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  1. Overhead cam models will generally trash the head and cam. I just go to an ATV salvage yard I know and get another complete head, lap the valves or replace if needed. Maybe put new rings and hone the cylinder if necessary. Honda used that same engine more or less way back in the three wheeler days so anything with a 250cc engine or 300 will have the same head. Best thing is the head and I think the cylinder comes off without pulling the engine.
  2. Ouch! That's a lot harder repair on those engines.
  3. Compared to today's saws they should have named those older ones Homeheavy
  4. What species did that mill mostly process, hardwood or softwood or both?
  5. Putting the oil filter in backwards has taken many top ends out on the overhead cam models, I've rebuilt a couple myself for other people. That same driveline, maybe even the chassis is the foundation for the sport trax 250ex also
  6. Recons are good little four wheelers. I never had one but I know a couple people who have. Very nimble to get around and a decent amount of power for its size. It isn't a speed demon but wasn't meant to be. A four wheel drive version would have been interesting but Honda probably figured the engine wouldn't have enough power for that. If the starter gives you any trouble the brushes are what goes bad, its a Honda thing. Brushes can be purchased online for under $20 and are easy to install. Brakes and cables for the rear are another weakness.
  7. Mine is still a couple weeks out yet. I almost gave up on it and disked it under earlier this summer but it came around
  8. We used to do a lot of business with Weyers, very good people to work with.
  9. I went camping earlier this summer with a good friend. The trash pandas paid us a visit the first night but we had everything put up well. The second evening for dinner we had some spicy bratwurst cooked over the fire on a tripod grill. These things were hot, too hot for our liking. We had one left over and we decided to leave it out for the pandas to enjoy. The funny thing is the next morning there were raccoon paw prints on the cooler where the drinks were kept.
  10. They had an 884 with a ZF front axle at the farm I worked at. We wore that poor tractor right out. I remember needing a few parts for the front axle once and they were almost impossible to find, at least all the salvage yards I checked. My guess is the reason someone used brass to repair the hub was because a replacement either couldn't be found or was more than they wanted to pay.
  11. I graduated class of 95, we were told that we had to go to college if we wanted any chance of an employer even looking at a resume or application. One English teacher even devoted a segment of his class to the whole job seeking process. We had to do a cover letter, resume, application and all that stuff. If you got one thing wrong, didn't dot an I or cross a t or left out punctuation it was tossed out because "that's what the people in human resources do". I've never written a cover letter or resume and only filled out one application in my working career and I think I've done ok for myself. When I graduated, my focus was to get my autoCAD certification and work in that field. Long story short, I decided a career in agriculture was a better fit for me. So many people tried to talk me out of it or tried encouraging me to at least get my certification and then I wanted to I could " play on the farm" and I would still have that to fall back on. The problem with that was that software is constantly changing so even if you are certified, it could be outdated making it worthless. A few comments were made about sports. I'm all for high school sports, the lessons it teaches and its a great outlet for those athletes and they need that. that being said, I also think sometimes way too much emphasis is put on it. When I was a junior, we went to a tech fair at a local technical college. My mechanical drawing instructor signed me up for the mechanical drafting competition. We were basically sat at a drafting table and given a sheet of paper with a written description and dimensions of an object that we were to draw a picture of. Probably much the same way that a draftsman would be handed a project. Out of nearly 100 competitors from the greater north eastern Wisconsin area I finished second place. On the bus ride back to our school our vocational ed instructor was telling us how much of a big deal this was for our school and that we would definitely be hearing about this in the next mornings announcements. Well, we didnt. Someone broke two school records at a track meet that same day so that was all everyone had on there mind the next day. Yay sports!
  12. So...what was the purpose of it???
  13. The slice of wood showing all the tap markings is interesting, I've never seen that before.
  14. This one is a rotobec elite 80 with the tele-stick. Its a very nice loader to operate. Very quick and responsive but it is light. Serco is the king around here, my other truck had an 8500 on it with a hood 1/3 cord pinch bucket. I really liked that set up, on a good day I could load 20 cords in under an hour. The serco is just built a lot heavier but is also slower compared to the rotobec. I also see a few palfinger (sp) loaders. Guys who have them like them, especially the flip up hutch that the operator can sit in while loading
  15. I'm limited because of the framework that the tube fits into.
  16. The outer sleeves on the stabilizers are not that heavy, maybe 3/16" steel. Once the legs are planted there is a lot of force on the outer edge depending on how high I raise the truck up to load. The sleeves cracked a long time ago and someone welded a small plate to try and strengthen it. The sleeves just cracked at the edge of that plate. The plates I added are 24" in length so I'm hoping that will spread out some of that force. Time will tell.
  17. Pardon my ignorance but what kind of maintainance is required on the tracks and undercarriage verses tires? Also life expectancy?
  18. I was working on the stabilizers on the loader on my log truck today. I have always had issues with them cracking as long as I've been around it and they were breaking long before that. I removed the little plate that someone added before, welded all the cracks in the tube, and added my own plate over the area on the top and bottom. My question is regarding the plug welds. Is there a rule of thumb for how big they should be in regards to the material. I went with thr diameter of the holes being equal to half the width of the plate, there abouts. I added some pictures so you guys can have an idea what I'm talking about. Please disregard my free hand torch cut radiuses and my welds. This is the first welding project I've done in quite I while.
  19. What! No pictures of the 2+2???
  20. The last summer I worked at the farm we had a sorghum field that we pulled plants from that were fifteen feet tall. We cut it with a 16 foot discbine and chopped single windrows with the chopper and really wouldn't want any more. It went nice because everything moved at a steady pace. Merging heavy sorghum never worked in my opinion. It wadded up too much and it would slug the chopper. Then the trucks would be constantly starting and stopping.
  21. MOST of the guys I know generally try to run within legal weight. There are guys who are always overloading their truck but those are the guys who are always fixing their truck. The way these trucks are built, when its loaded properly to just short of the top of the stakes, its really close to the trucks maximum legal weight. Logs and bolts you have to watch because they are bigger, heavier, and stack in better so there is less void space in the load. After you do a few loads you get the feel for the truck and kind of know if its loaded heavy, light, or right where it should be. Most are air ride so you also have the axle air pressure to go by. Some air ride pups also have air pressure guages that are visible from the loader so the operator can have an idea on how heavy the pup is. Starting a new job is always interesting. I've already seen a 10,000 pound difference in a full load of wood from one job to the next.
  22. Impressive for sure. On a conventional cut, one thing I saw in a training session is to do the 45 degree notch cut first, then make the face cut. They say that way, you can look down the cut and actually see when the saw cuts through completing the notch. There is a lesser chance of over cutting it
  23. Title and tag says it all. Gave $25 for it, never been used.
  24. Does it slip in both the t/a position and direct drive? If it slips in both then its the clutch.
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