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  1. Why you shouldn't use a tree to hold up a post pounder

    Looks like an ash tree. I have had many on my property like that, they stand dead looking fine, but they are a ticking time bomb especially if they are near buildings, vehicles, people, or livestock.

    I have used one for three years. I knew that I should have had one twenty years ago, but had to fight to get sleep study. I don't sleep without it. I travel a bunch and got tired of packing up my big unit, bought a small travel unit on my own. Even has a battery back up for when I go to camp. I'm 5'9" and weigh 180, could lose some weight, but not really overweight. My Dad had issues for years and should have had one, I blame his stroke on the effects of sleep apnea. I agree with others, it is a life changer, so does my wife! I used it o be worn out at end of day and needed to nap, now I am sure awake till bedtime. If you don't get all the sleep you need, you will still be tired, but not exhausted like before the machine.
  3. The Florida keys survived

    Headed there in mid January. I have a meeting in Florida and am going to spend a weekend in the keys. Others in the group thought that everything was still torn up, till I mentioned that they were up and running. Was down to Del Ray beach to visit our grandson in October and saw very little left over damage.
  4. January 4th, 2005. Don't post all that often, but visit the coffee shop everyday. Only forum that I keep open and have checked for that long. Great group on here and I agree, it is great to meet other members in person. Thanks BJ for keeping it going!
  5. Firewood

    I have been heating with wood for over 30 years and love it. I have done it all from splitting all summer with a maul to using a splitter. I totally understand that you handle the wood many times until you get the heat out of it. It is just part of the game. Maybe I am getting smarter as I get older, or maybe I am just getting tired of the process, but I am looking for some ideas on how others deal with wood from the log to the stove. I am planning on a new splitter in the near future and one thing it will have is a log table to eliminate dropping the big half while you split the one piece and then having to bend down to finish the chunk. I would also like to get one that has the possibility of a 4 way wedge to split the smaller pieces once and done. A hydraulic lift to pick up the big chunks would be nice, but out of my price range for homeowner use. Wenger's had a unit (forget the name, had wolf in it) this fall that fit the bill, but even used it was $4000 and that doesn't pencil out for home use. The more important thing I want to hear about is where you store the split wood and how you move it to the house. Right now I have stacked piles on pallets in the area where I split it. Sounds good that it is on pallets, pick it up with the forks and just move it, but my stacking is not that good to hold together down the hill and across the yard to the house. So, right now, I handle each piece from the pile to the loader bucket to the rack on patio. I would like to lose a step in this process. I have thought about all kinds of things to move/carry the wood, build several small covered sheds to move to porch with forks on tractor, picking up used apple boxes and filling them, picking up old factory wire baskets and loading them up, or even building my own pallets/boxes. If the yard was flat and the yard was level right off the patio, it would be much easier, but it is not and there is a steep bank about 15' off the patio, so I only have room to drive next to the patio or get at it from the ends. I am thinking that maybe I could find a 8' light material bucket that would hold more per trip to cut down on trips. Each trip rips up the lawn a little bit more, so that by spring there are two ruts to repair each year. So please share your ideas! One thing that I will share is that I have gotten spoiled using the backhoe for fire wood. I have a thumb on the hoe, I pick up a log, set it a waist height, get off the hoe, grab the saw and chunk it off. No more bending over to break down a log, no more running the saw into the dirt, win-win! The hoe is very convenient to use to place and stack logs also.
  6. Firewood

    Thanks for the ideas guys, keep them coming. Love the pictures. Yellowstone, I am using a MTD yard machine unit right now, I have learn the hard way what happens when a tough log finally lets go. Found a place called the container exchange, they have all types of totes and baskets.
  7. Sad Day , Got to put German Short Hair Pointer Down

    Toughest decision to make, but we can end their suffering. I feel your pain, had to make that call just after Labor day. My 11 year old English Setter went into kidney failure and went downhill in just a week. Think about all the good times!
  8. Stay or evacuate

    It was a long tense weekend for us. My wife's son is in Del Ray beach, looked like it was going to hit on the East coast. They lost power around 4 am on Sunday morning, just got it back today. They have a new house built to the recent code, so no damage. They ended up at the in law's where they had a generator. My wife's daughter is in Saint Petersburg. Her husband got called up to assist the Florida national guard prepare last Wednesday. Got sent home on Saturday because his wife (who is 38 weeks pregnant) is a nurse and was called in for disaster duty and he took their 2 year old to his mother's place. The kids house which is in the flood zone, evacuation zone A, did not sustain any damage and they did not even close power. So we are very relieved that everyone is safe and secure. We stopped watching updates after we knew they were ok. Very draining when you are a 1000 miles away and not able to help out.
  9. Keep your eye out for this guy

