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    C-7 cat engine

    I believe you are correct on the meui. Sorry for the mistake. Did the first '95-'97 Ford Power Strokes use a meui system, too?
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    C-7 cat engine

    We had the first version of the C7, the 3116, in a '90 GM Kodiak. Sure was a cold-blooded animal. The HEUI fuel injection system didn't help matters with the starting. It started life as a 165-hp engine but the prior owner put bigger injectors in it. Once running, the 3116 was very strong and rather fuel efficient. We had that truck for years and only had to replace a water pump if I recall.
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    Is global warming for real?

    I have found that the alarm raised by experts is proportional to grant money received. I have always been told that the best science ALWAYS is questioning its results. Not any longer. If you dare question anything counter to the man-made climate change agenda. Here are two balance opinions: I heard Gregory Wrightstone interviewed in-depth on two radio programs in the past year. He has an interesting book on the topic: Mr. Wrightstone goes into depth that earth is actually approaching low levels of CO2 from a long-term perspective. Yes, earth is warming and CO2 increases should actually continue for the sake of plant life. Also, I saw this video within the past couple of weeks put out by the co-founder of Greenpeace:
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    Zero Turn Mower - time saver?

    I am a big fan of zero turns. I have used them for over 25 years. Like tractors, not all zero turns are created equally. Cattech makes some very good points on speed and stability. I've never run a Wright, but have heard good things. In short, I believe that a 34" Gravely will shave time off your mowing. Ask your sister to borrow it on your property to see if it works for you. I have a little 42" Hustler Raptor at home and it takes me half the time that it took me to mow with my neighbor's 46" Deere tractor. That being said, the homeowner grade Hustler's axle is too far the rear so it stinks on the slopes. Thankfully, I have very little sloped ground. I would consider finding a used Walker with the 42" or 48" GHS deck. It is the best trimming zero-turn that I ever used and Walkers are easy to drive smoothly. Their lower ground speed should not be a factor for you. It is a commercial machine and being a small company, Walker will likely have good parts support for years to come. I will list my personal examples for mowing at work. I'm near you so climate and soil factors are as close as it gets. Our old Walker mower with the 42" deck would mow our 6-acre property in the same amount of time as our compact tractor with a 72" 3-point mounted finishing mower. (this was about 15 years ago, but I think it was about 7-8 hours to do all of it including the detention basin) We upgraded in '06 to a newer Walker mower with a 48" deck and marginally higher ground speed. We improved efficiency with the newer Walker. Mowing the property with the new Walker was shaved to 6.5 hrs. Three years ago, we decided to buy a 60" Hustler Hyper-Drive from Power Pro. That mower is fast and solid. I can now easily mow the property in 2.75 hours. I guess an autonomous zero turn will be the next step some day...but what fun is that?
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    Preferred JD lawn tractor model #

    I agree with TP on the 425/445/455. While the Deere 318 is often heralded as the best lawn and garden tractor of all time, it doesn't compare to the 400-series of that era. The scarcity of Onan engines these days is making a 318 more difficult to keep running. While the 318 is good, I would go with a Deere 425/445/455. The price is not much different these days.
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    686 Followed Me Home Today

    Very nice find! I'm happy for you. I grew up in a green family but I always kept my secret longing for the handy, 6-cylinder tractor of the 656, 666, 686, & Hydro 86 to myself.
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    ex mark mowers?

    Before my brother bought his own house a couple years ago, he would use the landlord's Ferris (I can't recall the model number but it was an IS). He complained about the same traction much so that he went back to using his old Deere 120 tractor if there was any hint of moisture on the lawn.
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    ex mark mowers?

    I know people with Exmarks who love them. They are a good machine. Exmark used to be built in Beatrice, NE prior to the Toro purchase. I don't know if they still have the plant there. In this area, we don't see as many newer Exmarks as we did 10-15 years ago. Hustler has been doing well for the last five years or so. We have a Hustler 60" Hyper-drive and I fall deeper in love with it every time I use it. It is SOLID.
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    utv observation

    Yes, I believe that Mahindra will have a plant in SE MI somewhere. I just looked it up, it will be built in Auburn Hills.
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    utv observation

    I'm looking forward to see what these things are like in the flesh: Diesel, 5-speed, lots of utility, priced in the $15-20K range...the problem is that I can't seem to justify one.
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    Repairing my boots

