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  • Birthday 07/18/1977

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    Upper Michigan
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    Anything with an engine. Honda four wheelers, Ariens lawn and garden equipment, Allis Chalmers D-15, Fixing anything, just finding a way to make something better

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  1. The nose going to and from the spin on filter is just a heater type hose. If you can find single steel braided.hydraulic hose I would replace the hoses with that, it's more durable but can still be clamped with a standard hose clamp. There are three hoses, they go from the mcv to the cooling element in the bottom of the rear pivot housing then to the filter and back to the mcv. Glad to hear you got it working. You might want to check the oil in the front diff also, there is a dipstick on the top cover in the front left corner. It can be accessed from behind the engine on the left side of the tractor.
  2. Good job, that really says a lot about how you guys maintain and operate equipment. How many hours did the machine have when you got it? Is that a 12.5 litre powertech?
  3. The dealership around here uses their semi to deliver the larger trailed equipment that they can't put on a lowboy. It makes more sense using a 16,000+ semi tractor verses a one ton pickup that is probably half the weight but the dot may not see it that way.
  4. How rocky is your soil? I've driven in a lot of steel posts with a front end loader. It takes a careful operator in the loader because the steel fence posts will bend easily if they hit something hard. Take a steel bar with you to make a starter hole if needed.
  5. Besides the small first aid kit that is in the truck I also carry an emergency bandage, also known as an Israeli bandage. I learned about them in an msha class. They are a very useful bandage developed by the Israeli army that can be used as a wound dressing, tourniquete (sp), or a sling. They can be purchased reasonably on Amazon and are a good addition to any first aid kit. There are also videos on YouTube showing how to properly use them.
  6. I'll agree with Smokey and the bandit The great escape Tommy boy, when I need a good laugh Shawshank redemption A Christmas story
  7. If I were to ever go to burning pellets I would go with a boiler. I saw a really nice indoor unit that the local hvac dealer was using to heat his whole shop. A couple years ago the woodmaster dealer had an outdoor unit set up to burn pellets. They said they had a couple out but they haven't been in service long enough to really see how they work. One guy put a small hopper bottom grain him with an auger right to the hopper, we can buy bulk pellets here. I like the radiant heat that I get from my boiler setup, not to mention the hot water. Most people around here that have pellet stoves put them in one room, usually the living room. That room stays nice and warm but the rest of the house is freezing cold or they have to run a secondary.heat source so in the end now much do you actually save.
  8. People that have them like them however you are still burning a fuel that you can not produce by yourself so you're dependant on an outside company for your heating fuel that controls the price to their best interests. When worst comes to worst I can always grab my chainsaw and cut firewood.
  9. Well below freezing, even then the pile will generate heat on its own
  10. Chopper knives have a hardened surface that holds an edge longer than the steel they are made from. Over the life of the knives they need to be "brought up" so all of the hardened surface can be utilized. This is because the stationary knife is at the limit of its adjustment or the knife sharpener can no longer reach the knives to sharpen them. Once the hardened surface is gone the knives are done, they will no longer hold an edge. The hard surface can be visible on the inside edge of the knife, it's something you will want to look at when looking at a chopper. A recutter screen is a screen that is directly behind the knife drum that basically sorts out the longer from shorter pieces in the forage. The shorter pieces fall through the screen and the longer stay inside. The screen is adjusted close to the knife drum and cuts the longer pieces so they can fall through the screen. I think they are a thing of the past. My dad had a stack of them for his Deere 3800 but I never saw them used. If you are having issues with your cattle not eating the stems would a bale processor cut them up before feeding? You would need a way to feed out the processed balage but you would need a way to feed silage anyway. Spoilage can be a big issue with silage stored in a pile of it isn't packed and managed properly I've seen instances where there were 30 to 40 percent losses when I worked for a custom harvester. These guys would get all bent out of shape over moisture content, length of cut, the quality of the kernal processing job and so on. Then when it was up to them to put a few extra tires on to hold the plastic on so the wind wouldn't blow it off they skimped. The first big wind blew the tarp off and the pile got rained on and never did get covered up, it was a mess.
  11. Hay grazer which I assume is a type of sorghum yields major tonnage which you probably already know. I don't know what kind of equipment is available in your area but I would look for something like a new holland 900 or a John Deere from the same era. Both of those choppers even if they are worn out should be able to handle the crop much better than an old relic from 50 years ago that hasn't run in 30. Also the parts support should still be pretty good on those yet. Wear parts can be sourced through the kooima company, I think they are out of Kansas.
  12. I thought I read once that 544 was for 54 horsepower and 4 cylinders.
  13. No, you're supposed to jerk the steering wheel back and forth.
  14. I'll also add that I think if you can use a bigger diameter pipe for the stack it seems to mellow the tone a little bit and take some of the bark away.
  15. Is the cab tightly sealed and does the a/c work? With the cab closed up the extra noise shouldn't be too bad. If you have to run with the Windows open all the time it will be noticeable. It also depends on what kind of work your doing and how hard the tractor is working. I think it comes down to personal preference. I like the sound of a diesel with open exhaust but there are some that dont. Also consider your neighbors if you live in a populated area.
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