Did you change the bearings too? How many hours on your “kommando”?The Komando 123S was loosing air in one front tire sooo. Yup valve stem broken.
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New valve stem but....
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Yup, wheel bearings shot.
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She is happy again for now anyway. The tire guy did not have a stubby stem, so this one will surely get twisted off.
If you're willing to go a chemical route, Crossbow or Crossroad will do the trick. I don't think you'll get rid of sweetgum by mechanical means alone.It was forecast to be hot and humid today so mowing started about 6am before it got hot. I really like this diesel can I’ve had for about 35 years. It’s just right to sit on the dash and drain itself.
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The below pic is the problem. Until this year, I’ve only been able to mow it once a year and that always had to be after deer season. Long story but bottom line it was to keep poachers (as in one specific poacher) out. That meant it was mowed in the winter when the trees are dormant. Keeps them down but allows them to keep coming back. Mostly sweet gum. They’re so thick they’re taking over from the grass and everything else. View attachment 80485
So I decided now that the guy we had issues is gone, it’s time to bust these trees just after they’ve dumped a bunch of energy into regrowing stems and leaves. Dropped the box blade and stopped by the shed to pick up todays weapon of choice; the old, ugly, yet still very effective Howse 500 rotary cutter/slasher/mangler/brush hog/bush hog thing. View attachment 80486
Mowing trees with a little grass and miscellaneous native plants mixed in. It’s basically a meadow and that’s swell with us. View attachment 80487
This is why we mow it at all. Not mowed it turns into this. That’s not acceptable. View attachment 80488
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Areas like this where there aren’t a million little tree saplings carpeting the ground I’m fine with. Nobody walks through here anyway. It’s UTV, ATV, or tractor to traverse this stuff. Left these areas be today. Had three more sections with trees to mow in addition to the one pictured above. View attachment 80491
We had a similar problem in a field my father used to allow mowing only once a year in the fall when he was in charge of maintaining it. There it was black gum that started in one little corner and ended up carpeting probably 3/4 of an acre. For two years I mowed them in the spring. There was clear progress the second year. Now in the third year there are still a few, but the grass is choking out the gum trees instead of the other way around. A couple of black gum saplings buried in 3’ grass below. View attachment 80492
From a distance, this is what the field looks like now. Much better. View attachment 80493
Then, at the end of the day, a spring zephyr caused a loud bang up the road a ways and the power went out. We hadn't used the new generator other than testing when the transfer switch was installed. It was a good excuse to break it out for a real run. Our old portable gas generator would run the furnace and refrigerators and freezers but we didn’t have a transfer switch so it was all drop cords and it wouldn’t run the well pump. This one won’t run the A/C, water heater, and well pump all at the same time but it will run two of the three. The well pump is a big deal with an OCD wife. It isn’t a continuous “like it never happened” solution but it wasn’t supposed to be. Did exactly what we bought it to do. Power came back on about an hour after we lost it. View attachment 80494
Thanks. I might have to eventually so I appreciate the recommendation.If you're willing to go a chemical route, Crossbow or Crossroad will do the trick. I don't think you'll get rid of sweetgum by mechanical means alone.
Women would like to believe they’re forever 29.I am joking about selling the tractor, but old age is taking its toll on my body. I need 2 knees and 2 hips, and 1 shoulder repair. Does anyone have some spare parts that I can have? Every time I see another doctor I learn more about my body that has been withheld from me in the past. It is really depressing to learn how old I really am. I still have a mind of a 40-year-old, but a body of a 100-year-old. Just started another new medication today, and I was depressed when I made the original post. I am over it now!
Glad you added that. Getting the seed trees would require at least selective logging off well over 100 mature trees even if it was just selective cut of the sweet gums that drop gum balls on the grass area. Not worth all that… But I’ll keep mowing them.Have to get the seed trees first.