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  1. jaoneill

    Predator engine

    I may have found the problem. Pulled the carb today and looked very, very carefully at the float. It is hollow plastic, with a multi curved shape that follows the configuration of the "bowl", fabricated by glueing or "welding" a base and a lid to the curved sides. The arc of the float as it...
  2. jaoneill

    Predator engine

    Actually, my first inclintion was to replace the carb with a honda carb (Predator is a chine Honda clone) but Honda has 10-12 iterations of their comparable engine, many visibly different (honda parts site wants a serial number for a search) so going with one of those would be a crap shoot. I...
  3. jaoneill

    Predator engine

    This is an operational issue; th tank is considerably lower than the engine, it's when it's running and fuel pump is active.
  4. jaoneill

    Predator engine

    Reaming those pin holes could be an answer. Tapping the bowl isn't practical; aside from the fact that it's under the bed of the Gator, there is a full cowl over the engine and it takes a screwdriver, 10 mm socket and 15-20 minutes to even get to the bowl. This doesn't happen while the machine...
  5. jaoneill

    Predator engine

    It's been six months since I last had it apart and I can't remember for certain what it was made of but I'm thinking it was an old fashioned hollow brass type float or flimsy hollow plastic bonded to the brass hinge, not something that could stand to be whittled down at all. At the time I tried...
  6. jaoneill

    Predator engine

    A couple of years ago when the engine quit, I re-powered my 6x4 Gator with a twin cylinder 22hp Predator. My brother repowred his splitter with one years ago and has had good luck with it ( other than hard starting in cold weather due primarily to the carburator being tuned to meet Kalifornia...
  7. jaoneill

    Late Season / Winter Solar Kilns

    I would venture to say that a "kiln" can be as simple or as elaborate as you care to make it. I did mine on order of a simple, disposable way to get this year's wood dry enough to burn. Relatively inexpensive 4 mil poly sheeting that I will dipose of when it comes off the stacks. FWIW, poly, no...
  8. jaoneill

    Elm ok for burning?

    Anytime I see this question I think of the relevant lines of that old poem by Lady Celia Hargreve: Beechwood fires are bright and clear If the logs are kept a year, Chestnut's only good they say, If for logs 'tis laid away. Make a fire of Elder tree, Death within your house will be; But ash new...
  9. jaoneill

    Least work to cut, split and stack a cord?

    I have left my old trees alone for 50 years but, one by one, they are reaching that age.......
  10. jaoneill

    Least work to cut, split and stack a cord?

    That is the $64,000 question.... The ideal size for me seems to be in the 16"-20" range. I cut mine 23" and I can still lift a 20"diameter round that length without difficulty, which means that I can have the foot of my vertical splitter at thigh height and split standing upright while getting a...
  11. jaoneill

    Least work to cut, split and stack a cord?

    Seems there is always a tradeoff and often it's a hard call. The bulk of my woodlot, a sixty +/- acre piece, is a tad over a mile, a 10-15 minute jaunt, from the house by way of a tractor road. There is an abundance of 18"-24" hickory, sugar maple, yellow birch and beech that is easy to get to...
  12. jaoneill

    Elm ok for burning?

    We burn a lot that has been standing dead without the bark on for several years; great wood. But don't even think about burning it green, or not fully seasoned, you might get it to burn but will get virtually no heat.......
  13. jaoneill

    Late Season / Winter Solar Kilns

    I've been doing this for near 50 years and have always tried to improve the entire process. Started out burning almost 40 cord a year, built an air tight furnace that was one huge heat exchanger with an afterburn chamber and combuster to boot, that cut it down to 20-25 cord. Then put in oil...
  14. jaoneill

    Late Season / Winter Solar Kilns

    I try to get rid of the pallets before they get that bad....
  15. jaoneill

    Late Season / Winter Solar Kilns

    I actually did that under the first 2 pallets in this experiment. It seemed to make no discerable difference but probably because I used a 2 high pallet configuration. There were a few reasons for doing this. One being to get the wood further from the damp ground, another was visibility and ease...
  16. jaoneill

