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  1. Semper Paratus

    You Know You Are Old When

    We didn't have street lights. The closest was 3/4 mile away by the road. Only half a mile through the woods.
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    Dixie Chopper with Generac Engine

    Well guys its been three and a half years. Unfortunately quite interesting times. Covid related stuff, retirement (don't know how I ever worked with everything I do as a volunteer) a house build (with most problems now resolved) wife's thyroid cancer and frankly some depression to go with...
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    Lefty Shooting?

    I'm a left master and strongly right handed. With a handgun no problems long guns...Houston we have a problem. Near 40 years ago I shot competitive (intramural level) skeet. I was pretty good closing one eye but by the end of the day man what a headache. One old codger heard me complaining...
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    My mom passed today.

    My prayers and sympathies to you and your family. I, like you, was blessed to be holding my mother's hand when she passed. It was hard...ten years ago in August...I still miss her, as you will your mother.
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    Pictures from a skid steer mowing contractor

    Had a couple of setters bitten by copperheads or cotton mouths. One twice, one of the bites was a left front leg, which swelled up and the skin split. A week of anti-inflammatories and 2-3 weeks of anti-biotics, and several weeks for the wound to heal. Her other bite, at a different time...
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    Backhoe bucket pin backed out one side

    Good deal. Thanks for sharing the solution.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Getting lucky means you can remember what you went to the shop for.
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    How many acres do you own?

    We own 26 acres in New Kent County VA. On a reservoir, House (under construction) lot is about 1 acre, the future orchard area is about 1/2 acre and the equipment storage/parking are is about 1/8 acre. 800' of gravel road, all of this in a cut over area. Of the remaining 20+ about half is in...
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    Oops

    Yep I've seen that before. Except it was a pickup and then the tractoro_O
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    Dad is taking the final journey

    Prayers. It is tough watching them fade. Happened with Dad in 2014 and Col. B in 2019.
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    Losing your dog....

    My 9 YO Brittany went from his normal effusive self on Tuesday morning to having to be euthanized on Thursday evening. The best assessment was that it was as a result of sepsis due to either pancreatic or spleenic cancer. Both were significantly enlarged on ultrasound and visible on Xray...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I used a wheel book and ball point or pencil until I retired (Jan 2022). I worked in the defense industry and no electronics were allowed the first 28 or 30 years. It was only in my last few years that cell phones and then cells with cameras were even allowed. Possession on company grounds...
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    Quick Sand!

    My dad stuck his pickup and then his 3910 in a seep from an underground (mostly) spring, on a hill in moderately dry weather. He apparently hit a slick spot with the truck, broke through the crust, and by the time he quit it was in up to the axles. He did the walk of shame hooked on to it with...
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    Real questions that you would like to get an answer…

    My rule of thumb is two complete reloads for what ever it is. For a .357 revolver that would be 15-21 rounds. For the 12 Ga about the same. My load out for an AR is 3x30 round mag down loaded by 1 in each mag so 87-90 rounds
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    Veteran Appreciation Thread

    Dad was a WWII Army Infantry Officer. At 18, in Aug 1945 he was on a transport to the western Pacific heading for some staging area in support of the planned invasion of the Japanese homeland. The came a couple of bombs...and as they say the rest is history. I was a Coast Guard Officer, in the...
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    My dog's not doing well

    Tears...had to put my setter down this past Spring. She had fought with Lyme and anaplasmosis which seriously damaged her kidneys. We kept he comfortable for as long as we could but finally knew it was time. She had lost 40% of her body weight and looked at me one evening as if to tell me it...
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    Take the truck my boss says

    Heck air is 80% nitrogen from the start...so you get a B for effort
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    Stuck in the pond

    My dad stuck his pick up in a place where there was a little subterranean weep about halfway up the ridge in a pasture...he just didn't carry enough speed and spun the tires. He went and got mom and the 3910 and next thing you know the 3910 is buried to the rear end. Both of them walked back...
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    Help with Ford 3930...no crank

    My 3930 in 6 years has been through two PTO safety switches. They are not particularly easy to jumper out without 5 -10 minutes of disassembly. When mounted the switch pinches the weather boot between the switch and the transmission body.
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    Everything Attachments

