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    A little bit of "North-Cackalacky" ingeneuity for drainpan

    As a new owner of a JD 1023e, I've been reading through a lot of posts here, particularly covering the oil, tranny maint./service schedules.
    It "appears" to me, the largest quantity of fluid we will need to change out is somewhere in the 16 quart vicinity/capacity.
    It came to mind that, instead of tossing $$$ at the Auto Zone/NAPA big-box stores to purchase fancy schmancy oil catch-pans, why not just measure from the ground up to the tranny drain plug, subtract 4" from that measurement, and cut down one of the plastic 55 gallon drums that most of us have laying around that's not in use?
    Using a magic-marker, or white paint-stick marker, transfer the measurement from the bottom of the barrel and mark in 4 places, take some sheetrock tape, attach one end to the barrel on one of the marks, wrap the tape around the barrel and scotch-tape it in those 4 marks, then make enough marks at the sheetrock tape where the marks intersect each other around the entire barrel until you have enough marks to follow the "cut-line" around with a 4" grinder and a cutting disc attached to it.
    When the final cut is completed, just clean up the frazzles of plastic on the fresh cut end with some #80 grit sandpaper, which will help eliminate any accidental cuts on your fingers/wrists, etc.....
    I apologize for the long explanation, but, coming from an engineering background I've always taken the time to try and fully explain my thoughts precisely, so, I thank you all for bearing with me on my long-winded post.
    Hope it's clear and helpful......
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    I need a picture of it working as I don't think a 55 gallon drum will fit under my 1026 as it might be to big around.
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    Probably a good idea for most, but I can see me having oil all over me and everything else when trying to pour it up to take for disposal. Trust me, some days, all I have to do is walk by equipment, and I can look like "Pig Pen" from the comics.
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    No reason not to cut a plastic barrel down to use, but I'm not sure "most of us" have one one laying around, I know I sure don't!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    No reason not to cut a plastic barrel down to use, but I'm not sure "most of us" have one one laying around, I know I sure don't!
    I store my used oil in a 25 gal plastic barrel until I take it to a disposal place.
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    Autozone, 15 Qt pan, handle and drain, $9.99. It's way to convenient for me to fab up something. Just lifting the thing, carrying to another pail and pouring it into the pail without spilling....priceless
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmgirl19 View Post
    Probably a good idea for most, but I can see me having oil all over me and everything else when trying to pour it up to take for disposal. Trust me, some days, all I have to do is walk by equipment, and I can look like "Pig Pen" from the comics.
    Trust me FG we want pics for proof. You need to let us be the judge as to whether you look like pig pen or not. Besides Gizmo2 isn't letting us see the pic he has of you dancing in the rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredHickory View Post
    Autozone, 15 Qt pan, handle and drain, $9.99. It's way to convenient for me to fab up something. Just lifting the thing, carrying to another pail and pouring it into the pail without spilling....priceless
    Most of those also make it very easy to find that dropped drain plug instead of searching around in 4" of oil hoping and praying. Not that I've ever dropped a drain plug...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Most of those also make it very easy to find that dropped drain plug instead of searching around in 4" of oil hoping and praying. Not that I've ever dropped a drain plug...
    You sir need a magnetic retrieval tool. Only a few bucks at your local tool supplier. Worth way more than that in "embarrassment fees."
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    You sir need a magnetic retrieval tool. Only a few bucks at your local tool supplier. Worth way more than that in "embarrassment fees."
    I've got a few of them. But swishing that around in a bucket of oil still means you have something else that has to be cleaned.

    The $10 oil-change pan just makes it easier to deal with. It's also got a nice little holder on it where you can set your oil filter to let it drain.

    I used one of these for probably 20-25 years:

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    Now I use one of these:


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