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Yes.. spring officially arrived on Sunday, the 20th but today, spring is here for the full 24 hours.

Winter is essentially behind us once more and our thoughts are turning to getting the machinery ready for battle. Blades need to be sharpened. The tractor needs to be greased. Perhaps certain fluids should be changed. Everything needs close inspection for worn parts, loose parts, missing parts and seized parts. Fresh fuel should be added and the item should be started up, allowed to run as well as being tested, if possible.

The earth is warming up and before you know it, everything will begin to grow once again. This is a good time to do a preliminary cleanup of leaves and trash that has blown onto your property over the winter. It's also an excellent time to put six inches of well-rotted manure or compost onto your veggie garden. The spring rains will carry nutrient into the soil below and when things dry up, you can plow or rototill that covering into the soil to improve it.

You should be planning out your veggie garden and ordering seeds now for "starts". Tomato's, peppers, pumpkins are just a few items that can benefit from an early, indoor start in controlled temps not to mention all the annual flowers available.

A small greenhouse in the back yard can save you hundreds of dollars that you would spend at the nursery.


However, this is a tractor forum and there are plenty of issues to discuss about the tractors and attachments we use.

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I hauled the compost up to the garden and got the tiller out of winter storage (back of the barn), just havn't installed it on the 155 yet.... I know how the weather in Ohio goes!!! :thumbsup:
 

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Spring? Surely you jest! We woke up to a winter wonderland here this morning. I think the snowcaster and chains will stay on for a while longer. And speaking of fluids, I am running the 448 with 15W40 throughout. Am I correct in assuming I can stay with this oil for year-round use? We are sans grass, so the 448 will be doing some light topsoil hauling this summer.....UNLESS I can find a 54" front blade.
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You are fine with 15W40 all year around. In the winter time, start the tractor with the trans-axle shift lever in neutral. Once the tractor is running long enough to go off the choke and then push the travel lever to full forward. This will allow the oil to circulate through the hydraulic drive motor, thus warming up all of the hydraulic system before taking the tractor out and performing work. Ten minutes at half throttle is usually enough.
 

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yup- I use 15W40 everywhere that has an oil sump. As Tom recommends, in the winter I run the engine (Onan) with the drive in neutral until it is weaned off the choke, then push the drove lever to low range and the travel lever to full forward or reverse until it has warmed up. I have yet to run the 448 in the summer. I bought the unit last September, and apart from a minor and temporary disagreement with the carb, I am very happy with the beast.
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Just so you know, Tom has never recommended anything BUT straight 30W for Kohler and Onan engines that are in use when the temps are consistently higher than the freezing point of water.
 
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