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Tractors - Educate me

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    I was going to drop mine on a pallet or some lumber and tarp it. I finally did a remove and reinstall cycle with the hoe because I needed some extra maneuverability for a project and I didn't find that it was that much effort to get it back on. I've heard plenty of horror stories but it wasn't that bad in my book and I'll certainly get faster at it with some practice.

    Speaking of tarps, my cover came in and it's pretty damn solid. It weighs close to 40lbs! I'm probably going to take the bucket level indicator off so it doesn't stab it. I've tried to make myself look at it and use it but I never do.

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    Saved the giant piece of shrink wrap plastic from the boat to wrap the mower and cover trailer.

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    you can hit it with heat and it will still shrink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Punched a stick through the grill yet? That’s how you know break in is complete....
    Nothing through the grill yet but I did have one of the rocks from my yard roll off the pile while I was trying to flip it over and it slammed into the front guard. Scratched the leading edge of the paint up but that was about it. I was thankful the guard was there!

    For scale, my pallet forks are 48" and are sitting about a foot away from the stone wall. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them once I finish pulling the rest from my yard. About half of the rocks were too heavy to lift and had to be rolled end over end to get to the pile.


    I'm getting much more proficient at breaking large rocks. I used seven wedges on the first split and tried to see if I can get away with fewer on the second split. You can use fewer but I had to switch to using both hands to swing the hammer.


    Some of these rocks are leaving gigantic craters. I'm hoping to have the rest of the yard de-rocked by winter and maybe get a couple triaxles of gravel delivered to start filling in everything and fixing the grade.


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    I think it was here that someone asked how long the masonry bits last drilling into granite. I noticed on Saturday that drilling was becoming very laborious and there was a lot of vibration when the bit had pressure on it so I decided to replace it. The new one drills in less than half the time of the spent one. I didn't keep an official count but a reasonable estimate puts me in the 50-60 hole range and I could have swapped it sooner.

    New on the left, old on the right. The leading edge of the carbide on the back side of the worn bit has a chunk missing from it. There's still a good bit of carbide sticking out past the tool steel so I may pick up a diamond wheel for the grinder to see if I can bring it back to a usable state.



    I also picked up a box blade over the weekend. Concord Tractor's price on a 6' model a step up from the lighter duty version was as good as I had found and they had one left in stock. It's around 600lbs.



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    Like to see what you do with the box blade. Some of my trails are pretty rough.

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    Buddy, pal, friend of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    I think it was here that someone asked how long the masonry bits last drilling into granite.
    one of the things I do, when drilling several holes, is switch bits between holes, I don't start a new hole with a hot bit, I have found that rotating the bits, makes em last a little longer

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    Buddy, pal, friend of mine.
    In the short term I have plans for it, but you're welcome to borrow it in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    one of the things I do, when drilling several holes, is switch bits between holes, I don't start a new hole with a hot bit, I have found that rotating the bits, makes em last a little longer
    Not a bad idea. The 3/4" Milwaukee SDS bit I'm using isn't crazy expensive at $24 compared to what others can get up to. I may snag another one when I'm out and about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    In the short term I have plans for it, but you're welcome to borrow it in the future.
    A box blade is one of the things I'd like to add one of these days. I'm determined to find one used on the cheap. Everyone insists it isn't hard to do. I don't see a lot being offered up. Sure I'm looking in the wrong place.
    But yeah. I may bug you someday, like next summer or beyond. Maybe for a try-before-I-go-buy weekend?

    I'm pretty underwhelmed at how effective the straight grader/back blade I bought is. I tried to spread piles of decomposed wood chips and quickly got fed up, went back to back-dragging with the bucket. My little 72" blade doesn't seem to weigh enough. I've seen photos on the internet where people chain logs or rocks to the top of straight and box blades. I have plenty of logs and rocks.

    Really I bought the blade for snow. My neighbor gets'er done with this setup. So. We'll see soon enough.


    This weekend I tried backing the CX2510 into my garage for the first time. ROPS up she just barely fits. 2 fingers of clearance between the garage trim and the top of the bar. Garage is still too much of a disaster to park her in there. But it was cool to confirm it will fit. Once the bikes get put away for the season there should be room to store it in there at least before a major storm.

    Also got suckered into a pair of LED aux lamps from the amazons during "prime day". $15 for the lamps.. and I'm now in for almost $100 in an aux fuse panel, wiring, switches, etc, etc. At least the lamps were cheap!
    While I'm at it I'm wiring up a SAE plug for a tender & heated gear and I will run a circuit for a small ATV winch I have.
    I need a clever way to hang these from the ROPS. I hear magnets are the in thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    Not a bad idea. The 3/4" Milwaukee SDS bit I'm using isn't crazy expensive at $24 compared to what others can get up to. I may snag another one when I'm out and about.
    I'm using smaller 9/16 bits, several years ago, I picked up a dozen for $12/ea

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
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    While I'm at it I'm wiring up a SAE plug for a tender & heated gear and I will run a circuit for a small ATV winch I have.
    I need a clever way to hang these from the ROPS. I hear magnets are the in thing.
    If you sketch something up I can 3D print it.

    Made a simple little enclosure for my aux light. It's magnet mounted so I can point it wherever I want.


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    I hadn't thought to 3d print. I can print as well now. I have some PETG I really should experiment.
    That may be more CAD time than I care to dedicate at the moment. I was thinking an hour of hacking-and-slashing with a file, grinder and some aluminum bar.. at worst.

    There are about 10 knock-outs on the dash of this machine reminding me that this is a base model. I intend to fill one with a nice lighted switch.

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