Dandy Dave

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It's been awhile, but I have RW, Disney World in July. We stood in line for the haunted house at 98 degrees. On the way home we stopped to visit my cousin in Moorehead City, NC and I thought it felt hotter there than Florida.

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Another round of snow for Wednesday and Thursday here. Calling for 9 +|inches. We will have to see. Dandy Dave!

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We finally made it to Florida - plan to stay through the end of April. Absolutely beautiful today, temp around 70 and bright blue sky. I love it here, just wish I could convince my wife to stay longer than 2 months. That's her limit. Only problem is my old cars are back home in the garage in Maine and I'm not here long enough to warrant buying another to have here. I still don't understand why anyone wants to stay up north in the cold. We may get to the point that I will come down here in the fall, go home for Christmas and then come back with the wife after New Year. If I had my way, I'd sell the house in Maine, make Florida my residence and rent something for he summer in Maine.

John, I agree. We came after Christmas and stayed until the 2nd week in March and now we are staying with my daughter in Tennessee until April. Hopefully Rhode island will be out of the deep freeze by then. Next year will be a longer stay.

Maybe drive down in October, fly home for Christmas and stay until May. I've lived here, the summer is hot. I do miss having an old car here.

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The weather here in Tennessee is just as nice as it was in Florida. Blue skies and very warm.

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This is the First Snow Storm worthy of Report this 2014-2015 Season. We have only about 8 or so inches here, but farther east it is a lot more. Hope all of you are safe out there and the seat on your snow shovel is toasty and warm. Dandy Dave!

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I thought we got spared yesterday at about 10 AM it was sunny and nice with no snow at all. The we got 6 inches in 2 hours. Our worst storm so far was 12-16 inches of Concrete before Christmas. You got rain out of that one. We were right on the edge of the transition line. The radar kept saying rain but out the window it looked like it was raining snow balls. The worst part is we were closing on our new house and still had to get a fuel truck up the 600' driveway with a hill as the tanks had less than 50 gallons in them.

The only saving grace as the previous owner did a terrible job of plowing the driveway waiting until after it was all over (not good) was I got a new snow removal tool. I'll post a picture later today.

Stay warm and hope for spring.

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Here is my new snow fighter. I have the Bucket as well. Can't beat the heated cab and radio. Takes about an hour and 1 gallon of Diesel to do my drive and yard. Not the fun I had with my Corvette, but sure beats a shovel or snow Blower, especially when it's 10 degrees and the wind and snow are blowing. . post-43003-143142953469_thumb.jpg

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Did you have to make up the mounting brackets?

That high up you have good vision of your work.

We have received a total of 5.7" this year, last year at this time over 30".

Nice unit,

Dale in Indy

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Seasonal temps for this January in the Chicago/Northwest Indiana Region. Not a lot of snow. Thank goodness. A cake walk compared to last year's madness.

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I actually bought it used from a guy that does fabrication work. He mounted the old used plow to a new plate that fits the quick release on the loader. It's run electrically so it's just a couple of plugs to hook it up. My power angle quit working though so I have to figure that out. I can plow the whole yard and drive with it angled the way it is pretty well though.

I also got a Dozer blade (pretty much a heavy duty version of this unit that runs off the tractor hydraulics, a Cherry picker and a set of Forks mounted on their own plate as well. Now I just need the backhoe attachment.

This is one of those things though. I bought it through a friend from the original owner. It's got 350 hours on it and looks to have been fairly well taken care of. In his business of heavy equipment repair he is fanatical with maintenance and having everything just so. I didn't look it over super critically thinking everything should be good to go. Oh well, I'm still learning. The washer tank is split in half, one tail light and one headlight were blown, the revolving light on the back that was added looks to have been installed well but doesn't work, and one of the grease fittings on the loader attachment was missing. Kind of makes you wonder. I was also suppose to get all the manuals but all he could find was the loader attachment manual. Not big stuff but all stuff I figured I wouldn't have to mess with. It wasn't exactly cheap either but I think I paid a fair price.

