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Current machines are not as versatile as stuff...

Current machines are not as versatile as stuff made back in the 1960's-70's. My 16 hp tractor cuts the lawn, but also plows snow, and can blow the snow when it's too deep to push with the plow. I...
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If this is the original belt, it may have...

If this is the original belt, it may have stretched to the point that it will continue to pop off, and needs to be replaced. But also check the alignment of all the pulleys to be sure that none are...
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If you go to Deere's web site you can navigate to...

If you go to Deere's web site you can navigate to their parts section. It will require you to register and pick a local dealer, but you can set the parameters so that you don't get any e-mails...
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Posted By bontai Joe

What dealers do you have local to you? I'd...

What dealers do you have local to you? I'd personally would recommend buying a machine from a local dealer over a box store. For a 1/2 acre lawn to just cut grass, Ariens has nice machines that are...
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Can you put a photovoltaic panel on the roof to...

Can you put a photovoltaic panel on the roof to generate electricity? Have the panel charge a 12 volt marine type battery and get a 12 volt Rv television. You will want to set up your charger so that...
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Posted By bontai Joe

Would getting a longer or shorter belt solve your...

Would getting a longer or shorter belt solve your problem. With a different engine plus the spacer you added, you may need to just get a different belt to work properly.
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Posted By bontai Joe

Where I work, we use a strobe tachometer that...

Where I work, we use a strobe tachometer that does not require touching the rotating part. Adjust the flashes to match the RPMs of the spinning part and the parts appears to freeze in motion. Then...
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The bearing housing halves both go on the outside...

The bearing housing halves both go on the outside of the chipper housing.
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If you are rewinding your spools, remember to get...

If you are rewinding your spools, remember to get something close to the same diameter as supplied with your unit. I worked on my neighbor's that would not feed. He was trying to run something like a...
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Posted By bontai Joe

I had a McCulloch gas trimmer that I spent more...

I had a McCulloch gas trimmer that I spent more money fixing than I did in purchase price. I finally gave up and went electric. I'd rather pull the extension cord around than pull that &$%@** starter...
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I also would recommend getting a used Troy-Bilt...

I also would recommend getting a used Troy-Bilt Horse. Mine is over 30 years old and I used it the first 6 years I had it to till customers' gardens. They are extremely well designed, easy to work...
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To start your tractor, it needs to be in neutral,...

To start your tractor, it needs to be in neutral, the PTO has to be OFF and your foot has to be on the brake. I mention all this because you asked what gear it needed to be in.
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The rough rule of thumb is to tow no more weight...

The rough rule of thumb is to tow no more weight than what the tractor weighs. Aerators are particularly hard on transmissions as they are locked into the ground with their spikes. So making turns...
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The Deere machines you see at the box store are...

The Deere machines you see at the box store are the same as the Deere machines you see at the dealer. It's just that the dealer has other higher quality models available that the box store does not...
12-29-11, 01:57 PM
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Posted By bontai Joe

You are in the outdoor power equipment forum...

You are in the outdoor power equipment forum (lawn mowers, chainsawas and snowblowers) so you probably won't get an answer here. I have no idea how your heating system works, but will suggest that...
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Posted By bontai Joe

Thanks Cheese, And I wish a happy, healthy and...

Thanks Cheese, And I wish a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year for everyone, and may all our machines run great.
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My dad got me into the habit of checking the oil...

My dad got me into the habit of checking the oil every single time I start a small engine. Only takes 15 seconds and can prevent having a really bad afternnon.
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Posted By bontai Joe

I'm really glad that you are fixing this fine...

I'm really glad that you are fixing this fine machine. Definitely worth the effort.
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Posted By bontai Joe

You can look at "Audel's guide to small engine...

You can look at "Audel's guide to small engine repair". The AUdel series of books are pretty good for teaching a lot of different skills.
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Posted By bontai Joe

Not exactly "one piece", more like a complete...

Not exactly "one piece", more like a complete assembly. I haven't looked at mine in over a year, but if I remember correctly, the ball bearings are housed in a rather light duty sheet metal flange...
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Posted By bontai Joe

I replaced the bearings in one of mine about 20...

I replaced the bearings in one of mine about 20 years ago, and the only tools I needed were wrenches. I'm assuming you have the Tomahawk chipper with the box shaped housing? Sort of the size of a...
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Posted By bontai Joe

The bearings are generic, and should be available...

The bearings are generic, and should be available from a supplier like Grainger or McMaster Carr. I surely would not junk this machine so quickly, as they are one of the better designed chippers ever...
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Posted By bontai Joe

Propane has more BTUs per volume than natural...

Propane has more BTUs per volume than natural gas, but natural gas is usually available directly from a pipe supplied by the local gas utility. Propane usually requires a tank for fuel storage and...
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Posted By bontai Joe

Yeah, your engne's problem could be as simple as...

Yeah, your engne's problem could be as simple as a loose wire, or it could be toast. What happened and why do you think it is not fixable?
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Not a good idea to increase the RPM of your...

Not a good idea to increase the RPM of your mower's motor. Best case is it will shorten the life of the engine, worst case is the engine will self destruct the next time you use it depending on how...
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