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Equipment Basics

Helping you understand basic terminolgy, and the application of different features

Kubota BX-series Filter Kit and Service Overview (*NEW* BX 80 series)


Today we're going to go over servicing a BX series tractor. Kubota has gone the extra-mile put all the filters we're going to need inside this box. We're going to un-box this, show you all the filters that it comes with, show you where they go on your BX tractor. All right. The first thing we're going to do is we're going to un-box it. We'll open up the box, take a look and see what's inside. The first thing we're going to pull out, we got two fuel filters.

Understanding 3pt hitch categories


So as you work through a tractor spec sheet, you're gonna notice a section on there that's gonna have the category of the three-point hitch of a tractor. What that category is telling you is the size implements that are really made for the back of that machine. Smaller category numbers, zero or one, are typically gonna be your smallest implements, and as you work in the larger categories, you're gonna go to bigger, heavier implements. And what that category is telling you is the size of the ball that's back here on the three-point hitch. And these run anywhere between about five-eighths pins up to full 2 inch pins for the largest tractors that we sell. And as you move up through these categories, the pins are gonna get bigger, and thus the implements are gonna get larger, and the linkage that's attached to the back of the tractor is gonna be heavier as well to support those bigger, heavier implements. So, the category of a three-point hitch is really very simply referring to the size of these balls on the back and the size of the pins that go into them.

Tractor Package Deals. Are they really a good deal?


One of the things that annoys us when we go and we see these internet package deals is that oftentimes these packages aren't necessarily great values for the customer in the end

Understanding rear hydraulic remotes


You may look in the back of the tractor and see a rear hydraulic outlet and assume that they're all the same, and really that couldn't be further from the truth.

New Holland WorkMaster Safety, Operation Service


Hello, this is Brian Messick with Messick farm equipment and I'd like to introduce you to the New Holland WorkMaster 70 tractor. We will be going over three portions of this tractor. We will talk about general maintenance of the tractor, we will talk about operation of the tractor and we will talk about the safety features that this tractor has to offer.

The WORST MISTAKE a new tractor owner can make (modding ROPS)



‚ÄčOne of the most cringe-inducing things that we see a new tractor owner do is to modify their roll bar in some way. Oftentimes, guys get the idea that they want to put lights up on the ROPS or a nice bright light bar across the top or put a toolbox or something back around the side over here. People can come up with all kinds of things that they would like to attach onto this structure.

Shady Internet Tractor Package Deals


It's Thursday. We're going to put three minutes on the clock down here, and answer the question for you today, why are internet package deals for tractors a bit of a scam?

MSRP vs retail pricing. How do you know whats a good deal


I personally frequent internet message boards and Facebook groups for tractor owners and buyers, and one of the things I frequently see done is guys taking a look at what a company's MSRP is and the quote that they were given, and trying to work through that to figure out if they're getting a good deal or not. Now, frequently you'll see guys saying, "If you're buying tractor brand X and you're getting 12% off, you're doing pretty well." And from our seat, that seems a little silly sometimes.

5 Most Common Compact Tractor Attachments


I'm here today do a quick explanation for you today of the top five implements that are typically sold with the compact tractor. Tractors themselves are after all tool carriers and most or every tractor is sold with at least two or more implements. We're going to show you some of the most common ones that are typically sold with new machines.

Understanding Three Point Hitch Classes


As you work through a tractor spec sheet you're going to notice a section on there that's going to have the category of the three-point hitch of a tractor. What that category is telling you is the size implements that are really made for the back of that machine.

Kubota BX-series Transmission A Look Inside


Today we've got a BX that that has transmission issues. We're going to let you peek inside, take a look at what happens inside a transmission. This video is by no means instructional, it's just to give you a point of view and take a peek inside a transmission and let you see what's going on inside.

Secondary or Safety Air Filters on Kubota Engines. Specific to BX and Standard L-Series


These tractors from the factory will have single stage air filter boxes on them and if you go to parts some other product lines that Kubota has, you can actually add a secondary air cleaner inside of the primary one to help protect your engine.