    I know what you mean about good used ones costing almost as much as a new one. The cheap ones are cheap for a reason. I have been looking for one to carry the kayaks on. Being that I don't just want a single purpose trailer, I have been shopping for a small utility trailer. Since it will be my forth trailer, I am being picky and frugal. I want a lightweight one to tow behind my wrangler and the wife's crosstrek. Saw a nice aluminium 5x10 at TSC from carry on trailers, just not ready to lay out the $1900 for it. I'm tired of steel trailers and rust. Good luck in your search.
  10. Sinus medicine

    I dealt with seasonal allergies for years, used to take Sudafed like candy and when the pain got bad it was Tylenol sinus. Went to allergy doctor and had the tests, was told I didn't have allergies, just reactions to most except for grass pollen. Did have the bee sting allergy to yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets. Went thru the shot treatment for five years for that condition, and it seems to have worked. Back to sinuses, Dr. put me on claritn, but I feel that it made things worse, you had to take it regularly, if you stopped things got really bad. I hated taking pills all the time. I heard about a product called sinus blaster, it is natural, made from hot peppers and stinging nettle. A shot in each nostril and I am good to go. It clears out my head, causes my eyes to run, makes me sneeze, and my nose run. Two or three nose blows and I am good to go. Most time I need it, one shot is enough, very rarely do I need a second shot. I can usually feel my head getting stuffed up and I take a shot and then I am good to go. I can't remember the last time I took a pill. This year was a crazy pollen year in SE Pennsylvania, people who never react to it were all affected, it lasted for six weeks from grasses to trees.
  11. Lawn Tractor Brand Decision Time

    I replaced mowing with my older quiet line cubs with a cub cadet z force sz 48 commercial back in 2015. Cut my mowing in half, the steering wheel zero turn is great. I wish I would have gotten the 54" deck, it hangs out wider on the side for trimming. I debated spending over 5k for just a mowing machine for a couple years, but I I very satisfied. Only problem I have had is that sometimes it stalls like running out of gas, only seems to do it on the left tank. Mowed tonight with no trouble. I got a new fuel filter, but the easiest way to change it is to remove right rear tire and I haven't gotten around to take yet. It makes my very rough lawn in the woods looked great. I really want one of those out front mowers, but talk about pricey! I was close to making a deal on a husqvarna r322, but it just did not feel as stout as the cub I got. I'm keeping my eyes open for a Kubota gf1800, but they are scarce, since they don't offer them in the USA for the last ten years or so. The bigger Kubota f series are mostly commercial units and the used ones are pretty beat. When I bought this property, it came with a husqvarna 23 hp 46" cut lawn tractor, it was a nice unit, but it was so light, it could not stick to the hills, the rear tires would lock up and it would just slide right down the hill. Pretty scary the first time it happened. I sold that with my house in town. Good luck in your search.
  12. Komatsu D65P-7

    How do you like the Mitsubishi BD2G ? I've looked at them and thought they would be a handy little machine for a small property.
  13. Trip to Utica NY

    Saranac brewery is there, could do the tour and have lunch. Hudson's sled savage yard is just north of the city. Can't help with more than that.
  14. How much to charge to bush hog?

    Check with your extension service, here in PA, Penn State publishes a rate chart for custom machinery rates every year.
  15. Springer's Retirement

    You will love that bike. I rented one like that last summer in Chicago, rode to Racine, then to Milwaukee and back to Chicago. Would have loved to have it for a full week and do all of Wisconsin.
  16. Working in central/upstate NY this week

    Usually only see that country when it is covered with snow. On a good year we can ride down to Camden from Tug Hill. I hope to get a weekend up there this summer. Would love to ride up on the Harley.
  17. Homer Had Left The Building

    '62 bubble window BelAir with a 409, sweet! Bet it had the bench seat with four on the floor. Would be a real race car with the factory delete radio and heater. There is one like that around here in maroon.
  18. Brady Boy Rides Again

    The Harley museum is great. Told my wife I spent 6 hours there and she just looked at me and said, what were you looking at all that time? A CaseIH museum would be great! I rode to and stayed in Racine the first night. I wanted to do the CaseIH factory tour, but they were on shutdown the week I was there. Toured the SC Johnson house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright instead. Rode to Milwaukee and toured the Harley plant, then the Miller and Lakefront breweries on Friday. Saturday at the museum area and a ride up the coast of lake Michigan. Sunday rode back to Chicago for my training there during the next week.
  19. Brady Boy Rides Again

    I rented a roadglide last summer in Chicago and rode to Milwaukee for the weekend. It only had 450 miles on it when I picked it up. I tried to double the mileage before I returned it, but I spent too much time at the harley museum! It was a very nice ride, the fixed fairing u s v very different. I'm not ready to get rid of my '13 ultra, but when I am, I will think about a road glide.
  20. Tee shirt to this in 2 weeks....

