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  1. N80

    Wood working:Dry fitting?

    Thanks. These dowels are fluted for what its worth. Can't speak to the quality of them or the value of the fluting; they're just what I happened to buy.
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    Wood working:Dry fitting?

    Thanks. Good info. I think I have a decent moisture meter but it is only measures surface. Readings varied among boards from 12-16%. The tree was a blow down and had been dead for about a year but trunk was not touching the ground so no rot at all. I know the wood wouldn't dry out much before...
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    Wood working:Dry fitting?

    I don't have a router table or table saw. So slots, groves and even half laps really aren't an option. Not skilled enough for hand cut joinery. I have been told that end grain to side grain joints are not ideal for glue alone. Maybe that's wrong. Live and learn. So now I'm curious. If I did...
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    Wood working:Dry fitting?

    Here is what the sides of the shelves look like. These are 7 feet tall. The edges are a corner made of two 1x2 pieces glued along the edge. I think I used 5 dowels along the length of each of these. The horizontal pieces at the top and bottom have three dowels on each joined edge. Since these...
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    Wood working:Dry fitting?

    I've got two of the four side panels glued up. Did not dry fit the second one but that was before I posted. Two more ready to go. I just now dry fitted number 3 but just enough to make sure all dowels and holes lined up. Did not hammer it home. Even then it still took a few minutes to get it...
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    Wood working:Dry fitting?

    Thanks guys. Good thoughts all around. The wood has been drying for about a year and surface moisture is about 12% which is probably about the best I can do around here. I did leave that dry fit sitting over night so there may have been some moisture change. The broken dowels came after a...
  7. N80

    Wood working:Dry fitting?

    I wouldn't say I am new to woodworking. I've made several nice looking but not fine built-in shelves for my house that turned out very well. All painted, not stained/finished. These were all using bought lumber. No serious joinery. I am currently making a set of shelves from white oak off of a...
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    Jointer Questions

    Thanks guys. I have searched online and have not seen any decent floor standing jointer in the region for $350. I was wondering if the blade guard was similar on most Delta or Rockwell type machines. But that would be a shot in the dark and could get pricey if done by trial and error. As for...
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    DIY septic tank and drain field?

    Yep.
  10. N80

    Jointer Questions

    I got a saw mill a few years ago. Mostly for posts, beams, and 2x6 type stuff. But, I'm also sawing a bit of decent hardwood and starting to do some woodworking. I'm not an experienced woodworker but I have a large lathe that I have some experience with. I have a benchtop planer, a good bandsaw...
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    DIY septic tank and drain field?

    Well, for one thing, the same way that all such officials stay in power all the way to the national level regardless of party or ideology. But it is worse than that here. First, it is a very poor county in South Carolina. There are certain realities that this implies. If you don't know what I...
  12. N80

    DIY septic tank and drain field?

    Thanks for all the replies. Sorry I haven't followed closely. To clarify a few things: The cost of the permits is not the issue. It is the level of incompetence and almost adversarial approach to contractors and home owners. It takes months to get done what should take twenty minutes...
  13. N80

    DIY septic tank and drain field?

    Thanks guys. Good thoughts. Have done some research regarding poly tanks and the connectable leach field chambers which would take some of the finesse and hassle out of it. Again, this would be a very small system. One toilet essentially. As for the wisdom of doing it without permits and such...
  14. N80

    DIY septic tank and drain field?

    I built a log cabin from a kit 20+ years ago on a piece of property I own. We go down there just about every weekend. It is very basic. About 900 sq ft. One bathroom, two small bedrooms and a great room with kitchen and dining area. The soil there is terrible and we barely got approved for a...
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    Secure mantle to fireplace?

    After 20+ years we are finally getting a fireplace in our log cabin (not our primary residence). It is about 3/4s done. The firebox is masonry. The flue is terracotta pipe. Damper is cast iron.The structure of the chimney is cinder block faced in regular brick. I am going to build the mantle...
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    What to put under metal roofing?

    I am building a post and beam, open carport down at my cabin. It is shown below. I will use 2x4 (actual) purlins. It will have a 5v crimp metal roofing. My much larger tractor shed that i built about 15 years ago has the same metal roof set up; metal on purlins. When the conditions are right...
  17. N80

    Advice on paint/stain sprayers.

    Thanks guys. Ended up rolling/brushing the rest.
  18. N80

    Do I need load range E tires?

    Update: Time for new tires. They are down close to the wear bars and the noise is getting awful. Of the 62 tires at Tire Rack at OEM size, 56 are load range E. There is one C, one D and four "standard". And every dang one of them is expensive. The one "D" is heavy mud lug which I do not need...
  19. N80

    Log Cabin Fireplace/chimney advice needed.

    Update: Because he was summoned by the court to appear in masters in equity court and failed to appear he has been found in contempt of court. My wife goes to court tomorrow, presumably to confirm that we want to continue to pursue this. If so they will issue a bench warrant for his arrest for...
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    Advice on paint/stain sprayers.

    Well, I tried using a garden sprayer. No go. Stain too thick. Messy and wasteful.
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    Log Cabin Fireplace/chimney advice needed.

    Here is an update: We won in small claims court but that seems to be meaningless. He just ignored it. We are now taking him to masters in equity court. He was served papers today by a process server. The clerk of court assures us that they will find out what he owns and they will make sure we...
  22. N80

    Advice on paint/stain sprayers.

    Thanks guys.
  23. N80

    Advice on paint/stain sprayers.

