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About Bach-Ed

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  • Birthday 03/10/1947

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    Champaign IL
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    retired engineer
  • Interests
    music, woodworking

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  1. Bach-Ed

    Speedex S18 and Swisher Ride King

    Just to repeat a previous comment, the three wheel Swisher can be dangerous! It is very tippy on any kind of slope. And it doesn't like to climb slopes, as the weight of the rider is not then adding weight to give traction. I would never let anyone (like a teenager) who doesn't respect its' stability problem. All that said it is zero turn and kind of fun to operate.
  2. Bach-Ed

    702 Engine

    K161 if my memory correct.
  3. Similar to Jeff R. I pulled a 1972 Chevy Kingswood (the full size wagon - they only used the name Kingswood for a year or two) for about five blocks when the starter went out. I did that with my Dad's 702. Probably two tons with a 7 HP Kohler. these babies have guts.
  4. Bach-Ed

    Be a community help

    Bryce I suggest contacting a local church. Perhaps a high school age youth group would be willing to pitch in. These things start small and sometimes grow. My church started a food pantry with just three people. The last I checked we give away about 100 tons of food a year and involve hundreds of people. Most of our food comes through a food bank but part of the church's lawn is now a garden instead of grass. The local community college gave us some land to use and that is used to produce food. Our pantry has a web site wesleypantry.org if you would like to see what can happen. You can see our small garden at https://www.faithinplace.org/news/groundbreaking-garden
  5. I am active with a couple of food banks and many of those are connected to community gardens. Red Square members like their seat time. So if you have a plow, tiller and later on a cultivator find one of these gardens and offer to help. There are people who need food and fresh produce is a real gift. And you meet some nice people in the process of doing some good.
  6. I agree with Classiccat, my guess is it is some type of OLD dial indicator mount.
  7. Bach-Ed

    IDENTIFYING A STROKE

    When I go into the doctor's office, the assistant takes my BP (among the other things) with in a moment of arriving. That usually is shortly after climbing the stairs. But my physician will take again near the end of the visit. You might ask your health care provider to do that. It sure seems to be more representative at that time.
  8. Bach-Ed

    Showing the boy some culture today

    To Slim67 in particular but everyone in general. I took a metallurgy class in the early eighties and the instructor's main job was with IH. He said that they were forced to contain costs. Earlier they tried to make the truck as tough as possible, without being ridiculous. But starting at that time they were designing the truck to be fine at it's rating but not a lot more. If the tractor had a 80,000 gross rating and you consistently pulled 90,000, you should expect it to fail.
  9. Bach-Ed

    Wide pully on mule? Bearings crapped out...

    One big thing to add to ericj's advice, Wear face protection or at least safety glasses! Bearing components are VERY hard and can shatter like glass if struck. One of my co workers needed stitches after one let loose as he tried to remove it from the bore it had been in. The edges will be razor sharp. Yeah 99.99% of the time it won't happen but I like to stay away from the emergency room.
  10. Bach-Ed

    How many of you remember these??

    I bought a used one in 1998. It was kind of fun in being able to turn on a dime. But part of my lawn slopes and 3 wheels scared the bleep out of me. My father's 702 kept calling my name (it was long gone). So looking around I found an 857 and I have never regretted it.
  11. Bach-Ed

    "Big Changes Ahead"

    I think a near miss in the article. Self driving cars are going to happen, but think of what will happen when self driving trucks get going. I think they are under most person's radar (no Pun). Large numbers of truck drivers will not be needed. First to happen will be long haul. My semi leaves Chicago, travels the interstate to San Diego. It might need to make fuel stops but no others. No lunch or potty breaks. No limits to hours of service (humans can only drive so many hours in 24). It must be easier to program a vehicle that basically runs just the limited access highways. It hits San Diego, drops a trailer. Picks up a new one and goes back to Chicago. In a continuous loop. No salary, no vacations, no Social Security, no unemployment, no call in from a sick driver, less accidents, improved fuel consumption. Unless we are total idiots, the large trucking companies should be busy with this plan. Yes, local drivers, that also deliver will be safe ... for a while.
  12. Bach-Ed

    The Horse comes out to play!

    I love it when I'm doing things with my 857 and the neighbors wonder why their 20 HP riding mowers (that look like a garden tractor) can't.
  13. Bach-Ed

    6587 assy, quick hitch - shaft

    I'm looking for a assy, quick hitch - shaft #6587. Mine is very worn and broken.
  14. Bach-Ed

    What are your other hobbies?

    Randy, I'm 69 and have ADD. Fortunately I don't have hyperactivity which in the 1950's, I would have had bright red butt all of the time. But the condition wasn't recognized then. With suspicions I went to the Amen clinic. I find even many doctors are skeptical. Even my personal physician was until he saw the SPEC scan. But in my fifties I was about to diddle around for years with "maybe" diagnoses. I needed to learn about of coping techniques and I live by my computer calendar. But your children need to realize they are not wrong but different. I was in engineering for many years and my biggest asset is thinking "outside the box". When my cohorts couldn't find a solution Ed would find another way. So they need to find ways of using their differences. Now back to the thread. My other perversion probably can top any of the others for cost and size if I went whole hog. I'm an organ enthusiast. I have two electronic organs in the house (yes and I can't store them, in the garage or barn). They are church size so they occupy a lot of real estate. And these are not real cheap but race cars and steam trains might cost more. That is until you get to my real passion, real pipe organs. Fortunately my church has a nice instrument. It is currently under insured at a $1,000,000. And I didn't have to buy it. so I guess it doesn't compare to your personal properties. And unless I were to have a large mansion I can't possibly put one in my house.
  15. Bach-Ed

    What was your first car ?

    Not my first car but at one time I owned a Jaguar Mark IX Saloon. So this is what I think of when the word Saloon is mentioned in regard to a car. Yours seems to be a bit more modest. A tornado got the Jag.
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