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I'm thoroughly expecting an unpleasant surprise in late Feb/Mar. We've gotten light snow as late as May here, and early April has given us blizzard.

Did some work on the wood today, got through the pre-loaded cart, but decided to de-bark it, which took a lot of time. My 13-year-old son was a huge help, he did most of the splitting and loaded the rack in the garage while I was de-barking with a small hatchet. Needed to run to the store, so we quit before dark.

Also fixed the tabs and tail gate on the cart, which had gotten pretty bent from the abuse with the firewood. Forgot to take before pics today, but if you zoom into the bottom pic below, you can see the lower right corner of the tailgate was bent, and a few of the tabs were pushed out. The tabs were easy to bend with pliers. A dead blow hammer made easy work of the bent tailgate edges.

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Yup, the tail end of those carts can't take much abuse. I reinforced mine with pieces from a bed frame. Not pretty, but solid and will not bow outward.

 
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I'm thoroughly expecting an unpleasant surprise in late Feb/Mar. We've gotten light snow as late as May here, and early April has given us blizzard.

Did some work on the wood today, got through the pre-loaded cart, but decided to de-bark it, which took a lot of time. My 13-year-old son was a huge help, he did most of the splitting and loaded the rack in the garage while I was de-barking with a small hatchet. Needed to run to the store, so we quit before dark.

Also fixed the tabs and tail gate on the cart, which had gotten pretty bent from the abuse with the firewood. Forgot to take before pics today, but if you zoom into the bottom pic below, you can see the lower right corner of the tailgate was bent, and a few of the tabs were pushed out. The tabs were easy to bend with pliers. A dead blow hammer made easy work of the bent tailgate edges.

Mike


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It looks sturdy with the plywood reinforcement. You have a nice processing area there. Do you use all that firewood?
 

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Now that I can see it on the computer (vs the phone), I have to ask, is that a custom built 3-point, or did you get that somewhere?
That's an electric sleeve hitch, pretty sure from Johnny Bucket.

It came with that tractor (GS6500), which I bought only because of the JB Jr bucket attachment. The PO did a hack job on the wiring, I've sorted it enough to get it working (most of the time), still have trouble with the switches for the bucket. I plan to build a relay setup with some marine rocker switches (or a joystick).

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Yup, the tail end of those carts can't take much abuse. I reinforced mine with pieces from a bed frame. Not pretty, but solid and will not bow outward.

Funny you mentioned that. Until a few weeks ago, I'd never had a problem with the sides bowing outward (I've owned one of these carts for at least 15 years, the other is at least that old). I was foolishly wedging more wood in there than I should have.

Great idea with the bracing!

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It looks sturdy with the plywood reinforcement. You have a nice processing area there. Do you use all that firewood?
I've been using plywood since I bought the first one 15 years ago. It just sits in there loosely, so it doesn't reinforce anything, but does save the paint, especially when loading rocks and such.

Yes, we use all the firewood, probably a cord or two a year. We have a fireplace-insert woodstove, which came with the house when we moved in 14+ years ago. It's great, but isn't the largest model available, so we're lucky if it doesn't burn out overnight, and definitely won't last all day when we're at work. But, it sure saves the oil furnace from running all night when the outdoor temps drop below 20.

I used to have unlimited access to wood when my inlaws had a 13-acre property, but that's been sold, so I'm scrounging.

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Did some work on the wood today, got through the pre-loaded cart, but decided to de-bark it, which took a lot of time. My 13-year-old son was a huge help, he did most of the splitting and loaded the rack in the garage while I was de-barking with a small hatchet.
Sounds like you need a barking (debarking) spud if you debark regularly. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes - Google it. Here is just one example. Timber Tuff Bark Spud at Tractor Supply Co.
 

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Ordinarily, I just throw it on the pile and let it age. The bark usually falls off on its own when the wood is seasoned. This stuff was pretty wet, so I figured I'd debark it so it would dry out better.

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Woo-hoo! Got some Carlisle All-Trails in the mail Thursday. I tried to swap my tires, but I don' have tire change tools...so I took them to Hibdon's. $22 to switch the tires. I like these All-Trails. Looking forward to putting them to good use...
 

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Took the 2011 Craftsman pro on a maiden voyage today. I lead with the 1978 Roper 20T.
 

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Got rid of the old wooden swinget/playset...

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Look at all those leaves.
Funny you should mention that... My sons helped me tear this down and clean up the pieces. When we were finished (just before dark), one of them mentioned the leaves, so I said "Guess what tomorrow's job is???"

Actually, I need to drop a few trees tomorrow (bug/woodpecker damage), so I can cut and split them for future firewood (before the sap starts flowing).

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I would run the tractor back and forth and blow them back into the woods. I did a little cleanup in my yard Friday. Filled up two trash cans of twigs laying in the yard from the heavy winds we had. Temperatures are mild here this weekend. It's nice to work outside and get some sun.
 

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Wow Larry, nice job. Thanks for posting the videos of the steering repair, I never would have thought of the press or hammer to fix that! I wonder if JB Weld would have worked?

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Yesterday, I got rid of the wood in that cart (old playset that we tore down on Saturday), then cleaned up an oak tree that fell last year, turned that into firewood. Got rid of a bunch of brush and bark that had accumulated in the outdoor burn pile.

Pretty good day, beautiful weather (afternoon temps in the 50s). Both boys helped pick up sticks, then the youngest went indoors to help Mommy, while the oldest stayed with me to take care of the dead oak.

Mike

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Nice! That would get annoying real fast if I had to get under the hood each time I wanted to start my tractor.



I was actually looking for front wheel weights, but they're hard to find, and I also realized that they'd have to be cast iron as they would take more of a beating being lower to the ground on front wheels.
bro that **** is cool
 

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Fixed a flat front tire. Out west, it's the Goat's Head weed (Tribulus terrestris) that is generally the culprit for flat tires. They will start germinating very soon around the drier areas of the US. I'll be going with bicycle tire liners, next time.
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