    I recently got a sawmill. Got some lumber piling up and projects to do. Building a 15' x 30' open sided carport now. Still working on footings. The wood for most of these projects will be yellow pine that will obviously be untreated. My plan is to stain them heavily and, well, that just sucks...
  24. N80

    Do I need load range E tires?

    Thanks guys. Some replies to a few points made: I've driven trucks all my life so I'm used to truck-ride trade-offs. None of them ride great. All of them ride different. When I have the option I'll always elect to take the car on long trips. Tread wear on these tires has been excellent...
  25. N80

    Do I need load range E tires?

    Thanks. That is helpful.
  26. N80

    Do I need load range E tires?

    I bought a used Nissan Titan about 5 years ago. The OEM tires were shot and I got a decent price on some load range E all terrain tires and that is what has been on the truck since then. They have been great in terms of towing and okay off road (about what you would expect for an all terrain...
  27. N80

    Blend door actuators.

    Same problem on my 2015 Nissan Titan Pro-4x. What a terrible vehicle it has been. And before anyone cries foul I've been a loyal Nissan owner since 1984. Some of the best vehicles I've ever owned. But not this truck. It would take all day to list the problems it has had because of poor design...
  28. N80

    Cub Cadet ZT-2 54" blade question.

    Cub Cadet calls them ‘s’ shaped hubs and I think they are different from the quick attach type but I’m not sure. When I replace spindles I might even opt for basic round hubs. Probably a lot more options although at Oregon they seem to have lots of blades for the star shaped. I am quite...
  29. N80

    Cub Cadet ZT-2 54" blade question.

    Update: I bought a set of Cub Cadet sand blades. I got a set of their “extreme” blades which look like a mild version of a gator blade. Both sets of blades feel pretty light and pretty cheap. But they are not cheap to buy. I put the sand blades on yesterday and mowed yesterday afternoon and...
  30. N80

    Why are replacement parts so incredibly expensive?

    It is mystifying to me. About 3 years ago, before the inflation started getting out of hand, I went by the dealer to buy a breather tube for my L4400. Its a rubber tube about 5 inches long with a slight bend in it. The guy at the counter warned me that the price was ridiculous. It was. It was...
  31. N80

    Cub Cadet ZT-2 54" blade question.

    Here are some pics of the blade tips. Some of them have actual tears in them. In the hand they feel light and thin. Much less substantial than the blade on my 12 year $100 push mower. Utter garbage. At first I thought I might work on them with the grinder and a file but they are toast. The bad...
  32. N80

    Internet speeds vs Sonos devices?

    The Sonos Boost is hardwired. Very little improvement. I am going to hardwire the one on the porch because it is a long way from the router/modem. I love and hate my Sonos system. When it is working there is nothing like it. When speakers are cutting in and out I want to toss it in the trash...
  33. N80

    Internet speeds vs Sonos devices?

    Thanks guys. I cannot get another ISP. Phone company is a monopoly here. I got a Sonos Boost a while back to get signal to the porch. It did not help at all. Will probably hardwire porch speakers. I love Sonos too but mine cuts out a lot. Boost did not help that either. I'll have to check...
  34. N80

    Internet speeds vs Sonos devices?

    I get my internet service through the local phone company which is the only source other than satellite. It is okay at best; sketchy at times. I use their router which has a built in modem. I get their "high speed internet" which is not the highest speed option. I have no idea what that means...
  35. N80

    Cub Cadet ZT-2 54" blade question.

    Looking around on the web these blades with the ‘s’ shaped hole are in short supply and I don’t need the ‘extreme’ mulching blades or the sand blades. If the standard high lift blades are as bad as the ones on there now then I don’t want them. I wonder if the shaft end of the spindles can be...
  36. N80

    Cub Cadet ZT-2 54" blade question.

    I won't be down on my property where the mower is until this weekend. As mentioned, the cutting edges look fine. It is the tips that are buggered up. I'm suspecting the blades are junk. I don't baby the mower but at the same time I am way more careful with it than I am with my cheap-o push mower...
  37. N80

    Cub Cadet ZT-2 54" blade question.

    I will do that when I am down at my place next weekend and I'll post them here. However, the question might be moot. It looks like the blades on the ZT-2 have an "S" type hole and it doesn't look like Oregon or anyone else makes replacement blades that have and "S" center hole. So the options...
  38. N80

    Cub Cadet ZT-2 54" blade question.

    I have had this Z turn a little over a year. I think it has about 50 hours on it, not sure. It has been great but I looked at the blades this weekend and they are beat to heck. The cutting edges are intact but very dull. The tips are frayed and bent on all three blades. The blades feel cheap...
  39. N80

    Fireplace Inserts

    I am familiar with the Rumford style fireplace and even have a book about its history etc. That's what I've always wanted but finding someone to build one is another story. The guy we are thinking about going with said he would not install an engineered masonry fireplace. He said they are fine...
  40. N80

    Fireplace Inserts

    Local codes will not be an issue.
  41. N80

    Fireplace Inserts

    My question was in regard to various levels of inserts. And after a bit of digging it is not as simple as you suggest. The expensive and genuine part is correct. But there are apparently inexpensive fakes and extremely expensive fakes. I'm seeing open wood burning inserts for $5000+. They look...
  42. N80

    Fireplace Inserts

    Just a quick clarification. As mentioned, not looking for a wood stove insert or other closed type insert. We want this to be open like a traditional fireplace.
  43. N80

    Fireplace Inserts

    I have a log cabin where I spend most of my weekends. I built it myself from a kit with the help of friends. It is about 20 years old and when we built it we could not afford to put in a fireplace. It has had central heat and air for about 12 years. Now we have the money to put in a fireplace...
  44. N80

    Log Cabin Fireplace/chimney advice needed.

