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  1. Check with your extension service, here in PA, Penn State publishes a rate chart for custom machinery rates every year.
  2. You will love that bike. I rented one like that last summer in Chicago, rode to Racine, then to Milwaukee and back to Chicago. Would have loved to have it for a full week and do all of Wisconsin.
  3. Usually only see that country when it is covered with snow. On a good year we can ride down to Camden from Tug Hill. I hope to get a weekend up there this summer. Would love to ride up on the Harley.
  4. '62 bubble window BelAir with a 409, sweet! Bet it had the bench seat with four on the floor. Would be a real race car with the factory delete radio and heater. There is one like that around here in maroon.
  5. The Harley museum is great. Told my wife I spent 6 hours there and she just looked at me and said, what were you looking at all that time? A CaseIH museum would be great! I rode to and stayed in Racine the first night. I wanted to do the CaseIH factory tour, but they were on shutdown the week I was there. Toured the SC Johnson house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright instead. Rode to Milwaukee and toured the Harley plant, then the Miller and Lakefront breweries on Friday. Saturday at the museum area and a ride up the coast of lake Michigan. Sunday rode back to Chicago for my training there during the next week.
  6. I rented a roadglide last summer in Chicago and rode to Milwaukee for the weekend. It only had 450 miles on it when I picked it up. I tried to double the mileage before I returned it, but I spent too much time at the harley museum! It was a very nice ride, the fixed fairing u s v very different. I'm not ready to get rid of my '13 ultra, but when I am, I will think about a road glide.
  7. They were predicting 18-24" for us in Berks County. We ended up with about 16" of a wet heavy snow/sleet mix. As soon as you touched it, it turned to crap, was very hard to moved, it packed up solid. Didn't help that all my places except my sister's place were gravel and the ground was not frozen. The stuff that didn't get touched yesterday plowed up nice today since it got cold overnight and the snow dried out. I wasn't quite ready for spring, but I was glad it was drying up, now we will be back to mud. I kept telling people that we could get a big dump in March, when they were talking about winter being over. Did get a chance to try out the new rig, 2015 Wrangler with a Boss plow, it worked great. It would be hard to get me back out on a open tractor. Have to resize pictures to post.
  8. Thanks for all the replies and advice. Anyone have any experience with the larger Champion brand units? I have a 3500 watt unit of theirs that works great. Only use it occasionally, but it starts up and runs great every time I need it. Did some shopping this week and have narrowed it down to either Generac or Champion. I like the general XG8000E, 8kw/10kw peak and the champion 100110, 9.2kw/11.5kw peak. Champion has to be ordered from Lowe's for $950 and I set it up. Generac is in stock at local dealer, all set up for $1369. This is only for backup and occasional use, so is it worth $445 more(after taxes) for the generac?
  9. Since I had to redo the electric panel with the new addition, I had the contractor add a generator transfer switch and outside plug receptacle. Was planning on a new generator, but haven't gotten around to getting one yet. We had bad storms on Saturday and were without power for about 12 hours, so the generator purchase has moved to the top of the list. I'm looking for around an 8000kw unit with electric start. I love Honda's, but they are really proud of them. I have a Champion 3500kw unit for the camper and to haul around if needed that has been trouble free, but am thinking I need something better quality than that for the house. Have been looking at Generac, but they have 3 or 4 different grades of units. So I am looking for some advice on brands, grades of machines, buying from a dealer, big box store or online, etc. Should I worry about an inverter style for clean power, or is a better grade standard generator good enough? Generac makes a neat unit for Lowe's, but it is exclusive to them so what about service or parts? Thanks in advance for the advice.
  10. Chris, I feel your pain in both equipment and building projects. Just got done with an addition on the house, and it was like pulling teeth to get contractors to bid on the job. Ended up with the contractor who built the house originally, and that even took effort to get them interested in the job. But we are very happy with the end result. On equipment, I was looking to add front auxiliary hydraulics to my Kubota. Company from down South has a kit you can buy specifically for my model, but they don't sell retail, only to dealers. So back in December, I go to the local dealer who I have dealt with before, salesman was too busy on the phone to deal with me so I get to talk to one of the owners. He takes down by information and knows exactly what I am looking for and talking about, says they will get back to me. I am still waiting, so last week I decided that I should just upgrade the tractor instead of spending the money on the smaller machine. I send an email to a local tractor jockey that specializes in Kubota last Monday, still haven't heard from him! What is the sense of having a email contact form, if you don't answer it. Ok, rant over, but I know what everyone is talking about. I have had this same discussion with my buddies.
  11. This is what I am looking at doing. Old boss told me when I got his job, that the office and desk would add 20 lbs. I didn't believe him, but he was right. Not out in the field and upper management stress does add up. All my clothes are too tight and I am tired of walking around uncomfortable all the time. I was eating fairly healthy, but too big of portions and way too many carbs, bread, cake, pizza, subs, and don't forget donuts! I love my craft beer also, that is going to be the hardest thing, but I can still do bourbon on the rocks. I would like to drop 20-30 lbs and then add back some healthy carbs like fruits and "bad" vegetables like potatoes and an occasional beer or two. I just turned 55 last week, so it doesn't happen as easily as when I was younger. It is good to hear all the success stories on here, keep up the good work guys! I'm looking forward to more energy and a clearer head. I get the winter itch, a dry burning itch on my back and torso, so bad at times, it wakes me up at night, hoping that adding more healthy fats will help my skin. I maybe if I lose enough it will clear up my sleep apnea and I can sleep without the cpap machine. It really is a lifestyle change and choice, I am hoping to keep up with it. My wife doesn't want to talk about diets, but she said that she will support me and hopes to get some benefits from it also. She has blood sugar issues, so the right eating plan could help that out. Good thread at the right time!
  12. I have one of their firehouse presentation jackets, I really like it. Works great as a casual sport coat. I haven't been to the new store in Philadelphia yet, need to make that trip sometime. Most likely a army mule that they have on display. Neat little early utility vehicles, always wanted one.
  13. I have one of those boxes that I have used for years for all my small deer hunting tools/items. Keeps everything organized in the truck and at camp, at end of season everything is cleaned and stored back in box. I was looking at Sears on line and in the store for some more to use for other hobbies. Thanks for post, now I have a source for them.
  14. We were just in Saint Pete the weekend before Christmas to visit our 18 month old grandson. It was nice to be in tee shirts in December. Actually sat out on the deck one evening enjoying a cigar and bourbon with my son in law until 11pm with no jackets. Didn't get outside of town this visit, but I did find out that the Harley dealer is only two miles from their house, so next visit I will be renting a bike and exploring. Sounds like you had a great trip!
  15. The audit cost around $500, but there was a 50% rebate from the electric company. They went over the entire house with an infrared thermometer, did the blower door test and checked out air leaks with a smoke generator. Electric company also provided a bunch of led bulbs and weatherstriping. You can also get a discount for adding insulation within 6 months. My main problem was air leaks, sloppy ductwork, and an older heat pump.