    Tool bar installation competed yesterday on the 3930
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    4th day with no power

    Hurricane Isabelle. 9/2003, left us without power for 12 + days. None of the immediate neighbors had gennies so we suffered. First few days was stuff out of the freezer on the BBQ grill. After that it was wait in store lines where there was power for some form of protein buy enough to feed 4-6...
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    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    I love my 1911s. I am not a fan of the BHP. I have large hands so unless I duck tape the web of my hand or wear a shooting glove after 50 rounds I am bloody. My current low profile carry is a Shield but it is really to small for my hands and has one either a one round or no round capacity...
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    House Build 2023

    We are in the middle of a build. Our 3 car garage has two man doors. One from the drive way and one from out back. We elected to add a 5x5 Toilet washroom shower in the garage in lieu of a mud room. Planning a shelf or two for clothing changes and towels. The laundry room is just inside the...
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    What did you do at work today?

    Selected tile for the back splash and Showers for our new house build. Started looking at Hickory flooring and made a couple of recommendations to my wife and the design specialist helping us.
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    Stupid Things I Have Done

    Working on a friends 53 Chevy...Not planning to do any electrical work....Wrench slipped and fell down beside the engine. I reached down to grab it and it hit the frame and the hot post on the starter..Nearly burned my wedding ring in two, with my finger in it. I took the nippers and cut the...
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    Stupid Things I Have Done

    30 something years ago I had a W-4 Main Propulsion Assistant who issued a directive that anyone who wore a tie in his engine room would have it cut off. Before it was over his Tie board had, among others, The Chief Engineer's, The XO's and the CO's ties. No one, save an ensign, said...
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    My father has fallen and can't get up

    Sorry to hear. You were there at the last, and speaking from 2x experience, there is peace in that.
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    TC33DA - bent 3 point hitch arm

    My father had a Ford 3910 that we managed to bend the arms on. He would turn me loose with a10 pound sledge hammer across the concrete drain troughs from the old dairy barn. this was after no luck trying to drive over them. Sledge hammer worked but you better have your steel toes, safety...
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    Who's had cataract surgery? Feedback wanted.

    My time is coming. 63 and have had non obstructive cataracts for maybe 10 years. I suspect they are getting a bit larger and into my visual range, especially in low light with dilated pupils....oh well my grandparents' generation just went blind.
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    Manual Top Link Options

    Agrisupply sells mechanical top links for both blue and green machines. I saw a . Pretty good collection of both Cat 1 & Cat 2 in Petersburg yesterday.
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    Foods you ate growing up that most folks don't eat today

    Even C Rats in the late 60s to mid 70's were pretty good if you were hungry enough.
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    Red-Neck Mailbox ???

    No puddle under a Detroit means no oil in the engine
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    the big Texas City explosion of the late 40's happened without diesel. Found ship parts miles inland.
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    Foods you ate growing up that most folks don't eat today

    Dog balls and golf food; a corruption of golf balls and dog food which in itself is a corruption of hard boiled eggs and corned beef hash.
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    My Brothers Estate

    After the grave side for both of my parents, which was about an hour and a half from their residence my sister and I took all interested folks to the Southern/Chinese buffet in the small MS town. No beer or wine...I think although the county was no longer dry the incorporated town was.
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    Blend door actuators.

    I tried the blend door on my 09 Grand Marquis. After struggling for several hours with my 2x hands I had to give up and turn it over to the neighborhood mechanic who took several hours with all of the right tools and know how. Inexpensive part but expensive labor.
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    Halloween

    Wife is a diabetic with poor self control WRT candy. We find somewhere else to be on Halloween.
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    Everything Attachments

    I got my tooth bar for my 3930's FEL bucket while I was out of town. It is a beast, For the 6' bucket it probably weighs 60+ pounds, and is not yet installed but loaded for the trip. Now I need a 1/2" drill and to load one of my generators to run it. .
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    Roy and Dale?

    Roy was my first cowboy favorite....He was on at a time when I could watch. Matt Dillon, Paladin, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp were on too late for me. A few years later the Rifleman, Chuck Conners....
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    Bush Hog pan fell off!

