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    3 Hours Ago
    They are much less hassle. The problem is, I think they only come on the group 31 battery. I'll be converting anything that I can in the future.
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    4 Hours Ago
    The group 31 batteries are usually stud type, but you can get them in post style. Most batteries have the posts which require the clamp connectors, which cause all kinds of problems. I got the battery at my local Navistar truck dealer. I remarked at the cost, and the guy said they sometimes even had them on sale. They buy them by the pallet. Most big trucks use three or four of them. I had to change my cables over to a copper lug with 3/8" eyes to go over the studs. The studs are 3/8" coarse thread, and you can see the SS battery nuts I bought, also. You can still get some corrosion issues, but if you maintain the batteries, they usually stay clean. The other advantages of this style is that you always know it's a 9/16" wrench to remove the nuts, the nuts aren't all buggered up and the head stripped out of the lead, you don't have to fight to get the clamp off the post, and everything can be cleaned quickly with a wire brush if they do get corroded. Also, if you are running multiple batteries in either series or parallel, you can easily attach multiple cables to the same stud.
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    18 Hours Ago
    The war on post type batteries has begun! I've hated post batteries with a passion ever since I discovered stud type batteries on heavy trucks. The stupid clamps on post batteries are always getting corroded, the bolts break and strip, and finally, you have to cut the clamp off and put a repair end on. This, of course, only lasts a short while before succumbing to the same ailments. My Kubota backhoe battery gave up this weekend, so I decided to finally make the switch. I had already replaced the factory clamps once, which were junk again, so I cut them off and soldered copper lugs on, at a cost of about four bucks. I didn't price a correct Kubota battery, but I bet it's close to $200. The group 31 stud type battery was $110.00 out the door with tax and SS nuts. I went from 525 cca, to 925. :D I found a great website for wire and connectors called Del City. They have dozens of crimp, solder, and other types of battery repair parts to make factory cable ends. If you have crappy cable ends, it's worth fixing them now before they leave you stranded. I had to cut and grind a bit to get it in there, so its a bit like a Fat Man in a Little Coat, but I'm really happy its finally done.
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    4 Days Ago
    Propane/natural, either way, no gas cans hanging around to spoil.
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    4 Days Ago
    I'd like a small propane unit. Never have to fill it, or keep gasoline around.
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    Dave Shepard replied to a thread milling thread in Chainsaws!
    Cool! 394 or 395?
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    Dave Shepard replied to a thread Timber Framing in Odds and Ends
    What year, hydraulic, engine, etc.? WM is top shelf.
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    Dave Shepard replied to a thread Timber Framing in Odds and Ends
    You habhave e much going on in the winter?
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    Dave Shepard replied to a thread Timber Framing in Odds and Ends
    Prices are all over the place on used mills. It depends on what options you want. Sawmill Exchange has a bunch of used 'Mizers usually. If you could get set up out of the weather, it could be a fun winter hobby. Sell a few planks to offset the cost of owning the mill.
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    Dave Shepard replied to a thread Timber Framing in Odds and Ends
    Yes, Jim, it's a WoodMizer. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TlMTxUwF-YY
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    1 Week Ago
    I knew I should have upped Skwerl by five bucks last night, just so I could say I bid.:lol:
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    Dave Shepard replied to a thread Timber Framing in Odds and Ends
    Crew cab Kubota RTV1140, too.
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    Dave Shepard replied to a thread Timber Framing in Odds and Ends
    I raised my 12x16 frame for a demo at a historical society shindig today. Then we took it down and I'm going to put it up for my mother to put her new lawnmower in.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Looks good. I think the mid-90's Powerstroke was the best.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    It is pretty amazing. They have a rangefinder that talks to the sight and adjusts for elevation.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Jim, would the ATN XsightII be legal for hunting coyotes?
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Polaris Ranger type of thing. A two person atv with a roll cage.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    31c, what's that, about 88 American? Too frickin' hot.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Do you have rust issues from salt water down there?
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