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#1 Reverend Blair OFFLINE  

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Posted July 31, 2014 - 06:02 PM

I was tilling up the weeds yesterday, having a great old time.  I finished and Mrs. Rev waved a can of pilsner at me and I reached out and shut off the PTO...and the engine died.

 

It wouldn't crank, it wouldn't do anything.  Not a click, not a rattle.  The price of new engines was already humming in my tiny little brain, because I figured I must've cooked this one.  My heart was beating a little faster.  How can I afford to fix this?  Why would it blow up like that?  Was the universe conspiring against me? Was there some way I could blame the government?  Then I looked down and realized I hadn't turned off the rear PTO, I'd turned on the front PTO.

 

Huh.  Been working those switches for a few years now.  Never even thought about whether both PTOs would run at once.  Never even tried to start it with a PTO turned on before.  The switches are clearly marked, after all.  Only a half-wit could make a mistake like that.  That'd be me...King of the half-wits.

 

So my heart slowed back down and I put both PTO switches in the off position and it started right back up.  My wife is still laughing at me...

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Posted July 31, 2014 - 06:04 PM

Did the wife get the pilsner?


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Posted July 31, 2014 - 06:04 PM

My wife would laugh after bringing me the telephone or telling me something else needed to be done. Bring me a beer? Snowball's chance in........
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Posted July 31, 2014 - 06:21 PM

A few weeks ago Jared was on the falcon and it wouldn't move. We were looking under it at the belt and the shift linkages and everything else. Stupid me didn't even think to look at the high low lever. We wasted 10 minutes trying to diagnose something that wasn't wrong.


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Posted July 31, 2014 - 06:21 PM

Glad your tractor didn't have problems and it was "operator error".

I too get excited over a brewski!


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Posted July 31, 2014 - 06:42 PM

If you had a better poker face, you could have played your wife for a new engine . . .   or another attachment!


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Posted July 31, 2014 - 08:29 PM

In high-tech, the problem/resolution code we use is: KCI - Keyboard-Chair-Interface.

 

Glad to hear you got the problem resolved.


Edited by motobreeder, July 31, 2014 - 08:30 PM.

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Posted July 31, 2014 - 09:10 PM

In high-tech, the problem/resolution code we use is: KCI - Keyboard-Chair-Interface.

 

Glad to hear you got the problem resolved.

 

Or you can also use my line, PEBKAC.

 

Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair.

 

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Posted August 01, 2014 - 05:18 AM

Been there, done that! My most frequent "brain in neutral" problem is forgetting to turn on the gas!!


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Posted August 01, 2014 - 06:19 AM

Yep, last winter I shut off the main fuel tank in my boat  part of winterization process this spring wondered why boat would not start figured it out  as soon as I bought a new fuel pump DUH


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Posted August 01, 2014 - 06:31 AM

My Dad had a GT18 many moons ago. One day, it wouldn't move. I had to go to school but after not being able to figure out what was up, he loaded it on the trailer and drove 45 minutes to have my mechanic Uncle look it over. 45 seconds later, he was on the road back home... Feeling much like you did today.
I consider my Dad to be one of the smartest men I will ever meet... We all get that Forest for the Trees syndrome from time to time.
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Posted August 01, 2014 - 07:07 AM

I think we have all done something like that.

 

I remember when I was a teenager, my 4 wheeler wouldn't start.  Key was on, lights were on, would turn over with the starter button.  No fire....tore into that thing for 2 hours before I looked up and seen the "panic" kill switch on the left hand bar was turned "off"....

 

I was relieved and angry at the same time.


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Posted August 01, 2014 - 09:10 AM

I think we have all done something like that.

 

I remember when I was a teenager, my 4 wheeler wouldn't start.  Key was on, lights were on, would turn over with the starter button.  No fire....tore into that thing for 2 hours before I looked up and seen the "panic" kill switch on the left hand bar was turned "off"....

 

I was relieved and angry at the same time.

 

I just did the same thing.  We have a little 4 wheeler the grand kids ride.  The other day we went out and it would not do anything.  Wouldn't even turn over so I rip off the seat check the batter and even put a charger on it.  Nothing, so I break out the tools and Kera my 8 year old granddaughter says grandpa isn't this switch supposed to be like this? then she moves the kill switch to the on position.  DUH! 

 

We all do it.  At least you got a beer out of the deal.






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