State all the "facts" you like. When you do it with a quote, it's directed at the person you quoted.
  117. R

    County Noise Ordinances?

    I believe in being considerate of other people. I wish more people did also. I make an effort to avoid making noise if possible, during what most reasonable people consider quiet times. Or, when I see some people are having a get together. Most people here, refrain from making noise on...
  118. R

    GC Series Filters, OEM And Aftermarket Part Numbers

    I'm not certain this is breaking news. But, Baldwin has listed the B7356 oil filter as GC compatible. As well as a long list of other tractors that use this that filter. You have to use the "lawn and garden equipment", category in the filter look up, to find the listings. Here is another...
  119. R

    GC1723 50 hour Maintenance Questions

    Aside from people saying it's over priced, neither I, nor anyone ever else has ever said, there is anything wrong with the AGCO filter. Not everyone has a dealer near by, they can just pick one up at. We are simply exploring other more accessible, and equitable options.
  120. R

    GC1723 50 hour Maintenance Questions

    I have run the NAPA/Wix filters and the Fram. They all seem to fit, and seemed to work fine. I asked Fram to see if they would look at supplying us with a filter. They told me, they will not consider making one for us. But, if they can find one in their line, that meets all their spec's for...
  121. R

    Crossed cables while trying to jump start.

    As stated, it's very common for there to be a fusable link or a large fuse, that will blow in this circumstance. They are not always easy to find. Without that protection, you can get a nice electrical fire going, pretty fast.
  122. R

    Fogger & insect control help

    +1 on the fogger like Dodge man has. If you make a very large fog circle around where you are, the bugs didn't seem to be able to find you. It does have to be repeated about every 15 minutes, on a calm summer night. Thankfully, where I live right now, I can be outside and other than an...
  123. R

    Thoughts on towing this with what we currently have

    Being in the GVWR, and loading properly are not the only factors to consider in safely towing something. When you are towing a very large trailer, if your truck doesn't weigh enough, it may not be able to resist all the forces cross winds, and turbulence can put on your trailer. A one ton...
  124. R

    oil decision

    Sorry, but for those of us who use this forum regularly, we do know who we are. There are a substantial number of GC owners involved in this forum. We regularly discuss maintenance, and how we perform it. And, also we discuss mechanical issues, to keep each other informed on problems, and how...
  125. R

    Overhead Door Openers

    I have seen belt drive overhead openers that made less noise than the door it's self.
  126. R

    Overhead Door Openers

    If you have a really high ceiling, you may want to go with the jack shaft opener. If you have a real low ceiling, or, you have high lift track on the door, (where it runs up the wall), then, you usually have to go with the jack shaft opener. Otherwise, the only thing you really gain with the...
  127. R

    oil decision

    Developing a new technology is the hard part. Once it's developed, it's not generally impossible to backwards engineer it, and make a version of your own that does the same thing. It's done every day, in the chemical, and drug industry. And, when a company does come up with a break through...
  128. R

    oil decision

    A lot of people like additives. My feeling on additives generally is: If an additive is a great idea, why didn't the oil manufacturer put it in their oil? They have worked really hard the last 15 years, and have really improved motor oil dramatically. In my experience, engines that developed...
  129. R

    GC2310 Steering gear: Using Kubota parts to replace unavailable MF parts

    Thanks for posting. I hope it never comes to that. 😁
  130. R

    oil decision

    +1 I would also add, that the majority of us are running multi-viscosity oils, and have been for some time. There have been no reported issues. Rotella also does make a straight 30W oil, (for now), for those who are insistent on following the outdated manual.
  131. R

    oil decision

    +1 On don't over think it. As long as you use a good diesel specific oil, you will have zero problems. Rotella T6 full synthetic 5W-40, is under $25 a gallon at Walmart. A good brand with a long proven track record, at a very good price.
  132. R

    20 Weight Hydraulic Oil

    Kubota Super UDT is in the 20w range.
  133. R

    Magnesium Malate

    I use a lot of this: It works well, and it's $6 at Walmart.
  134. R

    trailering your utility tractors

    It's not just about having it tied down good enough for a trip. It's also about having it anchored well enough that in the event of an accident, it doesn't get loose. Especially, if you have a trailer that doesn't have a stop at the front of it, to keep the load from coming off the front of...
  135. R

    GC 1705 in snow

    When plowing snow, weight is everything. I push a 72" loader mounted plow on my GC2310. Turf tires, gravel driveway. No chains, or loaded tires. The backhoe gives it is all the weight I need. It's almost completely unstoppable. I also live where it's flat. None of that seems to work, if you...
  136. R

    GC2300 Cooling system

    It's 1.1 Bar. Which is the standard import radiator cap. Roughly 15 psi.
  137. R

    GC2310 Hydraulics testing. Plug the transmission fittings?

