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    B7100 Glow plug questions

    The last few cold starts have required lots of glow time, even with the block heater plugged in. So I thought I would do some checks. Rear cylinder: over 9v to the plug. Centre cylinder, under 8v to the plug. Front cylinder slightly less again. Sounds like some corrosion on the connections, so I...
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    Electric Chute Rotation -- B2789 Blower

    I have tried a couple of different motors to rotate this chute. I started with a Ford power window motor. It worked, if there was not too much ice and snow. But it lacked torque and the motor was not weatherproof. Next I tried a power seat motor, but with similar lackluster results. It worked OK...
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    Broken PTO pump bolt - B4672 backhoe

    I was having great fun digging holes when suddenly boom operation became rhythmically jerky. In my experience, sudden changes in operating characteristics never bode well, so I shut it down and started investigating. I soon found most of a broken bolt lying underneath the PTO pump. Sure...
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    Damp summer = water in fuel.

    I have a desiccate-filled sock called a Water Worm in my fuel tank to capture any moisture that makes it's way in. I check it when I refuel and it's generally empty. Today however, it was bulging at the seams! Full to the brim and more water in the bottom of the tank that it couldn't absorb. I...
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    Using PTO in high range?

    My tractor has 2 rear PTO speeds: 540 and 857 rpm (@ 2800 engine rpm). My backhoe manual cautions "The backhoe has been designed to operate in the 540 PTO-RPM position only. Do not operate in the 750 position or backhoe hydraulic system damage may result." Ok, so >540 rpm = bad thing. I get...
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    FS: RC54-71B mid-mount mower fits B7100

    This fits the later B7100 with the forward-facing mid PTO. Comes complete with all the required brackets. Missing the deflector chute (previous owner removed it). Otherwise, in working condition. It's just too wide for my property -- I went back to a 42" lawn tractor for mowing. Asking $600...
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    Now I need a HD top link bracket...

    ... because I lucked into a great deal on a B4672 backhoe today. The HD bracket for a B7100 is part #70050-93214. Kubota seems to think they should be worth $300. I think I have a welder. Does anyone know how thick the steel is that was used to make this bracket?
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    Not too happy with this filter

    Nice day today, time to service things in preparation for the not-so-nice weather that will be upon us in another month or two. After replacing the genuine Kubota HST filter with a fresh one, I happened to glance inside:
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    Necessity is the mother of invention

    This worked so well I may have to make up something a little less sketchy:
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    Trencher for B7100

    I've come across this Kubota-brand trencher for a B7100. The 3ph and PTO cover has to be removed, and this gets bolted on in place. The lift cylinder gets piped to the outlet under the seat. A drive sprocket goes directly on the PTO shaft. Does anyone have any idea what the model number would...
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    Binford 6100 bandsaw.

    This is the sort of thing that happens when I combine woodworking with metalworking:
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    Some days you get lucky...

    During my recent Kubota clutch adventure, I discovered that the muffler is rusting out. New one from the dealer is -- Wait For It: $550.00 Ain't gonna happen. Welding up the old one goes on the to-do list. Then I happened to stumble on a Kijiji ad listing one (together with the gasket and...
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    B7100 seized.

    I fired up the tractor this afternoon to clear the snow. Started fine, let it warm up for 10 minutes or so. Unplugged the block heater, started driving forward. Suddenly there was a loud rattle, like something rotating was hitting sheet metal. Engine was running at near full-throttle with no...
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    B7100 3ph spool valve binding

    I just got back in from blowing off the ice rink. The 3ph spool valve has suddenly started binding occasionally at random times, usually in the neutral position. Sometimes when trying to lift the blower, other times when trying to lower it. It might be normal 10 or 20 times in a row, then...
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    Self-inflicted 3ph problem

    I had everything mounted, fueled, greased, tested and ready to go; but of course, I was out of town when the first snowstorm of the season hit. My son, bless his soul, took it upon himself to come over and blow out the driveway for SWMBO in my absence. Afterwards, he phoned me up and said...
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    b7100 hydraulic take-off: open or closed centre?

    I know things powered via the hydraulic block must be open centre, but what about via the take-off valve under the seat? The relief valve is before the spool valve so does it matter if the accessory is open or closed centre? Background: I took down a couple of trees and am looking around for a...
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    Titan pine straw (needle) rake

    I'm considering a Titan pine straw rake. Has anyone tried one? Any issues? Is it quick-hitch compatible?
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    Landscape rake or Pine needle rake?

    Every spring and every fall we have a substantial amount of flotsam along the shoreline and on the bottom near the shore of our sand beach that needs to be raked up and disposed of. Much of it is pine needles. What would be the best implement to use to rake this up into a pile on shore? A pine...
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    Cure for water in fuel

    For years I have used a product called the "Water Worm" to protect my home heating oil tank from water contamination and keep it from rusting on the inside. Basically its a 4' long skinny sock on a string with some desiccant beads inside. Any moisture in the tank (eg: from condensation) drops to...
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    Right to repair legislation in Nebraska

    I stumbled over this interesting piece about farmers trying to gain the right and ability to repair their equipment in Nebraska. (I did try a search and see if this has come up here before, but apparently the words "right" and "to" are too short for...