    Update: Had to file in small claims court. Took the local deputy months to serve papers on him but finally served them to the guy's dad. That counts here. Court date to be set soon but he's still not communicating with us. If he fails to show up for court we automatically "win" but if no one can...
  45. N80

    Increased traffic on country road.

    We have some of the highest growth in the nation here. Over the last 3-4 years traffic has gotten insane here. Can't tell any difference since gas prices went up. Maybe even worse. On the interstate, 40 miles between the two nearest cities, traffic comes to a stop frequently for no apparent...
  46. N80

    Increased traffic on country road.

    We have thought about putting up a sign like you guys mentioned. We also considered putting on straw hats and carrying banjos on our morning walks.
  47. N80

    Increased traffic on country road.

    It might be a tiny bit shorter but not enough to matter. I suppose that even if it is a few yards shorter some Google AI shows it that way. It is just strange that it happened all of a sudden so it almost has to be Google or Apple.
  48. N80

    Increased traffic on country road.

    My cabin is on a small country road. It is about 5 miles from an interstate. The road is about 6 miles long and connects two state highways. However, there is another state highway that parallels our road and is a shorter route to both of those state highways. Our road is also in horrible...
  49. N80

    When to plane rough cut lumber?

    Update from the OP: Just got my moisture meter in the mail. The white oak in the basement is at around 18-19% which surprises the heck out of me. I checked multiple boards, sides and flats. Factory lumber that has been down there for a year or so was slightly less. The floor joists overhead...
  50. N80

    When to plane rough cut lumber?

    Gorgeous wood on that Beretta. I was aware not to plane it green. I rephrased my original question this way: "I guess the better way to ask the question is, once the planks are dry is it okay to plane them even if...
  51. N80

    When to plane rough cut lumber?

    I don’t know if we have powder post beetles or not. I have heard of them but have not heard anyone around here having issues. I really will need to get a moisture meter. I agree that getting moisture below 20% is probably not possible with my outdoor stored lumber. The relative humidity is...
  52. N80

    When to plane rough cut lumber?

    Moving air might be an issue in the basement. It is a large basement. Walk in on the back. Rough concrete floors. House is 90 years old so it certainly isn’t sealed in any sense of the word. Also, has original and very leaky metal duct work. This means it is a least partially climate controlled...
  53. N80

    When to plane rough cut lumber?

    I appreciate all the help I can get but to be fair you haven’t offered answers to the problems you pointed out. You have pretty much just said that I’m doing things wrong without actually knowing how I am doing them. I did not claim that I knew more than you. I obviously don’t. I’ve only been at...
  54. N80

    When to plane rough cut lumber?

    Both stacks sitting out in the open. One has a shed about 4 feet from one end. Otherwise no obstructions to airflow. Both get about 5-6 hours of direct sun during summer months. I pulled boards from the interior of one of the stacks last week. No moisture. Again, I think you don’t understand...
  55. N80

    When to plane rough cut lumber?

    All stacks have 1x1 inch stickers spaced every two feet. Open for ventilation on all 4 sides. Is that improper? So far virtually no warping or twisting. Some have been on the stack for six months. Maybe you are not familiar with our humidity.
  56. N80

    When to plane rough cut lumber?

    Why not? Humidity down there is consistently lower than it is outside. Much of what I have drying outside has a thin layer of mold on it.
  57. N80

    When to plane rough cut lumber?

    My basement can be humid at times. At other times it is dry. But it is almost never as humid as it is around here in the summer.
  58. N80

    When to plane rough cut lumber?

    I guess the better way to ask the question is, once the planks are dry is it okay to plane them even if it will be a long time before I build with them?
  59. N80

    When to plane rough cut lumber?

    I just got a bench top planer. This question pertains to when to use it. I have some rough cut white oak planks. Most are a little over 1 inch in thickness. They were cut about a month ago and have been stacked on stickers in my basement since that time. My plan is to make some built-in shelves...
  60. N80

    Portable work benches?

    Couple of thoughts: I have a dedicated stand for my compound miter saw. Roller stands would be very helpful. Need to get a couple of those. Bench top planer is heavy, about 80 pounds. This shouldn't be a problem for a decent work bench and in fact the weight was no problem for the WorkMate...
  61. N80

    Portable work benches?

    I'll take one!
  62. N80

    Portable work benches?

    I'm thinking about something small like a Black and Decker workmate....just better built and better designed.
  63. N80

    Rotary Cutter Driveshaft failure. Your suggestions.

    Even if you buy the batwing, and an extra remote or two, you might still have occasional need for the smaller mower. I think I'd just buy a new slip clutch and shaft and be done.
  64. N80

    zero turn lawn mower

    I think it depends on the unit. My Cub Cadet ZT2 is very easy to mount directly from the front. I don't need a grab bar yet but it is so easy to mount you'd have to be in pretty bad shape to need one for this machine anyway.
  65. N80

    Portable work benches?

    Now that I have a saw mill I'm starting to do more projects around my cabin. Put new rails on the porch last weekend. Planning a carport soon. I have two old Black and Decker Workmates. One was a gift. One was my Dad's. They have been okay for simple projects but really don't cut the mustard...
  66. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    I actually did do a picture search on the original one on Craig’s List and the pictures they sent me. No hits. I was surprised. If nothing else that was a rare M7040. Low hours. Minimal wear. Dealer plumbed third function on the joystick/ loader. I wish I could find where that tractor actually is.
  67. N80

    What size boards should I cut on saw mill?

    That is simple but brilliant.
  68. N80

    What size boards should I cut on saw mill?

