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Paul 300 U

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  1. Ok, thanks that's great to know. It'll help keep me focused on tackling this tractor's issues one at a time beginning with the most critical.
  2. Jmech thanks for the confirmation of snoshoe's diagnosis. I'm looking forward to digging in as work allows. The front axle has been welded and there are some homemade parts in the steering (zoom in on pic and see both circled weld and homemade tie rod.) and that one or both are not contributing to the problem. Thanks!
  3. Ok. After studying the hydraulic steering section of my 300 u manual I'm able to actually get an idea of the Steering Rack snoshoe discusses. Does anyone have any experience replacing one of these and whether it corrected there steering. I would appreciate any and all opinions and suggestions on this issue and correcting it. Thanks!
  4. Thanks very much. Great information. I hope to dig in the next few weeks. Always own to any additional thoughts. Paul
  5. Thanks Snoshoe. I'm not familiar with steering systems so i will need to look at the manual for my 300 U to understand how to attack this problem. I've read some old posts on similar problems and it sounds like there are a lot of possible causes (priority valves mcv valves, bad hydraulic lines, blocked lines etc.) If i read correctly it sounds like the worst case is that the steering box is no good. Since my other hydraulics work fine and the wheels turn freely in both directions when the tractor is raised off the ground, those are good clues as to what the actual problem might be.
  6. It's been a long time since I've posted here! For some reason it's takes forever to load pages. Very frustrating since this is one of my favorite sites. Here's my problem, for 2 years I've been looking for a loader to fit my 300 U. I'm aware that the power steering on these tractors is weak, I will be using mostly for snow removal. I finally found and jumped on an IH loader that came attached to pretty rough 350 U. This tractor needs a good deal of work but I'd like to save it if possible. The engine runs. Converted to 12 volt. Trans, TA, clutch, PTO, front, rear and loader hydraulics a
  7. Thanks for the reply bitty. I've been looking for a loader for a while. Was happily surprised to see one pop up pretty close to and sized to fit my model tractor. Just need to see if it is doable. Iowaboy. Nope. I just remove the arms and plow. Actually, I don't remove the arms. I just disconnect the lower pins and tie the arms back and upright to the frame. My long shot hope was that there was enough in the pics that shows how the new loader and hydraulics would fit right into my existing frame. Probably something that never happens but I'd figure I'd ask. Sometimes you get
  8. Thanks snoshoe I didn't know that the frame could be the reservoir but it makes sense. I don't know much about loaders beyond the international 33a power loader (plow only) I have now so the missing drive shaft is new to me. I googled and see it's apparently a splined shaft but that's all I know. Searcyfarms. Does the loader I'm looking at resemble the koyker Super K you had? My current plow is a bit of a wresting match to get on each year (I'm not getting any younger!) So it would be good to know that this isn't gonna be much worse. Everyone. What are the odds I can buy this loa
  9. Thanks everybody for the input on weight. So, regarding mimi's comments. This requires a separate pump and reservoir? Paul
  10. I've been looking for a loader for my 300 utility. I already have a front plow. I found this on fb market place. Ad says it's for a 300 or 350 utility. It's about 120 miles from me and I need to figure out how much it weighs and whether my utility trailer is strong enough to haul it. As you can see in the pics it's pretty old piece of equipment and I can't see any markings. I'm calling the owner tomorrow or Thursday to learn more. Having someone haul it that distance would probably push it out of my desired price range. I'm ok with your best semi-educated guess, it might help me get to an ave
  11. Forecasted 7 to 12 in my part of the Adirondack mountains in NY. Only got about 5 or 6. Didn't really need to use the tractor but thought I'd i have a little fun. My wife instantly figured what I was up to so but her car cleaned up a bit first.
  12. I don't know maybe it's just me, but if you shoot a gun at a police station the results seem fairly predictable. That said, prayers needed for all involved.
  13. Hello and welcome! I've received many excellent suggestions that I've been able to use on this thread. Great bunch of knowledgeable folks here. Having a mid 1950's tractor I've had many of the same questions and the answers you received are consistent. I've been fortunate that most of the suggestions allowed me to repair what I have rather then making new purchases. (Except tune up and maintenance where shortcuts don't pay.) I'm surprised nobody asked for pictures. That's usually the first request! Good luck. Paul
  14. Praying for you and your family.
  15. Hi Ron Sorry to be dense here but I don't want to take any chances. Are you (and R190) saying it is ok to disconnect this shut-off and reconnect the 2 wires from the tractor directly to the 2 posts on the generator in the same way the old generator was connected? Thanks! Paul
  16. Thanks Ron. I should have included that my tractor does have a voltage regulator. The old generator did not have this cut out. Can I simply disconnect this cut out and re attach the two wires running from the tractor to the posts on the generator as they were original generator? Thanks! Paul R190. Thanks for the advice. My inclination is to make everything tight!! Thanks! Paul
  17. I will try to brief for a change. I recently posted about charging issues and the need to occasionally jump start. My tractor is 6 volt, positive ground. Per previous post, I had success cleaning all connections and tractor was starting fine but still reading "D"ischarge. I work out of town frequently but was squeezing some mowing in, smelled a burning smell and my generator was smoking badly and needs replacing. Note. I've been debating converting to 12 volt but purchased a new battery and lights less then a year ago so I've not decided. While working out of town, I decide
  18. I loved reading and that helped me get through school but was terrible in math. Only got though college by taking my 1 required math course during a winter session course. With no one around I was forced to do nothing but math for 4 weeks. Just barely passed with a C. My Pop rest his soul (would be in his 90's now) never got past the 7th grade but was an amazing carpenter. Could build homes from the foundation up. (Literally, from taking the transit out to an open lot, laying out the foundation right up to the roofing) Was capable in all trades: plumbing, masonry, carpentry of course bu
  19. I loved reading and that helped me get through school but was terrible in math. Only got though college by taking my 1 required math course during a winter session course. With no one around I was forced to do nothing but math for 4 weeks. Just barely passed with a C. My Pop rest his soul (would be in his 90's now) never got past the 7th grade but was an amazing carpenter. Could build homes from the foundation up. (Literally, from taking the transit out to an open lot, laying out the foundation right up to the roofing) Was capable in all trades: plumbing, masonry, carpentry of course bu
  20. I loved reading and that helped me get through school but was terrible in math. Only got though college by taking my 1 required math course during a winter session course. With no one around I was forced to do nothing but math for 4 weeks. Just barely passed with a C. My Pop rest his soul (would be in his 90's now) never got past the 7th grade but was an amazing carpenter. Could build homes from the foundation up. (Literally, from taking the transit out to an open lot, laying out the foundation right up to the roofing) Was capable in all trades: plumbing, masonry, carpentry of course bu
  21. Paul 300 U