    They were predicting 18-24" for us in Berks County. We ended up with about 16" of a wet heavy snow/sleet mix. As soon as you touched it, it turned to crap, was very hard to moved, it packed up solid. Didn't help that all my places except my sister's place were gravel and the ground was not frozen. The stuff that didn't get touched yesterday plowed up nice today since it got cold overnight and the snow dried out. I wasn't quite ready for spring, but I was glad it was drying up, now we will be back to mud. I kept telling people that we could get a big dump in March, when they were talking about winter being over. Did get a chance to try out the new rig, 2015 Wrangler with a Boss plow, it worked great. It would be hard to get me back out on a open tractor. Have to resize pictures to post.
  21. Portable generator advice needed

    Since I had to redo the electric panel with the new addition, I had the contractor add a generator transfer switch and outside plug receptacle. Was planning on a new generator, but haven't gotten around to getting one yet. We had bad storms on Saturday and were without power for about 12 hours, so the generator purchase has moved to the top of the list. I'm looking for around an 8000kw unit with electric start. I love Honda's, but they are really proud of them. I have a Champion 3500kw unit for the camper and to haul around if needed that has been trouble free, but am thinking I need something better quality than that for the house. Have been looking at Generac, but they have 3 or 4 different grades of units. So I am looking for some advice on brands, grades of machines, buying from a dealer, big box store or online, etc. Should I worry about an inverter style for clean power, or is a better grade standard generator good enough? Generac makes a neat unit for Lowe's, but it is exclusive to them so what about service or parts? Thanks in advance for the advice.
  22. Portable generator advice needed

    Thanks for all the replies and advice. Anyone have any experience with the larger Champion brand units? I have a 3500 watt unit of theirs that works great. Only use it occasionally, but it starts up and runs great every time I need it. Did some shopping this week and have narrowed it down to either Generac or Champion. I like the general XG8000E, 8kw/10kw peak and the champion 100110, 9.2kw/11.5kw peak. Champion has to be ordered from Lowe's for $950 and I set it up. Generac is in stock at local dealer, all set up for $1369. This is only for backup and occasional use, so is it worth $445 more(after taxes) for the generac?
  23. Salesman rant

    Chris, I feel your pain in both equipment and building projects. Just got done with an addition on the house, and it was like pulling teeth to get contractors to bid on the job. Ended up with the contractor who built the house originally, and that even took effort to get them interested in the job. But we are very happy with the end result. On equipment, I was looking to add front auxiliary hydraulics to my Kubota. Company from down South has a kit you can buy specifically for my model, but they don't sell retail, only to dealers. So back in December, I go to the local dealer who I have dealt with before, salesman was too busy on the phone to deal with me so I get to talk to one of the owners. He takes down by information and knows exactly what I am looking for and talking about, says they will get back to me. I am still waiting, so last week I decided that I should just upgrade the tractor instead of spending the money on the smaller machine. I send an email to a local tractor jockey that specializes in Kubota last Monday, still haven't heard from him! What is the sense of having a email contact form, if you don't answer it. Ok, rant over, but I know what everyone is talking about. I have had this same discussion with my buddies.
  24. Trying to lose Weight

    This is what I am looking at doing. Old boss told me when I got his job, that the office and desk would add 20 lbs. I didn't believe him, but he was right. Not out in the field and upper management stress does add up. All my clothes are too tight and I am tired of walking around uncomfortable all the time. I was eating fairly healthy, but too big of portions and way too many carbs, bread, cake, pizza, subs, and don't forget donuts! I love my craft beer also, that is going to be the hardest thing, but I can still do bourbon on the rocks. I would like to drop 20-30 lbs and then add back some healthy carbs like fruits and "bad" vegetables like potatoes and an occasional beer or two. I just turned 55 last week, so it doesn't happen as easily as when I was younger. It is good to hear all the success stories on here, keep up the good work guys! I'm looking forward to more energy and a clearer head. I get the winter itch, a dry burning itch on my back and torso, so bad at times, it wakes me up at night, hoping that adding more healthy fats will help my skin. I maybe if I lose enough it will clear up my sleep apnea and I can sleep without the cpap machine. It really is a lifestyle change and choice, I am hoping to keep up with it. My wife doesn't want to talk about diets, but she said that she will support me and hopes to get some benefits from it also. She has blood sugar issues, so the right eating plan could help that out. Good thread at the right time!
  25. Duluth Trading Co

    I have one of their firehouse presentation jackets, I really like it. Works great as a casual sport coat. I haven't been to the new store in Philadelphia yet, need to make that trip sometime. Most likely a army mule that they have on display. Neat little early utility vehicles, always wanted one.