Brandon Cuts Lawn Care- stripes

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by brandoncuts54, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. brandoncuts54

    brandoncuts54 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok! so ive done some research and im thinking about buying a scan gauge? do u think thats a good idea?
     
  2. brandoncuts54

    brandoncuts54 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Got a new earthway spreader because my other one are pieces of crap and are breaking on me haha

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  3. EarthWayJK

    EarthWayJK Sponsor
    from Laurel
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    Brandon,
    You will really like the 2170 - it's much easier to use over our 2050P units I see in the background. While it's new and dry, get some fluid film and spray the inside of all of the tubing to prevent rust. It will double the life of your spreader. I recommend removing the bolt that holds the lower handle to the frame - it's at the top of the frame just behind the hopper. At this location you can spray both parts at the same time. Make sure you spray it and rotate the spreader/parts around to ensure a decent coating - and make sure it drips out the feet on the frame and at the end point by the axle on the lower handles. Don't forget to tip the spreader back on the handle to get fluid film into that part of the lower handles too. If you can't find fluid film you can use WD-40 too.
    A tip we tell everyone is to remember with all powder coated parts - we can coat the outside of tubing, but the inside is still raw steel and will rust.
    Jeff K.
    VP Sales & Marketing
    Earthway Products, Inc.
     
  4. S-205

    S-205 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ontario
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    Yeah thats is a really good suggestion, I wish I'd done that when I got my Earthway spreader.

    I'm glad you looked into it! The Scag Gauge isn't a bad idea, its cool that it monitors everything in real time. Coolant and EGT (exhaust) temps are very important to monitor. Most of the aftermarket programmers have functions like that though. My friends SCT custom tuner shuts down the truck when any temp reaches a maximum level. And it displays most of it for you to see.

    Honestly I am no expert at all on diesel trucks. There is so much to know, I just hate seeing well intentioned people get into something that will end up costing them alot of money. 6.0L's and any modern diesels are not easy to work, so labor costs go skyhigh as soon as something goes.
     
  5. brandoncuts54

    brandoncuts54 LawnSite Senior Member
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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR LOOKING OUT! thats a great tip and i will make sure i absolutely do that thanks agaiN!


     
  6. S-205

    S-205 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ontario
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    Research research research. Check this out:

    http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/969253-buying-a-used-6-0l.html

    The suggestion about engine hours is an important one, because edling can cause some serious damage, the number of engine hours being high in relation the the odometer indicates that it idled alot through its life span.
     
  7. jgrs7

    jgrs7 LawnSite Member
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    6.0 powerstrokes do not have dpf filters. that started in 08 and up trucks. they do have egr coolers. i have a 08 f250 that has a 6.4 for it and its great. i have also owned a 6.0 powerstroke and it was great. prooper maintenace is the key. mine had 270k on it when i sold it and it ran great. had stock head bolts but i deleted the egr cooler. delete the egr cooler and dont act stupid with the truck and you will be fine. if you do have the cash to do head studs and egr delete then them trucks are aewsome all the problems are solved. they do have weak oil coolers but flushing the coolant system and fillling back with elc coolant helps with that. any questions on the 6.0 you can go to this site powerstroke.org or ask me. im very familar with these trucks. there are not jokes, its a great truck but has flaws like every other truck. buy a duramax and have crappy injectors. already went through that and will never do it again. buy a doge, yea you get a million dollar motor with a 5 dollar truck. the truck with fall apart around the motor. not to mention terrible transmission. any questions just let me know. the 6L is a great motor dont let people who dont understand the motor give them a bad name.
     
  8. jgrs7

    jgrs7 LawnSite Member
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    i would recommend a egde cs or cts monitor it is great. by far the most advance way to monitor these trucks
     
  9. flyingdutch16

    flyingdutch16 LawnSite Senior Member
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    How do you like the scags? Im not sure which one to buy yet either scag or exmark. Every LCO is using exmark around here.
     
  10. S-205

    S-205 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 1,297

    Make the decision for yourself, but no the issues. I have never owned one, but I've used them frequently in the past and I have worked on them. Some people say that the flaw was in the design right from the begininning, some say it is a defect that only occurred on a certain percentage. Believe whatever you want, just no that I know of 4 different people who maintain their 6.0's exceptionally well, and still had problems.

    What Gresham is saying is very very true, maintenance and not beating the crap out of it is essential. Programmers especially can do a whole lot of good to the truck, but a lot of bad also. Having the power makes you want to use it. As long as you are ready for the issues, and have the money to deal with them. If it doesn't happen, then thats awesome, it doesn't happen to everyone. It is very common though, regular maintenance and care isn't enough to cure a motor with a defect or a design flaw.
     

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