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#1 boyscout862 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 15, 2013 - 04:40 PM

At midnight we had 5" of fluffy snow. When I got up it had rained and turned into 3" of slush. Patched the 725 and let the kid play with it. He was having a bad time with it.The stearing has some serious problems and the plow  is hard to lift. I tried it and confirmed the problems. She needs some major work. The driveway did get done but it was a struggle for me. I told him that for his Christmas vacation we will rebuild the 12hp Kohler  for his LGT125 and get it all set up for plowing. Maybe I'll even put the steel cab that I have on it. Here are some pics. The 725 has ags front and rear with single weights on  the front and doubles on the rear. The stinger weight is an after market that helps lift the plow. I need to find the original with donut that is buried somewhere. Good Luck, Rick

 

Yesterday, it was so cold the 1250 wouldn't even turn over.

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Posted December 15, 2013 - 04:42 PM

Seems like everyone is plowing snow today. We had a good 6-8 inches and it has turned to rain here as well. Looks like it was scraping the ground pretty hard in those photos. 


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Posted December 15, 2013 - 04:48 PM

It is great to see people use the older "mid" sized tractors. You don't need to have a big tractor to have fun.

Big tractor I mean Large frame Bolens or John Deere 318 or the like.


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Posted December 15, 2013 - 05:01 PM

It is great to see people use the older "mid" sized tractors. You don't need to have a big tractor to have fun.

Big tractor I mean Large frame Bolens or John Deere 318 or the like.

I'd call this a small tractor, the kid barely fits on it. He's 6' 3". The BIG TEN and Soveregns are mid size.



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Posted December 15, 2013 - 08:02 PM

I'd call this a small tractor, the kid barely fits on it. He's 6' 3". The BIG TEN and Soveregns are mid size.

 

I was going to say small but didn't want to insult anybody.

I have a 725 as well and enjoy it. These are small but there is smaller, so I chose to say mid sized.


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Posted December 16, 2013 - 03:14 AM

Sounds as if, once the bugs are ironed out, it will be a good addition to the snow removal fleet
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Posted December 19, 2013 - 07:19 AM

Replaced a woodruff key yesterday and that fixed the steering. Then plowed the 1" of light stuff so it can melt faster. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted December 19, 2013 - 07:54 AM

Ah, that explains some of the slop, huh? Wonder how it broke?

I'm slipping, we got 1" the other day and I let it lay...
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Posted December 19, 2013 - 08:10 AM

Rick, Looks like good training for your son. If it were easy everyone would be doing it. :D

 

Seriously, it tough to work with stuff that doesn't operate correctly, hope you get it all lined out.

 

 

And get that engine off the trailer and in the shop. :poke:


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Posted December 23, 2013 - 09:30 AM

Rick, Looks like good training for your son. If it were easy everyone would be doing it. :D

 

Seriously, it tough to work with stuff that doesn't operate correctly, hope you get it all lined out.

 

 

And get that engine off the trailer and in the shop. :poke:

Ricky's on vacation now. I promised to rebuild the engine and get his LGT125(openside) going. It has a plow and I may be able to put a steel cab on it. It is also a chance to teach him how to do the machine work and assembly properly.

 

You saw all my toys, most have problems. I've learned to use old equipment with "personalities". I fix them when I can.

 

I am having problems with room for the engines and unloading. Hopefully tomorrow I'll figure it all out.

 

Merry Christmas, Rick


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Posted December 24, 2013 - 10:27 AM

I find a stinger and one doughnut to almost perfectly balance the larger, 46" trip blade Simplicity dozer, like what you have.  They are very heavy without proper counter weight.  Steering effort would be greatly reduced, if need-be, by ditching the front weights and front AG's.  I add both of those to mine, to gain 'bite' on icy hard surfaces I plow, like blacktop and concrete.  Adding or losing those upgrades makes a big, big difference in my experience.

 

The 725 really isn't any smaller than a Big Ten.  They use the same frame, BGB and transaxle.  The 725 does appear smaller, but I always attributed it to the sheetmetal.  I know the part numbers vary a bit on some of those parts, but the wheelbase on a Big Ten (or Landlord) is only 1/2" longer than the 725.


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