    Considering the fact that parts prices are very high, and the amount of time it will take to make this a reliable machine, I don't think this is going to be worth it. You are probably much better off finding a nice used one. Which will also retain much more of the money you are investing, in...
  138. R

    GC2310 Hydraulics testing. Plug the transmission fittings?

    That may very well be the most tortured GC in the world. Very sad to see it in that condition. I would think that anyone who would do that to it, did minimal maintenance on it. If the transmission filter is painted to match the transmission housing, it's a clue that it's never been changed.
  139. R

    GC 2410 belt change help

    As I said, it's called "puffery". Every company does it. It's not considered "dishonest", to say things like, "space age materials", "new design", "high performance", "America's number 1", "durable", "heavy duty", "state of the art", "worlds best", "the last ___ you'll ever buy", "lasts...
  140. R

    GC 2410 belt change help

    Who says they can't "claim" all that? It's advertising, that's done all the time, it's called "puffery". So far, it does not seem to perform better than the versions from the 1970's. Which I am sure made the same claims. My post was based on the Steve Bird "update" video, you posted. He...
  141. R

    GC 2410 belt change help

    So, it remains to be seen for this application. But, it does seem as if it is still only a good as an emergency fix. If that's the case, they have not done much to improve them in 50 years. ☹️
  142. R

    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    Looks like a nice challenge. I would enjoy that. Yeah, laying out stairs is a pain. And, just when I get to where my head is able to deal with all the factors, I get the stairs done, and pretty much forget it all again, because I don't do it oftern enough! :p
  143. R

    GC2300 OEM Trans. Filter Skid Plate

    Yes, a long, long, time ago, Gc's were made without any filter protection. I believe the first to have problems, involved incidents with frozen snow. As people pushed the limits of the machines, they found more creative ways to break the hydraulic filters off. This prompted MF to create the...
  144. R

    GC2300 OEM Trans. Filter Skid Plate

    That's the aftermarket filter guard. I believe he has the original equipment one.
  145. R

    GC2300 OEM Trans. Filter Skid Plate

    It's pretty unlikely anyone will still have that template all these years later. Providing it is an original part, I would try contacting MF, and see if they can put you in touch with someone who can assist in that quest. That was how I was able to get the scoop on the filter shield, way back...
  146. R

    GC2300 won’t shut down

    You are correct, sir.
  147. R

    Kubota M5660SUHD caught on fire (60hrs)!

    If Kubota doesn't don't volunteer to take care of this, no matter how much it seems to everyone that this should be a warranty repair, and a simple legal case, It's not. You have to have an "expert" determine the cause, based on the actual evidence, and then, you have to be able to prove that...
  148. R

    Kubota M5660SUHD caught on fire (60hrs)!

    That's just an estimate to replace everything they could think of. It's not a serious estimate to repair it. I estimated vehicles for 30 years, any insurance company I dealt with, would have laughed, and threw that estimate away. But, the automotive side is well equipped to handle claims, and...
  149. R

    Marvel Mystery Oil

    The reason they put "Oil Daily", on tools, was because as I said, it blows right out. My first retirement job, was rebuilding pneumatic tools. I learned from a master for six years. I have rebuilt many hundreds of tools, of all different kinds. The biggest reason for buildup inside a...
  150. R

    Marvel Mystery Oil

    Perhaps. Their are products like Blaster, I will not ever use, due to the smell. But, most don't seem to find it offensive.
  151. R

    Marvel Mystery Oil

    ATF, or hydraulic oil also work well. They blow it right out, so it's more about quantity, than quality.
  152. R

    Marvel Mystery Oil

    That's the real mystery, why is there pepsin in Marvel Mystery oil? Pepsin is a digestive enzyme. Did they put it in there to make it smell good? Or, is it digesting something?
  153. R

    Marvel Mystery Oil

    A lot of aircraft owners insist on putting MM in their fuel, against FAA regulations. I know a few of them. The same FAA has also kept modern technology from being allowed to be installed. So, the equipment we are using has technology as old as MM. Which is why some will argue it makes sense. 😝
  154. R

    Marvel Mystery Oil

    Marvel Mystery oil was invented 100 years ago. I am amazed that people want to believe there is still some secret there, which in 100 years, hasn't been figured out by the 100's of competitors the oil business has during those 100 years. To give you an idea of the technology available to...
  155. R

    BX24 won’t start

    Sometimes a lever has been inadvertently moved. Moving one just a small amount can open a micro switch. causing the interlock to kill the power. Double check all levers, by moving them, and then returning them to their start positions. Don't forget the seat switch. Make sure there isn't a...
  156. R

