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» Mounting an Anvil on a Wood Base
Apr 01, 2012 - 7:05 PM - by tiretrx
Here's the length of telephone pole I started with. It was leaning about a half inch, so I trued it... [Read More]
» Briggs Engine Case Repair
Mar 27, 2014 - 11:19 PM - by Five Points
There are many ways to go about repairing a small hole in an engine case, this is a method I... [Read More]
» John Deere 300 and 400 Series Transmission Input Seal Replacement
Apr 02, 2014 - 12:21 PM - by mrbeef
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» Custom John Deere 54" Snow Plow Retrofit
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» Briggs and Stratton Starter Disassembly and Service
Feb 10, 2014 - 7:39 PM - by MrGiggles
I recently acquired a B&S opposed twin that needed some starter work, so while I went through... [Read More]
» Seat Repair
Mar 27, 2014 - 11:28 PM - by Five Points
I thought about doing this for awhile and wanted to share this method of repair that I utilized... [Read More]
MTF's Machine of the Month for August '14
Jul 27, 2014 - 5:53 PM - by BOSOX
The winner of
MTF's Machine of the Month for August '14 is JDW's restored

"1949 Bolens Ridemaster"!!!

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Congratulations Jeff, here are the prizes you've been awarded!!!

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August 2014 FMOM - Jere39
Jul 31, 2014 - 11:24 PM - by littletractorguy
It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Jere39 as MTF's Featured Member of the Month for August of 2014! Jere, thanks so much for all your contributions here at MTF... I'm sure everyone will enjoy reading your bio as much as I have!

Jere McDonald

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Member number:
not sure

What's the story behind your screen name?
Jere39 refers to my name and age 20-couple years ago when I was first faced with coming up with a user name on my own, rather than living with an assigned one. Since then, I have just stuck with it.

What city, and state, do you live in?
I live in the Northern tip of Chester County in South East PA. This is a township served by a post office in the next county over.

Are you married?
Yes. Carol and I recently celebrated 38 years of marriage.

Do you have any children?
One Son, one Daughter. Scott is 31, lives about 40 minutes south within a half mile of my Daughter, 28, who is married.

Here is a favorite old picture from back in the day when I had dark hair. The kids and I on (/in) our own John Deere tractors.

What do you do to earn a living?
I worked for 34 years in IT primarily as a software technician then an IT Project Manager and Six Sigma Black Belt. A couple years ago my company offshored my entire division to Bangalore, India. I took a very modest early retirement package. I took a couple temporary jobs while I attempted to find a full time job again. But, I got very comfortable with getting back outside. I am working harder (physically) than I did for all those "professional" years, but enjoying it more.

How old are you?

Military service?

How did you come to join MTF?
I distinctly recall doing a Google search for something to do with my John Deere GT, but I don't remember what. I found a friendly, easy to participate forum and never looked further.

What are your favorite forums and why?
Well first and foremost the John Deere GT/LT forum where I probably have 70-80% of my posts. Many of them are questions, a reasonable number are answers, and a fair number are just plain conversational joins with other folks enjoying their Deere GT.
I also have a fair number of contributions in the "Chainsaw" threads. Especially loaded up a bunch of tree felling video.
And, a fair number of "The Great Outdoors" and "Shooting Sports".
Finally, I intentionally keep an eye on the ATV thread.
Otherwise, I stumble on, or get my attention directed to a couple other threads.

What do you like most about MTF?

I've really enjoyed the time I've spent on MTF. I never took pictures of changing oil or performing maintenance operations before. It's kind of fun, and helps me next time too. I share, and learn from the folks here. I write a blog, I am on Facebook, a truck forum, and an ATV forum. None are as friendly as MTF. I find I am more guarded on the other social sites. I have no interest in offending anyone, nor defending myself from anyone. MTF is the best I've found.

Please list your tractors and/or equipment:
I'm kind of embarrassed by my meager list of tractors. I have one, a John Deere x728.

It follows a long line of John Deere tractors. I've outlined my history a few times.

I am a sometimes blogger, and wrote this one about my history with tractors: Farm Boy Grows Up.

My signature reminds me I own a 62C mower deck, a 54" blade, a JD 42" Sweeper, a JD 15s cart, a Gandy 36" drop spreader, a TracVac 880, a Feldmann 48" core/plug aerator.

Some of them lined up here ready for duty:

What is your favorite tractor or piece of equipment and why? Changes by the season. When the snow is flying, it is the plow:

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