Choosing The Right Skid Loader Bucket


You can look around down here and it feels like, my goodness, you can buy a bucket in every shape and size with a surprising amount of features anymore actually. We're going to walk through the buckets down here and reference this guide from Virnig. This is the ultimate guide to skid steer buckets. We'll put a link to it here down below if you want to check it out yourself. 

How to Level a Mower Deck


Mower deck that's out of level can cause a whole host of cutting problems and performance issues. Generally, when a mower deck is out of level, you'll generally see that your one side of your cut is just a little bit higher than what the other side would be, leaving that step at the end of your deck. If you go through a couple steps here with me today we can eliminate that problem, make sure your tractors performing as well as possible. 

Get your Tractor out of the mud using your Front Loader


Today, I'm going to show you how to get your tractor unstuck from the mud using your load or there's a little technique that you can do to help get that tractor out on your own, without needing another machine in order to tow you out 

Unexpected uses for a 3 point quick hitch | LandPride QH05


Neil from Messick's here. Today, to talk to you a little bit about a three-point quick hitch for the back of your tractor. Nearly 500 videos on YouTube now, believe it or not, and in several of them, I've actually bad mouth these things a little bit. The dealership side, they cause us a little bit of frustration sometimes because industry standards between these quick hitches and your implements are not strictly defined. There's a lot of implements these quick hitches don't work well with. That gives us sometimes a little bit of a bad taste for them. 

Who Would Buy A 2WD Tractor?


Today we're going to have a conversation about why somebody might actually consider, in 2019, buying a two-wheel drive tractor. Many guys have the impression that as the tractor industry has grown and companies come out with new models that the complexity of this stuff only grows and grows and grows and in order to find an inexpensive tractor, you have to go to a company importing something from overseas or from India or a place like that and it. 

Understanding Tractor Horsepower. Gross \ Net \ PTO \ Drawbar


Today's short conversation is going to be about horsepower and all the varying standards that exist that are a little bit confusing. 

TOP 5 BEST Accessories for your Tractor


Neil from Messick's here to talk through with you on the top five tractor accessories. Tractors are both tools and toys for a lot of us, and there's nothing more fun than accessorizing your toys. The stock lighting packages on most tractors are usually pretty inadequate, and you're going to find that if you have a loader on your machine, the headlights don't help that at all because when you bring your loader up, the loader is going to cover the headlights. Some kind of work light is a good idea on a lot of tractors. 

Kubota BX-Series 3pt hitch installation


Neil from Messick's here with today's Three Minute Thursday. Today I'm going to take a couple of minutes to show you how to put a three-point hitch kit onto the back of your BX tractor. 

Avoid Amazon and SAVE money on equipment parts


Neil from Messick's here. Today is Three-Minute Thursday. Today's Three-Minute Thursday, we're going to have a short conversation about amazon.com. What kind of things might be good to buy there and what things you might want to avoid. 

Common Operation Mistakes with Loaders on Tractors


Neil from Messick's here today, out to run through eight different mistakes that I see guys make when operating a front loader. The very first of our front loader mistakes is the way that we approach a pile of dirt. When you have your front loader bucket on from the tractor seat, it's often fairly challenging to be able to look down and know the exact orientation of that bucket and whether the floor of it, the bottom of the bucket, is level as you're approaching your pile. 

Tractor Tire Inflation Tips


Neil from Messick's here. Today is Three-Minute Thursday. Today we're going to have a short conversation about the tire pressure ratings on tractors. 

TESTED - Turf VS. R4 - Snow Traction


We very frequently hear from customers how well turf tires can perform in the snow and something you wouldn't necessarily expect because of them not cleaning out so well. We're going to actually put some numbers to that here today

TESTED - Surprising traction differences between R4 \\ R14 \\ Bar-Turf


Neil from Messick's here today out on a beautiful spring day to do some tire testing for you. We're going to bring down three of Kubota's B Series tractors, one with R4 tires, one with the new R14 and one with this hybrid zig-zag pattern I've had for a while, hook them up to the load cell and measure exactly what the tractive difference is between these tire options. 

*New* Tractor Tire Option. R14 from Goodyear \ Titan Tire


Neil from Messick's here, with one of the new 2019 Kubota B2601 tractors, sporting a new set of tires. This is the R14 that just came out here from Goodyear Titan. We're going to take you around this tractor here today, talk about these tires a little bit, and maybe find out if it might be a good selection for you. 

