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#136 larrybl ONLINE  

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Posted January 23, 2013 - 10:07 PM

THe CH Compressor isnt a big issue, purchased Christmas of 2006, caught in a F-1 Tornado 2007, and run contunisly doing Tire Roations, brad nailing, cut off tool (on things bigger than it was designed for) Blow gun for cleaning off the decks, Air ratchet tools, and other things a 13 gallon compressor wasn't designed to do. After seven years I can't complain. I will replace it after I see what I owe Uncle Sam.

 

MH81, I like the bumper too, I think the Chrome looks good on Red.


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Posted January 23, 2013 - 10:12 PM

 
MH81, I like the bumper too, I think the Chrome looks good on Red.


It is no longer on super sale... It's back up to $99.
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Posted January 23, 2013 - 10:33 PM

Figures, even though obsolete when they seen the run on these they figured to jack up the price. Might be good to see what else they put on clearance for the older Craftsman Mowers.



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Posted January 24, 2013 - 08:45 PM

I went ahead and added two more led strips to the top of the reflector for a total of four. This makes a total of 6 lamps. I think it is much better now, I drove Red around this evening. Still in the low 70's this evening. The light from the LED's can be used to see with now, but still not as brite as the 1156's, With both 1156 and led on it is noticeability brighter. The reflector material really helos too.
Guess I'll see how well this works over the Summer. I may try something simular on Hulk II next winter refresh.

The camera really dosn't do justice, but you can see the difference. First 3 are the four led's only, next 3 are the two 1157's only, and last 3 are all six lamps. Pretty bright now.

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Posted January 24, 2013 - 10:19 PM

All the lamps together give it an almost daylight type of light. Very natural looking, not orange or blue. Are you going to leave all the lamps wired up?
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Posted January 24, 2013 - 10:32 PM

All the lamps together give it an almost daylight type of light. Very natural looking, not orange or blue. Are you going to leave all the lamps wired up?

Yes, I will leave Red's lights as is. And will see how well it works for those late evening mowing session this spring / summer. Next winter I plan on refreshing Hulk II, Same charging system and light reflector. I will re-line that reflector and may try the "blue 1156" bulbs. Those run almost $10.00 each but say they give almost 20% more light.

Here is Hulk II.

Edit: I will check this weekend to make sure I am still charging the battery with all the lights on and the PTO enguaged. The Leds are pulling just under 1 amp so I should be fine. But it dosn't hurt to check.

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Posted January 25, 2013 - 12:33 AM

Old girl looks new again Larry. Good work.



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Posted January 25, 2013 - 05:32 AM

That does look better. You'll know better when you start mowing.



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Posted January 27, 2013 - 06:38 PM

Well, got the W-2 yesterday, and it looks like I can afford the new compressor, I only owe $300, and had 600 put away (I don't have tax taken out on my Military retirement si I have to pay on that) any how, here is the new compressor. On another note, I may have an issue with RED, as my Grandson has re-claimed him.

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Posted January 27, 2013 - 06:49 PM

Nice compressor. You will like the extra air capacity.

Tell the grandson you will leave it to him in your will.
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Posted January 27, 2013 - 07:06 PM

Thanks, I have already noticed it dosn't kick on as often when I am using it. Grandson has already claimed RED as he was heavily involved in the 1st restore. I need his legs to grow another 6" then he can take over mowing duties.



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Posted January 27, 2013 - 07:12 PM

You did a great job on Red!! Sharp and good running means it will work for many years to come. Thanks for sharing.

 

 

 

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 04:44 PM

It's raining today, and by the looks of the yard I may be mowing in another weekend or two :dancingbanana: . I can't wait! Hmmm, I'm sure that didn't sound right to some. Sorta like those with Snow Blowers that prepted all summer with the "can't wait" attitude, and are now complaining about too much snow. At least grass dosn't acculmate unless you skip a weekend mowing session. 


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 06:01 PM

Red is offically "good to go". I mowed an acre today, and pulled the hood to check. No Leaks! and the steering is real responsive. Engine runs strong. Now my shop smells like Summer (hot paint, cut grass, and dog poo) :dancingbanana:


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Posted March 18, 2013 - 08:10 AM

Glad Red is paying you back for all the TLC you gave it!


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