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  1. PHPaul

    What's wrong with this picture?

    Grandson Jarod (23) running the excavator. Grandson Casey (31) supervising. (Seems fair, it's his excavator...) Grandpa (71) running the Idiot Spoon! To be fair, we traded off while digging a trench to run power to my daughter's chicken coop for a heated water bucket. Casey just got the John...
  2. PHPaul

    Built a chicken coop for the daughter...

    Paint job and sign are all her. There are those that claim I contributed to her sense of humor, don't see it myself...:ROFLMAO:
  3. PHPaul

    I think I may have found the problem...

    With the pump on that free Porter-Cable compressor. I picked up two 80 gallon two-stage 5HP compressors off Craigslist for free. I was able to scrounge enough parts off the P-C to fix the Ingersoll-Rand which is a MUCH better unit - all cast iron vs. the aluminum throw-away junk on the...
  4. PHPaul

    Hydraulic Requirements for Sabre Samurai mower

    After spending literally years looking for an inexpensive yet effective way to mow ditch banks, I finally stuck a crowbar in my wallet and sprung for a Sabre Samurai. I have a B2650 with a rear remote and hoses plumbed to the front for a thumb. The immediate plan is to use that to power the...
  5. PHPaul

    High tech garden watering

    After a cool wet start, it's come off hot and dry and the garden is starting to show it. Rather than buy (ouch...) 300 feet of hose and beat up my well, I take advantage of the fresh water stream that is my back property line. I have a little Homelite 2 stroke pump that I use to... Fill...
  6. PHPaul

    Operation Rescue Bambi

    Daughter came by just about dark last evening to pick up the birds I've been chicken-sitting while we build her a coop. She noticed the brush thrashing in the lower corner of what used to be my sheep pasture. Investigation reveals this little fawn hung up in the fence. I grabbed some welding...
  7. PHPaul

    Heads Up for B2650 Owners

    I spotted a coolant leak on my 2015 B2650 yesterday. The lower radiator hose is routed behind this bracket under the alternator and behind the fan belt. I assume it's to keep the hose from touching the belt. Unfortunately, over time vibration and the square edge of the bracket will wear a...
  8. PHPaul

    B2650 Transmission and Hydraulic Filters

    Back Story: In an effort to save some money, I crossed the Kubota filter numbers to NAPA/Wix numbers and used the NAPA filters last time I serviced the tractor. Worked fine, but it felt like the noise level was higher and the hydraulics for the loader, 3 point and steering took NOTICEABLY...
  9. PHPaul

    Went to the toy store yesterday

    To pick up a pair of filters and a bucket of UDT2 (ouch...) The lot was absolutely packed with new Kubotas in every size. Commented to the parts guy that they seem to have their supply situation under control. He said "Tractors, yes, but we're having an awful time trying to find loaders."
  10. PHPaul

    Thinking about building a new house.

  11. PHPaul

    Squirrels can read minds - Who knew?

    I scatter some scratch feed for my chickens twice a day - morning chores and evening chores. I use a Wild Bird Mix for scratch feed, sunflowers, cracked corn, oats, millet and various other seeds. Double benefit, what the chickens don't eat (they don't appear to care for millet) the mourning...
  12. PHPaul

    Speaking of shed upgrades...

    I built this tool shed about 10 years ago. The enclosed area is 20x24. In the back left corner there's a 8x10 room that's being used as a chicken coop. I have decided that it's time my tired old bod had a heated shop. I've been working out of an unheated 12x24 stall in my garage for 30 years...
  13. PHPaul

    FrankenTraktor Project

    I seem to have fallen into the habit of finding dead tractors and fixing them up. I even made a couple of bucks on one, the Satoh S650G that I'm pretty sure I chronicled here. Late last year, I spotted a Shibaura SD1400B on Craigslist. That's a Gray Market 2 cylinder diesel with an 8 speed...
  14. PHPaul

    Another Tractor Project

    I like to have a project to give me something to do in the Winter. Something that will fit in the garage but leave room to work around it. I've done motorcycles, ATVs, a couple of metal lathes, and the odd tractor. I start looking for something late Summer/early Fall. After a couple of...
  15. PHPaul

    B2650 starting problem

    A few days ago, I ran the tractor low enough on fuel that it quit. At least, I assume that's why it quit. I refilled the tank and after a bit of cranking it started and ran fine the rest of the day. Since then, it has been increasingly hard to start. The starter motor spins the engine but it...
  16. PHPaul

    Rock bucket to fit the SSQA on my LA534 Loader?

    Does anyone know where I can get a rock bucket for my LA534? Titan maybe?
  17. PHPaul

    And now for something completely different...

    The fellow that rents the barn on the property behind mine is a building contractor. I may have mentioned him before, I call him Dale the Builder. He's all over the area on all sorts of jobs from roofing to ground-up new construction. He finds all sorts of interesting things in his travels...
  18. PHPaul

    Cordless Grease Guns

    Had an opportunity to use a cordless grease gun for the first time yesterday. i've always viewed them as expensive toys for the average home mechanic. I was doing the 50 hour service on the neighbor's new Kubota excavator and it definitely proved it's usefulness there with the 20-odd zerks and...
  19. PHPaul

    Okay, I'll play

    Took this wee beastie in on a barter deal. Satoh S650G with a Mazda 4 cylinder gas engine. Hasn't run in years, but it's loose and the tires are decent. Missing the distributor and I forgot to grab the hood. Called the guy and "the distributor is around here somewhere" and I'll go back and...
  20. PHPaul

    Tractor Insurance?

    I sent in the last payment on the Cabota last month (Wheeeee!) so the insurance policy that was part of the 0/60 deal has expired. Kubota sent me a quote to continue the policy and I need to decide whether to take advantage of it or not. $441 per year for what seems (on paper at least) to be...