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Sarge last won the day on February 18

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About Sarge

Wheel Horse Information

  • tractors
    1277 , '73 16 Auto , '74 C-160 , '74/75? D-180
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  • Location
    Ohio, Illinois
  • Occupation
    Union Laborer , Local 393
  • Interests
    Wheel Horse's and fabricating , old Land Cruisers , welding
  1. Tractor to run tiller

    I've used a self-powered tiller behind a C-160 auto, wouldn't hesitate a bit to run a tiller on an automatic. The C series piston to piston units handle being pushed better than the first generation hydrogear units by a lot. Better valving and a lot more robust pump design. A severely worn pump or bad internal valve springs will allow the implements or hills to change ground speed, otherwise they handle a push load almost the same as gear drives. I've pulled several tons behind the old 1277 and C series as well, the Sundstrand gets a bad rap that's not really deserved. Most never, ever had their oil changed, had automotive engine oil filters installed and generally abused beyond belief, yet still run just fine. I've only ever had one bad auto, just a victim of severe contamination and it would really take off downhill fast. I figured it out later when the hydrogear failed, it was badly burned and scored on all the pistons and plates. Both direction valve springs were broken, if I had only known how to fix it the thing would probably be in service today. My opinion, but I'd rather own the older C series over any of the later 300 series tractors, but it's just an opinion. Sarge
  2. ? on demise of Wheel horse

    I'd never heard of Altoz before they came out with the tracked model zero turn, pretty cool idea I must say. Has anyone seen this setup ? Found that one on YouTube in the list of like products... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XwuvOGJS2sQ Sarge
  3. Bent trailer axel

    It just takes a good straight edge to check the main tube, some are pre-curved to handle loading flex, but it's the opposite direction - sort of a frown when unloaded. If the main tube is curved like a slight smile, it's been seriously overloaded. There are several types of axles, as I pointed out some have a stress curve in them, others are heavier wall straight tubing. You'll need to check what you have first, should have a tag on it. There are several things to measure and get right for a replacement. One, wheel bolt pattern. Leaf spring or torsion? Torsion axles can be a real hassle to figure out how much original drop or rise was stock once they are worn from heavy loads. Either way, you need the centerline width of the frame mounts for either torsion or leaf springs. Springs are easier, just measure the center pin distance between the pins. You'll need to check what the wheel mount width is on the stock axle as well from outside to outside. Then it's onto brake or non-brake and so on... If that axle is bent, start inspecting the frame and welded joints closely. A lot of utility trailers are built really cheaply with mass imported steel and welded by folks that are not certified nor experienced. Some of these builders give new hires a few lessons with a mig gun and call them "welders", not a good thing... I had to grind out nearly half the welds on my US Cargo utility, looked like a complete newbie did half the joints in it. I could literally see how one guy welded the front and someone else did the back half, it was that bad. One bead popped off with the chipping hammer....ugh Sarge
  4. Win10 pro 64

