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  1. mcmxi

    Which WICKED Grapple? A Guide.

    I hadn't realized that hedgehogs live under rocks but I guess it's a thing. 😂 Seriously though, EA is no more so whatever you do, don't go placing an order on their site if it's still active.
  2. mcmxi

    Fatal Tractor Rollover

    The "rules" couldn't be any clearer: ROPs down - do not wear a seat belt ROPs up - wear a seat belt Cab - wear a seat belt Your chances of surviving a crash are very low once you're ejected from the vehicle. It's easy to get complacent about safety, and the adage "familiarity breeds contempt"...
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    Need a recommendation: log splitters

    All I can add is that I have an Oregon 22 ton log splitter that I bought used for $1,200. It has a Honda engine and has split maple that I couldn't split with axes or with wedges and a sledge hammer. It's not fast, but it works well. I might not be as pleased with it if I'd bought it new for...
  4. mcmxi

    Add another Challenger to the TBN inventory

    What an awesome tractor! Sorry if I missed it but are you going to repair and paint or replace the mesh grill. It would look like a new tractor with a nice black grill. Also, what will you pulling around with this beast while haying? Hopefully you'll post some photos of it in operation.
  5. mcmxi

    To CAB or NOT

    Congratulations on the new tractor! That looks like a really good tractor and I like the layout of the cab and controls.
  6. mcmxi

    Really, really dumb question about difference between off road and on road diesel fuel.

    That's interesting. I'm not sure how the MDT would have the ability to stop a non-commercial vehicle for such an inspection. Commercial vehicles have to stop at a scale or inspection station, but non-commercial do not. The announcement was two years ago but I've never seen MDT stopping...
  7. mcmxi

    To CAB or NOT

    I went the two tractor route a few years ago and there are many advantages, with cost being the only real downside. Congratulations and looking forward to hearing and seeing what you chose.
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    To CAB or NOT

    There's no mystery here. Confirmation bias, ego and insecurity explain it all. Some people need to get validation from others that they made the right and best decision. When someone does what they do, or buys what they buy, in their minds it confirms that they were right all along and that...
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    Really, really dumb question about difference between off road and on road diesel fuel.

    You can hear stories anywhere that it can happen anywhere.
  10. mcmxi

    Tilt trailer

    I'm not going to weld anything to the trailer. I'll use 2"x3" heavy walled tubing that will work with the stake pockets to support a cantilevered deck that will extend rearward 3ft. I don't have a problem hauling the RCR1884 shown above, or the disc, but the RC3712 is a much bigger cutter. I...
  11. mcmxi

    Tilt trailer

    That's exactly the issue I face. In fact, I have to extend my 22ft trailer deck by 3ft this spring so that the M6060 and RC3712 will fit on. The disc fits without issue, but the RC3712 is long at 15ft-6in, and the transport wheels are set way towards the back. I calculated that with the front...
  12. mcmxi

    Tilt trailer

    Unless you want to get your tractor and some form of tow behind implement on the trailer too. Good luck doing that with an hydraulic dovetail trailer. Everyone's needs are different, so the blanket statement about what's best is redundant. I have a double gang 8ft disc and a Landpride RC3712...
  13. mcmxi

    Tilt trailer

    I just sold a MidSota 22ft dovetail trailer last week for $900 more than I paid for it three years ago. I sold it because I replaced it with a PJ T8 deckover hydraulic tilt trailer that works way better for me. I can fit either tractor with the deckover, and much prefer the one-piece deck...
  14. mcmxi

    To CAB or NOT

    That's an interesting idea, and it would be good to be able to lock the doors open and out of the way. But in reality, many doors on cabbed tractors are hinged on a B pillar which is typically located close the back of the cab, so there wouldn't be much in the way of support for the door, which...
  15. mcmxi

    Coffee scoops and coffee makers

    Yes, the power of suggestion! :coffee:
  16. mcmxi

    Coffee scoops and coffee makers

    I roasted some Guatemalan beans this evening. There's Costa Rican beans on the left, which when morning rolls around will have been roasted four days ago.
  17. mcmxi