    Myself and co-workers have had good success with aforementioned Shoe Goo. Last week, I borrowed the tube that I bought about five years ago. (I brought the open tube to work since I knew that I'd never use all of it.) The Shoe Goo had not dried up at all. It was still nice and thick which makes it easy to spread. I buy US-made boots. My favorites are my Red Wing Heritage Iron Rangers. I bought a pair of Keen steel toe hikers about a year ago...the easiest break-in for steel toes I ever experienced.
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    Chinese restaurants

    True! That made me laugh out loud. I guess that we're seeing the same truck...perhaps stuck in traffic on 222 between Maiden Creek and Moselem Springs!
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    Interesting JCB backhoe

    JCB supplies the US military with these machines. Here is a link to JCB's website:
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    Loader for 5088 recommendations

    The aftermarket offers your choice of both skid steer-type and Euro-style quick attaches for the 2355/2455.
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    CaseIH's management

    I agree with TP. In our area, Cat has been gaining market share with their compact and medium-sized equipment. Coincidentally, just yesterday my co-workers and I were naming off several local small contractors who have made the switch to Cat and Kubota in the last few years. These all were former New Holland skid steer customers for decades. I have nothing but praise for Cat dealers across the US. They are good, knowledgeable people who do quality work, and are understanding of circumstances when something doesn't go right. Supplying Toromont and Hewitt (just bought by Toromont) north of the border have been a bit more challenging, so I would agree with you, George 2, in your market. I deal with the yellow Deere people in Western Canada and the Brandt organization have been good to work with.
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    CaseIH's management

    My finger to the wind...I find it interesting how many high-level CNHi executives have left CNHi in the past couple of years as the retirement date for Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne nears. As I have mentioned before, all the CNHi divisions have easy-to-tear perforations just like sheets on a paper towel roll. For example, each CNH production facility has a brand-specific sign out front. We could see some mergers and acquisitions in the equipment industry like we did recently with Bayer and Monsanto. Farm Equipment magazine echos this:
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    bedliner concerns

    Drop-ins can cause rust. Back in the late-'90s, I remember seeing a co-worker pull the drop-in plastic liner out of his early-'90s Toyota only to discover a rust hole the size of a softball on the floor! He sure was ticked off.
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    bedliner concerns

    I've had experience with both a Rhino and a Line-X. I prefer the Rhino since it is a bit softer and seemed to receive less damage to the coating and also seemed to protect the bed better. However, Rhino linings are more difficult to find around here these days.
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    Graduation Day

    Congratulations to you both! Get her a yellow Saab convertible for a graduation gift.
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    Ecco boost engine

    I have co-workers with both the 5.0 V8 and the 3.5 Ecoboost engines. Both groups seem happy with their choices (I believe that one 5.0 owner harbors deep 3.5 envy that is never spoken). I personally have always been easy on both the brake and the go pedal. My strict pen & paper fuel economy numbers over the last 30+ years reflect that. For that reason, I have always been a fan of forced induction, so I would naturally opt for the 3.5 Ecoboost. My '16 Focus has the 1.0 3-cylinder Ecoboost with a 6-speed manual and while small, it has enough performance for me. I routinely get 38-40 mpg tank after tank while commuting. It delivers well over 45 mpg on the highway...but I'm not speed demon.
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    Trucky picy

    There used to be a Diamond Reo dump truck in this area running one of the Deutz engines. The Diamond Reo trucks with the Deutz engines had a distinctive sloped nose since they had no radiator. I never knew that it was a V-8 diesel. I only ever had it pass me a 45 mph and it sounded like any other truck diesel. Being air cooled, I'm sure it was fairly loud in the cab.
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    Chevy Avalanche

    According to a former co-worker of mine, be careful of water leaks when the vehicle is parked on the level or with the nose downhill. He grew tired of battling the leaks and finally went to a pickup.
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    Today , what difference between a lawn and garden tractor

    Do you have any experience with Gravely's new PRO-QXT tractor? These nice, little tractors just came across my radar. They look like a modern, updated design of the older tried & true.
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    Jay Leno Drives a Quadtrack

    Thanks for the info and link, guys! It took me back to the time I drove a first generation QuadTrac. I can only imagine how much things have improved since then.
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    Considering taking passenger Train to Kansas City

    Yes, I believe that you would need to take a bus from Detroit to the Amtrak station in Toledo. Then, the train heads from Toledo east to Washington D.C. where you change trains for one bound for Miami. Amtrak's website can be a bit quirky to use, but it's better than it used to be.