    My biggest beef with 10 is all the default settings and how they have buried and hidden all of the file customization options. Took 2 days just to figure out how to make a few changes in how it handled downloads. Default always forces it to toss everything into the downloads folder with no option to choose, WHY? Never did find any settings to change that. This creates more steps in moving files to where they belong and in a short time puts a lot of unnecessary storage in a folder I have zero use for. Just in general navigation the layout made it look like it was designed by a novice. I did like XP, other than the blue screen of death and 7 fixed all of that. I really didn't like the Inspiron model. Being the larger 17" model it changes the chassis layout and made the keyboard much closer to the screen. This creates a problem for typing since the palm rest ends up well above your wrist, very uncomfortable unless it's literally in your lap. I use the thing mostly at a desk, it's display, despite being a non-glare FHD had a lot of glare regardless of what angle it was set at. Don't get me wrong, it was blindingly fast, but overall that model felt very cheap compared to the old Lattitude. Just trying to open the lid was a pain, the way it was designed there is little to get a hold of on the lid to open it. Monday, it was sent back to Dell. Refund was completed this morning already. Expected date for the Lattitude 5580CTO model is April 10th. The business models can be loaded with Win7 Pro64, no problem. This model is a quad-core 6th generation processor, 6mb cache and 8mb ram installed. 500gb hard disk, 15.6" non-touch display. Chassis layout puts the keyboard much closer to the user with a smaller touchpad. I already have another 8mb 2400hz DDR4 ram chip to add to the installed 8mb in the machine. One option not available is an internal optical drive, everyone is moving away from them. So, I'll have to find a good quality dvd/rw drive - any recommendations? I will pick up a Passport or similar for major file storage. Once it gets here I do plan to install Ubuntu 16.4 on the Lattitude alongside Win7. That will give me time to learn Linux before Microslob drops support for Win7. Those that like Win10 - no offense, but you can have it. I have several IT friends that have been running Linux for years and have tried to get me to switch, it's long overdue. I think on the long term MS will go to only cloud computing systems like Chrome machines. Internet infrastructure in this country outside of city areas is going to be a real problem. It's already bad enough, best I can get here is a 15mb connection. Rural areas are being badly ignored and that needs to change. Another thing that comes to mind - how well do USB hubs work? With the storage drive, dvd burner and mouse dongle all but one port is left. Need to have more ports for the Samsung phone and an SD card reader/writer when I move pictures around or copy music for use in the truck and boom box. I think there is a hub that will run the USB3.0/2.0 standards and not create a lot of lag time? Any recommendations on that? I really appreciate the information, folks. It's nice to see various opinions and options from real users, its better than retailer's descriptions when they are usually so vague and give no insight as to how well a product actually works. In the meantime, back on the tablet, not sure how long I'll tolerate this thing. Sarge Sarge
  5. Mechanical tubing generally runs over double the cost of DOM variants. One way to save some money is to ream the tubing prior to threading it - DOM is rarely very close to round on the inside. This prevents the tap from walking off center but you'll still have to fight it a bit due to the welded seam. Using a 3-flute tap instead of the usual 4-flute helps a lot too. Sarge
  6. Just fyi - if you can nail down what model number the deck matches, I'd bet @Vinylguy Can make a new decal with the model number. Sarge
  7. Introducing my C-125

    A lot of us older folks look back at our teenage years (and beyond) with amazement that we survived. It's not a joke, but most of us got away with a lot of dumb things just by sheer luck. I look back and say it's half and half, I survived but certainly not unscathed. I came away with permanent damage to skull, spine and eyes - you're one seriously lucky guy. Glad things are getting better, keep at it and you'll suffer a lot less later in life. Amazing how your outlook on life changes from one single event, but putting it to good use shows a lot of character, kudos to you. Might want to ask about stents therapy for the nerves, it can help. Sarge
  8. Odd, what was the dash -8 designation for ? Certainly wasn't an 8spd trans...? Sarge
  9. It all depends on how you use the tool - some of them are dual-purpose. If the rim needs painted, put a few c-clamps around the bead and apply some brake fluid to the stuck bead ring on the tire with a paint brush. In a few days, it will come off a lot easier. Sarge

    Valve seals are in the lift valve, good idea and there are threads on here to do that process. The breakerless system can be converted back to points, not really hard. I don't have a computer right now, so I won't be around much. Sarge
  11. wolfpack

    When you write a new post - start by giving it a title relevant to what your question/project contains, causes far less confusion on a forum. For example - this topic should have been titled something like "snowblower chain routing" in the title line. That gives the forum members an idea of what is in the thread, helps the search engine find it later and allows folks to follow along and answer the question. I'd suggest to some of the mods to give a hand here, maybe some screenshots of how to fill in the title/tags and such along with a "why" description so new members understand how to navigate the site. Many do not use or haven't ever used a forum - they get here from search engines on the 'net and just join to get answers to something specific to their needs. To answer your question about the blower chain routing - find the model number on the blower first. Go to the main page and find the manuals section. From there, navigate to the implements/accessories section and find the manual for your model number. Once you download/open the manual it should show enough detail to replace the chain correctly. Some do not - if that is the case you can use the search engine to find threads/topics covering that model as well as pictures from our members. Nearly everything Wheel Horse ever built is covered on this site at one time or another and the search engine works quite well. It does take some time, but you'll also be learning a lot about your equipment as you go along. To start, if we know what model you're working on someone will come along with pictures - that is why a title or subject description is important. Otherwise, forum members may just skip new posts that all have the same username in the title. There is a whole slew of different models of snowblowers made over the years, some were built by other makers outside of Wheel Horse as well, so a picture of yours for us to identify it or a model number gives us a starting point so other forum members can be of help. Sarge
  12. Lift Cylinder clevis issue