    To CAB or NOT

    I'm not really tracking with all these "bees or wasps in the cab" thing. Modern factory installed cabs do a good job of keeping just about everything out.
  18. mcmxi

    To CAB or NOT

    How often do you hear of someone upgrading from an open station to a cab as compared to going the other way? I bet that's a one-way street for most, just as it was for me.
  19. mcmxi

    To CAB or NOT

    Hvordan går det? I'm not old!! :ROFLMAO:
  20. mcmxi

    To CAB or NOT

    I ran a Kubota BX25D for five years up here in MT. I dressed appropriately for the cold, but you can never avoid getting blasted in the face when blowing snow (front mount), but it was bearable. I didn't do much mowing with the BX, maybe 1-1/2 acres, so other than the awful ride it was ok. I...
  21. mcmxi

    Coffee scoops and coffee makers

    I'm sitting here enjoying my second cortado of the morning and I'm definitely caught up in "all of that". I like to wait at least three days before I start using the coffee I've roasted. I try to schedule roasting so that I roast a new batch the same day I start to use beans roasted three or...
  22. mcmxi

    Really, really dumb question about difference between off road and on road diesel fuel.

    I drove all the way across WA state and then Idaho without any issues, other than clogged fuel filters which resulted in 20mph top speed on big hills on I90. Still not interesting enough for any cop to pull me over. :LOL:
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    Really, really dumb question about difference between off road and on road diesel fuel.

    Isn't that the truth. Up here in the great state of Montana, when a city cop or state trooper pulls you over for speeding and you tell them that you have a revolver on your hip, a machine gun and shotgun behind the seat, and a thousand rounds of ammo on board, they pet your dog, ask you what...
  24. mcmxi

    Tractor shopping

    There are lots of good tractors out there. All I said is that Kubota has proven to be one of the most reliable brands available with a huge dealer network. Kubota shows up year after year as being a very solid and well-proven product, and tend to sell a lot more units than some other...
  25. mcmxi

    Tractor shopping

    Kubota has a very good track record for just about every aspect of ownership. I have no doubt that there are more than a few other brands making good products, but for me there's only one choice and it's the original orange. I looked closely at Kioti before I bought the M6060 but the lack of a...
  26. mcmxi

    No Trailer Tie Down Points On My Kubota?

    I like free so I welded on some old D rings after cutting them off a custom Jeep bumper that I made about 20 years ago. The old rear bumper had some D rings too so I repurposed them when I added a front weight bracket to the M6060.
  27. mcmxi

    Why Can't Someone Make a Good 12' Batwing Cutter?

    This is a good thread. I've been circling the rabbit hole for a while and could really use a 12' flex wing or batwing. I've looked at the TS10 and they're incredibly expensive these days i.e. $20k or more. I'm hoping to find something on the used market but no luck so far.
  28. mcmxi

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    There are various semi-auto rifles that allow the gas to be "turned off" or dialed in but I've not seen a 3-position, lever adjustable gas block for on the fly changes, but that doesn't mean that they're not available. The holy grail of semi or full auto rifles was to be able to run (cycle the...
  29. mcmxi

    Coffee scoops and coffee makers

    Yes, a good grinder is worth the investment. Not only are the burrs vastly superior, they're also replaceable, and the grinder will give years of service. In truth, what you're really paying for is consistency in grind size when you look at models $300 and more, and ideally $500 and more. By...
  30. mcmxi

    Coffee scoops and coffee makers

    I got back this afternoon from a week-long work trip to Geneseo, IL. In addition to dropping by my favorite coffee shop each morning, I picked up a bag of beans this morning on my way to the airport. I don't typically love Ethiopian coffee but hopefully this will make some nice espresso for my...
  31. mcmxi

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    It's a fun game, but with today's cheap and accurate range finders it's of little practical use. Knowing the height of the target isn't practical, and range errors can be significant. That said, it's still a good skill to have in the back pocket and kind of neat to put an old math formula to...
  32. mcmxi

