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Do you have a little heater in the cab?
Like Harry, I don't have a heater in my cab either. Just having the cab to block the wind, snow, and sometimes rain makes a huge difference. But there have been a few times when some heat would be nice. I remember one time a few years ago we had a big snow storm overnight and I spent close to 3 hours the next morning out snow blowing my driveway and two neighbors. Temps had dropped down below 0F that day and even with some insulated coveralls, winter boots, gloves, and hat, I was starting to get a bit chilly after a couple hours.

I've thought about hooking up something similar to this --> Cab Heater For Deere Garden Tractor to route some heat from the engine into the cab. Although, I don't think that design (going over the grille) wouldn't work all that great on our tractors when it comes to opening the hood. So instead, I was thinking about taking a spare set of engine side tins, cutting a 2" or so diameter hole near the front of each one, welding on a 2" 90 deg elbow pointing rearward, and then running some flexible ducts from them back to the cab. I think taking the hot air right off the engine like that would lessen the chances of getting exhaust coming in too, but I would definitely add a CO monitor/alarm in the cab if I try it. And I'd have to add some sort of damper to regulate / turn off the heat so it doesn't get too hot in the cab on warmer days.

A friend of mine once tried an electric heater like this --> https://www.amazon.com/Windshield-D...bile-Windscreen/dp/B07Z9B8GNS?ref_=ast_sto_dp in the cab of his garden tractor but quickly found out that 800 Watts was way too much for the tractor's charging system to handle.
 

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With my 224-78 I covered the hood with a tarp and secured the tarp to the frame on each side. Then at the steering tower I propped the tarp and canvas front of the cab open 3-4 inches. Got to love the flywheel forward tractors, -10F after 10 minutes start stripping down, and blowing snow in sneakers, jeans and a tee shirt ;)

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Very nice, and the seat is definitely something I should look into.
I have a bucket extension for my loader and attached a snow blade to it, but now that I rigged the bucket to quick disconnect, I'm going to re configure that so it will be shorter. I like to keep my options open for moving snow... Bucket, blower or plow.
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three years ago when the snow ran off, it went right through the rotted wood at the base of my shop and created an ice rink inside. The dirt was compacted as high as the green on the left of the outside wall, but my Case was up to the task and I was able to clear the dirt all around the shop, then replace the wood. Hardest working 14hp tractor ever!
 

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Great job Steelstuff. Yes it is amazing the work you can get done with these 600 series tractors. My 644 lbh has a 14 hp Kohler in it and it has done plenty around my place.

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Looking good Meat. Looks like your tiller is doing a great job. Thanks for the pics in your post!
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Your garden looks terrific. My hard clay soil never looks like this.

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The trick with the heavy clay is frequently adding lots of organic material like grass clippings, leaves from fall clean up, even fine wood chips.

I have a Estate Rake (small 6 wheeled side rake), so I let the grass get longer between mowings and leave it on the lawn a few days to dry before raking and applying as mulch in the garden, in the fall till it in. If it has been adry fall I will burn it to get some stable carbon and ash in the soil like mother nature used to do.

Then when the leaves have dried (so the mower and bagger chop them up nice and fine) I apply them to the garden 3-4" thick (more than that and the sleeve hitch will catch them and pile up under the axle till the tractor loses traction) then till them in. I have applied the the leaves like this up to 3 times in a season.

I have a Craftsman chipper shredder that makes fine/small chips that I apply as mulch and till in in the fall with the grass mulch.

It will take afew year to notice much difference, but mine has lost the yellow tint and looks nice and black now ;-) And is easier on the tractor and tiller.

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The trick with the heavy clay is frequently adding lots of organic material like grass clippings, leaves from fall clean up, even fine wood chips.

I have a Estate Rake (small 6 wheeled side rake), so I let the grass get longer between mowings and leave it on the lawn a few days to dry before raking and applying as mulch in the garden, in the fall till it in. If it has been adry fall I will burn it to get some stable carbon and ash in the soil like mother nature used to do.

Then when the leaves have dried (so the mower and bagger chop them up nice and fine) I apply them to the garden 3-4" thick (more than that and the sleeve hitch will catch them and pile up under the axle till the tractor loses traction) then till them in. I have applied the the leaves like this up to 3 times in a season.

I have a Craftsman chipper shredder that makes fine/small chips that I apply as mulch and till in in the fall with the grass mulch.

It will take afew year to notice much difference, but mine has lost the yellow tint and looks nice and black now ;-) And is easier on the tractor and tiller.

Cheers,
Gordy
Gordy sounds like the same thing I have done over the years. I have compost bins for grass clippings leaves coffee grinds and ash from that fire pit in my pics. I spread that out on garden every year before winter and snow hits and then till it into soil. I started with a lot off shale and rocky soil at first but now it’s right where it needs to be.
It’s a longer process to get there without buying loads of topsoil but that’s how I did it.
 
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