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John Deere 316 Drive Shaft from Rag Joints to Universal Joints

This is a quick article on my journey of converting my John Deere 316 Kohler from very noisy Rag Joints to much improved Universal Joints. First, what IS a Rag Joint? The early JD Tractors and other brands used Rag Joints to transfer the power from the engine to the transmission. One at each end

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Prime Weld 225X Power Switch Relocation

Don’t get me wrong. I love my PrimeWeld 225X AC/DC TIG-Stick welder. Simply a fantastic machine…..even if it cost twice as much. Selling for under $1000 with top quality build, accessories and warrantee…It’s the bargain of the century! But why on God’s Green Earth did they put the power switch on the back of the

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GARDEN TRACTOR TO ELECTRIC CONVERSION / JOHN DEERE 214

If you saw the other article I wrote a month ago about the TORO “Lawn” Tractor that I converted to electric, you saw that the “Operation was a success….But the patient died!” The little “Lawn” tractor’s transmission and tiny axles could not stand up to the massive instantaneous torque of the Motenergy ME1004, 13HP, electric

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John Deere 200, 210, 212, 214 Axle Seal Replacement

The John Deere 214 Garden Tractor that I recently converted to electricity ( http://rvbprecision.com/machine-tools-welding/garden-tractor-to-electric-conversion-john-deere-214.html ) developped a leak in one of the rear axles. Was making quite a mess and was getting worse, fast! It was time to replace the seals at the transaxle with new ones….. Here’s how I did it. I removed the

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TENT TRAILER to UTILITY TRAILER….A Covid Project!

I’m bored! This is week two of Covid19 isolation. Sitting at home with a garage full of tools, I need a project. This spring I plan on filling my lawn to level it out and reseeding. I need a small garden tractor with a plow and able to pull a York Rake. But I have

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