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    UTV - Trying to Decide

    I seriously considered a Kubota (like my tractor) but dealers are 2 hour drives away plus most of their mechanics are not very familiar with other than AG grade tractors. Yamaha is also a fine brand, but the local dealer is "into" sales, not service, and it's primarily for motorcycles. So, a...
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    NOT a gun/ammo post - bow hunting advice needed

    Less than a month into "gun" deer season I've 2 decent sized deer skinned/gutted/aged in a cooler for 10 days/butchered/wrapped (plus some sausage). Sort of makes one think before pulling the trigger, i.e., how much work do I want to do this evening, the hauling/skinning/gutting part. All...
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    Favorite sayings (minus religion, politics)

    Most of the favorite sayings thread is great, but....some interject their view of religion or politics which is OK but possibly a bit more germane to forums on such topics and not one on tractors/country living. So, try these out: "Common sense is not so common." usually attributed to Mark...
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    Cell/internet reception in marginal areas

    This web site is squirrely tonight (locks up a lot). Anyhow, I read a post a week or so ago on potential solutions to poor cell reception "out in the country". My situation with landline phone coverage is OK, albeit a bit expensive for "out of area" calls (defined las anywhere greater than 5...
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    Mounting/Dismounting Loader - stay in practice or forgettaboutit

    I've had an L3410 for a decade yet have taken the loader off only ? 7-8 times for close quarters work with the rotary cutter or to minimize weight when trailering for service. First time through I likely made every possible mistake and it took ~ 15 minutes to get it off and probably 30 to get...
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    Tough year for deer hunters?

    It's "work party" time at my hunt club (about 4000 acres in SC, no dog hunting), which means mucking around on rather hot days with bush hogging and tree branch trimming of the shooting lanes, stand maintenance (including zapping the wasp nests), food plot seeding and the like. I expect a...
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    snake zapper for my partner?

    OK, lots of new birds/squirrels/mice/etc being kicked, or wandering, out of nests in my area of SC, and so the snakes are ranging beyond their usual sheltered habitats. My wife isn't real fond of snakes, especially those with triangular heads (usually poisonous), and would like to dispatch any...
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    World Plowing Championship

    Reading the Wall Street Journal and sipping coffee early this AM I came across another tractor-related article (a few months there was one on the rapidly escalating prices for vintage tractors), with video on the web site .... the World Plowing Championship, this time in Austria. Twenty-three...
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    Old Tractors and Maserati Prices??

    The link is from the Wall Street Journal today (4/9) re. the escalating prices from a new variety of collectors. Though I appreciate and depend on my L3410, on which I've put about 650 hours in 5 years, it's not all that challenging to mow, box blade, rake, load, post hole dig, trench or...
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    750 hours and new engine

    I was perusing the local paper's ad section, looking to increase my collection of implements, and noted an L3300 (2000 vintage) with 750 hours for sale. The sale price was $2500 because the unit needed a new engine. How does one burn out a Kubota diesel in 750 hours - no servicing? high revs...
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    Hot cows

    I was riding my old (1996) cycle to a friend's place to help him with barbecueing 160 chickens for a church picnic - had to stop to photograph this scene. Air temperature was 93 degrees.
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    garden fence height

    As I progressively get my future retirement property into shape (currently laboring on a pond), I intend to put in vegetable garden. That means a fence, given critters such as deer and raccoons (undoubtedly rabbits are around, but I've not seen them). So, this fall I'm putting in the fence...
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    Top link loosening

    When brush cutting, the adjustable top link tends to gradually unwind (i.e., lengthen), and therefore the angle of the brush cutter changes. I start off with the brush cutter about level, and end up with it canted up in the front. That means the rear wheel digs in when I turn quickly, and I...
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    500H tractor & owner lessons

    Tractor - L3410 GST 4WD is fairly robust (the battery lasted 5 years; tires have same pressure as when new - no air ever added), and it has not been coddled except for more frequent lube/oil service than indicated in the maintenance manual...
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    500H tractor & owner lessons

    Tractor - L3410 GST 4WD is fairly robust. Routine service is not hard (why the fuss about 50 hour oil changes?), but the oil filter is a tad challenging to access.
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    air filter warning

    The air intake warning light (which I assume is supposed to mean that the filter is clogged or air intake is blocked) is gradually coming on around 2000 rpm, and reaching maximum brightness around 2400 rpm. I thought the filters were clean (less than 100 hours, and looked fine), but I changed...
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    grape arbor

    I'm putting in ornamental-type trees (the property already had oaks and pine) such as crab apple, ginko, crap myrtle, dogwood and bradford pear, so when I retire there in 5 plus years, they will be of reasonably decent size. I also plan a vegetable and fruit garden, and need to get into the...
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    front wheel cant

