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  1. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    Well I moved my hot wire over to the center post instead of right post on the fan terminals, and when it got up to temperature the fans kicked on. The thermostat is fine. There is nothing wrong with the #1 fuse, so it must be a break in the hot wire going to that center post. If I get a...
  2. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    Yeah that is where I connected the positive lead from the ignition switch. It is well grounded because when I supply power to that terminal the fans run great. The multi meter does not show any charge on the other terminal, which I assume should supply power to the two fans when the thermostat...
  3. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    I went through a similar process with a wire brush, vinegar salt and baking soda.
  4. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    Maybe, but I did not lose them, they never worked. I have gone through all the fuses earlier, but I have not checked it specifically when the weather got warm and I have been using it hard. At one point the cylinder was getting pretty warm so I decided I better see if I could get the fans to...
  5. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    I found an alternative approach that might have worked but it was really difficult to get the bucket to follow the right path. Put the hinge point of the backhoe at the intersection and dig at an angle. The hard part is that you have to use the swing cylinder as you are digging to get the...
  6. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    Unfortunately the jack hammer and tools were missing when the SEE arrived.
  7. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    What do you think is this a really bad idea? That was a rhetorical question. On the one hand there are still 4 wheels under it, but doing this made me really nervous. I am digging a trench to intersect this one at a 45 degree angle. I started with about 4" from the edge of the...
  8. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    I am very happy with my SEE, I have had issues, but nothing major and I bought mine directly from the Army after it had set for years in the Texarkana region with vines growing all through it. I think the issues I have had are to be expected given it had probably had no maintenance in the ~...
  9. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    Lesson learned, if you replace any of the four hydraulic hoses that supply the bucket or dipper cylinders, bite the bullet and replace all four. There is a bracket that holds the bucket hoses in place that vibrated loose and I did not catch it until after the bucket hoses got pinched by the...
  10. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    If you search for tractor tires instead of FLU 419 SEE tires you will get more hits. I got these from Simple Tire, a five years ago. I posted on these at the time I bought them. I can't remember what I paid but I will look. Here is the link BKT MP 576 to similar if not the exact same tire...
  11. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    Even my wife has warmed up to it. I still have a lot of work to do on it. Some of the work will need to wait until I have a garage so I can tip the cab again. As I work it more hoses are springing leaks. The hoses for the dipper cylinder are leaking now. I should have replaced them when I...
  12. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    The SEE has really been earning its keep lately. I have been working it really hard, and I have a lot yet to do with it. The SEE has just been amazing. It can do a lot more than I have the skill to do, but I have been learning a lot about how to work it. That probably deserves a thread of its...
  13. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    I wish I had the chain saw. Maybe some day after the house is built.
  14. rtrask

    Battery Backup?

    I am an active computer computer geek, and can't retire yet (poor financial planning). Skirting the politics of the whole COVID mess, the one good thing that came out of it is it's now acceptable to work remotely, which is allowing me to do just that (I am about as remote as you can get). In...
  15. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    I have already replaced all the seals in the main cylinders at this point, and replaced the rod on the bucket cylinder because there was a big chunk of chrome missing. It started with one of the boom cylinders when I first started playing with it right after I got it. But of course as soon as...
  16. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    I replaced the hoses to the bucket cylinder, and then decided I needed to solve every hydraulic leak while I was at it. The Stabilizer cylinders were the worst offenders but at least one of the swing cylinders was bad too. So now I have all new seals. I think I may need to replace a hose or...
  17. rtrask

    Battery Backup?

    One thing I forgot to say is avoid the temptation to build a Frankenstein system, buy sufficient batteries to meet your current and foreseeable future needs. Batteries perform best when they are matched, I think a rule of thumb is that your batteries are only as good as your weakest link...
  18. rtrask

    Battery Backup?

    The batteries will be your main expense. LIFEPO4 batteries are the way to go but as noted expensive. Look at it as a long term investment. Start by understanding what your energy needs are. Analyze your bills and look at the months where your electricity usage was highest and figure out...
  19. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    I can go up to a 1/2 inch on my tank, and I think I will get a pressure switch etc. to do that. Part of the reason I want to go with hydraulic is that I am off grid running off solar. (I have 30 kWatts of battery but constantly running that compressor to only get a few licks on a stubborn...
  20. rtrask

    FLU419 SEE HMMH HME Owners group

    I am looking at buying a Stanley impact wrench to use with my FLU. Looking back through the thread it looks like the 3/4" version (Stanley IW12 ?) I have a 40 gallon air compressor but it is not up to the job for some higher torque nuts/bolts. What is you all's opinion is it worth the cost.
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