A hydraulic fluid so bad, its been banned!


Neil from Messick's here with today's Three-Minute Thursday. Today's short conversation is going to be about a recent news article that I came across referencing a discontinued hydraulic oil from 1974 that you'll still find on store shelves today. 

How to make your equipment last.


Neil from Messick's here. I have to talk to you today about a very special and interesting Kubota RTV that we just traded in. This guy has a whopping 7,386 hours on it. We're going to talk just a little bit today about how long you can expect equipment to last and some of the things that you should be able to do in order to help it get these really high hour numbers. When we're talking with customers, people often approach a piece of equipment and ask specifically, "How long is the engine going to last?" In a modern piece of equipment, the engine more often than not is usually not the limiting factor and how long a piece of machine really will hold up. 

6 Tips to prevent emissions system trouble


Neil from Messick’s, here to give you six different preventative measures that you can take on your tier four emissions compliant tractor to avoid having unnecessary problems. There's no doubt if you hop on the internet and read message boards and stuff for equipment, you'll find a lot of guys running into problems with emission systems. By large, from the dealership perspective, we have had problems with this stuff, but it has not been overwhelming problems. 

HORSEPOWER VS TORQUE - New Holland T8.420 vs A Ford Explorer???


Today, we're outside with my 2013 Ford Explorer and this New Holland 2013 T8.420. Interestingly enough, my car here is 365 horsepower. There's tractor nets out at 367, just two horsepower apart from each other.

How to REMOVE AND INSTALL KUBOTA BX SERIES mower deck


Today, we're out in the parking lot with a Kubota BX series tractor. We're going to go through the steps of taking the mower deck on and off the machine and show you how to install and remove the non-drive over version of the Kubota BX deck. This process is relatively the same on all BX series tractors, whether you're looking at the new 80 series or one of the prior models that have been built over the last 15 years or so.

Tips for loading and hauling your equipment


Today we're going to do a video to show you some of the pitfalls that you can watch out for when hauling your tractor on a trailer. The amount of improperly loaded and overloaded trailers that you'll see with equipment on it is shockingly and unfortunately common. One thing's that guys often do wrong when they're sizing their trailer to their equipment is not calculating the GVW properly

CUTTING MORE OIL FILTERS - Case/New Holland VS. STP


Today, we're going to go through our third filter cutting that we've done using a new Holland oil filter. This would be the most common oil filter in the new Holland system. Then we're intentionally choosing a really inexpensive filter to compare it to this time

How NOT to break your loader while back dragging


Neil from Messick’s here out today to show you a quick demonstration on the proper technique to back drag with your loader. I’ve frequently seen guys doing this wrong. If you don't approach your pile and back drag in a right way, you can do some quick damage to your loader. I’m going to walk you through that here today.

Is there a proper engine RPM for loader work?


Neil from Messick's here with today's Three-Minute Thursday. Today's short conversation is going to be about your tractor's hydraulic system and the way that it builds pressure.

New tractor owner ORIENTATION VIDEO


Today we're outside with the Kubota Standard L Series tractor. I'm going to take a couple of minutes and go through a new owner introduction on this tractor. We've done a lot of videos on feature, function, benefit type stuff, and shown how machines work, but there is a particular process that we walk through in conversation that we have with everybody who's buying a tractor for the first time. I'm going to take a couple of minutes here and go around this tractor and show you all the controls, how to operate it.

TESTED | How the wrong implement affects your lift capacity


Neil from Messicks here today. We're outside with the Kubota BX Series tractor, the load cell hooked to the bottom of it down here. We're going to go through and give you a couple of examples today of why it's important to properly size the duty of your implements to your tractor's loader. The setup that we have out here today is a tire that I've buried about six or eight feet down there underground attached a chain to it and then put this 3,000-pound load cell here in the middle. This is then chained up around our loader.

What to do when you run out of fuel?


today, we're not going to talk specifics of who the operator was in this particular circumstance. I think we all can relate to being out, trying to get some work done, and pushing up to the very last minute thinking you've got enough vapor down here in the tank in order to get the job done. Today, that didn't work out so well for that individual. He was out here and got about three-quarters of his job done before he realized that that fuel gauge was actually accurate.