    I've got a big pile of 1x1 and 1x2 stickers. My father-in-law has a basic Dewalt planer that he said I could use but so far no plans for anything more than that at present. My current (long range) lumber plans are for a stick built shop with 2x6 studs and board and batten siding and a 15X20'...
  69. N80

    What size boards should I cut on saw mill?

    My basement is only accessible by foot or wagon. I'll just cut boards rather than cants. If I cut cants and put them in the basement I'd have to haul them back down to the cabin to cut them up.
  70. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    Again, the only info I gave them is readily available without having exchanged emails with me. But if I pop up on CL with a great tractor at low low prices I'll just keep it. Problem solved.
  71. N80

    What size boards should I cut on saw mill?

    The ends of the logs have anchor seal on them. There is still some end checking but not bad.The ash has the least. I cut the white oak that I'll use for built in shelves almost two feet longer than what I'll need. Might need to reapply anchor seal if any of the ends need to be removed during or...
  72. N80

    What size boards should I cut on saw mill?

    Thanks guys. Great info as usual. I think I’ll do 5/4 at a minimum. Milling posts and 2x lumber has been simple and successful….well, there are a couple of twisters in the drying stacks….but not many. Sounds like hardwood boards is going to require a little more thought, planning and precision...
  73. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    When I was selling the high end audio equipment (tens of thousands worth) for a deceased cousin’s estate I met the buyers in my home during daylight after they had provided me with sufficient identification and I vetted the information they gave me and I talked with them on the phone. I’m not...
  74. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    I have heard that the entire population of Iceland is thieves and perverts but that otherwise the people are friendly and it’s a great place to visit.
  75. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    No, the name was Annette Torres. As mentioned earlier in this thread my wife looked up the name in the area the tractor was supposed to be and the name was in the obituaries.
  76. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    There is a reason that the hook works though. We all know people who have gotten good deals in situations like the scammers describe. That's why the scammers use them. I suspect a decent percentage of used tractor sales are from older guys who have died or can't use their tractor anymore. It...
  77. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    Actually the tractor arrived today. It is better than it looked in the pictures. The folks from Continental Freight were very nice but they were hard to understand because of the Icelandic accent. The sounded like vikings. ;)
  78. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    And I see the results of that in my office all the time.
  79. N80

    What size boards should I cut on saw mill?

    I've read about the sizing terminology but don't remember. 4/4 is 1 inch? 5/4 is 1 and 1/4 inch? (Up until now I've just been cutting rough lumber and posts and haven't needed to pay attention to terms and conventions for boards. Time to learn I guess.) For the record I'm not milling to sell...
  80. N80

    What size boards should I cut on saw mill?

    @Jstpssng I've got blades specifically for hardwoods. Have not tried one yet as I've been cutting pine up until now. I have a draw knife that I use to de-bark where the blade will pass if the bark looks gunked up. I'll think about the 6 inch cants but would like to get this wood cut up and...
  81. N80

    What size boards should I cut on saw mill?

    I know that the answer to that question is another question: What size boards do I need? The issue is that I have two large red oaks, one decent sized white oak and a decent sized ash on the ground. I'd like to go ahead and get them milled but I don't have a specific use in mind yet. I may be...
  82. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    I'm not surprised.
  83. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    Some of us have to be.
  84. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    So?
  85. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    I love the fact that you didn't seem to have read either my initial post or the title of the thread. From the time I got that email to the time I posted this thread I knew something was up and said so. But sure they could be trying to hack my computer, sure they could be collecting data. And...
  86. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    And there's the proof.
  87. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    I got off FB several years ago because it had just gotten too creepy for me....as in the people who own it. I've been told a lot that the FB market place is useful and I feel like I've been missing out. Sounds like its going down hill according to you're experience. But, even if it were great...
  88. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    I wonder who is right?
  89. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    I have found the same to be true for uneducated people. But, the accurate observation is that most people don't have common sense.
  90. N80

    Post emissions used tractors.

    A QA is certainly a cheaper option than a tractor but it is not cheap and it also changes the loader geometry as well. It would involve buying the QA unit and a set of forks. (Of course I'd be buying forks anyway even if I bought another tractor.) But it would also involve modifying my bucket...
  91. N80

    Post emissions used tractors.

    No. The Kubota M5040 and M6040 have the same loader and weight about the same. But those two models are much harder to find and cost nearly as much. The situation with JD models seems similar. When I search Tractor House I'm searching 60 - 105 hp. But, I'm also hedging my bets on potential...
  92. N80

    Post emissions used tractors.

    For me it would just be one more thing to keep up with. I don't need another single thing to keep up with.
  93. N80

    Post emissions used tractors.

    That’s about a 5 1/2 hour trip for me. But heck, worst case scenario is I don’t win anything but still get to look at a lot of cool machinery.
  94. N80

    Post emissions used tractors.

    @deserteagle71, good info. Thanks. Quite right. The best deal I've found so far, and passed on, was a 7040 for $28k. Every single visible thing on it was dented or bent. Having looked it over and driven it, I think it was sound mechanically. But I just could not spend that kind of money on...
  95. N80

    Post emissions used tractors.

    Agreed. But any 70+ hp tractor in decent shape is a lot of money these days. I can't see spending that much on a machine that is going to need down time when I need the machine most. It is a bitter pill but I think I'm going to have to spend the crazy money on a decent pre-emission machine or do...
  96. N80

    Post emissions used tractors.

