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Posted February 04, 2014 - 05:25 PM

Been around the world looking for hydraulic cylinder seals.  The one hydraulic shop in E-town where I had to go anyway....nobody there, and nobody answers the cell number either....for 2 days.  Lost my business.  The Parker store was NO help at all, saying they'd have to send my parts off to be matched for seals.  No thank you, I don't want you losing my parts.  Go to 2 tractor dealers, but no dice.  So end up coming towards home & decided to go past home, about another 8 miles to an obscure hydraulic shop down in a deep hollow that I swear you can hear dueling banjo's whenever you drive down there.  BUT, this out of the way small hydraulic shop had what I needed.  He's got my business!  I have been there one other time, and then also, he had what I needed when nobody else did.  $15 and change for all needed for both cylinders.  I wrote the check for an even $20.  So tomorrow I can get the front end loader going again.  I wanted to be able to mainly due to the weather being horrible and shop time would be a plenty.  Freezing rain now & may get worse.  I knew if I didn't get down to the hydraulic shop tonight, tomorrow may be out of the question.

  Now to get the silage fed, and not looking forward with the freezing rain coming down.


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Posted February 04, 2014 - 08:05 PM

Ice is getting thicker on powerlines.  Sure hope power doesn't go out.  Raining pretty heavy, so if it were a just a degree colder, we'd have a much bigger issue.  Right now it's dead on 32F, so buildup is slow.  


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Posted February 04, 2014 - 08:12 PM

I hope you don't get a large ice storm, Daniel! Glad you got the parts for the cylinders!


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Posted February 04, 2014 - 08:19 PM

Raining heavy for a while now.  The entire network of drives around the barns & feeding areas are a slick slab of ice already, and just getting thicker.  I thought the loader with bucket tipped straight down would back-drag & bust the ice up, but no way, it's SOLID!    May be fun feeding silage in the morning....or just walking down to try!


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Posted February 04, 2014 - 08:26 PM

Weather service is calling for a lot of ice in your area, then possibly snow on top of that. I hope you keep the power on.

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Posted February 04, 2014 - 08:29 PM

If power goes down and I have to run the generator, things will be plugged directly into the genset instead of powering the panel.  I want no more of the neutral surge that took out so much last time!


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Posted February 04, 2014 - 08:38 PM

There is a little store in Temple that looks like a convenience store but there is a bldg attached and you go out the back door into the attached bldg.  If you need something hardware or Hyd related he probably has it.  Laid back and friendly service to boot.

 

Hope your weather doesn't get to bad.


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Posted February 04, 2014 - 11:03 PM

At least not without a nutral cut off switch..... Hey guess what, I finaly got some snow chains for my MF1650. I only had to drive clear down to Texas to get them. Bought 2 pair for 20 bucks at a flea market down there on my Vac. No Snow! it was great.


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Posted February 04, 2014 - 11:14 PM

It's pouring down rain here in morgan town but it's 33 and seems to not be freeing on the ground.

It's slowly warming up. I just got back down here today and there is a foot of snow on the ground.

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Posted February 05, 2014 - 12:29 AM

Freezing rain is the worst winter weather in my book, Good luck Daniel.

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Posted February 05, 2014 - 08:59 AM

Not much more ice accumulation overnight, and things were slushy on top when i went to feed & milk,.  BUT, it's refreezing, so I'm using the Cat loader to back-drag & shave the ice as much as I can.  

 

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Posted February 05, 2014 - 09:32 AM

YUK! That looks nasty! Be careful!


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Posted February 05, 2014 - 09:39 AM

Be safe Daniel, ice can sneak up on ya quick and down ya go. Glad to see you still have electric.

 

I'm having a "Daniel day" again today. Hey, I think I'm going to patent that phrase, haha

 

Tahoe didn't want to start, I think I had fuel line freeze up from my fill up last night. Finally got it going and in to work.

Boy took Sears 16/6 out to plow the snow/ice mix we have this monrning. Calls me to tell me he has all the snow piled at end of the drive when smoke rolls out from under hood. He lifted hood and smoke was coming from ignition under dash. He shut it down so now my plow tractor is down with electrical issues. Guess I know my job when I get home, plus the pile of heavy wet snow at end of drive.


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Posted February 05, 2014 - 10:05 AM

Do be careful with all that ice, Daniel.  I know you don't need it but it did make some nice scenes.


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Posted February 05, 2014 - 10:38 AM

That's a lot of ice be careful walking around.
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