    Late Season / Winter Solar Kilns

    A lot of experimenting with stacking the pallets over the last few years. Started with temporary brackets to hold the splits while stacking, then banded them after stacking. This was an abject failure; by the time I went to fetch them, after the wood had dried, the bands were loose as a goose...
  17. jaoneill

    Late Season / Winter Solar Kilns

    I want to echo Coalescent's thank you to Woodsplitter67. My "kilns" aren't as pretty as theirs but the principal is certainly sound. Hickory in my first set of 4 pallets, covered on 8/10 are now at 14%, beech in the same batch is @ 12%, as is the hard maple, they are ready to be moved into the...
  18. jaoneill

    Tree splitting?

    Got me; I was thinking more like a bit north of Ottawa.....
  19. jaoneill

    Tree splitting?

    I am in the northern foothills of the Adirondacks, our weather is awfully similar to yours......
  20. jaoneill

    Drying in 4-row stacks

    I would use the standard lumber yard .40 PT for the uprights but you should know that that crap is not rated for ground contact. FWIW, if it were me and I was looking for longevity, .60 foundation grade would be a no brainer for the ground contact stuff; the .40 won't last 10 years on the ground.
  21. jaoneill

    Drying in 4-row stacks

    Use #2 clean crushed stone; taper the perimeter down to grade and tamp it in place, you'll be amazed how stable it will be and it will avoid having a "step" to trip you up every ime you turn around unexpectedly.
  22. jaoneill

    Tree splitting?

    I would tend to agree with the "take it down" posts above. That baby is on its way out; the sooner you take it down the better. Plant a better tree, further from the house, you would be surprised how fast the years go by. I planted a pair of sugar maples, 6' saplings I pulled up from down in the...
  23. jaoneill

    ATV. Is it worth to invest? Look at some ooptions here in CT

    We have had all sizes and colors of 3 and 4 wheelers over the last 30-40 years; all were certainly serviceable and amazingly trouble free in spite of some fairly rough use. Only one I would never consider owning again (you couldn't give me one) is a polaris 2-stroke. Have a Simplicity 2wd Trail...
  24. jaoneill

    Late Season / Winter Solar Kilns

    Working my way back through the pile of blocks. I use the FEL with two sets of skidding tongs to hold the logs at a comfortable height for blocking them up leaving a long row of blocks that I can work through from one end, backing the tractor up every 5-6 feet. Very little moisture on the...
  25. jaoneill

    Bar, heat effected zone.

    FWIW, winter oil is substantially thinner. I keep a jug around to use when temps get down below ten degrees or so (fahrenheit) but even then one has to adjust the flow somewhat.
  26. jaoneill

    Late Season / Winter Solar Kilns

    A wet spring and early summer put me way behind in the firewood game this year so I am also trying the kiln dry method. In an effort to minimize handling I crisscross stack onto pallets right off the splitter (24" wood) then use tractor to transfer loaded pallets into the woodshed. This year I...
  27. jaoneill

    Firewood delivery - nit picking?

    I would agree with showrguy, 6% could be the variation in how it's stacked, hardly a reason to make a stink. Now, if it happens consistently, one needs to calculate the true cost and proceed accordingly. Even if it's a bit short it still may be the best buy around......
  28. jaoneill

    Opinion of Jonsered 2188 / 2166

    That will help as well.....:)
  29. jaoneill

    Opinion of Jonsered 2188 / 2166

    Just wait until you put a 20" bar on it! I have an older Pioneer P60 that came stock with a 36" bar. I used it for 20 years with a 20" bar and it was an absolute wood eatin' animal (I used to file the rakers down to nubs). Downsizing to 20" will probably gain you almost as much as that extra...
  30. jaoneill

    Opinion of Jonsered 2188 / 2166

    Thought you would be happy with it; I've had nothing but good luck with mine.......