    I've a 2001 Kubota (L3410) with FWD, and the front wheels are canted inward by ? 3-5 degrees (top of tire further away from center). No problem - I didn't know why the tractor had been set up that way, but it works fine and I didn't give it a 2nd thought until --- I inspected a couple of New...
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    camera to TBN compression

    OK, I posted, months ago, a response to a query re. how one gets pictures from a good digital camera onto TBN, given the rather stringent compression needed (< 100kb). I recommended using Microsoft Picture Manager, a fairly uncomplicated program included in the Microsoft XP operating system -...
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    diesel comsumption, and preservative

    Just survived another 6 hours of brush/grass/weed cutting to clear off my property - wife's orders (per Rumpole - "she who must be obeyed"), as guests are coming next weekend. Anyhow, I've wondered if the tractor companies (mine's a Kubota L3410) select the size of the diesel tank for any other...
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    wife transporter

    My wife, aka "the boss", hauls plants, potting soil, shovels, rakes, hoses and the like around our 7.5 acre property 2-3 weekends of the month as we slowly landscape our retirement setting. By Sunday afternoon, she's dog tired. So am I, but I've seat time on a tractor to break up the real work...
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    tractor shelter

    3.5 years after acquiring my L3410 (and implements of destruction, aka brush cutter, box blade, FEL, post hole digger, chipper, york rake) to tame my 7.5 acres of brush, trees, bogs, poison ivy, and the like, it finally has a home. Such started as a concept for a simple garage, then with a...
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    tractor home out of control

    Needed a tractor shed, as it and the implements have been outdoors for the 4 years since purchase. On second thought, why not put in a bathroom to civilize the "country property" a bit? On third thought, why not a loft to store miscellaneous stuff? On fourth thought, how about a place to...
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    All purpose country buggy

    I've 7.5 acres of country property that my wife and I are, very gradually and with much "sweat equity", converting to a reasonably landscaped family compound. The query involves intra-property transportation. We can currently walk for miles (and do), but that won't continue indefinately, and...
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    electrical line size

    I've 2 questions for our resident electricians and contractors, as follows: 1. A contractor is putting up a garage/apartment (2 story) on my country property this Fall, something I'm really looking forward to having. Right now, I've 60 amp service for a well pump and incidental stuff. I'm...
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    crown on driveway

    I'm prepping out a single lane (15' wide, 3' shallow ditches on either side) 1000' dirt driveway on which I intend to place gravel. The dirt alone was adequate for infrequent personal use, in that I've only once in 3 years had to box blade a few loads of extra dirt on it to fill the shallow...
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    Tiller  tiller vs disc/harrow

    I've seen a number of posts, with photo attachments re. the field results, of tillers and of discs with a chain harrow attached (trailing the discs). Results look kind of similar, especially after a few passes with the disc/harrow. The tiller obviously does a better job on the first pass, but...
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    Post-dozer roadside dirt

    A number of dead trees on my property were too large (50 plus feet tall, 4 feet in diameter) for my chainsaw and tractor (and me) to handle, so I hired a crew to put in a road and haul out the trees. The bulldozer made a fine dirt road, appropriately crowned and with 1 foot ditches on the...
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    Dirt road grading

    I've a dirt road onto my 7.5 acre "country estate" (overgrown forest, brambles and poison ivy I've been working on for a year) that was fashioned with a bulldozer last year, with shallow (6" deep by 18" wide or so) ditches on each side and a mid-road elevation about 3-4 inches above the sides...
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    Depth & LIning of Trench

    OK, you folks helped me with the depth & covering of a drainage pipe (for the record, 35 feet of 6 inch schedule 40 PVC at 9 inches below surface, with dirt tightly packed around the sides of the pipe). After a major rain, the pipe works great and driving my tractor over such is fine, but I've...
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    Drainage pipe depth

    Like to thank those with advice on my query last week re. burying a drainage pipe deep enough to be safe (i.e., not bent or crushed when my tractor/Fel/boxblade rolls over it). Last weekend I placed a 6 inch PVC (thick, schedule 40) 9" under, from the top of the pipe to the surface. I packed...
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    Drainage pipe depth

    I've been filling in a low area on my property near a waterway (US intracoastal waterway), and need to run a drain pipe for a distance of about 25 feet so run-off from a small, natural ditch (which only fills after a hard rain) on adjacent land (US Forest Service) can pass through a short...
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    Land leveling

    I've finally brush cut 7.5 acres, trimmed the trees of low limbs, and filled in the major tree stump holes and the like with dirt. Now I'd like to smooth out the land a bit. It is fairly flat, and the soil is firm but not rocky. The land surface is "lumpy/bumpy" with depressions up to 5-6...
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    Rotary Cutter  Woods Brush Cutter Recall

    Hmm, my wife received a call from the tractor dealer that I should not (under any circumstances) use my brush cutter until the blades "or something" (my wife's interpretation - no comments please) were replaced. So, I've a Woods BB600, basically a "medium duty" (the "heavy duty" must be for...
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