    Everything Attachments poll

    It's a sickness ... a spreadsheet addiction. 😅
  33. mcmxi

    Everything Attachments poll

    Here's my Everything Attachments shopping history.
  34. mcmxi

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    I don't agree that a suppressor should be treated like a firearm. It's ludicrous that someone can walk into a gun shop, buy a firearm and ammunition and walk out the door, but can't do the same for a dumb tube. I work in the firearms industry as an engineer and have for years working for...
  35. mcmxi

    Coffee scoops and coffee makers

    Absolutely re the scale. I use a Hottop KN-8828B-2K (upgraded after a year with UK-105 kit to a KN-8828B-2k+) running on Artisan software to roast beans. I grind beans using a Eureka Oro Mignon single dose grinder and brew with an ECM Synchronika that has the ECM E61 flow control and ECM...
  36. mcmxi

    Coffee scoops and coffee makers

    I bought my espresso machine, grinder, scales and a variety of other accessories from Whole Latte Love. I bought a grinder for a friend this past Christmas. She's into pour overs so I got her a Fellow Ode Brew Gen 2 from WLL. For anyone interested in a scale for coffee, I'd highly recommend...
  37. mcmxi

    Coffee scoops and coffee makers

    I learn every day too and hope that never changes. About five days ago I roasted a Costa Rica & Guatemala blend and just started it this morning. It's wonderful and definitely something I'd drink as a straight espresso if I were into them. That's always my goal when roasting, to produce a...
  38. mcmxi

    Coffee scoops and coffee makers

    Sweet and ditto, but with a dual boiler espresso machine. Like many things, the rabbit hole is as deep as you want it to be. Cost is always an interesting topic, and just as a good implement can provide a lifetime of service, the same can be true for high end coffee equipment if used and...
  39. mcmxi

    Coffee scoops and coffee makers

    I get carried away at times so my apologies. Coffee is a big deal for me, as are tractors. I roasted some Guatemalan beans this morning. (y) One thing to remember re coffee is that there's no right or wrong. If you like it that's all that matters. I suppose that's true about most things in...
  40. mcmxi

    Coffee scoops and coffee makers

    I'm one of the "I'm serious about coffee" types. I've owned and used many systems over the years, and have been roasting beans at home for a couple of years now. I use Artisan software to control the roasting process and am pleased with the results. Once beans are roasted, they're only good...
  41. mcmxi

    Status of Everything Attachments

    For the record, the quotes surrounding the text indicate that I was quoting @Skagit . Also for the record, I've seen cross members crushed and or torn on box blades with the scarifiers passing through the cross member. I'd rather have overbuilt if possible.
  42. mcmxi

    Status of Everything Attachments

    My decision making process mirrored yours. I wanted a tough grapple to dig up and move boulders on my property with occasional log and brush work. My only regret is that I bought the Wicked 60 rather than the Wicked 66. I didn't know at that time that I'd buy an M6060 to join the MX. I...
  43. mcmxi

    Status of Everything Attachments

    You seemed to have good things to say about EA a little over a year ago. I use their land leveler regularly on my driveways with great results and have zero issues with the design. https://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/threads/hd-box-blade.461814/post-6439496 "Just make sure whatever you buy...
  44. mcmxi

    Status of Everything Attachments

    Thanks for the information. This isn't good when a big conglomerate owns lots of brands and pretends that there's competitive pricing when really there isn't. Given that all three "manufacturers" have the same implement, perhaps CEG is owned by AG too. I already have an old 8ft Schaffer...
  45. mcmxi

    Status of Everything Attachments

    And as I've said before, I'm not aware of any implement manufactures doing and showing the testing that Ted did, or the transparency with factory tours showing where, how and by whom these implements were being made. There's so much deceit out there with companies pretending to make products in...
  46. mcmxi

    Which Brands/Models Have Power Shuttle Options in the Compact Utility Tractor Class?

