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« on: August 15, 2022, 10:53:31 pm »
(1) thin strut
(1) 5/8? rod
(5) strut 90s
(3) strut strait connectors
Spring nuts, bolts and washers
(2) gallons of bondo for added weight
(22) harbor freight solid rubber 6?wheels
(1) yard full of weeds


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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2022, 04:56:10 am »
Beautiful yard.
How well does it work?

I have a plastic 18x48 inch roller that you fill with water to do the same thing.
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2022, 05:52:17 am »
I bought  a 1980 Case 580C backhoe for a very good price, knowing it needed a lot of work. For the last 3 weeks I have been rebuilding it. I had to rebuild the forward/reverse transmission, there was it had a broken gear. It would only go in reverse. Then I removed 4 hydraulic pistons and had them rebuilt. Replaced a total of 7 hydraulic hoses. Then I had to a weld up 2 holes in the left right cylinders, they were probably leaking to some extent from day one. The leaks were in the weld between the cylinder and the end cap. Some one had tried to weld them up but couldn?t stop them from leaking. I had to remove the piston to bee able to weld them properly. Installed a new regulator for the alternator. Fixed a leak on the power steering. Had to re synchronize the fuel injector, had to use either to start it and it would barely run. The previous owner had replaced it 180 degrees out. The exhaust smoke would burn your eyes because there was so much raw fuel in it. Rebuilt the brakes, they were totally froze up and worn out. Rebuilt some of the body work and fixed the seat.
Here are some pictures.





We couldn?t take it off the trailer until I fixed the hydraulics because too much oil had leaked out.
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Re: Apparently, I have nothing better to do.
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2022, 06:06:50 am »
Here are pictures of the first stump that I dug out with it.









I left the dirt mounded up because it is going to sink as it settles in.
I was really surprised and happy that this backhoe could pull that large of a yellow pine stump out of the hole. It is at least 6 foot long where it broke off.
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2022, 08:46:27 am »
Jim,
It actually does a pretty good job. It?s only purpose is to lay the grass in a different direction with each pass of the mower, creating the illusion of dark and light stripes in the yard.
I have a yard full of weeds, so it only can do so much.


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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2022, 08:52:09 am »
Good work on the backhoe, Jim. That thing will be handy to have around.
I?ve been thinking about a little subcompact tractor with a bucket for around the house. Then just grab some attachments as needed.


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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2022, 09:02:09 am »
Just get a 3 point backhoe for your tracker if you have one. They have a hydraulic pump that hooks onto the PTO. The one I have worked pretty well. It only has about a 8 foot reach compared to 17.5 foot reach on the 580C.
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« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2022, 09:04:09 am »
I have no tractor at all.


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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2022, 09:41:19 am »
I bought  a 1980 Case 580C backhoe for a very good price,
Gee Jim it looks mint.  Did you paint it as part of the rebuild.  My guess is that you put more into it then your initial payment.
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« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2022, 09:47:06 am »
I?ve been thinking about a little subcompact tractor with a bucket for around the house. Then just grab some attachments as needed.

Best thing I ever purchased when we bought the house.  I had two old fords up north. Only one with a one way bucket.  It is surprising what you can do with a small tractor.
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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2022, 11:01:04 am »
I Mom has an old John Deere 410b that for 20+ years, I at least kept it going fixing small things but it has set for going on three years now cause it burst one of the big hoses that is in a place that I can not figure out how to remove it.  The brakes have been out for the last two years we used it but in low you can control it with the forward and back lever.  I had just put a starter and alternator on it right before the hose broke.  I feel a little guilty of not getting it going this time.  I don't believe I am smart enough to go quite as deep as you had if the hose has me befuddled.  It has super slow hydraulics and don't think it is quite good enough to spend what it would take.  Mom keeps going though spells of buying another one but is 80 years old but it would not surprise me if she ends up with one.  They are nice if you own land though, right jim.  You have a nice place and now a nice backhoe.
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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2022, 11:21:15 am »
GWW,
On one of the hoses, left right swing, we had to buy a set of crowfoot open end wrench?s to bee able to get it off. Look it up on Amazon, it might bee what you need.
As for the hydraulics being sluggish, you can either add some Seafoam or dump the oil and run straight diesel in it for a couple of hours. They both break down any thick oil or grease that may have gotten in there.
My buddy had an old tractor that he put too much grease in the three point lift arms. The hydraulics stopped working. I told him about the diesel and it cleaned it out perfectly.
You may have stuck pump plungers and the diesel will probably help. Seafoam may also help and you can leave that in the oil. Just follow the recommendations for how much to use.
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« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2022, 11:24:25 am »
Ace,
No, the previous owner had it painted. New stickers too. He also had several medal plates replaced.
I put in half as much as I paid for it. Total $7k. It is now worth about $20k.
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« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2022, 12:07:35 pm »
jim
I have the crowfoot but it would still require removing the box that the hydraulic filter is attached to and then you get into gasket replacement and I just could not gather the will power to tackle it.  It is an 1 and 3/8th inch nut on the hose and it is up against the box that the filter is on.  I have thought about field replacement kits but am afraid of buying the wrong one and they are not too cheep and it would only be temporary due to the hose already being bad though it does look like a scrape where it is leaking and might be enough for years.  Pretty sure it is not too much grease as it has probably not been greased since we got it (I know, my bad).  Thanks for the seafoam and diesel tips.  The 410 has the same hydraulic running the transmission and brakes and that run the buckets.  It might have a lot more leaks if I thin it out too much. :grin:
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Re: Apparently, I have nothing better to do.
« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2022, 12:32:33 pm »
I find it hilarious that 30's idea of a little side project is adding 22 rubber wheels to a riding mower, while Jim's is refurbishing a backhoe!  :cheesy: 
I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led.  And through the air, I am she that walks unseen.

