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    Good point. Maybe they can break the glass ceiling in France. Well, maybe its already been broken.......gotta tease them about something.
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    51 Minutes Ago
    I have my own scrap yard! And no, none of its for sale.
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    4 Hours Ago
    I don't normally figure resale into anything.
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    6 Hours Ago
    One thing to consider is that you may never get the cost of that diesel engine back. We used to figure it took 200,000 miles to make up the price of the diesel option. Resale value is better though.
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    19 Hours Ago
    They are 550's with automatics and the V 10. Single cab outfits. On the back is a 22 horse v twin and pump, hose reel with 100 foot of 3/4 booster. 5 gallons of foam, 5 gallons of extra gas. Trash pump, chainsaw, saw gas, hand tools such as rakes, McLeod's, Pulaskis, combi tools and shovels. 500 feet of extra hose, nozzles and fittings. To top it all off there is a heavy fiberglass square tank on the back with 500 gallons of water. They governor out at 82 miles per hour! Several guys have hit the governor. Even with the gas engine they scoot right down the road.
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    22 Hours Ago
    If I were looking at a diesel, I would have to look really hard at the Cummins. I have scads of v diesels, and I like them. But aside from the Duramax and the old 7.3 Powerstroke, the Cummins is tops. One thing to remember is that these pickups have quite tall tires, so final drive ratio is good. You should be okay to cruise with the 4 88's, but then again, you should have good power with the 4 11's. The newer F550's I have driven were all regular cabs, and turned really well. It would be good to know the difference between the two brands though. Geeze, its fun thinking about spending someone else's money!
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    1 Day Ago
    I have driven quite a few F550's in my time as a fire fighter. I really like them. It is hard to deny that more and more folks are switching to Dodge though, including the State fire outfit I work for. I am not entirely sure why, maybe because of the engine. There seemed to be some worry about the V 10 in the Ford.
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    1 Day Ago
    Interesting, Obama supports Macron, Trump supports LePen. Never really had much interest in France before. It gets exciting.
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    The little rubber tracked buggers are harder on lawns?
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    2 Days Ago
    I thought I read here, somewhere, that the proper way to climb a palm tree was this.... <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/x7WKxebB3AY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    3 Days Ago
    FireFighterZero replied to a thread Homemade Charcoal in MBTV
    Cool. Good thing to know! You guys that have trees are lucky!
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    3 Days Ago
    Not sure. I see them day and night pretty equally. Oh, I aint much of a killer anymore, not like I used to be. I used to shoot the hell out of jack rabbits, now I like seeing them around.
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    3 Days Ago
    Sumbitch probably has dead batteries. If only there were a cheaper, handier way to kill porcupines than a 80,000 combine with dead batteries......oh well. Technology just has not caught up with this hillbilly.
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    3 Days Ago
    Had to send the dog to the vet twice in the last two days to have quills removed. The first surgery did not get them all removed. She went back today for a few more. Bloody damn porcupines!
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    3 Days Ago
    I would say something disparaging towards crows, but I see Jay is back around. If you got the word from bird experts, it must be correct. Hope it works. We often farm around ground nests we find.
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    3 Days Ago
    Thats pretty cool Cory. I would never have thought you could save them.
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    4 Days Ago
    FireFighterZero replied to a thread Cable core test in Gear Forum
    That's surprising.
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    4 Days Ago
    That sounds exciting....heavy iron! I have never done any welding as a job, but people will bring stuff to me once in a while. My favorite story was not even welding...it was brazing. The young vet came out to preg test some heifers and he blew a 90 degree fitting on his hydraulic squeeze chute. Shut everything down. I took the fitting off and went to my shop. He asked if I had a replacement, no says I, I will fix this'n. The look on his face was priceless. He thought I was some kind of wizard or something. Just survival welding mostly.
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    4 Days Ago
    I have never measured the swing, but the bed is at least 8 feet. I use the little Atlas I showed earlier more, but I really need one between that and the big one. I used my little wire feed to build up those pins, it worked nice, but I dont use it for anything heavy. I bought it a couple years ago mainly to weld on my sprayer and combine. The booms on the sprayer are made of light box iron. Works good for that. I have a Ranger 300 on my big service truck, a 225 on the smaller truck. Dad has a nice old grey box Ideal Arc 300 in his shop. I will hook up a tig torch to it some day and see if that side of it still works. Most of what I do is on heavy iron, repair work. It is kind of nice to weld on the light stuff from time to time though!
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    4 Days Ago
    Sorry to hear about your wife. Sometimes people give me grief about using my old brace to bore out a hole. I like doing it that way.
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    4 Days Ago
    Yep, anything has got to be better than doing it by hand!
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    4 Days Ago
    Speaking of lathes, I have the lathe that they made the second lathe with.
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    4 Days Ago
    I was doing pretty well, then I lost my silverstreak line. This new cutter has a shielded tip, so you just sorta guess. Not like the old Thermal machine I borrowed once. I was never very good at cutting holes...probably using the wrong tips or had the pressure set wrong. But I can cut a race off a shaft or a nut off a bolt and you would never know I was there!
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    4 Days Ago
    One thing that worked really well was to weld those bushings in sections, with a pin through both holes. I put a half dozen tacks on each bushing, then welded it like you would tighten up the lugs on your wheel, rather than just going around it in one pass. Thats why you see so many stops and starts. The bushings never moved a bit though, which is what I wanted.
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    4 Days Ago
    Well, I like John Deeres and old Fords! Maybe I even like tree work...dont know yet. Thanks Sam. I am a little disappointed in how that bottom hole turned out...plasma cutter kinda got away from me. The shaft I built those bushings out of had the remnants of splines on one end and a big key way on the end. It did not machine like cold rolled. The shiny new 1.25 drill bit I used chattered a lot at first....much better after it dulled a bit! But the old shaft was free.
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    4 Days Ago
    Haha! It would be fun to come help you Stephen!
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    4 Days Ago
    All told, this little welding and turning project saved me about 2000 dollars in parts. Pretty happy with the results.
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    4 Days Ago
    One of the brackets that the pins I showed earlier go through was really hogged out. Made some bushings out of some 2 inch, cut out holes with the new plasma cutter and welded them in. I wish I could have welded the back sides but hired man said there was no room. Did end up having room....I will watch them to see if they crack out.
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My name is Jim Conrad, I am 30 years old and just getting started in sawyer work. I have completed the Montana Saw qualification course for wildland fire work as an entry level sawyer. I am a self employed farmer/rancher and work part time for the State fighting fire. Looking to learn! I am married to a Kiwi from New Zealand and have two kids, a daughter that is five and a son that is two.
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