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#1 boyscout862 ONLINE  

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Posted February 05, 2014 - 10:52 AM

Yesterday we had about 6" of snow to move. I shovelled and plowed early because it was sunny and melting. The float on my Ford 2000 with FEL wasn't working so I went through my manuals to figure out how to fix it. 3 Ford 730 loader manuals but none showed this particular spool setup. Finally just attacked it. Just needed cleaning and 4 little pieces put where they belonged. By trial and error I was able to adjust it and now it works fine. It took 1.5 hours which a good description in a manual would have cut in half. The poor descriptions in the Ford service manuals really makes me appreciate the good ones like Briggs and Stratton puts out(in our Manuals Section).


Today we got 6"+ by 800am which then turned to sleet and freezing rain. It has settled to 4".  I went out and cleanned the snow off the tent garage. It was sagging.


Even walking was hazardous.  I am not going to plow or shovel until the storm ends this afternoon. If I clean now, the sleet and freezing rain will create a sheet of ice on the cleanned surfaces. By waiting, I'll get rid of the ice with the snow. Good Luck, Rick

Edited by boyscout862, February 05, 2014 - 10:54 AM.

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Posted February 05, 2014 - 10:59 AM

Good job getting the FEL going. I am going to go to work in my t shirt today.

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Posted February 05, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Good job getting the FEL going. I am going to go to work in my t shirt today.

I work in my t shirt too but there is an insulated shirt, a sweatshirt, and insulated Carhardt coveralls over it. Western NC was our first choice of a place to live but it never worked out for us. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted February 05, 2014 - 11:43 AM

Good luck with that. It poured rain here all yesterday evening and most of the night. Never did turn to sleet like the weather guesser said it would... and I'm fine with that. But MAN is our ground saturated. We need a couple of weeks of dry weather so that I can do some work in the yard before spring!

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Posted February 05, 2014 - 01:58 PM

i have about 11" in northwest corner, now its rain.  gave the plow on the 145 a workout moving that much. time to break out the snowblower on the 195. Tom

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Posted February 05, 2014 - 02:50 PM

I suppose we should expect it, snow that is, in February. I have gotten used to easy winters and am a bit surprised by the amount and frequency of snow we are getting. It's another 6-10" today for us. 

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Posted February 06, 2014 - 06:39 AM

I waited until 1700, it was still a very fine sleet coming down. There was about 4" of heavy snow with a 1/2" crust. It took 2 hours to clean the driveway to a passible condition. Float wouldn't hold after awhile but, now I know the easy adjustmnt. Going to have to fix the tractors' lights before the next storm on Sunday. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted February 06, 2014 - 07:15 AM

Good move leaving the snow till after the ice/rain storm Rick.

Hope you get that float issue sorted out. Winter's not over yet.


My father, brother, and I share a stretch of common driveway.

We've been doing battle over the timing of clearing that for

years. During the cold snowy times, there is always a 3-4"

build up of hard pack snow. That's fine, as it saves scraping

up the gravel, but they like to get out there and clear away the

slush during a thaw. Then they whine and complain that it's

a skating rink after the inevitable flash freeze after a thaw.

Then they look to me to see if I have a pile of dry sand

stashed somewhere. LOL Yeah, in my basement....


I leave the slush, and shortly after the flash freeze, back

drag the frozen slush ruts. Works fine. A couple times

I hid the backhoe keys, so they couldn't mess it up, but

they didn't like that. I think I might have convinced my brother

finally that my way works. I guess I'll know, with the next thaw.

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Posted February 06, 2014 - 07:40 AM

Glad you got it cleaned off. Sounds like a well thought out plan and implementation.
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Posted February 06, 2014 - 07:54 AM

I agree with you Rick, I would've waited too. It's tough moving snow with ice on top of it but it's harder moving ice on pavement!

I'm not sure of the exact total as it was just too windy to tell but I think we got somewhere around 8" Tuesday night into yesterday morning. Thanks to all the drifting I spent nearly 12 hours yesterday on various machines cleaning up. 3 hours in a friends skid steer doing a church parking lot that was in really rough shape as the guy plowing it previously had no clue how to push piles back, opened things up at home with the blade on the Sears, then several hours on the cub with the blower throwing back the banks and opening up neighbor's driveways that were too badly drifted for their little snowblowers. Everyone around here always sees me as the goofy redneck with all the tractors but now I'm suddenly getting compliments on my machines...I wonder why lol

Edited by Walkinman1, February 06, 2014 - 07:55 AM.

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Posted February 06, 2014 - 08:55 AM

Cleaned our driveway in a little over an hour with my Husqvarna lawn tractor and AgriFab 42 "  snow blower yesterday so that I could get to the doc's for a checkup to okay me for prostate surgery this coming Monday.  Now that I have the Agrifab fixed and running as it should I lovwe getting out and playing in the snow.    I held my breath walking to the shed because my luck isn't always good; but the Husqvarna turned over easy and the snow blower performed flawlessly..   AT last I can  feel confident when the snow flies again.  Yay for me !  lol

Oh, and we had about a foot !   

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Posted February 07, 2014 - 03:59 PM

I fixed the float and spent a couple hours yesterday cleanning up the driveway and yard. Sun is melting well even though temp is in the 20s.


Oldtimer good luck at the doc's. Good Luck, Rick

Edited by boyscout862, February 07, 2014 - 04:00 PM.

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Posted February 08, 2014 - 11:46 PM

We're finally getting some snow, blew 7" off the driveway this morning and supposed to get more tonite. Had to take the blower in the backyard to clear a latrine area for our two small dogs.
Took Suzi down to the coffee place we go to to clear the sidewalks and wouldn't ya know it. The DPDT toggle switch for the winch gave up, so had to get another and replace it.

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