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Production Knives / Re: Folding Lockbacks
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 07:31:30 PM »
I remember the blade on my first one and liked it better than the newer one that replaced it.  Both of yours look to be in great condition.
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Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Wheel Horse 312-8 garden tractor
« Last post by OutdoorEnvy on Yesterday at 07:10:13 AM »
My other thought would be to use what ever money we'd have to spend on repairing the Craftsman might be better spent looking for another oldy but goody that's in better all around shape as a spare.   

That may be the way to go...With it still summer you'd have some time here to keep an eye out for a good one.  You're in an area where they should pop up with some regularity.  Keep me updated if you have any luck.  It would be interesting to hear what you come across. 
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Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Wheel Horse 312-8 garden tractor
« Last post by Moe M. on Yesterday at 06:39:30 AM »
Thanks guys!  That Bolens your son is restoring Moe is a solid machine well worth the effort.  He'll have a solid rig for 40 more years when he's done!  All hydro is really nice too. 

So Moe are going to keep the craftsman going as long as it can?  Or will it be retired?  Your son may have the rebuild process done when he's done with his.  It really is the deal where they just don't make like they used to.

 At this point we aren't sure what we'll do with the Craftman,  it's been a solid machine,  allot better than I expected, I bought it from a guy in CT. for $500.00 bucks delivered to our yard,  I was thinking of buying a newer machine but bought this one thinking I'd get a season out of it to give me time to find a nice late model used tractor,  but the thing was like the Energizer Bunny,  it just wouldn't quit.
 The problem is the engine is pretty tired and all of the working parts are worn, the frame attachment holes and bushings are all egged out, and I don't know if we can get parts or if it's even worth it,  the Bolens is almost finished, but I like to have a spare,  up here in southern New England we have seasons with very little snow, and others when we get clobbered,  we have a decent snow blower, but the tractor does the heavy work, if it breaks down and you don't have something to fall back on your in trouble.
 My other thought would be to use what ever money we'd have to spend on repairing the Craftsman might be better spent looking for another oldy but goody that's in better all around shape as a spare.   
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DIY and Homemade Gear / Re: Moe's camp and Colonial era gear.
« Last post by Moe M. on Yesterday at 06:07:56 AM »
:cheers:  You're welcome Moe.  I still got about three more sets to go too.  I have not scanned that bunch yet and irrigation problems kept me busy today.

  LOL,  this ain't no race,  like I said when I mailed them to you,  I'm in no hurry,  and to be honest I haven't looked at them in quite a while and I'm enjoying them as much as all of you guys are. 
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DIY and Homemade Gear / Re: Moe's camp and Colonial era gear.
« Last post by crashdive123 on Yesterday at 05:02:06 AM »
Those are every bit as cool as the others.  You can easily see the time and craftmanship that went into making them.
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Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Wheel Horse 312-8 garden tractor
« Last post by crashdive123 on Yesterday at 04:59:49 AM »
Looks like you did a great job freshening it up.  Hope it gives you another 35 years of service.
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Who wouldn't want to see pictures of a tractor?  Heck yeah, post em.
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Production Knives / Re: Folding Lockbacks
« Last post by OutdoorEnvy on July 24, 2021, 07:09:37 PM »
Here's a couple pics of the two I mentioned.  Newer 90's one on the left, 60's on the right.  The 60's still locks up rock solid.  It's just got more blocky features to the shape and longer sweep in the blade profile shape. 



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Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Wheel Horse 312-8 garden tractor
« Last post by OutdoorEnvy on July 24, 2021, 07:03:17 PM »
Thanks OE.  Don't see many of them around where I live.  My neighbor in Colorado had one but didn't use it much.  Your unit looks to be in good shape and perfect for mowing long runs along my driveway.  :)   Amazing that it is in good shape after 35 years.  Glad it works well for you.

I looked them up and did not know that Toro bought them 1986 and used the name until 2007.

Yeah Toro took over and in 1987 the kohler switched from the K series to the Magnum "M" series.  They are really good as it's basically the same engine just went to electronic ignition with the flywheel, instead of the points and condenser on the K series.  Any of them good and worth the effort to save. 
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Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Wheel Horse 312-8 garden tractor
« Last post by OutdoorEnvy on July 24, 2021, 07:01:44 PM »
Thanks guys!  That Bolens your son is restoring Moe is a solid machine well worth the effort.  He'll have a solid rig for 40 more years when he's done!  All hydro is really nice too. 

So Moe are going to keep the craftsman going as long as it can?  Or will it be retired?  Your son may have the rebuild process done when he's done with his.  It really is the deal where they just don't make like they used to. 
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