    1018 steel would probably be appropriate. The strength of the 1018 key will be pretty close to that of the bush hog shaft and stunp jumper disk. You might try your autoparts store to see if they have a front wheel spindle castle nut of the appropriate size and pitch...of course that means a...
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    Father left this world

    SIG- First of all my condolences for your loss. I was blessed to be with both of my parents when they passed in 2014. Mom in August (complications from inoperable lung cancer) and Dad in December (broken heart emphysema, heart failure, and alzheimers/dementia related problems). They had been...
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    Tough days afield? Share stories & pics.

    Dude- You did the right thing. Sorry you got screwed over by it but you won't have any long term legal or emotional problems associated with putting 10-15 tons of farm equipment on some worthless pukes chest.
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    Wacko Kioti Issue

    Your of and on of the connectors was simply a power off reset to some logic controller.
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    Moving shipping containers

    I used pine logs and my tractor W/FEL to move the container to its final location. Lifted up a corner added a log pulled it 8 or 10 feet added another log and so on. I did not want to skid it because I had a number of pine stumps an inch or so above grade that would hang it up. Once in the...
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    Just another junk chainsaw

    Ok guys in an inherited parts box I found a Stihl 25", .405" pitch .050 gauge unused chain. My 044 has a 3/8" x.063" 20" bar and sprocket so the 25" chain is of no use to me. Pay the shipping and you can have it. Let me know.
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    TODAYS SEAT TIME

    Today's set time was highly limited. I was setting up to rehang my FEL bucket and the steering got squirrely. Then I heard the pffft of a hydraulic line going. The long hydraulic line ended up being a 3 hole line instead of the designed 2 hole. I've been looking at the hoses for a couple of...
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    Using Hole Digger In Hard Red Clay

    In North MS clay we had an 8' oak real live 2"x4" that would fit in between the gear box and yoke. 6'4" 250# of me became the down force on the PHD. As a rule it worked pretty well. A few needed some added water though.
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    Loader Joystick Problem

    Just did a joystick replacement on my 3930. If you look carefully the pivot ball not attached to a cable is likely secured by a socket head cap screw from the bottom of the joystick. With that one loose the other pivot balls on the cables go together easily and you are pretty well done.
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    Loader hoses

    I found it much cheaper, on my 3930 with Quickie loader to find a local hydraulic shop and have replacements made per sample. About 1/3 the cost of going back to Quickie.
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    VA RPA areas (bay water protection)

    You might try some of the water resource consultants. If the stream goes dry it is an intermittent and nor subject to being a RPA. The original RPA decision, in New Kent County, was based on a look at the 7.5 minute topos. The problem, with respect to my property was that the had no clue...
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    Postage paid return envelopes

    Many years ago one of my "friends" signed me up for a skanky adult entertainment products catalog. They sent me stuff several times and I tried to get them to drop me. Didn't happen until I started taping the prepaid postage reply by mail envelopes to boxes of sand, gravel or bricks. After a...
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    Go to work and find someone trespassed on property.

    Had a three time trespasser (written warnings the first two times) loose the cores out of four valve stems, pre cell phone days, miles from any public phones. Long walk...by the time the got out of the woods the one auto parts place in town was closed. They never cut our fence or came back again.
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    Hyd-filter not going ON???

    Had an oil filter for my PU that had no threads. I was kind of stuck and had to break out the bicycle and rid 4 or 5 miles to the auto parts store. I shamed the manager when I walked in rolling my two wheeler and he refunded me and provided a new filter at no cost. Needless to say I check...
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    Too late

    Keeper
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    People name their boats. Why not name your tractor?

    My 3930 is Miss Kitty---Assigned by Mrs. Paratus when shopping for it the tractor had a bad muffler, and sounded pretty rough, she commented it sounded like a chain smoking cat which morphed to Miss Kitty
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    More naval history

    Concur.
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    fd

    Had the same problem in a high mileage chevy PU. It had been about 150-200k miles since I had done anything more than coolant swaps and hose replacements. Started running hot, by the gage. Got ready to do a water pump but a friend came by with his laser pyrometer. Water outlet was 195-200...
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    Driver's License... What Vehicle did you use?