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« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2022, 12:46:19 pm »
Ace,
No, the previous owner had it painted. New stickers too. He also had several medal plates replaced.
I put in half as much as I paid for it. Total $7k. It is now worth about $20k.
Jim Altmiller
You did good.  Funny he did not want to finish the rebuild and get the 20K.  Broken gear in the tranny would have scared me off.  When does that ever happen?
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« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2022, 12:52:30 pm »
I find it hilarious that 30's idea of a little side project is adding 22 rubber wheels to a riding mower, while Jim's is refurbishing a backhoe!  :cheesy:
It is still playing with toys.
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« Reply #20 on: August 20, 2022, 04:25:43 pm »
After a few trial runs, 2.0 is here.
Added another axel brace, welded the braces on so I could shorten the legs up and not rub the tires on the bolt heads, re-worked the attachment with some new brackets and quick pins.


















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« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2022, 09:08:16 am »
Just need a way to lift it or lock it in the up position.
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« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2022, 09:24:40 am »
You can also add springs to push it down.
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« Reply #23 on: August 21, 2022, 10:07:21 am »
Just need a way to lift it or lock it in the up position.
I was gonna grab another set of the short 90s next time I?m at lowes and mount them behind the ones that it?s attached to the mower with. Then I can lift it up and put a pin in the second hole on the arm and it will hold it sticking out the back under the trailer hitch.


I was looking at that yesterday. That second hole will line up with a second mounting bracket and it will stick straight out the back.

I had tried some of that ?hammered finish? spray paint, but it just looked Crome when the sun was really hitting it.


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« Reply #24 on: August 21, 2022, 10:09:37 am »
You can also add springs to push it down.
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« Reply #25 on: August 21, 2022, 01:55:54 pm »
So does it do a good job of leveling the stone?
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« Reply #26 on: August 21, 2022, 02:38:12 pm »
So does it do a good job of leveling the stone?
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« Reply #27 on: September 01, 2022, 10:37:34 pm »
If anyone packs into the back country, they will understand what I?m doing. Everyone else that doesn?t get it will just be amazed how nimble and agile I am.

This doesn?t really fit into gardening, but it does fit into the thread title of not having enough to do.

https://youtu.be/tEId4XAqTUg


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« Reply #28 on: September 01, 2022, 10:58:10 pm »
Perhaps it could have gone in the, what did you do in your bee yard today, thread.


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« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2022, 11:18:03 pm »
https://tenor.com/view/ten-over-ten-10over10-perfect-score-perfect-gif-9231049
That's for the gymnastics.  I'm one of those people who doesn't pack into the back country.  :cheesy:
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« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2022, 07:30:36 am »
Can your u show us a little more about the attachment?  Is this something you made or bought?  I like how quick it is to remove the rifle. Even faster than taking it off your shoulder with the sling.
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« Reply #31 on: September 02, 2022, 08:32:12 am »
but it does fit into the thread title of not having enough to do.

Nice rifle holster.
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« Reply #32 on: September 02, 2022, 10:16:25 am »
Here ya go. I don?t have a close up of the gun boot, but it?s a Badlands branded boot.
















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« Reply #33 on: September 02, 2022, 10:29:44 am »
Last year we made an adjustable attachment point to allow it to be pulled in tight or hang a little lower/forward. I found the position I like and locked it in with the newer fixed length. You can still get a little adjustment by putting it higher or lower on the pack webbing if needed.
 These are the original ones with the adjustment.














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« Reply #34 on: September 02, 2022, 10:31:43 am »
https://tenor.com/view/ten-over-ten-10over10-perfect-score-perfect-gif-9231049
That's for the gymnastics.  I'm one of those people who doesn't pack into the back country.  :cheesy:
I did feel like I stuck the landing.


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« Reply #35 on: September 02, 2022, 02:22:36 pm »
Thanks, looks very doable. I have a bunch of parachute release buckles I will probably use.
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« Reply #36 on: September 02, 2022, 05:28:44 pm »
Thanks, looks very doable. I have a bunch of parachute release buckles I will probably use.
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If a 9 year old can do it. . .

I got an oversized mouse pad at Staples or Office Depot for the neoprene shoulder grip/pad. Just cut it into long strips. I think it was about 14 inches wide or so.


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« Reply #37 on: September 03, 2022, 12:52:23 am »
Jim,
I was digging around out in the building a while ago looking for a battery tender I stashed somewhere. I ran across the rest of that mouse pad. I can cut you a strip or two and drop it in the mail if you want.


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« Reply #38 on: September 03, 2022, 08:51:15 am »
30,
Thanks but I have lots of material like that around here. My son is in a wheelchair and the old wheelchair seats are made of it and I also have old mouse pads.
Thanks
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