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About KC9KAS

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  • Birthday 04/27/1955

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    B-80

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    Holland Indiana
  • Occupation
    Industrial Waste Water Treatment Operator
  • Interests
    Motorcycling, Woodworking, Ham radio & Wheel Horsing

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  1. New to the stable

    Very nice!
  2. Belt Guard

    Looking for a starter generator belt guard for a K-141 (6 1/4 hp) Kohler engine. The part # is 4420, and it is the same for the K-161 (7 hp Kohler). I could not find the part number for the K-181 (8 hp) engine, but it shares a lot of the same parts with the K-161. Thanks!
  3. Junk yard save!

    @Chris1055 Nice find! I have been working on my C-160 and was wondering if you could get a photo of your engine from the carb side. Need to see the throttle and choke cable hook-ups. Thanks!
  4. @953 nut and @gwest_ca Thank you very much for adding this information! I miss SOI...anyone know what happened to him?
  5. This may be what I am seeing. I did speak with a mechanic at a tractor dealership this morning. I showed him the wiring diagrams and explained what I was talking about. As he looked at the diagram, he said it was a "standard" diagram for s S/G VR setup and it will work if the S/G and VR are all working properly. I do have to polarize the VR before I attempt the start the engine. I know all electrical items work/operate on SMOKE, and if the smoke comes out, they are shot!!! Thanks to all that responded and tried to help me understand what I had and was dealing with!
  6. It is labeled "G" (for generator), but when I did a continuity test, it was grounded.
  7. Fellows. I have looked at everyone of these diagrams multiple times. The 4th terminal on the bottom of the VR has a "G" on it and it goes to the "A" post on the S/G....as does the start wire. The issue I see is a circuit from the positive side of the battery through the solenoid to the starter feeding + voltage to the G terminal that is grounded causing a dead short.
  8. I am trying to connect a new voltage regulator to a starter generator. I have looked at every thread on Red Square dealing with S/G VR's as well as diagrams on the net. My regulator has 4 terminals. F- Connects to the Field on the S/G G- Connects to the A on the S/G L- Lights or accessories B- Battery On the A terminal of the S/G the "start" wire should be connected either from a heavy duty switch or solenoid. Now comes my dilemma....The G terminal on the VR is also grounded to the VR mounting, thus grounded to the S/G and the frame and finally the negative side of the battery. It appears to me that there will be a "dead short" when activating the "start" mode. Positive to the A post that is also wired to the G on the VR, thus ground. Am I missing something or is my VR not right? The VR says "for positive OR negative ground". I am dealing with negative ground.
  9. Need some help

    @MadScientist to
  10. Pretty good drone pilot

    I went to a fight once and a hockey game broke out!
  11. Pretty good drone pilot

    Neat! Hard to tell the actual size of the blimp....How big was it?
  12. New Battery Time What Brand to buy?

