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About RBootsMI

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    St. Johns, MI
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    Logging, trucking, diesel power, Oliver, IH, and Silver King tractors

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  1. I would guess that you're probably right about the 5 year deal, but even if she had one in place, I don't think she'll be in the position to administrate it in 2 more years. Seems like the blue areas are always having some sort of work constantly being done while the rest of us live with what we have. Maybe she'll still try to raise the gas tax 45 cents, instead of the sales tax 2 cents. We can't raise sales tax because it hurts low income families allegedly. (Those with rent, heat, Internet assistance, and the $1200 foodstamp benefit since this covid stuff began)
  2. Beech and White oak seemed to weigh up the heaviest, but it was always just a guess of what weight you had behind you when you were loading it. Most average mixed species loads would be around 145,000 or so
  3. C15 powered W900 KW day cab, 18 Speed. He had some upgrades on the engine that bumped it up to 625 HP. I pulled a set of skeleton bunk B trains behind it. She was a real runner but would warm up fairly quickly on long grades in warm weather.
  4. We were gonna fix the damn roads but then our governor got sidetracked by her authoritarian ways with the Covid stuff. She never had a plan to fix the roads anyway, and as people get less and less interested in listening to or obeying her shut downs and mandates, she gets madder and tries to strike back harder. On the original topic, there ain't nothing like pulling 160,000 pounds of logs. I had hauled quite a few loads of veneer logs that were dropped at the Indiana border for them to pick up for a mill somewhere down there. By the looks of the little bunks on their trucks, it ain't no
  5. I had an issue like that with one of our 674s once. Everything pointed to the fuel solenoid being bad, it had good power to it, it clicked, but it ran better with it unplugged which definitely wasn't right. I had cleaned and had the carb apart about 4 times,but it always ran the same way. It would always run good at an idle, but not wide open or under load. So after I ordered a new solenoid and the tiny little jet, at around $125 for the pair, I had to wait a week or so for them to come in at the dealer. I wondered if I could get by using a regular adjustable main jet out of my Oliver Super 88
  6. I have a a Portage and Main, which are made in Saskatchewan Canada. It is a very well built unit, I really like it. It has 2 different inlet/outlets at the back, I'm using one side for the house, water heater, and 50,000 hanging heater in the garage. When I get my shop built, the other leg will go to heat that. Mine is not a gasification stove. It is very heavy though, 2800 pounds dry, so it made it very hard for fine adjustments when setting it unless you have some big equipment. It has a draft inducer to stoke it up if it is calling for more heat, but it rarely runs. It seems to be very goo
  7. With the oil over full, make sure it isn't just full of diesel from the pump seals leaking by. If it is, it will wipe the bearings out pretty quickly.
  8. Yes, the other guys are correct, they wear quick and are easier to change. A 994 is the largest loader Cat makes so everything is big, and this one worked in what used to be, and maybe still is, the world's largest limestone mine. It would grate the wear plates off very frequently, and they were changed before they would let the wear get into the actual cutting edge. The weld in edge I replaced was a spade nose edge, and that's what I replaced it with. The wear plates went in between the bucket teeth, of which I also had to weld the shanks onto the bucket for the teeth to fit on to. The wear p
  9. Welded a 19' long 5" thick spade nose cutting edge on a Cat 994 loader bucket back in my welding days. A TON of preheating was involved lol, hours and hours. I believe I welded it at 400 degrees. Then I had to bore about 50 holes through it to bolt the wear plates to it (it was a quarry machine). Had to heat it local around each hole to anneal it enough to bore the holes through it. Got to weld on some real interesting things back when I worked at the construction dealer as a welder.
  10. I've got a size 12 as well, which must be a popular size because a lot of the boots, regular leather included, that I've bought over the last 2 years I had trouble getting a 12, and noticed that it seemed like anything 10-13 were not available. If one place couldn't get a 12, it seemed like none of them could, but if I found a place that claimed they had 12's, I immediately ordered them. I almost think the Baffins are better for grip on slippery type stuff, only because they seem to concentrate the traction on those little star points on the sole, so they have less surface area to slide on whe
  11. I used to work in an equipment dealership, then worked on trucks a bit, never hired out work on our farm, always have done repair work for all the locals. A good friend recently asked me to rebuild his 619 JD engine after JD quoted him $24,000 for the engine work. I told him for as much as I'd like to, I don't want to. I always warranty my work, and a fluke deal could wipe out about $15,000 in parts and machine shop labor, and ruin a friendship. I don't need that kind of work, those aren't known to be a real bulletproof engine.
  12. I have a pair of Baffin Icebear boots, and a pair of Dunlop Purofort Explorer boots. Both are safety toe boots, and I think both have a composite toe. I use them for roadside right of way tree cutting all winter. I rotate them every other day as my feet sweat and I like them to be dry when I put them on. I like that the upper on the Dunlop boot is tighter, that way I can pull my pant legs down over it to keep the sawdust out. The Baffins have a bigger upper that I have to put a fold in it to pull my pant legs down over them, I hate sawdust in my socks! The Baffins are polyurethane and are supp
  13. Seems like we tried, or something tried to block out the sun a few million years back. An asteroid was it? Pretty sure it killed all the dinosaurs; we certainly don't need that happening again.
  14. You laugh... People seriously call central dispatch for a tree in the road. I'm on call 24/7, 365 days a year, I take the a call, many times in the middle of the night, head in for a tree in the road, and find...exactly what your picture is, a stick. Many times, if in the daytime in front of a house, the homeowner with come out and tell me they called it in because they didn't want anyone to hit it. I just want to scream at them "then get your lazy fat @ss off the f-ing porch and kick it out of the way like I did!" But I can't do that or I'd get fired, so I toss it in their yard, the same yard
  15. So true! I can run into a long drifted stretch with my tandem truck and V plow or my side plow, and if you start losing speed you better stop and back up for another run at it. Once that speed is lost and the snow is deep enough to run around behind the plow and chock the wheel for you, you're hung. And my truck is only a few years old, has full lockers, 435 HP, and weighs about 70,000 lbs with all of my winter stuff on it, and 16 or 17 ton of sand in the box. The only advantage they had was bigger tires, I've only got 11R-22.5s on my truck, usually no chains unless we've had ice down first.
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