    Thanks @dodge man. That helps a lot. Did a little research on the Kubota M7060 and found this on another forum: There is no DEF on a M7060, there is no OBD port to hook a scanner to, and there's no modification to raise the idle with a switch like there is on a OTR truck. When it calls for...
  97. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    That’s a lot of work for building a profile of readily available info. But whatever you say.
  98. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    This is not an identity theft scam. This is not hacking. They are trying to get you to pay them before a non-existent item is sent to you. I'm not saying that they wouldn't use your credit card number if you gave it to them but this is a specific type of scam with a specific intent. No...
  99. N80

    Post emissions used tractors.

    So this is one of those hot topis? Not intending to start a war. Just need to know the basics. The problem is that my intended and typical use involves lot of time idling and doing stuff at low rpms. The same would be true with the new one. That worries me.
  100. N80

    Post emissions used tractors.

    I'm looking for a 70-100 hp JD or Kubota. My search has been limited to pre-emissions machines and it has been frustrating to say the least. I think there is a LOT of good to be said for pre-emissions machines that don't have ECMs/computers but that doesn't seem to be in the cards for me right...
  101. N80

    Experience at Kubota dealer - central Florida

    It doesn't have to be shenanigans or dishonesty. It can just be a matter of bad business which in turn can be a matter of incompetence or being overly aggressive. We don't have to put a moral label on the process. And it doesn't really change anything anyway. I don't care whether the problem is...
  102. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    I have had excellent experience on CL up until now. Buying and selling. So much easier and cleaner than eBay. You just have to be alert I guess.
  103. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    I thought this was a reasonable price so I wasn't hoping to get something for nothing......but these days getting something for a reasonable price is pretty exciting and pretty tempting. I was watching a Machinery Pete video discussing tractors that were selling above what he thought was their...
  104. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    I'm very disappointed that they are from Iceland. I was expecting Russia.
  105. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    I'm not immune either but nothing during this exchange puts me at any serious risk.
  106. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    Oh man, this was the tractor of my dreams. M7040. Under 1000 hours. 3rd function plumbed and on joystick. Pictures looked just right for 1000 hours typical wear. $23,000. Yes, low for today's market but even two years ago that would have been about right or high. At a dealer the price on that...
  107. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    True. But the educated and uneducated geniuses have their moments too. See that all the time.
  108. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    Funny, I sold thousands of dollars of super high end stereo equipment for a cousin from a different state who had passed away. At great prices too. Craig's List and eBay.
  109. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    Don't worry. It has been fairly clear that it was a scam from the onset. They have not gotten any info from me that they could not get easily enough without my help. Since before I started this thread I have essentially just been toying with them. My practice cannot be endangered as I only used...
  110. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    I did do an image search on the images and got nothing. These folks are at least trying a little harder than those Nigerian princes.
  111. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    Here is the website for the shipper. On surface looks legit but weird spelling and syntax errors throughout. Also, phone and fax number are the same. https://continentalfreightshippers.com/index.php
  112. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    I just got the "invoice". It says that there is a form that needs to be "filled up".
  113. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    No answer at the number. I'm done.
  114. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    So here is the next email: I was contacted by Continental Freight Shippers that you have already received the invoice. Now you must call them and ask about the next step. From my side everything is done, I got ready all the papers work that you need to register the tractor in your name...
  115. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    Don't see it as a data collection scam. Too little contact info to be worth it. The word "sealed" is odd and probably a tell. But, she could just mean that it is in storage. So I'm still waiting for the punch line. My guess is that the "shipping" company will request $500 or something along...
  116. N80

    Scam? I think so.

    In another thread I was complaining about a listing on Craig's list that sounded too good to be true and that the person who listed it replied back to me once and then not again. Well, today I got a reply with a name and the pictures I requested. The tractor looks fantastic. The location of the...
  117. N80

    Used tractor. Title?

    I was well prepared for going into an unknown situation with a lot of cash. As for what I’m looking for: pre-emissions, 60-100 hp, MFWD, loader, no cab. Preferably Kubota or JD. Prefer less than 2000 hours but that depends on overall condition. From what I can tell this is what everyone else...
  118. N80

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

    I used stainless steel zip ties to secure heat shielding around hoses on my track car. Those suckers were expensive. Not reusable and had to be trimmed.
  119. N80

    Used tractor. Title?

    Thanks guys. Had not thought about a lien. Rant: The sale never happened. It seemed too good to be true and it was. 70hp tractor with loader. In the one picture on Craig's list it looked good. Had been in Craig's list for 3 days. About 2 hours away from me. Original owner. "Excellent"...
  120. N80

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

    “Tight” is the word. For me anyway.
  121. N80

    Used tractor. Title?

    Thanks guys. Claims he is original owner and has paperwork from dealer and maintenance records. I have emailed him but have not heard back to see if the tractor is still available.
  122. N80

    Used tractor. Title?

    So what does a bill of sale from an individual look like? Just a handwritten document? Should I have one prepared myself? Include serial number etc? Good idea to do the video. That's no problem.
  123. N80

    Used tractor. Title?

    Thanks. So if this works out I give him cash and drive away with a tractor.
  124. N80

    Used tractor. Title?

    I have the possibility of buying a used tractor this weekend from and individual (not a dealer). If it works out I will pay cash. I know this is a dumb question but do tractors have titles like a car? My current tractor was purchased new 17 years ago. If there was a title I don't remember one...
  125. N80

    Mattock Handles. Why?

    I thought about narrowing it in the middle down through the grip for better appearance and lighter weight but figured I’d keep it thick for better strength.
  126. N80

    Mattock Handles. Why?