    I have a Kubota M6060 F8/R8 with creep range and hydraulic shuttle. It's a beast of a tractor compared to my MX6000. Both have four cylinder engines putting out mid 60s hp but the M feels like it has a lot more power and torque. I would have ordered an M7060 with the F12/R12 if I hadn't come...
  47. mcmxi

    Status of Everything Attachments

    For someone who has made zero investment in any of this having neither bought or ordered anything from EA you sure do have a lot to say about it. What is your definition of "siding with Ted"? I want EA to get through this so is that siding with Ted? I've had nothing but a good experience with...
  48. mcmxi

    Status of Everything Attachments

    I agree with your post in its entirety. I've made five purchases from EA over the past few years without any issues. I own a Wicked 60 grapple, Wicked box blade, Wicked land leveler, tooth bar and tractor weights, all purchased from Ted. Everything has been outstanding in terms of the...
  49. mcmxi

    Correct use of shuttle shifter

    Excellent information, thanks very much. I thought I was directly engaging/disengaging clutch packs when I depress the clutch, but actually I'm simply activating or deactivating the hydraulic clutch controlled by the shuttle. That's cool. I knew that there weren't dry clutch discs inside the...
  50. mcmxi

    Correct use of shuttle shifter

    I have to feather the clutch when backing up to a trailer or implement, putting the loader back on or swapping out loader attachments. I use the accelerator pedal and manual clutch just like a car/truck when I need fine control of the position of the tractor. I also reduce rpm to a minimum...
  51. mcmxi

    Fuel filter upgrade on a BX25DLB .... only took five years!

    Thanks, and a screen at the top of the fuel filler neck would be great ... I'll try to find one, or make one. I recently purchased a JohnDow 106 gallon diesel storage tank that has an auto shut off nozzle so hopefully it'll be easier to keep crap out of the fuel tank since I won't be holding up...
  52. mcmxi

    Fuel filter upgrade on a BX25DLB .... only took five years!

    I've had a BX for five years now and finally got around to upgrading the fuel filter system to eliminate the inline filter near the fuel tank. This is a well known upgrade that replaces the small inline filter with a larger filter in a location that makes filter changes and filter monitoring a...
  53. mcmxi

    Want to buy a dump trailer, kinda torn here.

    I don't have anywhere near the experience of many here when it comes to trailers but I do pull a 16' PJ dump trailer with my '02 F250 7.3L and so far have no issues to report. I haul a full load (~7,500 lb) of firewood off a Titan Class V frame mounted hitch and B&W triple ball "tow and stow"...
  54. mcmxi

    HST fluid level (Sightglass) location MX5400

    I took this photo this morning and was going to say that I don't seem to have a problem determining if the hydraulic oil is at the right level, but it occurred to me that I might have a problem if it weren't for the bubble at the top of the sight glass. There might be some red dye in my future...
  55. mcmxi

    HST fluid level (Sightglass) location MX5400

    I'm sure you know where all the filters are located and which filter does what, but these photos of the filters on my MX6000 might be helpful. Engine oil filter - right side, near bottom and front of engine block. Fuel filter - right side, under hood, towards top and front of engine block...
  56. mcmxi

    HST fluid level (Sightglass) location MX5400

    Thanks! :p It's a new tractor with less than 10 hours on it and I've only used it to push snow with the snow blade and drag some snow with the rear blade. It won't be anywhere near as clean come the spring and summer!
  57. mcmxi

    HST fluid level (Sightglass) location MX5400

    I have an MX6000 and the sight glass is indeed to the left of the PTO. The dealer appeared to do a good job of getting the correct amount of oil in the system. I spent a few minutes the other day identifying and locating the various filters including oil, fuel, transmission and hydraulic.
  58. mcmxi

    New member from Montana!

    Thanks for the welcome! Now that I can post photos on this forum, here are my two Kubotas. The MX was dropped off this morning after having the top-n-tilt, two rear remotes and armrests installed. The BX is set up for snow removal on approximately 9,000 sq.ft of asphalt which includes my...
  59. mcmxi

    New member from Montana!

    Hi there! I live in NW Montana and have a BX25DLB (loader and backhoe) that I bought new five years ago along with a lot of attachments. A couple of weeks ago I bought a new Kubota MX6000 with a heavy duty bucket, front snow blade with 3rd function valve, rear blade with top-n-tilt, two rear...
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