    GC2300 won’t shut down

    Thanks for the post. Kudo's for searching for an answer, first.
  157. R

    GC 2410 belt change help

    Belt tension is critical for the life of the belt and the bearings. I would think on that type of belt, it is even more critical. You're going to want to make sure it stays in the Goldilocks zone.
  158. R

    GC 2410 belt change help

    Worst case is actually, it fails at a really bad time, and or takes out the radiator when it lets go. fortunately, we have CarlGlas stepping up, and volunteering to be a team MF test pilot. (y) I think we would all agree, that if it lasts 5 years, it's a fix? I'll go on the record saying...
  159. R

    GC 2410 belt change help

    There have been versions of adjustable belts since at least the 1970's. I have never considered them a permanent fix, but they are no doubt better today. Keep us informed on how you do with it. (y)
  160. R

    A sad day on the farm

    We're talking apples and oranges again though. I don't have a need for a 14', 16', 18', or more ceiling, and really don't want to try and heat that kind of volume, especially with the current cost of propane. I also kept my shop a size where I could air condition it, if it becomes absolutely...
  161. R

    A sad day on the farm

    Yes, an all steel building is a whole different story. Catch a car on fire in one, and the roof sheeting goes pretty fast, because there really isn't enough to stop the fire from getting to it. I prefer the wood building, if for no other reason, because I can really insulate it well. (I have...
  162. R

    A sad day on the farm

    A couple modern pole barns have burned down in my area, as the OP said, they go real fast. It would seem, that is largely because of all the exposed wood. Steel siding, the other popular interior finishing material, seems like a good idea for fire prevention, but it actually has a zero fire...
  163. R

    Show your fire extinguisher

    Fire extinguisher points of interest- (Things I have learned from experience) A fire extinguisher is only too big, if you can't run with it. Small units are only useful, if you happen to be at the point where the fire originates, when it happens. Like a fire on the stove. You can't put the...
  164. R

    Detaching hoses in the warm

    If the attachment is not connected to the the tractor, you can also take a couple of wrenches and loosen one of the couplers from the hose, to relieve any pressure.
  165. R

    Welder / Wiring for Small Garage

    I agree, the NEMA 6-50 receptacle seems to be the modern standard for welding equipment. And, in my experience, they are commonly only wired to a 30 amp circuit.
  166. R

    Battery powered chainsaw

    Already have EGO batteries, and some other tools, so I am going to eventually buy either the 16", or the 18" EGO chainsaw. Does anyone who owns one or the other, or preferably both, have an opinion on whether the 16" is adequate for occasional use, (storm clean up, etc), or should I just spend...
  167. R

    Learning how to drive with a trailer..

    This is one area that once again proves, there is no substitute for experience. Practice is the only way you are going to get good at it. If you are really green, I strongly suggest you have a knowledgeable spotter so you don't damage your trailer, or your towing vehicle. It takes a while to...
  168. R

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    The suction screen is designed to keep any debris that are in the system, at the bottom of the sump. If you haven't done any repairs, and you removed the screen for the initial fluid change, I wouldn't worry about taking it out. Yes, they can get cross threaded, and break. You would have...
  169. R

    question on going from conventional oil to synthetic on smaller engines

    Air cooled engines run like 100 degrees warmer than water cooled car engines. Lawn mower engines also need zinc, which I have been told, has been formulated out of automobile oil, for emissions purposes. For those reasons, I use either the Briggs and Stratton, or Kawasaki oil, both of which...
  170. R

    Hot dog bun rant

    The buns are made by machine, so they are always going to be within a reasonably close size. And, not all of them are sliced way off center. So, I'm not sure what's happening? Perhaps when the cutters are being changed out, the replacements are not being centered?
  171. R

    Hot dog bun rant

    I have been wondering about the hot dog buns too? 50 years ago, they had no problem slicing them. Now, they don't seem to have a clue?
  172. R

    CB85 Backhoe boom arm split

    And, they SHOULD have taken care of that OBVIOUS defect for you.
  173. R

    CB85 Backhoe boom arm split

    This dealer may very well be "first rate". However, smart companies are very good at giving you that impression. I worked with insurance companies that would make the customers feel really great, while they pressured me to behind the scenes to screw them. At least in my area, my MF dealer...
  174. R

    CB85 Backhoe boom arm split

    They can't possibly say this is abuse, once they see it. And, it's probably not the only one that was welded incorrectly, so MF may already know about the defect. The fight could be over the repair, or replace aspect. I would just stress the point that they can't re-weld the entire part, and...
  175. R

    CB85 Backhoe boom arm split

    I haven't always been a big fan of how MF handles defects. Let us know how you make out.
  176. R

    CB85 Backhoe boom arm split

    Sorry that happened. As you noted, no penetration. That's not simply a matter of not being clean enough. You get it hot enough, it's still going to melt the metal. That has most likely been broken loose to some extent during previous uses, so there has been exposed bare metal there with...
  177. R

    Draining the front axle GC1705

    It doesn't matter which you use. Both are approximately the same viscosity, light weight gear oil. That's why they are interchangeable in may applications. The difference is, the transmission fluid has some extra additives for things like your wet brakes, and anti foaming. If you want the...
  178. R

    I wouldn't even ride along on this rig.