How to Put a Flat Tire Back on the Rim


It has happened to everyone. You come out to use a piece of equipment but find a flat tire. Sometimes it's as easy as adding a bit of air to the tire, but other times it has shifted too far off the rim. While it may seem daunting, the fix becomes simple when armed with a ratchet strap and an air compressor.

Advanced Backhoe Technique


One of the more frustrating things of using a backhoe is repositioning your tractor as you move along your trench. I would spend probably 25% of my time on this implement, getting on and off this machine in order to roll my tractor along as I'm digging. However, there's a more advanced technique that you can use that allows you to move the tractor with the backhoe.

Tractor with a BLOWN engine! Engine Failure Analysis


I recently bought a used tractor and came to find very shortly after the machine arrived here, that it had a blown engine, a blown engine for the most simplistic of reasons. When you go to change your oil, you open up the drain in the bottom, drain the oil out, spin a new filter on and go to fill that engine back up with oil again. And in the case of this machine, the most simplistic of things happened. That owner, when he went and filled the machine back up with oil, took one of these containers with the foil seal on the top of it, punched his thumb into here. And would you guess where that foil ended up?

Understanding PTO | What is it? How does it work? What types are there?


PTOs have been a staple on the back of tractors for decades. Before the three-point hitch was even on the rear of older machines, you had that stub shaft coming out the back in order to put power, the power takeoff, out to some kind of implement. There are four main drive mechanisms that get power out to this shaft. The oldest and most basic of them is called a transmission-driven PTO, where this shaft is literally tied into the same gearing that's turning the wheels on the back of the tractor. As those wheels are turning, that shaft is also turning as well. That's found on the oldest machines that are out there. I'm not aware of any modern equipment that's going to have a transmission-driven PTO. One main reason for that is that those straight transmission-driven PTOs can actually drive the tractor forward. If you have an implement behind the machine, it has a large moving mass on it, and that moving mass is turning this shaft. Even when say the tractor's power has come down and you're trying to slow down, that moving mass can actually drive the tractor forward.

How to Relieve Hydraulic Line Pressure


Not everything with tractor ownership is a breeze. One of those things is hydraulic couplers. There are many times that these things can be frustratingly difficult to get connected. In fact, I can't get mine connected out here today. Now, I'm not the slightest bit surprised that I'm having trouble with these things today. When you're dealing with a hydraulic coupler, it's quite a lot different than an airline. If you've used an air chuck before, they're very easy to connect. And when you've got a little bit of pressure in those airlines, it's pretty easy to overcome that air pressure in there. You can always connect those couplers together and compress that air a little bit more. Fluids, though, are incompressible. Last time I had these hoses connected, it was about 40 degrees outside, and I then unhooked them and I've now let them sit out here on this nice sunny day. It's 72 degrees, sunny outside, and these hoses are actually a little bit warm to the touch just because they're black out here with the sun on them. Because of that, we start to get some pressure built up inside of these hoses, enough pressure that I can't overcome that when connecting these Pioneer couplers down into this valve manifold. There's a couple of things that we can do here to try to get these hoses connected.

Tips for Installing Work Lights


Unless you're buying a big forage harvester like this, more than likely you find the lighting package on your equipment to be a little inadequate. Lighting is one of those places that the manufacturers usually have upgrade kits to put onto your machine to add additional lighting. But many of you, including me as well, probably like to make a little weekend project out of rolling your own lighting upgrades on your tractor. We're going to take a little bit of time today. We're going to talk about some of the things that you might want to consider in picking a work light for your machine and also a couple of tips on how to wire that light into your tractor or equipment.

What adjustments can you make to your three point hitch?


Consider this three-point hitches 301 or something like that. If you're new to attaching implements on the back of your tractor, we'll throw a link to another video down here that goes through the basics of how to get your implement on the back of the machine. But if you've already mastered that task or you've got some really odd-sized three-point hitch implements, we're going to take a little bit of time here and talk about the extra holes that you might find on the linkage here on the back of your tractor and some of the times that you might want to consider using them.

