Coffee 5-6-17

Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat. May. 06, 2017 6:09 am

Good day my fellow coal burners. Please, feel free to come in and share a thought. Hot coffee awaits as does a breakfast fare fit for a king..... so long as the king likes waffles & fresh fruit. :) Have a seat, clean cups are in the cupboard.

The lawn has been mowed for the first time this year, although it was delayed a few days. The fuel pump on the Toro Z-turn crapped out. I got a part number on line and called the dealer. He told me a new one was $46. I said "Geepers! I can buy one on the Internet for $2.11! He was quick to reply: "You'd better buy two". LOL ( They are actually $35 on line) So... new pump, new filter, sharpened the blades and it runs like a champ.

Chilly, rainy days, although one sunny beauty got up to 64. The Axeman runs on.

Enjoy the weekend!
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined


Re: Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat. May. 06, 2017 6:30 am

Mornin all, nice b-fast choice Freddy--thanx. Hmmmm, share a thought :? I got nothing!! :lol: Since my Cub Cadet bit the bullet I been out lookin--what a bunch of plastic crap out there!! Anyhow--went by a tractor bone yard & caught site of something I've always wanted but never could find one in real decent shape--no spark in this one--all else is excellent shape. YEP, that muffler gets hot!! Great compression, etc. The bone guy said he would have it up & runnin-- hopefully today-- this thing's like a tank 312-8 --really no hurry, been rainin all week & callin for snow Mon & Tue. :o Here's some pix . Enjoy the week-end people & I hope it's drier where ever you are!!
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freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut

Re: Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat. May. 06, 2017 6:45 am

Fred, you sure you can handle that beast? Careful the governor doesn't stick and send you down the road in a cloud of dust. :lol:

Cold and wet here. Starting to wish I had gone to get more coal and kept the EFM running a few weeks. The heat pump does a good job, but it isn't the same as that bottom-up heat from the coal boiler.

No lawn mower excitement for me this year. Put the battery in, a sniff of carb cleaner in the carb, and it fired right up. The first start of the season always used to take a long time and result in a lot of smoke, so now I just skip that show and give it a sniff of carb cleaner to make it fire quickly. Blades look plenty good for another season, so I gave everything a shot of grease and headed out. After 30 minutes of mowing I pulled back into the pits and changed the oil. First time I have used 15w-40 in it...engine seems quieter compared to the 10w-30 I was using before.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat. May. 06, 2017 6:54 am

Hi guys,

No lawn mower stories this year for me either. I pulled the cord and it started right up. DK and I are heading down I-95 early this morning. We are going to Williamsburg for our first visit to Busch Gardens. They have a new wooden roller coaster that DK is chomping at the bit to get on. The weather forecast in that area is overcast and rainy so maybe it won't be crowded. We don't really have a plan B but with the grandkids in the area I'll sure we can find something to do. :D

I hope everyone has a great weekend, take care, Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea

Re: Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sat. May. 06, 2017 7:14 am

Good morning boys and gal how's things? Breakfast sounds great as long as it's hot Freddy, cold wet weekend but we're doing ok since it's been raining on and off the past 48 hrs. :x
How old is that horse Fred? And I bet it doesn't have all that dummy proof crap on it either :D , my POS Cub Cadet ( new in 2006) has been ok but it's a cheap POS and the first thing to go was all the safety BS, I see where there coming from but if you have a brain you don't need it plus it works better without it!!!
I hope the weather is good for you Lisa, that coaster looks fun. I haven't been to That park in 30 years and 25 years for the one in Fl.
Take care friends and have a wonderful weekend and week to come!
Keepaeyeonit
 
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood #8
Coal Size/Type: Direnzo nut, Lehigh stove
Other Heating: 45 year old oil furnace,and a crappy 24 year old heat pump

Re: Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat. May. 06, 2017 7:44 am

I'm guesstimatin 1985 K. Tryin to zero in on some #'s but not havin much luck--NOPE, no bells & whistles--just GO & CUT. Like Rob said---they're known to pull a wheely or so till ya get used to it. :lol:
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut

Re: Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: the snowman On: Sat. May. 06, 2017 7:46 am

Morning all,

Freddy, I noticed you have oj in the frig, hope you don't mind if I steal a glass. It is no pulp too, heaven. Thanks. Fred, nice score with the wheel horse. Yours is the same as mine. They do not make them like that anymore. They are tanks but keep on giving years of service. I always get the standard question from people, when are you going to buy a new one. Answer: No plans to buy a new cheaply made piece of crap. I'll stick with my quality built tank, thanks. Keep us posted on it and most important how you like using it.

Not much happening around here, no cycling group today. I say this but one never knows if my fellow riders will pop in. Last Saturday the ride was epic. No crashes but a whole lot of pushing the envelop. We met a nice husband and wife with three small children out on our ride. They were riding across NY. We slowed our pace as they fell into the group to draft and rode with us for the next ten miles. Nice folks.

