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Re: Woods protection for JD 990
« Reply #40 on: November 15, 2012, 08:08:56 AM »
Looks like a new building you have your tractor in? I like to see a tractor under cover.

The garage is about 5-6 years old. We bought the buildings and land as a package, but the garage is definitely my favorite part... :D It is great to be able to keep everything inside. I was just praying for a woodlot to build on, but the answer I got was 10x better than what I had in mind.
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« Reply #41 on: November 15, 2012, 07:25:14 PM »
R4 tires are pretty much useless in snow. If you are going to try to do much work in the winter you will need chains. Labonville in NH has good chains made by Trygg. For ballast in the tires I have Rim Guard.
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Re: Woods protection for JD 990
« Reply #42 on: November 15, 2012, 08:12:38 PM »
R4 tires are pretty much useless in snow. If you are going to try to do much work in the winter you will need chains. Labonville in NH has good chains made by Trygg. For ballast in the tires I have Rim Guard.

I'll have to check out the chains at Labonville. There is a location about 30 minutes from me.
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Re: Woods protection for JD 990
« Reply #43 on: November 16, 2012, 02:12:35 PM »
Need to weld something around the valve stem. I just used a piece of ¼" flat stock a little higher than the stem. Leave room to work on the stem too.On one I used a piece of 3 or 4 inch pipe with threads on it and put a cap on it too. My NH came with the protectors on the front tires but none on the rear,which I feel was kinda odd. Need them on back more,those are the expensive tubes. I suppose you have tubes in your tires?Seem like if you weld with air in the tire it will explode?? Seem like I heard about that on here?

All the tires are tubeless right now, but I actually need to have the rears broken down to remove the calcium since it is weeping through the bead and rusting the rim. I'll probably have tubes put back in at that time. I don't think I want to weld to the rim so I may pass on the guards for now. I'll just have to be careful where I'm going

I would recomend you rethink the your decision to leave the valve stem guards off. All that it takes to ruin your day is one stick or branch take you can't see buried in the snow. Happened to me twice in one week before I decided to put guards on.

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Re: Woods protection for JD 990
« Reply #44 on: November 16, 2012, 07:41:13 PM »
2nd the valve guards especially if you spend $ on rim guard,which i recomend highly.
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Re: Woods protection for JD 990
« Reply #45 on: November 16, 2012, 11:15:21 PM »
2nd the valve guards especially if you spend $ on rim guard,which i recomend highly.
Ok, sounds like I'll want to reconsider the guards. It wouldn't be hard to weld on some pipe and thread a cap on. It's breaking down the tires, and cleaning and painting the rim after to try to make it look like it came from the factory this way.
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Re: Woods protection for JD 990
« Reply #46 on: November 17, 2012, 06:42:11 PM »
Even WITH the valve stem guards I've had a stem rip out on me.  I'd also highly recommend them.  ;D

I bought a set of ladder chains for my R4's last year but never put them on because we barely got any snow.  I'm going to try them this year but if they aren't good enough I'll buy a nice set of more aggressive chains.
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Re: Woods protection for JD 990
« Reply #47 on: November 17, 2012, 08:14:44 PM »
Ring chains are nice. Those were the ones that really seemed to work up in Maine. We somehow got along without them, which means I got to be something of an expert at getting unstuck.  ;D
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Re: Woods protection for JD 990
« Reply #48 on: November 17, 2012, 08:25:02 PM »
I use a set of forest trac stud chains made of boron steel. They make a bid difference in snow and ice plus protect the tires better then later chains just my 2 cents.
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« Reply #49 on: November 17, 2012, 08:32:02 PM »
My, that boron/borax stuff does get around!
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« Reply #50 on: November 17, 2012, 09:07:18 PM »
Yes it holds up very well, I keep mine on year round.
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Re: Woods protection for JD 990
« Reply #51 on: November 17, 2012, 09:21:22 PM »
Nice tractor, GOOD choice. I was heading in that direction and then bought a skidloader and a 955 JD. Too many varied projects around here to try to do it all with one machine...... I really LIKED the 990's I was fortunate to grab a very clean low hour 955 locally, I had several guys "come searching" for the 955 that got away from them......the one guy was the previous owners farrier, man was he %$^& that he had missed it (he owns 2 already, I said why do you need 3???). Your 990 is a good simple machine.... all the right stuff, none of the fluff.......


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Re: Woods protection for JD 990
« Reply #52 on: November 17, 2012, 09:41:02 PM »
Nice tractor, GOOD choice. I was heading in that direction and then bought a skidloader and a 955 JD. Too many varied projects around here to try to do it all with one machine...... I really LIKED the 990's I was fortunate to grab a very clean low hour 955 locally, I had several guys "come searching" for the 955 that got away from them......the one guy was the previous owners farrier, man was he %$^& that he had missed it (he owns 2 already, I said why do you need 3???). Your 990 is a good simple machine.... all the right stuff, none of the fluff.......


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Thanks, it sounds like you have the same taste in tractors as I do. I wanted simple, reliable, and effective. All the features like hydrostatic, cruise control, computers, etc are really handy until the break. I actually had a hard time finding a newer tractor in the power range I was looking at that wasn't hydro, powershift, shuttleshift, etc. I ended up searching hard for a 990 or 1070 and finally found this one.
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Re: Woods protection for JD 990
« Reply #53 on: November 17, 2012, 10:01:58 PM »
Yeah, I had called on a couple 990's in Texas....never called me back. The new tractors are....well silly to me, lots of sensors, relays and weak castings. The E-hydro on the new JD is TOTALLY annoying, takes a second or two to redirect, I could NOT stand it. ....and then in adverse environs, moisture, vibration, I cant see how that works in the LONG run. I think CAD (computer aided design) has really had the "bean counters" under, or to spec. engineering the machines. It is not like in the old (er) days here a factor of 2x was built into things.....like the Funk 6 cylinder or even V-8's on an 8n and the driveline and castings can take it. I hear of ALL sort of silliness out there, rear housings breaking, front spindles, on and on. Your is cast iron I beleive.....I have some buddies that work at JD dealers in service, they tell me all sorts of stories. That helped me ALOT in my choices. Even my Bobcat skidsteer is stupid simple, 763F....

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