    Follow up to post #9 above. Cut a blank from the ash slab. Dried it over a heater vent for a week or so. Turned handle on the lathe. The handle hole is round and tapered. The ash was very hard. Took a long time to cut it down. Got a little tear out in a few places but sanded it smooth. Made...
  127. N80

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

    Reading the DSM is a sign of mental illness or that you are a psychiatrist. And if my psychiatrist friends are any indication the two things are about the same. ;-)
  128. N80

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

    Being of Scottish lineage I reuse the big ones.
  129. N80

    I know what it is. What can I do with it.

    My wife commented that it looked like a pig too.
  130. N80

    I know what it is. What can I do with it.

    @MossRoad , I saw that restoration video. And I am glad there are people out there doing that sort of things with old tools. He does nice work. More than I'd be willing to do to fix up a tool that apparently has no application in the modern world. It does not open wide enough to be much of a...
  131. N80

    I know what it is. What can I do with it.

    A friend of mine bought out a shop full of vintage vehicles and tools and apparently this was among some of the stuff. I have no idea why but he left it by my door. It is an asbestos shingle cutter. Says so right on the front. I actually have a small pile of asbestos shingles that were left...
  132. N80

    Ball park figure on long distance shipping?

    Update: Got pictures of the one with the good price. Badly repainted. Lots on dents and bent stuff. They quoted me about $3.50 per mile for around $1600. The shipping price was okay but the tractor was far too beat up to buy sight unseen and its too far to drive just to take a look at it. The...
  133. N80

    Ball park figure on long distance shipping?

    Thanks guys. Good thoughts all the way around. I am very hesitant to buy a tractor without seeing it. But in the current climate if you want a 70+ hp, pre-emissions MFWD tractor/loader in decent condition not only will you pay top dollar you also have to move fast. One of these machines is what...
  134. N80

    Ball park figure on long distance shipping?

    I'm looking at a couple of Kubota M7040 tractors and may possibly buy one of them sight unseen. They are both around 350 miles away. I've tried plugging in the numbers at FR8STAR but I can't get a confirmation email in order to get the estimate. I have a truck and trailer capable of handling...
  135. N80

    JD 5425 planetary noise.

    Front hubs. No doubt about it.
  136. N80

    JD 5425 planetary noise.

    I'm not concerned about his tractor. I know he heard the noise. For whatever reason, I just didn't want to ask him if his tractor was broken while he was doing me a favor. I mostly want to know if this is typical or not when it comes time for me to look at and/or buy a used one like his. My...
  137. N80

    JD 5425 planetary noise.

    Not sure but I think so.
  138. N80

    JD 5425 planetary noise.

    Diff lock not engaged. Noise definitely coming from planetary gears. No doubt about that.
  139. N80

    JD 5425 planetary noise.

    It was on dirt and grass but that was my impression as well.
  140. N80

    JD 5425 planetary noise.

    Earlier this week my across-the-road neighbor brought his JD 5425 over to move some pallets of bricks and cinder blocks that my tractor could not hope to move. (He had nothing on the rear for ballast and those pallets made even the 5425 visibly light in the rear tires, double wheel weights and...
  141. N80

    Need help. No water.

    I checked the pressure on the tank. It has about 18 psi in it.
  142. N80

    Need help. No water.

    The label on the well pipe says it is 250’ deep. The pump was at 150’. We measured that. The hose pipe was wet at 60’ so water level was just 60’ down. It took three of us to get it out.
  143. N80

    Need help. No water.

    Thanks. Not the way I wanted to spend a vacation day. But as always down here it was interesting to see how small rural communities work. In addition to my brother in law and the retired plumber, two very competent neighbors came by to help. All the tools we needed right at hand. A big part of...
  144. N80

    Need help. No water.

    Update: It was the pump. Or, now that the new pump is in, everything is working. There was nowhere in this county to buy a pump but my brother-in-law knew a recently retired plumber with a small warehouse behind his house and he just happened to have a pump. We got it in just before dark. Don't...
  145. N80

    Need help. No water.

    Replaced pressure switch. Switched on the breaker. Tank fills. Pressure comes up to 40. Pressure switch still DOES NOT turn off. Just sits there at 40 psi but switch stays on. Open the tap and it runs like gangbusters for a minute then stops. After a minute it starts to run again. Same as...
  146. N80

    Need help. No water.

    Update: Pressure switch looks fine from the outside. Got voltage all the way out to the well head. Tank has about 18-20 pounds of pressure when empty so tank is okay. Removed pressure switch and it is gunked up and rusty looking inside. Waiting for wife to get back with new switch. Still...
  147. N80

    Need help. No water.

    Down at my cabin for a week vacation of hunting and projects and now have no water and can't figure out why. This is what happens: Turn faucet on and water runs, slows down, stops. A minute or so later it comes back on. Watching the pressure gauge on the tank under the cabin it will cycle...
  148. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    Well there’s that one little problem…..
  149. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    I’ve been looking into a ssqa. Was hoping to get a bigger tractor and not need the ssqa since my bucket will need pretty extensive modification and I do not weld.
  150. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    I keep mine at max inflation. There is no appreciable difference in ride quality for the types of things I do. Mine are not radials. If under inflated at all the bead will come off with a heavy load on uneven terrain.
  151. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    Just today I had a log on the clamp on bucket forks and it would barely roll back the bucket. Had to go super slow to get it on the sawmill. Loader inputs had to be super slow or it would drop suddenly. Front tires bulging.
  152. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    In terms of moving quickly, I tried to go by the place last Saturday. They were closed and do not post their hours. Today was the earliest I could get by there. The tractor in question was there but was sold. I didn’t even bother looking it over. I’m not too concerned about typical wear and...
  153. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    So @5030, when you restored your tractor did you rattle can the paint or did you have it done professionally....or do you have a paint sprayer?
  154. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    Looking at the pics of the M9000 it looks like the exhaust comes up from a hole in the hood. Does the exhaust stack have to be removed to raise the hood? That would be awkward trying to inspect the engine compartment tomorrow.....if the tractor is even still there.
  155. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    Open station plain Jane is what I’m looking for. I’ll even remove a canopy if it has one. I would love a cab but neither a canopy or cab would last long for the environment I work in.
  156. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    I bought the shop and parts manual for my L4400 as soon as I bought the tractor. It has been useful and has paid for itself several times over.
  157. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    Agree. The problem here is that both of the tractors I have considered were not what I would call a good deal. Pretty much everyone here agreed that they were overpriced for their condition and they still sold. But, in reality that means they were not overpriced. They are priced at what the...
  158. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    Yes. Its just that this used equipment dealer is nearby and he seems to prefer Kubota. Prices on comparable JD are similar. Can't find any JDs within a couple hundred miles.
  159. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    The tractor is no longer on the dealer's web site. Still on Tractor House but I suspect it is sold. Did not last long. Apparently you have to move pretty quick on these things.
  160. N80