How to Remove Your Tractor's Loader


Now a tip that you want to remember here before you go and take your loader off is that you need to have your front bucket on the tractor. I recently had mine off because when I parked my tractor in the garage, I wanted a little bit of extra space to be able to walk around things while I was working. You need to have that front bucket on so that there's enough weight on that front loader in order to have the loader balance itself when you pull the tractor away. Things like pallet forks may not be heavy enough in order to keep that loader down. So you need to be sure that whatever implement that you have on your front loader is heavy enough to help this thing balance. And by all means, you have to have something out there. This wouldn't work if I just went at it without anything on the bucket at all. So we'll scoot out here and quick couple my bucket on.

How to attach and remove a loader on uneven ground


A lot of these processes go really well when you're in a nice flat parking lot or a great level concrete pad. But when you're sitting outside and your hoses may have warmed up a little bit or you took your loader off here and one of the parking stands settled down into the ground a little bit, you might find yourself struggling to get these things to line back up again. If you take your time and you go through and think through the places that things are a little off and you look for some extra tools, maybe, in order to get this thing back on the tractor, it can be done without too much headaches. So, come along with me here this morning, we're going to reattach my loader here and show you some of the tricks that we're going to use in order to make this complicated setup work.

Split Brakes | How they work, and when to use them


Most of your machines from about 30 horsepower on up are going to be equipped with split brakes or steering brakes, depending how you want to refer to them. They can be incredibly useful. But most of the time, when we look at tractors, we find that many operators have never experimented with them, never flipped open that little latch that enables their use. So we're going to take this tractor here today, explain to you all the things that you can do with steering brakes and show the impact that they can make on the maneuverability of your tractor.

Top 10 Equipment Purchase Myths


Neil for Messick's here to do a video for you guys that are out there shopping for a piece of equipment. We're going to take some time here this morning, go through and talk through 10 myths that we hear from people who are shopping for a piece of machinery.

Science! The relationship of Ballast and Weight Distribution.


We have long given the advice that ballasting your tractor is extremely important. It's really surprising how many machines you're going to find out there in the open, right? Machines that have been sold and delivered to end users without ever having the conversation of ballast. It's an important conversation to have. It impacts the operation of your tractor in a lot of different ways. It's something that a lot of times your salespeople don't want to address because it's added cost in the purchase process of that machine. But as you're going to see here today, it's incredibly important to keep in the back of your mind. We're going to take this tractor here and pull it onto a set of race car scales, load the loader to its capacity with no ballast on the back of the tractor, and check and see how the weight distribution of this machine looks. See where that load is centered. We're then going to go and add appropriate ballast onto the back of the machine and see how these numbers all change.

Filter Analysis Cutting into First 50hr Filters Three Minute Thursday


Today, we're going to do a short investigation into the filters that I just took off of my tractor. Just did my 50-hour service. We're going to take the three filters off of my machine, the two hydraulic filters and the engine oil filter, crack them open, and check and see what kind of debris they picked up from the inside of my machine during that break-in service interval. So what this thing is, is basically a gigantic can opener where you can tighten down this little knife that goes around and cuts the side of this thing open. If you remember here back, it's been probably three years ago, I did a series about three or four videos like this, cutting open, both manufacturers OEM filters, and some aftermarkets and tearing them apart and looking at the differences inside. So if you find this video interesting, it's worth going back on our channel and finding some of those older videos, because there's interesting stuff here and the differences in filter construction and that kind of stuff that might surprise you. These OEM filters are often the same price or only marginally more expensive than what an aftermarket is. And often the quality of them is notably better. One thing that I notice when cutting these things is the difference in the can themselves.

Kubota 50 Hour Maintenance on LX3310


Neil from Messick's here to do a little bit of tractor maintenance with you here today. This is my Kubota LX 3310. It's not just a pretty tractor for YouTube videos, I actually do a lot of work at home with it. I'm rounding about 50 hours, 50 hours is a meaningful service interval for your equipment. It is the break in interval, and you're going to go through and drop fluids from your engine and transmission at this point, spin some new filters on there in order to get out all of that initial break in stuff that happens when a machine is new. When those gears first start turning, there's a lot of wear that happens there initially. It's probably the most important service interval that you're going to do. So today we're going to do it on my tractor here, go around and check a couple of different service points and change some fluids. Now before we get started, this should not be the first time that you're servicing your tractor. If you have a loader or a mower deck about every 10 hours you should be hitting those things with a grease gun, going around greasing all the moving points on your loaders and your mower decks. That is one of the primary things that we will look at when we see where on a machine. 

