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I thought that we could use a thread here for the little guys. I have often wanted to post something but there wasn't a general thread for those of us with GTs and LTs.

I will go first.

I had them out for some fine tuning yesterday. I have done a little trick with the reverse pedal on my 4x5 machines. They don't have a lot of speed from the factory in reverse and there are a couple of kits available to provide more travel. For me, it seemed more simple to get out the torch and give the shaft a little tweak. With the sheet metal off and the pedal removed, you can heat the shaft red hot and give it a little twist. I had done this befoe but went a bit too high so I adjusted it.

In the photo attached, you can see that it is a bit too high and is awkward to use. If you set it so that the rearmost corner is just at the foot area, it works great. No parts, and no money spent.:bigthumb: All four of them are now full speed backwards.
 

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Great thread!?


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I rebuilt the linkage for my 455 AWS with some standard Heim ends that I got from Summit Racing. The JD parts were more money than my pocket could handle and I didn't like what they used anyway.


 

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this should turn out to be as interesting as the other -(what did I do -------- with my jd -- today) waiting on pics. and stories. big jim:greentractorride:
 

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Yesterday I finished up my rod end replacement on my older 455 and then put it to work. I have an area in the back that was all overgrown due to some nasty vines that had taken over the trees. Some couldn't be saved and the ones that could are happy to be free. It was a good day with great weather.:bigthumb:
 

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Well, we're off to a slow start with this thread so I'll put another post in. I think it should be called "what did Lorne do with his tractors today?":kidw_truck_smiley:

I have a chunk of steel that weighs in at about 95 pounds and for a while I have had it strapped to either the front or back of one of my 4x5s. Since it was yucky outside (rain) I figured this was a good time to change it into a suitcase weight. Now it weighs exactly 100 pounds. The handle might be a bit heavy duty but it sure is comfy... except for weighing a LOT.:lol:

Note the nice new tires that my wife picked up for me while the good ole USofA.:thumbup1gif:


 

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techie1961, good idea their, when I first looked at the hose clamps, I thought man them are good ones!! nice work. big jim:greentractorride:
 

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techie1961, good idea their, when I first looked at the hose clamps, I thought man them are good ones!! nice work. big jim:greentractorride:
Thanks Big Jim, I was surprised at how strong those clamps are. When I first put them on, I thought maybe they would hold. So I jumped up and down on them. Wow! They held up really well. Too hard to put on though.

This is another kind of suitcase unit I built for some weights that I have. It slides over the weight rail like a suitcase weight and then I can stack these wheel weights on it. There's a steel pin up inside the holes.
 

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Painted up the weights from the back of my 455 bucket tractor. Goodbye two-tone and hello monotone. Green and rust, yellow and rust, steel and rust.:laugh:

I've got about 300 pounds there and room for some suitcase weights under the bracket. Might need more but not sure it's worth the money right now.






 

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Look good techie1961. :thumbup1gif:
 

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Lots of rain here in east central illinois, between 8-15" the last two weeks depending on where you are. I have been on a deck leveling warpath the last week or so with no field work to do. Today I mowed the house in town with the lx288, it mows MUCH better with the deck raised and leveled.

After that I went to the farm and fired up the 455aws and trimmed with it after leveling and raising the deck as well as aligning the front and rear steering. It too mows much better but I wish I could get the deck a little bit higher. After I trimmed around trees and buildings I fired up the 4310 and finished off the wide open mowing with the 72" deck.
 

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Techie, do you run a FEL on that 455 AWS?
 

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Today I mowed the house in town with the lx288,
You know it's the grass that you're supposed to mow and not the house don't you?:lolol:
 

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Lol, guess I asked for that one!


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Techie, do you run a FEL on that 455 AWS?
I have a scoop that I built for the 54" blade that I call a Plucket (Plow Bucket). I built it about a year and a half ago and love it. I also built an attachment that goes on the same pivots that I haven't named yet.:laugh: I use it for moving things, pulling out brush, etc.



 

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Looks good dude, I would have to call your second attachment a grapple???


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Looks good dude, I would have to call your second attachment a grapple???
That's no fun at all.:laugh: I was thinking of a "plapple". I can plow with it and then grapple stuff. No? Me neither.:lol:
 

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I'll go along with the plapple?!..... Now you just need to get KennyD to market them for you!
 

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techie, I really liked the pic of the garbage bin ramp:thumbup1gif: how do u keep the stuff from falling out, till the lid opens!:think: I just think all ur inventions are really neat and thinking out of the box.:bigthumb:thanks for the pics again, big jim
 

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techie, I really liked the pic of the garbage bin ramp:thumbup1gif: how do u keep the stuff from falling out, till the lid opens!:think: I just think all ur inventions are really neat and thinking out of the box.:bigthumb:thanks for the pics again, big jim
Thanks so much Big Jim, I really appreciate your kind words. Here's a video of it doing some work last year while on my 425 (it's now on my 455). I had an area on my property that was raised for some reason. Maybe a raised garden at one point but being such an old place, I wasn't ruling out finding some bodies in it.:hide::lol: The soil was fairly good but it was like cutting into well packed dirt. I scraped all of the sod off first with it and then dug in.

 
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