Posted 24 July 2008 - 12:25 AM
Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:21 AM
The pea harvesters were FMC and Hammachek (spelling?) These were pulled mostly by Minneapolis Molines. 602s with a double torque to get them to go slow enough. One crew had 806 diesels.
The Fmc machines had MM engines and the Hammachek had a 60hp overhead valve Wisconsin.
These all ran on LP (except the 806s). In those days Del Monte was its own MM dealer and ran all MM tractors. The 806s were leased. The LP tank was pulled by a G MM that ran on gas and had a pipe frame on the front so he could push trucks that were stuck. A board on the back of your truck was a must to protect it when pushed by this tractor.
The peas were mowed with farmall Ms with a mower on the back, and they drove them backward mowing. They had a couple of case self propelled windrowers also.
We would not stop for rain, and that was why the push tractor was necessary. If the one pushing was not enough, they would get one in the front to pull also. Lots of 16-18 hour days. Good times
Posted 24 July 2008 - 08:00 AM
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 02:55 PM
!st year I had 2-105 White with cab , back window out. Second year 966 no cab.Cut alot of peas in rainsuit as they would harden faster in warm rain then sun. We had some FMC and I pulled Mammecheck (SP?) . Those slant sixs were reliable til started missing when a cloud went overhead. Mech repaced more dist,points , wires,coils , etc than anything else. 966 was twice the tractor the White could ever be.
2 Farmalls , 53 SH , and a 460 gas puller
Posted 24 July 2008 - 03:28 PM
We had a crew of swathers that would go through ahead of the combines-two Owattana's (sp?) and one really old New Holland.
I got to run a swather a little. The Owattana's had two really short joy sticks for controls--a little touchy but once you got the feel of it they were pretty nice. The clutches in the NH were about gone. You had to hold each control at a different pressure or you would go in circles. The NH was a lot better in wet fields than the O's were. I think it was mostly the NH had a lot larger tires and would float more.
The NH had a 30-gallon drum filled with concrete above the tail wheel. Even still, it tended to be rather light on the rear end. You could stand it up really easily if you weren't careful.
Posted 24 July 2008 - 05:40 PM
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