    Log Cabin Fireplace/chimney advice needed.

    We did have a written contract but there were no stipulations for breech. Do not really want to pursue legal action. However, if he does not come pick up his stuff and return what is left of our down payment I will. My logic for keeping the brick and block is that the brick was chosen...
  161. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    I have no idea who owned it. I thought that stuff on the rear axle was long grass but it might be baler twine. I think if it was an ag tractor it must have been part of a large operation since it has number decals on it. @5030 Thanks for the tip on the PTO brake. Will check that out. I...
  162. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    Another question. On the rear of this tractor just above and to the right of the PTO shaft there is hydraulic hose and a hydraulic connector. Looks like the hose goes forward. Any idea what that is? Also, it has a fire extinguisher, what looks like a back-up beeper and unit numbers on it. I...
  163. N80

    Log Cabin Fireplace/chimney advice needed.

    I have no plans to attempt the fireplace and chimney myself. That's way beyond me. I would only do the opening for it, the finish carpentry and roof flashing. Not sure if the masons do the flashing or not. From the amount of block he had delivered it looks like the bulk of the chimney was going...
  164. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    The 8 speed transmission is no problem for me. No hay baling. Most of what I'm looking for in a larger tractor is higher lifting capacity of the loader (compared to my 4400) and three point. Already assumed front tire replacement. All fluids and filters too of course. The two together is no...
  165. N80

    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    Not long ago I posted a thread about getting a bigger tractor to go with my Kubota L4400. I want a pre-emissions tractor with at least 60hp. 4wd. Loader. No cab. I found a Kubota M7040 locally. Beat up all over but mechanically sound. 1500 hours. $28,500. Dealer came down to $27,500 but I just...
  166. N80

    Log Cabin Fireplace/chimney advice needed.

    I built a small log cabin kit on my property almost 20 years ago. Built it myself along with friends and family. We did not have the money to have a fireplace put it. We now have the money to do it and finally found a contractor to do the job. He has been utterly unreliable. He was contracted in...
  167. N80

    Need cattle advice

    I don't know much about raising cattle. But I have helped on my in-law's ranch a good bit. Mostly on the 'veterinary' side. Down cows, putting IVs in, plus routine stuff like shots and worming. About 400 head before the calves come. But, I've ridden with my nieces. They castrate right after...
  168. N80

    Need cattle advice

    I have family nearby. Cattle ranchers. My property borders theirs. They keep a few cows/steers for their own consumption. Almost entirely grass fed. And it isn't good. They don't even like it. When we would have a cookout and they would bring their own burgers their now grown kids would watch...
  169. N80

    A sign of the times

    I am a family physician in South Carolina. There are four doctors in our clinic. We are supposed to have 5 or 6. We are below 50% understaffed in terms of support staff, medical assistants, nurses, front office etc. In the last year there has not been a single application for a physicians and...
  170. N80

    Sawmill question about posts/beams.

    I wish there was a "saw milling" subforum on this site. It seems to make sense. There are a number of us here who have one, they are becoming very popular, and for me my tractor is an integral part of the process from skidding to loading the mill. I requested this a while back but got no reply.
  171. N80

    Sawmill question about posts/beams.

    Thanks guys. In terms of stickers, I've got most everything on 1x1 stickers that are two feet apart. Posts and 2x lumber are in one big stack outdoors with a tarp just on the top. Planning a separate stack for 2x lumber soon. Pine boards are in a smaller stack in a shed. Oak and ash boards go...
  172. N80

    Sawmill question about posts/beams.

    I'll dry these 4x4s a month or so. I know they say a year is better but I've got some posts in the drying pile that are at least 50% lighter than when first cut and they've only been on there a few months. We'll see. Even a total disaster here won't be a big deal. If they twist into pretzels...
  173. N80

    Sawmill question about posts/beams.

    Thanks guys. These rails will go on a log cabin. Actually a porch rather than a deck but a deck will follow. The logs on the cabin are pine also and they are all checked so checking will be fine. The rails on the steps leading down from the porch were made with commercial treated 4x4s. They have...
  174. N80

    Sawmill question about posts/beams.

    Excellent. That simplifies things a lot. I should be able to get at least 2 with no heartwood and one with centered heartwood out of most of the logs in my pile. Got plenty of standing pines that are 20” if I need them.
  175. N80

    Sawmill question about posts/beams.

    Short term drying. Loblolly pine. They will be showing. They will be deck railing. Not a fancy deck. They will remain sough cut. Heavily stained with opaque stain.
  176. N80

    Sawmill question about posts/beams.

