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Cattech last won the day on October 12 2023

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  1. I went through the spindles on my 97 Cub Cadet a few years back. It has grease zerks on them but the bearings were getting noisy. As I took it apart, I found the upper bearings quite dry and failing, which baffled me at first since I greased the thing religiously. Further inspection revealed that the grease port only pushed grease through the bottom bearings. It took some creativity and machine work to make the grease flow through the whole spindle.
  2. It all comes down to your budget. I'm guessing that if your current machine is an 88" cut you probably are going to need another large commercial machine. The differences in quality is like splitting hairs these days. I would look at what the local lawn maintenance companies are using and check out the dealer handling them. If you have a local place selling a good brand but nobody is using them, it reflects the support they get from said dealer. On the economy priced level, $2500 - $4500. Again, it's splitting hairs. They all use similar engines and transmissions made by one of a couple brands. Those Bad Boy mowers look pretty good, but I don't know anyone who has one. Cub Cadet - a neighbor is in the lawn equipment business, he mentioned that MTD has been bought by the same company that owns Stanley Tools and he is impressed by the new Cub zero turns. Guy across the street just bought a Cub ZT1 on that recommendation and it seems like a very nice machine. I'm pretty much sold on an Altoz. Built in the little town of Greenbush, MN. It's the same company that builds Central Boiler outdoor wood fired boilers. Not only are they high quality machines, they look cool too.
  3. PM me, we'll trade contact info. The last 955 was built before I was born, but I know a thing or two about them and have access to all the service info that I don't have memorized.
  4. Not too much to go on, but yeah finding a seal or pieces of such in the filter or screen isn't a good sign. Did he have just the filter out or the screen too? If the suction screen and filter are clean otherwise, he'll need to get gauges on the pressure ports and see what he's getting for pressures. If there's a pile of clutch material or metal in the screen, may as well start pulling the trans out.
  5. RIP Rick, and peace be upon the family in their time of loss.
  6. Since I'm talking about brush cutters, I wish I could have bought one of these back in the day. A 2 cylinder weedeater. They carried them at the dealer I bought my Shindaiwa from 25+ yrs ago. IIRC, they were about $700 and I don't think the salesman had a very high opinion of them. However, as a novelty, how cool would it be to have a weadeater that sounds just like a snowmobile.
  7. You can say that about most manufacturers out there. I'm of the opinion that Stihl builds multiple levels of quality in their products. You have the homeowner level, use it once a month, throw away tools... and their professional, use it everyday tools. Stihl and Husqvarna are still the go-to saws and equipment in the forestry industry.
  8. I'd love to just burn it off, but these woods are either too wet to light up, or too dry to risk fire, it seems there's no in between. I do appreciate the ideas and input on managing this northern version of a rain forest. Trust me when I say it would be great to bring some heavy equipment out here and really get things done... but there's an old saying about relieving one's bladder with the equipment you're born with 😉. Working within the budget, I'm getting there. And you never know what comes along. I just found out an adjoining property that has an existing house, septic, well, power, garage is up for sale. I could skip all this work and have a much shorter driveway to plow snow off of.
  9. I finally can report on the FS561cm. It took almost 2 months to get one, it had to ship from Germany. Then, not having any real test around home, I had to wait until I got back up to the Northland to see how it worked. I can say, it is every bit as powerful as I expected - in fact a little scary. The weight is right at the point of being too much, but I can run about an hour at a time. I bought a few different style blades. The chainsaw tooth is great if you are cutting 2-5" trees. I have a carbide tooth saw blade that is better for the 1/2 to 2". It was a lot of money for an overgrown weedeater. But when you set it next to a regular cutter, you can see your not comparing apples to apples.
  10. Bins and silos have dozens of ways of killing you, even a small bin can be dangerous. Grain bridging and lodging, imagine thinking everything is fine and falling into a 10 foot deep pit that then closes over you, or a 2 ton tidal wave of grain pushing you towards working machinery. I experienced that a couple times when a clump released from the wall. The machinery is many times open and dangerous by necessity, but also a lot of times old and built before safety was a 1rst priority. Heights, until the bins get emptied to a low enough point, you are climbing the outside ladder and over the edge of the roof. I hated that part when I was young and spry, with 30 more years and 50 extra pounds I'm glad my farming days are past. Gasses and or lack of oxygen. Silos are where this is more prevalent, but it can happen in a bin if you get a bad spoilage event. The gasses can be heavier than air so they sit down in the pit. You can't smell anything different. You just get a little giddy, then tired, pass out & suffocate if no one saves you. These are just a few examples. Even when you take all the precautions you have to be ready for something unexpected.
  11. Short video of your transmission in action. As said above, the driven pulley goes into a goes into a gearbox that provides your low, high and reverse ranges. That gearbox is pretty reliable if you keep the oil clean. Keep an eye on your drive chain too, there's a fair chance of it pinching between the sprocket and gear chase if it runs too loose or breaks. The broken case costs more than the machine is worth if you can find one.
  12. I just want to know what would bring about this conversion. An '86 series either had a CC cab or a 4 post right? My first thought was you'd consider doing this to a '66 series but not an '86. It's not like finding another used CC cab would be that hard or expensive.
  13. I didn't try to get pictures, never had good luck trying to capture the sight, but what I could see around here with all the light pollution was as good as what you guys captured. Definitely a top 5 if not best aurora show I've seen. Since my neighbors think they need to light their yard like a prison perimeter all night, I went down the park road next to my place. There was a family with kids who were really into it parked there too. Gotta give them credit, they brought lawn chairs, sleeping bags, pillows, and had some techno music on their car radio that seemed to go with the dancing lights - maybe just imagination. Also, talk about bad timing with planting season in full swing. I took more GPS problem phone calls at work last night than I've had in the last few years combined.
  14. We never fill filters for the reason I wrote above - even new oil isn't necessarily clean. Anyone who wants proof, buy some oil that comes in a white or light colored pail - look in the bottom after it is emptied. It has gotten better than 30 years ago when I started, but chances are you will see some dark specs of unknown origin. Same with filling fuel filters. The old fuel systems were forgiving enough that people could get away with it. But with the modern extreme high pressure systems and emissions systems of today, filling a filter can be the start of a very expensive repair bill.
  15. I urge caution pre-lubing an engine from an external source unless you can plumb in pre-filter. It's a slim chance but still possible to introduce contaminants to the clean side oil galleys and you cannot trust even new oil to be completely clean. When we start a rebuilt engine at work, we just disable fuel injection and crank with the starter until the gauge reads pressure. It can take a good 45 seconds of cranking, you have to fill the filter and all the oil passages before pressure is gonna build. If everything was lubricated properly during assembly it shouldn't hurt as long as the engine doesn't fire.
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