    73 Caprice Station Wagon. Had to parallel park the beast after arguing with the tester about wearing a seat belt. If I hadn't insisted I would have lost my new license for a month. Momma's rules
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    Ida Incoming

    They used to shoot looters in the good old days.
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    Retirement Planning - Lessons Learned

    In 119 calendar days I will be without a paying job for the first time in 48 years. I transitioned a few times but always had something lined up. My first goal in retirement is to be able to regularly sleep to 0600, if I want to. Way too many years of 0dark15 6 and 7 days a week.
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    Front-End Loader Loader for 3930

    My 99 3930 wears a Quicke 310 from that same year. With a 2wd make sure of your counterbalance. I use a 1000# boxblade. You will have problems with heavy stuff like sand and gravel without some real good rear end weight.
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    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    Reloading has cost me quite a bit of money over the years. While my cost per round is generally 1/3 or less in most of the calibers I shoot I just shoot lots more. For years I did not bother with reloading 9mm because I could shop around and find 9's for just a bit more than my cost per round...
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    ?????? GROAN 2

    :ROFLMAO:
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    Oil & Fuel hyd. filter change

    I busted an O-ring in the quick connect for the remote supplying the front end loader last week. Limped the tractor back to its storage area while still hemorrhaging oil. Figured it would be a good time to replace the o-ring and change the oil since I had no clue when it was last changed...
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    How the heck do you guys torque a cylinder nut to 600 ft lb? Rebuilding Bobcat combo bucket cylinder.

    Years ago we used to use "Turn of the nut" and a slugging wrench on metal to metal steam joins torque to 2000 ft-lbs+ to obtain a nominal 2/3 yield. If you new the grip length, fastener diameter and thread pitch you went into the tables and found out what angle of advance (number of flats) you...
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    TODAYS SEAT TIME

    I was working on the drive today doing some fill and back drag work. I looked at my box blade and it had a good bit of hydraulic fluid on it. The remote supplying hydraulics to my FEL was hemorrhaging from the Quick connect. Managed to get it back to the parking/storage place but could not...
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    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    Actually it is not Federal Law that handguns ship overnight...it is the policy of the common carriers. If you violate it and your handgun is lost or damaged you are hosed for violating their policy. The common carriers want to ship overnight because it reduce their touch time and less touch...
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    Celebrities I have met

    In High School, during the mid 70's, I worked at a country club that hosted an annual Pro-Am for the Shriner's Burn Hospital. I was working the arrival stand and Lee Trevino rolls up. I said good morning Mr. Trevino and asked him if I could get his golf bag up to the starter's stand. He...
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    Natural Gas Pipe Sizing question

    Local gas company offers two meters options for home owners. One is an "inches" meter which is a white face with black letters/numbers and delivers gas at 7-10" WC. The other is a PSI meter red faced white letters and delivers 2 PSI gas. If you use a PSI meter you will likely need a secondary...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    F350 Diesel with a 14' or so bumper pull dump trailer went whizzing by me...I was between 70 and 75mph on the three lane section of the interstate this evening. The trailer appeared to have light stuff in it with a half a$$ tarp. Wind was blowing a bit and the trailer seemed to be skittish...
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    Another newspaper "bulldozer"

    Most journalists today would be dead if breathing wasn't on autopilot.
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    New member from southern Virginia

    Welcome from Tidewater
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    ?????? GROAN

    Silence is golden duct tape is silver....
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    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    Yup- Got one. Real pleasant to shoot even with 900 FPS 240s. Skeeter load.
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    TODAYS SEAT TIME

    Well yesterday was the service the 3930 day. Plan was to drop the box blade and put the mower on it warm it up change oil etc. I had been through greasing adding a bit of coolant, checking steering and hydraulics, fuel, oil level, kicked the tires and jumped into the seat turned the key...the...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    And his load was well secured.
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    1991 John Deere lx178 - Is this a water pump?

