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About TractormanMike.mb

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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, Fixing anything, just finding a way to make something better

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  1. Dairy farm I worked at had a 666 hydro for many years. Had a 2350 loader on it. Was a good tractor for baling hay and moving bales. Not really as good in the barnyard or inside the barn due to its size but we had a smaller 84 series for those jobs and eventually skid steers. If somebody whispered the word cold it was hard to start but that could have been due to the twin six volt batteries. Hydro couldn't pull the hat off your head but once you got it going it would do 30 mph on the road. It also ran the blower better than any other tractor on the farm, I swear the pto spun faster. Never was around a hydro 70 so I couldn't tell you any differences.
  2. How many others had to scroll back to look?
  3. I've seen the clutch linings separate from the disks and get wedged between each other making the pto turn all the time. By all means fix it please, it's an accident waiting to happen.
  4. The silo probably wasn't air tight anymore., Haylage in a harvestore is usually put up a bit drier than in a conventional silo and if oxygen does happen to get in it will heat up and possibly combust. In the roof of a harvestore there are a set of breather bags that will allow for the air pressure differential as the silo is emptied. There is also a pressure relief valve up top that will prevent the silo from building up too much pressure or a vacuum for that matter. If the valve gets stuck it is possible for the roof to blow off. It can also go the other way to, there is a 20x80 close to me that was used for high moisture shelled corn. The farmer who was renting the silo was unloading it out by the truckload and one day while unloading they heard a big bang. They could not figure out what it was until they left the farm and then they saw the roof was gone. They took such a volume of corn out at once and the valve stuck and the vacuum sucked the roof in.
  5. I would agree with both theories. I don't know which would be better, might be different for certain applications.
  6. Cool, I'm envious. Does that one have steel or fiberglass rear fenders?
  7. The one advantage to in floor heat that nobody mentioned yet is recovery time when you open the door to move something out. It takes little to no time for the ambient temperature to get back to where it was after the big doors are opened because the floor is one big heat sink. Open the doors and drive something out in a shop with a modine or a similar heat source and it will take longer to recover, you lose all your heat once the door is open. There will be fuel savings in the long run due to the quicker recovery time. Yes, in floor heat is more expensive and if you need anchor points in the floor it may not work for your application. The shop at the farm I worked at had in floor heat and it was nice to not have cold feet and if you have to work on a creeper it is warm also.
  8. Is your compressor a stationary mount or mobile? If it is stationary, remove the bottom plug or drain and get whatever piping or fittings and a quarter turn valve to make a convenient moisture drain. The same thing could also be done on a portable also. Whenever you walk past the valve give it a crack and blow off the moisture that is in the tank. You would be surprised how much moisture accumulates inside the tank.
  9. We should start a trucker jargon thread, that could be fun!
  10. Here are some more picture. There are also helper springs to lift the blower and help it float but I leave them off because it will ride up if we get a wet snow. The one pictured above looks like the right one and the price doesn't seem to out of line. X2 on the driveshaft, they are pricey by themselves and are model specific. A mower deck shaft is too long for a snow blower although it will fit. I had an extra mower deck driveshaft that I trimmed down to work on mine because the universal joint went out. Also ask if weights and tire chains come with it, you won't do much without them as you probably know.
  11. I believe that they are the same blower all the way through. I will get some pictures tomorrow and post them on here. That thing is an animal for moving snow. I use it for the heavier snows and for moving banks back. Mine has the single cylinder kohler that has plenty of torque.
  12. As promised here is a picture of my ariens s16 with the blower attachment...and some other tractor. If you want more pictures of the blower let me know, I would be happy to oblige.
  13. Ariens and new holland are the same tractor. I have a snow blower for my h16 which I think is just an older series than your gt18. They are very good machines, shaft driven attachments and just overall bulletproof. I'll put a picture of mine up in a different post from my phone.
  14. Growing up as a farm kid like many others on here I was never "paid" for much of the work I did growing up. I was however taught a work ethic that has provided for me and my family quite well.
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