    $214k a day

    From judge Judy (I'm a fan too) to Ben and all high paid athletes, entertainers etc,. They only make that much money because of demand. Nobody forces us to go see in person, on tv, buy merchandise etc. Look at the bright side, it's proof that capitalism/free markets work. Think of how angry most of us would be if we lived in country that wouldn't allow them to make that kind of money. Some of these people actually give back to their community so that's an upside as well.
  22. Good looking bunch. Nice to see more of the smaller, older tractors!
  23. Dennis, it's positive ground. Unfortunately i was called into work and haven't had the chance to follow up on the tests suggested. I did charge the battery and all i get now is a "click". Like everyone else having the time to spend doing the job correctly can be a challenge. Hopefully I have spend a few hours over the next few days. Thanks for feedback!. Paul
  24. J-mech. Thanks for the reply. I appreciate the link and understand now that this could be a a simple problem. I "don't know what I don't know" but at least now I have better information. Snowshoe. Thanks for clarifying my original question. It seems as though the parts I have are correct, it's a matter of determining whether the generator is bad by following the correct test process. Mmii thanks for the feedback on what and how to test and understanding the situation on getting the repairs made and the quality of new parts that are available. Matt, I came across
  25. Hi. Thanks for the feedback! Your solution would take all the fun out trying to fix it myself now wouldn't it??? Very true, I'm no mechanic, furthest thing from actually. 2 years ago I bought a tractor that wouldn't start consistently would barely stop at all, sputtered and stalled when it did run, and had barely functioning hydraulics just to name the highlights. With the help of good folks here I re did breaks, rebulilt carb, corrected several plumbing issues with hydraulics, normal tune up and on and on. Now I've got a great little, old tractor that cuts grass, plows snow
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