    I had a motorcycle battery last 7 years, and I was very happy with that. I contribute the longer life to using a battery tender the past 3 or 4 winters when the bikes were stored. That being said, I think a Walmart (cheaper) battery will last 4-5 years with a tender on it.
  13. I thought beet juice (Rim Guard) was 11+ pounds per gallon but this chart shows < 11# per gallon. Liquid Ballast Comparison Table Type Cost Freeze Resist Weight vs. Water Safe? Availability Weight per gallon Water free none +0% very safe wide 8.34 Calcium Chloride low/high* -50F +40% corrosive wide 11.67 Ethylene Glycol Antifreeze medium -40F +0% toxic wide 8.34 Propylene Glycol Antifreeze high -40F +0% safe wide 8.34 Windshield Washer Fluid low -20F +0% toxic wide 8.34 Methanol medium -15F +0% very flammable wide 8.34 Beet Juice very high -35F +30% very safe dealer network 10.84 Polyurethane Foam/Flat Fill very high +20-50% very safe dealer network 10--12.51 I thought beet juice (Rim Guard) was 11+ pounds per gallon but this chart shows < 11# per gallon. Liquid Ballast Comparison Table Type Cost Freeze Resist Weight vs. Water Safe? Availability Weight per gallon Water free none +0% very safe wide 8.34 Calcium Chloride low/high* -50F +40% corrosive wide 11.67 Ethylene Glycol Antifreeze medium -40F +0% toxic wide 8.34 Propylene Glycol Antifreeze high -40F +0% safe wide 8.34 Windshield Washer Fluid low -20F +0% toxic wide 8.34 Methanol medium -15F +0% very flammable wide 8.34 Beet Juice very high -35F +30% very safe dealer network 10.84 Polyurethane Foam/Flat Fill very high +20-50% very safe dealer network 10--12.51 *using CaCl2 is low cost if containment tubes are already available and installed, otherwise this is a high cost option Water Water has been used as ballast inside the rear tires of tractors operated in warmer climates for years. In geographical locations where freezing occurs, an additive is necessary to prevent the water from becoming an ice block inside the tire. Ballast that does freeze inside the tractor will make those tires unstable and general operation of the tractor unsafe. Water is the least expensive form of liquid ballasting and weighs 8.3lbs per gallon. Advantages readily available no cost safe to use – non-toxic, non-flammable easy to install into tires Disadvantages not suitable for cold climates Calcium Chloride Calcium chloride, CaCl2, in powdered form can be mixed with water to produce a liquid that will resist freezing up to -50F, depending on the strength of the concentration. Calcium chloride weighs about 11.5lbs/gallon mixed, so more ballast weight is achieved in the same volume, allowing a heavier ballast. This type of liquid ballast is a highly corrosive mixture so care must be taken in handling this product. CaCl2 should be installed into tubes regardless of whether or not the tire on the tractor is tubeless. Without being contained in a tube the mixture will rust the rim flange area right out. Advantages easily obtained in large quantities high weight/volume ratio (almost 40% more than water alone) very high freeze resistance Disadvantages care taken when used – corrosive mixture must be installed into tubes – extra cost if installed without tubes corrosion/rust of the rim will occur puncturing a tire filled with CaCl2 will spray rust-causing mixture everywhere, damaging sheet metal and vegetation A typical 50lb bag of calcium chloride with inset image showing powder consistency. Ethylene Glycol Antifreeze Antifreeze, mixed 50/50 with water, and installed into your Kubota’s rear tires, will provide the same amount of weight per gallon as water and will resist freezing to approx -40F. Ethylene glycol antifreeze is classified by Canada’s Environmental Protection Agency as hazardous waste after it reaches the end of its useful life. Care must be taken when disposing of this type of ballast – and in the case of a tractor tire, there will be a lot of mix to deal with. Advantages easily obtained in large quantities high freeze resistance safe to mix – non-flammable but is toxic if ingested Disadvantages hazardous to the environment, animals and people – care must be taken regarding its disposal could get costly if your only source is 1 gallon jugs at a Walmart Propylene Glycol Antifreeze Propylene glycol is known as a non-toxic or people/animal friendly antifreeze. Besides its antifreeze properties, it is actually used in many cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, shampoos and as a food additive. Dow, who manufacturers 35% of the world’s supply of of propylene glycol, reports that in the United States, 22% of production is used for antifreeze or de-icing. When installed into your tires as a ballast in a 50/50 mix, expect similar properties to ethylene glycol, high freeze resistance with ballast weight similar to that of water alone. AMSOIL makes this type antifreeze available by the gallon or 55 gallon drum. Advantages easily obtained in large quantities high freeze resistance safe to humans, animals and vegetation, non-flammable, non-toxic and biodegradable Disadvantages more costly than plain old toxic ethylene glycol – sources we used, quoted prices of 33%-120% more per gallon Windshield Washer Fluid Washer fluid, installed right from the jug is freeze protected to about -20F and provides about the same ballast weight properties as water does. Washer fluid has some of the same chemicals in it that antifreeze does, but at milder concentrations. Disposing of gallons and gallons of washer fluid, as in the case of tire ballast, would require care. Advantages easily obtained in large quantities low cost adequate freeze resistance no mixing required – use as is, non-flammable but is toxic Disadvantages hazardous to the environment, animals and people – care must be taken regarding its disposal Methanol Methanol is highly flammable and if you decide to use this product it must be mixed with water to make it so you do not blow yourself up while mixing it, installing it, or driving your tractor with it in there. Depending on strength of mixture, methanol and water is good to around -15F temperatures. We are not recommending the use of methanol and water because of the danger – but it is an option available for tire ballasting. Advantages easily obtained in large quantities adequate freeze resistance Disadvantages extremely flammable mixing required with water hazardous to the environment, animals and people – care must be taken regarding its disposal Beet Juice Beet juice, a liquid byproduct made from de-sugared sugar beets. This food grade product is available in the US under the trade and brand name, RimGuard. This liquid weighs about 30% more than straight water and resists freezing to about -35F. Best of all, it will not solidify until the temp drops to -50F. Natural, non-corrosive, safe to the environment and humans. If beet juice is available in your location, we believe this your best bet – safe to use and provides extra ballast weight. Advantages high weight/volume ratio (about 30% more than water alone) very high freeze resistance anti-rust properties a natural product – environmentally friendly and safe Disadvantages may not be available in all locations Polyurethane Foam/Flat Fill This ballast method is essentially a run-flat polyurethane fill that is injected into the tire through the valve stem. Two liquid components are pumped into the tire and they react with one another so that 24-36 hours later, you are left with a solid rubber core – the air inside the tire is completely displaced. The term “foam” is a bit misleading – the core is actually very much a black solid. It is sometimes called foam because air bubbles are injected into the mix to control the density of the end product. This ballast method obviously adds serious weight gains to each tire and also has the nice benefit of eliminating flat tires and associated repair costs. Because the tire is run-flat there is no risk of corrosive/toxic ballast spraying all over your tractor and scorching vegetation if you do spring a leak. You will have to find a dealer near you that performs this service (Brannon Tire in Stockton, California for example). Advantages high weight/volume ratio (about 20-50% more than water depending on type of fill) cannot freeze tire is run-flat simple – have it done once, ballasted forever Disadvantages may not be available in all locations high cost – prices range around $0.95-1.25 lbs injected, or $300+ per tire tire must be cut off rim after tread wears out – best for new or nearly new tires if performed on steering tires, heavy duty weight gains will put more stress on steering components no air in tires to absorb humps and bumps so you will get a very rough ride – could be jarring for long distance travel Have experience using some of these ballast types? Write us a comment below
  14. My B-80

    @slim67 I like by B-80 but it is an 8 hp, so I guess you really have a B-130!
  15. After reading @gwest_ca post, I stand corrected!
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