    If you look at the trees in the background, they are not vertical in some of the shots. Stands of trees, would be mostly straight up. That means the steepness was exaggerated to some extent with the camera position, (slightly tilted), and possibly the use of a wide angle lens, which can make...
  179. R

    GC1720 CB65 Backhoe wear

    Not that I am aware of. Mine has wear on it too. I think it's unavoidable.
  180. R

    Parking brake indicator

    Nice job. I would bet all the small tractors originally had some kind of parking brake indicator on them when they were designed. Then, it was quickly eliminated due to budget constraints. My, GC2310 even got produced without a glow plug light. I did add the glow plug light, but never...
  181. R

    Massey gc2300

    Sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, you are the first to come forward with this kind of problem. So, we haven't had any experience here with that. These engines are usually very reliable. Please let us know what you find, and how you make out.
  182. R

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    Bad enough changing engine oil annually, with less than 25 hours on it. I'm not changing my hydraulic fluid anymore. Tired of taking perfectly good, clean oil out, and putting in the same at great expense.
  183. R

    Massey Ferguson GC 1710 Seat safety switch is way to sensitive and always tries to shut the engine off on bumpy ground

    This reminds me of the time a guy posted his wife wasn't heavy enough to prevent the seat switch from killing the engine, on bumpy ground. I could live with that problem. Yes, it's obvious my wife still doesn't know my TBN user name, or password, 😝 Yes, it's a safety item, and you are better...
  184. R

    Massey Ferguson nightmare

    Try sending a PM, (private message), to the OP, (original poster), Bag Man. If he still has the same contact info, he may respond.
  185. R

    GC2400 Front Drive Leak

    I wasn't looking for an argument. I thought you were having trouble understanding this, and was just trying to help.
  186. R

    GC2400 Front Drive Leak

    Enough heat that a vent is a good idea. Pinion gears create high pressures. Working hard, on a hot day there is going to be some heat.
  187. R

    GC2400 Front Drive Leak

    As the fluid heats up it's going to heat the air in there, causing it to expand, and build pressure. The axle, is not designed to handle any air pressure increase. To do so, would be costly. It's much easier to simply have a vent so the air can expand without building any pressure. If the vent...
  188. R

    Blow airbags on snowdrifts?

    I used to get customers who were in minor accidents, insisting something was wrong with the airbags because they didn't "go off". I would say, were you injured at all? They would say no. I would say, then you didn't need it, that's most likely why it didn't "go off". They are designed to...
  189. R

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    You are right about Chinese bolts irvingj. You can go to a 100 year old piece of farm equipment sitting in the woods, and often be able to turn any bolt on it. But, try to do that with anything built in the last 30 years, and it is hopeless. With the nice weather this winter, I have finally...
  190. R

    MF GC2310 TLB Issue

    Although it's possible, I don't remember anyone blowing a head gasket on one of these.
  191. R

    Joined the red club!

    Glad you at least have the problem solved. It would be great if you can offer advice in the future, on diagnosing hydraulic issues.
  192. R

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    You guys must be getting all our snow? So far this year, I think we've gotten like a total of 18". It's been great! Don't forget the silicone pad heater option for warming the transmission and oil. I plug it in about two days before a storm, and leave it plugged in as long as the threat is...
  193. R

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    In the past, I've had issues with drive shaft propelled attachments, when raising things up higher than they were designed for. At some point you are pulling on the shaft in the transmission, which can over stress the internal stops, and seals. I would suggest limiting use when it's raised all...
  194. R

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    The challenge is to learning where to put them. Most people put the fence far too close to the area they want to clear. Then, it adds snow, instead of removing it. If the winds blow as expected, I often have little or no snow in the driveway, rather than big drifts.
  195. R

    What have you done with/to your GC Series 2300, 2400, 1700 Tractor TODAY

    The forecast is for warmer temperatures every time it snows, so my tractor has only left the barn once, to knock down a drift that was too high to drive through. Snow fence has been working hard though. 😝
  196. R

    My terrible, horrible, miserable, not so very good day.

    Those slip on ice walkers work really well. I keep a pair in my vehicle at all times. Amazing traction, even when on a sheet of ice. Obviously, they are not much good when you don't know the ice is there. But, I think you'll probably like having them in the future.
  197. R

    Best Battery Replacement for the GC2410

    You really need to do a load test on it. I'm pretty sure most parts stores will do it N/C, if you don't have access to one. I like my trusty toaster style tester.
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