    Got a new saw mill. New at this. I need a pile of pine 4x4s for deck railing. Looking at store bought 4x4s most of them include heartwood from the middle of the tree. I assume that this gives them some stability in terms of bending and twisting. Just wondering how critical this is because if it...
  177. N80

    This place controls just like google does.

    You got any cheap OSB or plywood?
  178. N80

    This place controls just like google does.

    The house I live in is pre-plywood. The roof sheathing is boards on the diagonal. The floor underlayment is as well. Super strong. All of the lumber is actual dimension (2x4 =2"x4") and all of it is square edged. All of the wood is very hard and has very tight grain. Exterior window sills went...
  179. N80

    This place controls just like google does.

    Just bought a sawmill. That can't help much with plywood and OSB but in the short time I've had it I have a substantial pile of posts and 2x stuff and my son-in-law has a pile too. His is all cedar. Conventional wisdom is that a hobby mill will not pay for itself for the average individual and...
  180. N80

    Mattock Handles. Why?

    Agreed. I wrote a short, sad but true story about it once. But I think in the story I used the term pick axe rather than mattock but I’m not sure. Been a long time since I looked at it.
  181. N80

    Mattock Handles. Why?

    I just don’t know how to use it. Don’t know how to sharpen a chainsaw chain either. It’s a wonder I’ve made it to 59.
  182. N80

    Mattock Handles. Why?

    Not when the head slides down as soon as you raise it. I understand what you are saying but as mentioned there are plenty of situations where there is not an opportunity to add momentum in that way and if you are constantly creating momentum just to keep the head on then that’s just wasted...
  183. N80

    Mattock Handles. Why?

  184. N80

    Mattock Handles. Why?

    I've got the ash slabs in the basement. Will cut a blank out soon since it will dry faster than the slab. Will give it a try putting near the heat but the cold weather is going to be gone soon so I might just leave a fan blowing on it.
  185. N80

    Mattock Handles. Why?

    Only if you are swinging it like a bat with every swing. Not very realistic in my experience.
  186. N80

    Mattock Handles. Why?

    @California They are practically identical. When I saw your post I went right down to my shop and put the wire wheel on mine. But, I cannot find any stamped letters of any sort.
  187. N80

    This place controls just like google does.

    That's great. I mean that genuinely. My point is in regard to income. I get that more members = more hits, etc etc. But I doubt that 1 or 10 or maybe even 100 member's activity translates into that much money especially if they are not heavy posters. Don't get me wrong, I'm one who believes that...
  188. N80

    This place controls just like google does.

    And that's a good thing, right? Totally agree that words have lost their meaning. Words like 'awesome' and 'hero' and 'truth' have pretty much lost any meaning at all. And that's a loss that is bigger than most people understand. But, the word 'love' has always had a very broad range of meaning...
  189. N80

    This place controls just like google does.

    Not sure about that. If I leave the owner would never know the difference. If 100 of us left the owner might notice. If we ALL left.........well, what are the odds. But there is another aspect to it. I would miss this site greatly if it was gone. If you know where to look and who to trust here...
  190. N80

    This place controls just like google does.

    I don't pay to be here. I don't own the site. I'm free to leave and never come back. I see myself as a guest and a member. And my membership hinges on two things: TBN allowing me to be here and my desire to be here. I have been a member of a number of paid sites that allowed off topic political...
  191. N80

    This place controls just like google does.

    That's what people tend to forget.
  192. N80

    This place controls just like google does.

    Just the opposite experience here. I've been around the internet, as we all have. Now I only frequent three internet forums with any regularity. This is one of them. All the rest are inferior unless you enjoy bickering, heavy handed moderating and reliably bad information.
  193. N80

    This place controls just like google does.

    Can't speak to the issue at hand but I've been a member here for at least 15 years (I think) and it has remained one of the best internet forums of any type I have ever come across for the whole time. Consistently friendly, civil and extremely helpful. A lot of that has to do with the good folks...
  194. N80

    Mattock Handles. Why?

    I've never tried it but you are correct water doesn't last any time at all. I can't remember what my son-in-law uses. It might have been mineral oil but it might have been linseed oil. I bet mineral oil is cheaper.
  195. N80

    Mattock Handles. Why?

    Agree. This mattock needs attention. Every time I use it I think I need to do something better than two nails but I just don’t use it often. It is ancient. It was my grandfather’s and he died in 1968. ( He owned a hardware store) and I suspect it came from there. The handle is also bone dry. I...
  196. N80

    Chipper Advice on PTO Chipper

    I have heard other people say that too. And I’m sure it has a lot to do with expectations, what you are chipping, how fast you work, etc. But I have had just the opposite experience. It took no time to fill my daughter’s full sized pickup. Ice pulled a cedar tree down and I chipped it up in no...
  197. N80

    Mattock Handles. Why?

    I used my old one yesterday. Chopping roots with the axe end Head held in place with bent nails. The head is loose as can be. Without the nails it wouldn’t stay in place at all. Might try the gasket trick that @oosik mentioned.
  198. N80

    Need advice on a larger chainsaw for an older guy.

    Did some more felling today. (Ice storm a month ago has left a good many topped pines). Saw still bogging some. I’m not going to rush out and get a bigger saw but at this point it is officially on the wish list.
  199. N80

    Chipper Advice on PTO Chipper

    I have choked my WC68 once. It was with wet matted up red cedar branches full of green needles. It choked in the output chute. In other words, those wet green needles clogged the chute not the flywheel box or cutters. I would assume that the WC88 has a larger output chute which would help. But...
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