Cold Brew Fuel Strainer for Your Equipment


A $12 accessory that you might want to consider adding onto your tractor or piece of equipment. Going around on Facebook lately started by a gentleman named John Ritter. He's got a good YouTube channel as well. You see a lot of people out there picking up these things, this big screen, what looks kind of like a filter is actually a coffee filter to use inside of a mason jar for making cold brew. John realized that this was a perfect fit inside the gas tank of a lot of machines. It makes a really good filter to sit there and filter what's coming out of your diesel can. Couple of gotchas that I found with these, we're going to walk around here today and show you a couple of machines where this is going to work, couple that you definitely want to be careful. See if this is something maybe you want to pick up for your machine.

How to Safely Mow a Hill


Neil from Messick's here out today at my father-in-law's house. We're helping him out a little bit here today. The transmission belt tore on his mower in the middle of cutting his grass. He's got a big swath here left over that I'm over here helping him take care of today with my mower. You can see here that his yard is a challenge to mow. It's fantastic for sledding in the winter time, but a bear to take care of here during the summer to get the grass taken care of. So we're going to do a little bit of talking while we're out here cutting his grass today, about mowing on a hillside. There are safe ways to try to keep yourself from riding down the hill and also a couple of techniques that you can use that if your mower does break loose and slide, to help to recover a little bit from a dangerous situation. Come along here with me today, as we do a little bit of good this afternoon. 

36 Implements for Your Equipment


Neil from Messick's is here to show you a whole bunch of attachments that could go onto your tractor. Think about what a tractor is at the end of the day. It's a tool carrier. In and of itself, a tractor doesn't do a whole lot but drive around. But between the three-point hitch and the skid steer coupler, there are a lot of different implements that can go onto that tractor to do a very wide range of chores. So today we're going to go around machine gun style. We're going to go around and very quickly highlight what is sitting out here on the lot today, not an exhaustive list but maybe a list that piques your interest a little bit. Maybe you'll see something that's going to be a perfect fit to get a chore done on your property.

Regen PANIC. Live tractor regen process explanation and buttons.


We get so many questions and so many confused people. The first time they see the icons pop up on their dash. My tractor wants to do a regen right now. So I'm going to show you exactly what it looks like. Now, currently take a look down here at my dash. Now, you see this light right here. This is telling you, it wants to regen. This is telling you the revs are too low. So if we take this and start speeding this up, you see my light turns out. That means my revs are high enough, but I'm not hot enough yet. Now at this point, I'm going to go back to work, right? It's not actually going to start the regen process until the easy bake oven is hot enough in order to start to burn that soot, I'm going to keep my eye on the light down here, and eventually that light's going to stop blinking. And that's going to tell you that the tractor has now started the regen process.

My kids put gas in my diesel tank! Now what do I do


My 13 year old, not me, just put gasoline into my diesel lawn mower. So come along with me here today. We're going to talk about some of the implications for your equipment when this happens and maybe rectify this so I can get back to mowing. So why does this happen? Is it carelessness? I don't know. My kids know the difference between a gas and a diesel engine. They're very attuned to pick out trucks and tractors and equipment. They know when they get on the machine and turn the key what a diesel or a gas engine sounds like. But my 13 year old just took my red can and filled up my mower with it. And in his defense, he looked at it and he said, "Dad, it doesn't say diesel on there anywhere." And to a point, he's right. If you look at the fuel caps, there's no D or indicator on there anywhere that says that. The side of the machine, even though it's a ZD diesel, doesn't really say diesel here anywhere and tell you that. But if you look closely up here on the roll bar, there is a little sticker here that tells you.