    Yes...that is unless you live someplace really cold and use the tractor thru the winter and it needs some heat to start. If removing I would replace hose end to end with new appropriately sized hose clamps
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    How did you meet your spouse.

    Met mine in a military chapel about 41 years ago. Her father was a senior officer (O-6) living on base. I almost fled....In a couple of weeks it will have been 39 years married. She still likes me most of the time;);)
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    Box Scraper has anyone added weights to a box blade

    I have chained telephone posts and logs to box blades in the past and have had moderately good luck. Hard part is getting a 5 or 6' long 14"-18 " diameter log in the proper position. Usually took a couple adjustment cycles
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    Best firearm for home protection? I realize a lot is personal choice involved?

    Don't forget Co. Cooper's admonition: "A handgun is only a tool to fight your way back to a long gun"
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    How to catch 11 gallons of oil?

    Looks like an addendum to pallets in the field:eek:
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    Dixie Chopper with Generac Engine

    Ok guys I'm a little light on info but here goes. I inherited from a 2005-2010 Dixie Chopper Industrial from a deceased 3 war 101+ year old retired Army Aviator Colonel. It has the Electric lift 54" ish deck and a Generac Engine (28 HP I think). When I picked it up I had to pull it up on the...
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    Yazoo Walk Behind S-24---Parts Help

    :confused:Ten or fifteen years ago I inherited my father's Yazoo S-24 big wheel mower. Heck of a machine. It dates from the mid 80's He used it on an acre house lot plus a variety of rough cutting tasks for a number of years before buying a riding mower. I continued to use it for some of the...
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    Front Loader Quick Attach Automatic lock?

    Quickie has a version of that: See page 15 or so
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    QUICKE 310 Loader

    No not that kind of quickie. My 1997 3930 has a Quicke 310 loader on it and it looks like the hoses are original. Rubber covers are falling apart wires showing and rusting, no leaks yet....I contacted my local Bushhog distributor (James River Equipment), who seems to handle the Quicke parts...
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    Everything Attachments

    Good Job Travis. One of your fine folks sent me a love note today.....Fedex was coming my way with a couple of boxes that constitute my subsoiler. Mow I will have something to do after the storms pass through tomorrow and leave it too wet for tractor work.
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    Everything Attachments

    Was hoping to see a picture of my recently ordered subsoiler being built.. :thumbsup:
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    New Holland 3930 Won't even crank

    Well yesterday's effort with the 3930 was clipping several hundred feet of right of way and the 50' wide loop road around the house sight (something like 700' in diameter. All told about 3 hours of clipping with no problems. I shut it down to install an ammo can tool box and then went to restart...
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    New Holland 3930 Hydraullic Upgrades

    My 3930 has a Quickie 310 loader hanging on the front. The source for the FEL hydraulics is a long hose from one of my rear remotes. I have the second 12 GPM hydraulic pump on the left rear of the engine. My ideal state is to have the two rear remotes available for equipment without having to...
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    Upgrading Hydraulics on 3930.

    My 3930 has a Quickie 310 loader hanging on the front. The source for the FEL hydraulics is a long hose from one of my rear remotes. I have the second 12 GPM hydraulic pump on the left rear of the engine. My ideal state is to have the two rear remotes available for equipment without having to...
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    Everything Attachments

    Well Ted I was part of your big March with a 78" Cat 1/II box grader. A little over 3 weeks and shipping was easy to a semi local freight terminal. My 3930 and I are going to start cleaning up the road. I might have to get a hydraulic top link for the beast though. Torn betwixt a Ct I or...
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    99 NH 3930 Lights

    The lights and hazards on my1999 New Holland 3930 ROPS are not working. Does anyone have the fuse box schematic and a lighting system wiring diagram? Of course the first and easiest step is check the lights for power, then fuse box then??? Not a grand time of year to start pulling sheet metal...
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    A Nub from Tidewater VA

    Hey guys I am a nub here on this forum. I am an almost 58 YO former Coasty former shipbuilder and currently a Government employee working towards retirement. My current tractor is a 1999 New Holland 3930 MFWD with a Quicke 310 loader and a 6' Kodiak rotary cutter. Currently looking for an...
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