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About Skipper

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  • Birthday 03/13/1973

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  • tractors
    I have had many, but right now i am down to five C195's.
  • favoritemodel
    C-195, 3pt, rear pto

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  • Location
    Nees/Denmark/Europe most of the time, or else you can find me stateside
  • Occupation
    R&D devolopment engineer
  • Interests
    Wheel Horse, My wonderful kids and wife, Hunting, Fishing, Reverse engineering, Restoring vintage cars, ECU programming, tinkering, improving and upgrading things, and many more.

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  1. Volt meter reading

    Hookup is easy. The two wires you have there is for light. The + pin goes to ignition switch +, and - pin goes to ground.
  2. Sickle Bar

    Pm send, but I don't seem to get a reply. Did you receive the pm?
  3. Questions for D owners

    My only insight on the it would be that the D often is seen with a 60" deck. You can not have too much power for that.....................
  4. If you have a lab PSU, you should be able to feed it ac current, and see what comes out the other end, I would think (guessing like a mad man here). Works on the other types.
  5. 520-HC

    Maybe I'm a bit slow, but I can't really see why you would want to do those things. The 520 HC is a special and appreciated model, that many see as one of the best WH ever made. What you want to do to it, is basically just a downgrade from some of the things that makes it special. Why not just buy a running 1 cylinder 300 or 400 series with manual lift instead. Probably leave you with cash in hand too. You can bypass the hydraulic lift, but again, why? Some of the implements the 520 can run, her i think foremost of the 60 HD deck, is not something I would like on a manual lift. It would take mostly a complete manual lift system off another tractor and then some, and a lot of tinkering. Yes you can fit a single pot engine, but don't go too small. The HC has a higher gear ratio than the other horses. The frame is the same AFAIK. It is the swept front axle that makes it "longer" or more precise, makes room for a 60" deck, which you have no chance pulling with a single pot. I'm sure you have your reasons, but to me this plan of downgrading is like putting a Fiat motor in a Ferrari, and then pull out the leather and substitute for a plastic garden chair. You will end up with an expensive Fiat in drag. Just my , and not meant in any bad way.
  6. I'm in Denmark, Europe. Yeah I'm sure climate and grass type has a lot to do with it. Here it is dense fine leave grass, kind of like golf course type I would guess. Don't know why there are souch big difference though. I have noticed that the US grass is much more coarse, almost everywhere I have been over there.
  7. If you run out of options to adjust higher, a "off the books" trick is to mount over size tires, if there is room for it. Just be sure it will also go low enough too with that tire selection.......... Must say 4 inches is really high IMO. I use 1.5 inch summertime cut, and 2 inch spring and fall. That's app. whats recommended by the lawn gurus in my neck of the woods.
  8. Volt meter reading

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2-52mm-VOLTS-Car-Gauge-VOLT-Meter-Car-Voltage-Meters-8-16V-Black-Shell-12V-Automotive/32787112496.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.27424c4dQxWUts They have gone up a bit lately i see. Chinaman can't send as cheap any longer. About 7 buck now............ you can probably also find them amazon or ebay
  9. Volt meter reading

    A voltmeter will let you know how many volts your charging system makes, IE you can follow along and catch an overcharge situation before the battery goes boom, and you can see if it don't charge at all. When you get to know it, you can also get an idea of your batteries condition. It will kind of also let you know if you use more juice than you produce, as the voltage will dip as you put more and more load on the system. The amp meter will more or less only let you see, if you are feeding the battery, or draining it. Useful on a boat, not so much on a garden tractor................. This is the type I usually install. They work good, they fit, they are illuminated if you hook it up, and they are 5.58 $ incl. freight to your doorstep. I have installed about 15 of these, and had one that were about half a volt off. Otherwise, not a single problem yet.
  10. Ran out of oil!

    Which among other things, is why a compression test could tell you a lot before take apart :-)
  11. You probably can if you search around for it, but why bother finding one exactly like it? It is not waterproof, and you can substitut it with many other generic connectors. We also use AWG, but also has a square cut surfase measurement of the wire, stated in mm2 (square millimeter). And WH nut is right. You can go to charts and see what wire size is the minimum required for a giver voltage x amp. I always go bigger though, to allow for degradation over time and for higher amp usage than intended etc. etc. A tip, since wires and batteries are getting so d... expensive. I have a connection at the local car scrap yard. So once in a while they have a car that's been ripped totally for parts and the wiring loom sort of exposed. That's a great and easy source for larger size wires at almost 0 cost ( or very cheap at least, if you cut it out your self.) they also puts aside small size car batteries of almost new date for me on request, and those are a massive upgrade from a garden tractor battery.
  12. I put the new terminals on the new wires in the old connector housing of the ignition key. It's just a peace of plastic that holds the connectors, and if it ain't broke, I dont fix it. Is it shot, I just use crimp flex to make the connectors insulated, and hook directly to the switch. I source all those things from chinamans land. Exactly the same as you get other places, and at a very low price, delivered directly to your door. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32875399483.html?spm=a2g0s.8937460.0.0.437a2e0ezoGy0D Sock size depends on how many wires, and how thick they are Time consuming? Well it is, and it depends on if you are comfortable with soldering and heat guns and tiny fiddling work too. I use about 2 hours on a complete loom for a GT, first time was considerably more.
  13. Well I'm kind of going all the way on it, and some may feel it is overkill, but this way leaves very little room for failure, also over time. Just so you know. Let me see if I can show you and explain. Yes, every terminal, crimped or otherwise is soldered, then sealed with the glue type shrink wrap. Not the standard stuff. That's only good for the sock imo. Don't know if you are familiar with the glue type, but to clarify, it has an inner lining of glue, that melts when shrinking, sealing the wire end completely. Also the pins inside the connector terminals are soldered to the wire. The self tightening wire sock is the type I like to use, because it holds everything nice and tight. You may want to strengthen it with shrink wrap on rub on points. Self tightening may be a wrong word for it. It's called braided expandable wire sleeve i think. It works the way that it has a dimension in relaxed/tightened up state. then if you push it together, it will open up the diameter, and tighten around the wires when you slide it back again. It WILL come apart in the ends, so that is what the shrink wrap in the ends of the sleve does. Hold it together, and makes a nice finish. Burn the ends a bit before feeding wire to the sock. They come in many size and shapes, and they cost peanuts. All connectors, sleeve, wrap etc for an entire WH loom is max 10 buck (probably less), if you buy it the right places. Here's a few pix of some of what I use on wire loom jobs. The connector rubber boots gives a nice finished look to it. Shoot if you have questions
  14. The trick is to find someone that sees the ideas in what you have done, and someone who wants to finish the job. With the tiller, the deck, and the blower, if they are in good nick, then I would say around 1000. There is stille some money to be put into it before it's completely done . That's just how I see it.
  15. 520-H (670 Hours) w/60" Deck

    PM send