3 Different Types of PTO Yokes


There are actually several types of PTO shafts down here. The end that hooks onto your tractor can be engineered in a couple of different ways, and there's some differences when it comes to service and maintenance, and also the angle that that shaft can run at in relation to your implement. So today, we're going to go and talk about PTO shafts. What I have here is the most common type of PTO shaft. This is called a yolk joint. A yolk joint is going to have two U-shaped yolks that go 90 degrees to one another with a cross that goes across the middle that supports them. Now those are going to move very freely when they're in line with one another, and they can rotate around their respective axes. But when they start to be off center from one another, you can get some chattering motion that you're going to notice. And you'll notice that in your implements, when you take your three-point hitch, say the whole way down, or you're making a headland turn, and your tractor is running at a hard angle from your implement, you'll start to hear a chatter from your yoke joints. They'll start jumping around a little bit. That noise that you're hearing when it gets to those more extreme angles is that shaft fighting as it goes around, and over time, it'll start to wear out the cross piece that sits in the middle of that joint.

Loader operation tips and landscaping finishing with the SCL1000 and LX3310


Neil for Messicks here to bring you along on some of my weekend chores. I've been out here doing a little bit of work around my property, moving a little bit of soil around. We're going to show you the project that I've been working on here, personally. Some of the challenges that I ran into in doing it, and some of the operational techniques here with this equipment that's helped me get this done. This is the driveway here at my front yard. I've lived now at this property for about a year and we had gone through the construction process and I've done all of the prep and landscape work myself using, for the most part, my tractor. What we would've done here, would've been an area out here that I would've leveled off. I would've prepped for seed use. Saw all the videos on that. We had a stone driveway put in by the contractor that was then paved over.

What to Expect at Drop-Off Kubota LX3310 Delivery and Walk Around


Neil from Messick's here with two special customers. This is Jeff and Lori. We're out today dropping a tractor off, delivering their new machine. We're going to take some time here, have a good conversation with these guys about what the purchase experience was like, what this looks like from kind of shopping for a tractor to actually delivering it, to financing it. Spend some time talking about their equipment and introduce you to some really cool people. 

Messick's 60,000 sqft Service Shop New Mt Joy Shop Tour


Neil from Messick's, here to take you in a tour of the 60,000 square foot shop here at our new Mount Joy store. Messick's has always invested heavily in the parts and service side of the business. We can sell you all the shiny new equipment that's out there, but if we're not taking care of people properly throughout the long ownership experience that you'll have with a whole lot of this equipment, your satisfaction with that machine is not going to be great. This is always a side of the business we've invested heavily in. You may have seen that some years ago. We actually did a previous video on our 40,000 square foot shop, which is massive in and of itself, but moving into the new Mount Joy store here, we needed more capacity to continue to grow our service department and capabilities. So I'm going to take you for a quick walk here this morning. We're going to talk through some of the front side and the back side of what happens in the service department.

Skid Steer Quick Coupler Attachment Tips


Neil from Messick's here to talk to you about the humble skid steer coupler. Spend a lot of time this morning thinking about all the things that I can talk about when it comes to this simple mechanism. We're going to breeze through a couple of them here this morning. Why you should want this on your tractor, how to use it, how to take those implements on and off the front of your machine. But my goal here this morning is really to focus on the things you might not have stumbled upon yet. The gotchas, call it, the things that sometimes when not used properly, it might cause some damage to your tractor or cause your implements to pop off. Going to spend some time this morning, talking about the coupler. 

Tips for Installing Work Lights


The popularity of LED lights has become a fantastic thing for adding work lights onto your tractor. If you go back years ago, this was actually surprisingly difficult. A lot of times in order to hold costs down, manufacturers would only put a simple dyno onto their tractor and not an actual alternator, and they didn't have a whole lot of accessory amperage available in order to drive lights. We used to see customers putting four and five lights up on their roll bars and pointing them all different directions to light up the space around their equipment, but then ultimately not having enough amperage production off of the tractor in order to drive all of those lights, and pulling down the engine's electrical system and causing all kinds of problems. With LED lights, though, today that's not so much of an issue anymore. Those halogen lights pulled a lot more current off the tractor than the modern LEDs do, so for the most part, if you're sticking with LED lights, you're not going to have an issue finding ones that are going to suit the electrical capacities of your tractor. But if you're saving some money and you're going back and looking at halogens, you want to be a little bit more careful about sizing the amperage demands of those lights to your machine.

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