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Re: Skidder comparisons for a newbie in the northeast
« Reply #40 on: November 07, 2019, 10:00:24 PM »
Is it bad to run a new tire with a worn out tire?  I kinda thought you were supposed to keep the tires the same on each axle to not damage the differentials.  Id prefer to go new but dont want to buy 2 new tires for a machine that's a glorified toy around the property for firewood, if it was used everyday id buy new tires in a heartbeat. 

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« Reply #41 on: November 07, 2019, 10:06:08 PM »
 If you can find 2x tires for the right money its worth while, but don't pay good money for well worn. 18.4 tires are around, I know where 4x new ones are mounted on deere rims all chained up for ok money. Run it till it wont take anymore, you will be surprised how long a forestry tire lives, I got away with ag tires on the front of my 440 for a few yrs till I got a rock one day. Run your better tires on the back and the worst ones on the front with chains. 

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Re: Skidder comparisons for a newbie in the northeast
« Reply #42 on: November 07, 2019, 10:37:00 PM »
I found a pair of used firestone 18.4-26 tires at 50% for 800$ a pair I didnt think that was to bad for tires but dont really know the market.

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« Reply #43 on: November 08, 2019, 08:10:43 AM »
 That's a great deal. I had 1 bald front an 1 at 20% on the taylor for a number of yrs and found a 20% for $200. It's been on for 14 yrs with chains and I haven't had any problems. Like said run your better ones on the back.
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Re: Skidder comparisons for a newbie in the northeast
« Reply #44 on: November 08, 2019, 07:42:38 PM »
Are the air brakes in the 518 problematic?

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« Reply #45 on: November 09, 2019, 05:04:30 AM »
Are the air brakes in the 518 problematic?


When I bought my mine the brakes worked, but were worn out. Over the course of three years I replaced the compressor, diaphragm/actuator, master cylinder, and pads. Haven't had any problems now in over five years.

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Re: Skidder comparisons for a newbie in the northeast
« Reply #46 on: November 09, 2019, 09:47:53 PM »
I found a pair of used firestone 18.4-26 tires at 50% for 800$ a pair I didnt think that was to bad for tires but dont really know the market.
 You dont lose on new skidder tires, if you ever decide to sell the machine normally good rubber makes or breaks a deal. An 18.4 you can probably do yourself, I dont fight them, never re-use a tube, so the cost to mount a tire a couple times doesn't take long and you've covered the cost of new. 

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« Reply #47 on: November 10, 2019, 07:03:14 PM »
Ive changed a ton of loader tires but never any skidder tires.  My assumption is the rims are the same style as a loader?  Most of the time rust is the issue with getting the rings off.  I'll have to see new rubber is great but not sure if my budget will allow.

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Re: Skidder comparisons for a newbie in the northeast
« Reply #48 on: November 11, 2019, 12:14:19 PM »
There are a variety of different heavy equipment (tire) rim designs.

Modern skidder rim type with dual wheel plates. Using a service truck crane that is a suitable design (no sharp edges etc)to place skidder tires on rims (and remove them as well)   and a bucket of tire 'soap'.  Buy a fair bit of a crane for the cost of a hernia repair operation.

Mounting 30.5 tires - Nokian LoggerKing LS2 - YouTube


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Re: Skidder comparisons for a newbie in the northeast
« Reply #49 on: November 12, 2019, 07:21:48 PM »
I'm late with the reply, but you can't go wrong with a TJ 240, mine is a240a, with a 6 cyl. duetze, I have never had an issue with it starting.  I was a JD guy until this one, will put it places a JD shouldn't go. cheaper to fix and stable!!! But it is stick steering and you have to take the transfer case out of gear to winch, but I LOVE this skidder. Good luck and stay safe
work with my father[jwilly] and my son. we have a 240 tj 160 barko[old] works great three generations working together

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Re: Skidder comparisons for a newbie in the northeast
« Reply #50 on: November 16, 2019, 06:46:23 AM »
Id go with a Timberjack, I had a 440B once,

 and once I went to the 200 series Jacks I would never go back. If your young then climbing in all day might not be an issue on the Deere. But if your body is worn, well you can't beat a 200 series Jack. Easy in and out. The best one man machine out there in my opinion. This was a 225D I had, nice small machine, I now have a 240B to pull a bit more. 
                                      

 
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« Reply #51 on: November 16, 2019, 10:38:02 AM »
I agree with David-L all the way!!!
"Make every step count."

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« Reply #52 on: November 17, 2019, 09:12:02 AM »
Well I got the 518 home yesterday didnt get much time to play with it yet. Needs a few odds and ends but overall runs great starts right up 15 degrees here yesterday.  Now Im looking for a set of ice chains for the rear the previous owner told me the tires were 18.4-26 well he was wrong theyre 18.4-34 had a set all lined up for the 18.4-26 good thing I waited till I got it in my yard.  Oh well

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« Reply #53 on: November 17, 2019, 10:10:24 AM »
Here's one picture of it hopefully more to come.  It's no looker and needs a fresh coat of paint.

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« Reply #54 on: November 17, 2019, 10:11:39 AM »
If I figure out how to post a picture

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« Reply #55 on: November 17, 2019, 10:15:15 AM »
Congrats!  
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« Reply #57 on: December 06, 2019, 02:30:12 PM »
Finally got out into the woods to try out the old Cat.  Everything seems to work well on the machine seems to pull and run good, winch holds and pulls good biggest issue I have is freespool is very hard to do not sure if its due to lack of use or that its a gearmatic.  Seems to be a lot of write ups about various issues with them, maybe someone has an idea on what should be adjusted to help with the freespool issue.  But overall very happy so far. 

  

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« Reply #58 on: December 06, 2019, 04:57:34 PM »
 Run it for awhile it may just be rusted up some from not being used. There's a hex screw on top of the casting on the band side you can try turning c/cw and see if that helps. 
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