It is nice being so high for plowing. Plenty of lights as well for night plowing. It doesn't plow tight corners very well being out so far ahead of the wheels though. It is nice for pushing banks back, just ease the lever and you push the snow right up and over the bank like a ramp.

They are calling for 3-5 tomorrow night and another Noreaster type event on Sunday/Monday. Lets hope it misses us. I still have to pay my plow guy that plows the shop, 75.00 every time it snows. Lots of Below zero nights as well in the forecast. I can't wait for spring this year. Lots to do here. Moving snow feels like wasted time and materials that could be put to better use.

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Kubota? or Kyoti? The Kubota's have proven to be a tough unit. Cannot tell you much about the Kyoti's. Not many around here. Glad to see the seat on your Snow Shovel is heated. ;) Dandy Dave!

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It's a Kioti. Kubota's were a bit pricier even used and finding clean used machines is tough. I've heard good things about Kioti. Let's hope. I probably would have gotten a bit smaller Kubota for what I paid for this. It's a 45 HP model. 4 wheel drive Shuttle shift. I know parts availability (because of alot less dealers) is a bit tougher but with the internet lets hope I can find anything I need. We do have a Kioti dealer about 30 minutes away though, that is happy to ship parts so you don't even need to go the dealership if you don't need it right away.

I'm thinking I may get a rear blower for next year. We'll see how it goes this year with the plow.

I was actually looking for an old John Deere 310 or similar Cat until I took a good look at my Driveway and realized I wouldn't have enough room to turn it around. Those machines were very well used in my price range :)

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Snow Blowers only work well in powdery snow. Wet and heavy snow and they tend to plug. It should serve you OK moving snow. I see the Kioti advertised on RFD TV from time to time. I have a friend with a Rhino Tractor. Those were a Chinese built unit. It has been great for my job security in the repair business. Dandy Dave!

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I guess it's one step above China. It's made in Korea. I would have loved to buy a John Deere but I didn't want to have to take out a Mortgage to buy a used one. I also heard that the smaller Deere tractors like this size aren't made in the USA anyways. The guys on the Kioti Forums seem to like them and the issues with them weren't real significant for the most part. Mostly easy stuff that didn't cost much. I did find a 65 HP kioti with 9,900 hours on it. Alot of members had over 1000 hours on their units with no real problems. Lets hope mine follows suit. I already bought the workshop manual for it just to have.

The guy I bought it from has a heavy equipment mobile repair business and charges 50.00 an hour usually fixing Skidders and Loaders so he said anything that broke he would help me fix. Lets hope he sticks with that promise. You can't get much fixed for 50.00 an hour any more. I usually do my own work anyways so it would have to be somewhat major to need help.

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1970 Land Cruiser. Nice. :cool: We had a few more inches here yesterday. Calling for more on Monday. That Ground Hog Better Behave. ;) Dandy Dave!

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I just bought a "new" 87 Ford L9000 dump truck and attached a 13' snow plow to it and filled the dump with 6 tons of rock.

It doesn't even know that there is snow in front of it as I cruse across the parking lot. I can't wait for tonight's snow. I was disappointed at the last storm when we were suppose to get 18" and only 8" fell. Maybe tonight we will get 2' (wishful thinking)

Roger

Ps, I am much better at building snow plows that posting pictures.

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Dang. I sur nuf hope you being paid well for moven the white stuff that will melt in the spring anyway Roger. Dandy Dave!

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8-12 inches here north of Chicago tonight through tomorrow afternoon. Time to fire up the big Murray!

Big Murry??? Pictures please. Does it have a heated seat???

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Big Murry??? Pictures please. Does it have a heated seat???

That was my first requirement after driving by all the guys snow blowing last winter that looked like the abominable snowman.:) The radio doesn't hurt either.

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WOW, nice cars Marty.

Here is what it looks like at our place

I used to work in New York City, and got tired of getting to work with slush in my socks.

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About ten inches of snow has fallen in the Northwest Indiana Region in the last 9-10 hours. All the snow that didn't fall in December and January all at once.

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