    Great, nice to hear some feedback on solutions - many times threads like this never get a follow-up. The one I tack welded hasn't moved since, but taking it apart in the future might get interesting. Sarge
  13. No pics, plenty of photos of my herd. But, I live in an old Catholic school - 3 story brick monster built in 1903 by the Chicago Diocese. The nuns slept in the attic, the kitchen was in the basement and students that attended here were still living in our small town when I first moved here. They got their full education in this building and at one time there was a large gymnasium out in the back lot that had burned down shortly after being built. I met one of the grads when we were putting on a new roof about 20yrs ago - she had graduated here in 1920 and gave myself and the owner a good idea of the layout back in the day. The first renovation that was done to make it into an apartment building was back in the '30s and another major one in the '50s. Current owner has had it since the '80s, the place is getting beyond its point of paying for itself and any major repairs are going to be it's demise. Probably one of the most overbuilt structures in the Midwest - the foundation walls are 30" thick up to the 10' elevation on the first floor. Above that point, the walls are 24" thick with a dead air space between the inner and outer layers with thousands of iron ties holding the two together. It was built into a large L configuration with a central entryway and the stairwell being in that core area. I doubt an F5 tornado could do much to it other than blowing the windows out - it's that heavily built. All the wood in here is red oak, very thick and nice grain to it. Floor and roof joists are insanely heavy, the floor joists are one single, long piece that extends into the outer foundation. Other than the stairwell, it needs no interior walls anywhere. First-floor joists are 14"x4" solid span rough sawn wood, some are quite long too. The materials in here could be used to easily construct a nice bridge, not to mention all the beautiful hardwoods that in many places have been painted over - which boils my blood to look at it. Rent is very cheap - but I maintain the property and do repairs within the building when needed. I'm sure when we leave it that will be the end of the place - only 2 units rented right now and it would take an insane amount of work/money to make a viable property again, which isn't worth the effort. Across the street was one of the Midwest's rare Opera Houses, torn down about 15yrs ago when it's structure was failing from neglect. A lot of odd history around here, most places are long now. Sarge
  14. Win10 pro 64

    Win10 has to go, anyone that says they like it never works much with files or does anything of any substance beyond social media junk or light web surfing. Honestly, it can barely handle those two things. Win7 is a last hurrah, but I wonder with so many OEM builders installing it in their "business line" models if something else isn't afoot here - what happens in a few years with those folks? The more I read about Linux and how it works - the more I'm leaning toward doing a clean install and learning it, should have done that years ago. I think the comments above about Win7 being the last decent thing MS did is about spot-on, seems all downhill from here. Maybe OS systems based off Linux like Ubuntu and others have given Microsoft a reason not to go forward, after all - starting with Win8 they went the wrong direction and maybe that was just a mistake on their part. Or, it was a marketing choice designed for systems more like Chrome, where it's all cloud-based and can be a source of future income for storage. One Drive is the first step, who knows what's next? I plan to call into customer service and see if I'll get hammered with a refund/exchange charge on this one - 15% is what their fine print states. A pretty good chunk of change considering what this thing cost in the first place. Win7 can be had on the business class model Lattitude laptops, but of course, those will have the annoying Win10 "free upgrade" pushing the user to make the dreaded switch. I'll have to read up on it further, but a clean install with Linux could be done later from a backup drive such as a Passport or a boot disk, very interested in that option. Since I already use Firefox, it can't be that hard to learn a new OS that's away from Windows - this old dog can still learn a few new tricks. For what little I do with a computer, perhaps it's the best choice from the start. Just basic file organization, some web browsing for research and mostly just file storage of photos and manuals. I never use Office, no need for it here. Not even concerned with email, it's always available on my phone. As long as I can plug the phone into the machine, offload pictures/video and store other files - I'm good to go as I really don't need anything else. A video player would be a bonus, but honestly, that can even be streamed off the phone directly to our tv anyway - and it actually works amazingly well. Sarge
  15. 40 Years

    Very big congrats - time spent that long at any job is amazing these days, not much "job security" left out there. Might be tough to retire and find something else to do...lol. Sarge