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  1. I got the COVID Omicron variant mid-June. Still paying on the ER bill. 😣 Very strange, no loss of taste or smell. Just impacted the throat, the sore throat from ! with a 3 to 4 day fever. What was strange is it did not congest my head nor did it go down in my lungs … just the throat. Never had a cold or flu like that.
  2. Point taken. I did state in my post to not let fuel sit in a small engine. However I am guilty of planning to cut more wood with my saw or do one more mow with my mower and life happens and the next thing you know I get the “Oh Crap “ moment the following spring. I know better, s*** happens. All I’m looking for is tribal knowledge so I can make an informed decision.
  3. Thanks for all the feedback! Looks like if I’m going to burn all the gas immediately, it’s okay to use ethanol fuel. If the engine will not be used for periods of time, ie lawnmowers, chainsaws, weedeaters, boats and other 2/4 cycle engines, use non ethanol fuel. Storing equipment with ethanol fuel is to be avoided due to evaporation and absorbing humidity from the air from temperature extremes causing air to move in and out of a tank. Small engine storage should be done with empty fuel tank and running motor dry. Sealed metal cans is the preferred method to store gasoline long term. Plastic containers vent out in heat and collapse inwards in cool and cold weather, I have several of those in my garage right now. Substantial anecdotal evidence from small engine repair shops that ethanol fuel increases repair events and impacts carbureted long term reliability. Fuel stabilizer use offer marginal protection that can be omitted if the steps above are followed. @triharder I will verify if Canadian fuel is ethanol free. Those videos are quite eye opening. Thank you for all your contributions.
  4. Y’all confirming what I suspected and will run ethanol free gas in my ATV like I do with my chainsaws, mower and other small engines. All they have locally is 93 and it is very expensive. 87 is all these small engines need, 93 comes into play with only high compression engines.
  5. Having gone through a BOHICA moment filling my zero turn with $55 of non ethanol gas, I am wondering what do y’all use in your machines. If only ethanol because non ethanol is not available and is the only choice in your area, what issues did you run across? Is it worth the extra money to run pure gas as much as possible? Do any of you use fuel treatment to mitigate ethanol fuel issues? Thanks in advance.
  6. My brother broke a couple ribs when he was slammed against those handles. Dunno what exactly happened, but he sold that box after that happened.
  7. Compressor/valve bank weight, spring action of air, moisture/icing control being in variable temperature and humidity outdoor environment. In a plant, compressed air is one of the most expensive sources of energy. Cheap to install, very expensive to run and maintain. So expensive that I had customers willing to pay $20,000+ for air leak detectors like this one for their preventative maintenance programs! https://www.fluke.com/en-us/learn/blog/leak-detection Add to that the fact there are significant efficiency losses every time one converts an energy source to another … for example: internal combustion engine to electrical to pneumatic or hydraulic … each stage introduces more losses in efficiency. Staying electrical eliminates one stage and improves efficiency. This is why farm tractors and heavy equipment have PTO’s and hydraulics directly connected to the engine.
  8. Electric actuators are lighter than hydraulic systems. They also pull less amperage than a winch. The ones I found so far are a bit on the slow side. Good quality ones are IP65 wash down proof. Reason the Warn one fails is they went the cost saving route than use a more expensive sealed unit. ‘Another issue that I see in most pictures is it seems to be mounted upside down allowing water to enter the mechanism. Motor should be on top, shaft side on the bottom. Work with gravity, not against it. I’m still in the conceptual stage. Once I get the measurements, loads and locations down, I’ll order the parts. There is a good fab/welding shop not very far from me. Goal is to be able to revert back to stock if needed.
  9. I like that idea. The other half of my idea is the ‘power-tilt’ angling of the plow. The problem with the Warn and Moose solutions that I can see is they are using the wrong spec equipment. Do you use a hawse fairlead or a roller fairlead for that seatbelt application? Seatbelts are thin and tough and as you say cheaply replaced. Thanks for bending my mind in another direction I didn’t consider.
  10. Old topic, however did not see this option mentioned. Seeing how many motorcycle wiring harnesses butchered with these ‘vampire tap’ and the inevitable problems they cause down the road, I now use these … https://www.amazon.com/s?k=piggyback+fuses&hvadid=78615217087184&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&tag=mh0b-20&ref=pd_sl_81ssgjjm70_e These piggyback fuse holders have polarity. Pull the original fuse out to determine what leg is hot and mount the piggyback fuse holder so the current goes the same direction as the original fuse. Mount the original fuse on the fuse holder and the new circuit fuse in the new circuit position. In other words, the original fuse will keep doing its role and the new fuse will protect the new circuit. Plug it in your fuse block. REMEMBER, these piggyback fuse holders can only be mounted one way, if you flip it 180 degrees, it won’t work. You now have an unmolested wire harness, a properly fused circuit and you can return everything back to stock if needed in the future. Just make sure you choose the proper amperage and whether it is a standard or mini fuse size.
  11. First ATV, couple brothers been riding them for years and now that I moved back to where I was raised … they have hundreds of miles of ATV/Snowmobile trails in northern Maine. My brother who rode for 30 years recommended the Rubicon based on what my needs are. Rode street bikes for years till a bad wreck convinced me I no longer have the reflexes to handle it, add to that the texting drivers and reluctantly called it quits. Just moved up from @_Wilson_™ neck of the woods, I called on the Clarksville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville Tennessee area as a now retired industrial automation sales engineer As for your neck of the woods, them Cajuns/coonasses are distant relatives … this area here is known as the heart of Acadia and people here are right proud of it. One of the first projects I want to do is design a more robust plow system using industrial electric actuators instead of winches eliminating the broken wire/rope problems. It won’t be cheap but I want it to be reliable. I need to get through a winter so I can analyze the stresses and problem areas and then build it.
  12. I typically don’t join forums anymore due to bickering and cliques creating a high noise to signal ratio. ‘I’ve moderated before and and have little tolerance for that anymore. After reading the contributions of @retro and @Fishfiles , I made an exception and joined. Little background on me, recently retired and still waiting on my Rubicon Deluxe with plow package that I prepaid for my retirement gift to self. ‘Should of came in mid-June, dealer telling me that his orders are starting to trickle in with Recons and Ranchers. I bought the last service manual for the 2022 TRX500-TRX520 on EBay that was mentioned on a forum post and planning to do my own maintenance. ‘Dealer is 65 miles away and I don’t like waiting weeks for repairs. Hoping to contribute as much as I received from this forum.
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