The 507's continue to idle keeping the house nice and warm warding off the damp, cool outside temps. We are suppose to get some snow this weekend (around 2-3 inches). It will be interesting to see how many trees fall to the weight of the snow. I need to get going so I can get in a quick 40 mile ride before I head out to the shop. Looks like my wife and I will be going for our ten mile run in the darkness tonight. I hope everyone has a safe and productive weekend.

The snowman.
the snowman
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Jotul 507
Coal Size/Type: Nut, Stove coal, Egg coal

Re: Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: D-frost On: Sat. May. 06, 2017 9:37 am

Good morning all,
Yesterday, got the grass cut before the rain(1"+). Now the 'Dan-D-Lions' can grow!
Fred, that Wheelhorse looks to be in real good shape. If you can get the serial # off the Kohler, and run the # through Kohler's website, that will get you close to the manufactured date. My guess, late 70's-early 80's. I used to have a late 70's Cub Cadet(red) with that same handle to raise/lower the mower deck.

Have a great Summer, everyone.
Cheers

DUH!!! Wake up- more coffee!!!! Fred, Now I see the Kohler#. I ran the # through, and came up with '1985' on the engine.
D-frost
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Yukon Eagle I (multi-fuel oil, wood/coal)
Baseburners & Antiques: Herald 'fireside oak'
Coal Size/Type: nut/Reading anthracite, stove/Blaschak
Other Heating: Jotul #118 wood burner


Re: Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat. May. 06, 2017 11:24 am

D-frost wrote: the Kohler,...... manufactured date. My guess, late 70's-early 80's.


Oh Man! I was about to lay a one dollar bet...... I remember the 8 HP as late 70's so I was going to bet the 12 was closer to mid 80's. You beat me to it!

I have had Wheelhorse/toro for years...a few different ones. An 8, a 12 & now a twin cylinder 20HP. All great machines! I'm about to sell the 20 HP as it rarely gets used now that I have the Z-turn.

One tip for the Wheelhorse: To mow in third gear the blades need to be deadly sharp. All of the standard trannys, second gear seems a tiny bit too slow, and third a tiny bit too fast. Tis the nature of the beast. Those cast iron Kohler engines are perhaps the best engines ever built. They go & go & go.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: grumpy On: Sat. May. 06, 2017 11:45 am

Wow Fred, you got one of the last great ones, Wheel Horse rocks, My 1976 B 80 is still working for me.... check out this site...

http://www.wheelhorseforum.com/forum/3- ... -tractors/
grumpy
 

Re: Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat. May. 06, 2017 2:51 pm

Horse situation has changed. I got 2 mares today. The Percheron was here last year & is just pushin 2 yrs.--not ready for any heavy plowing so she gets to toughen up another summer--the Belgium is ready to throw a foal in a wk. or so. Real natural stuff there, but in case something strange happens, she needs to be watched. Lil fillies will come when they get done nursing or the Moms get tired of the whole deal!! :) Pix aren't great but ya can get the idea.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
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Re: Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun. May. 07, 2017 9:43 pm

Went to pick up wheel horse this afternoon--my guy wanted to give her one last test run/cut--she was doin great TILL--been a long time since I heard a engine implode!!! LOL Anyway, he's got a few other horses there & is going to pull the best motor & put it on mine. Should be ready tomorrow. Glad it happened there--not that he wouldn't cover it, but the trailering it & all is a PIA. More info to follow--He did get the deck & body in tip top shape. Maybe he shouldn't of changed the oil!! :lol:
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut

Re: Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sun. May. 07, 2017 10:59 pm

Hell Fred, it sounds like you don't need no gas guzzling noisy, smelly, new fangled contraption the cuts the grass, you have some all natural grass cutters already there. And soon to be another addition to the current fleet.

Get them thar ponies on the other side of the fence and let them earn their keep..........................




Rick
Rick 386
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work

Re: Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon. May. 08, 2017 6:02 am

freetown fred wrote:been a long time since I heard a engine implode!!


It WHAT? Oh Man! That's a first for me, I've never heard of the cast iron Kohler's coming undone.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Coffee 5-6-17

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon. May. 08, 2017 6:06 am

freetown fred wrote:Went to pick up wheel horse this afternoon--my guy wanted to give her one last test run/cut--she was doin great TILL--been a long time since I heard a engine implode!!! LOL Anyway, he's got a few other horses there & is going to pull the best motor & put it on mine. Should be ready tomorrow. Glad it happened there--not that he wouldn't cover it, but the trailering it & all is a PIA. More info to follow--He did get the deck & body in tip top shape. Maybe he shouldn't of changed the oil!! :lol:


Fred, seems like you can't catch a break!
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy