TN Hillbilly

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  1. Non corrosive tire ballast (fluid) ?

    We use 50/50 methanol and water. Not nearly as corrosive as CaCl, but it'll still rust one eventually.
  2. Farmall C opinions

    Got a '49 C. For us, its a great tractor for rakin hay, and moving stuff around. We've thought about getting an aftermarket 3 pt for it, but the more I check in to that, the less I think a 3 pt would work well on our tractor. Also, I don't think it would be especially well suited for adding hydraulic remotes. All that being said, if you have jobs that require a small, efficient drawbar tractor or pull type PTO machine, they can't be beat. Get it!
  3. Fordson Dexta Diesel

    Guys, I may have the opportunity to buy my grandpa's old Fordson Dexta, one that has many fond memories for me from my childhood. Its a diesel, still runs, but hasn't been used much the last 15 years or so. What do you guys think about these little tractors? This is the only one I've ever been around, and I wouldn't consider buying it except that it was his. Thanks.
  4. Fordson Dexta Diesel

    Well, I called to talk to my uncle about buying the tractor, and he gave it to me! I really wasn't looking for that and was prepared to pay market price or a little more to get it. Now, I feel kind of like a heel. I'm going to take it (of course!), but I'd feel better if he would let me pay. I'll have to think of something really nice to do for him, in order to kind of thank him. You guys have any ideas? That being said, I'm pretty excited. It took considerable willpower not to hook up a trailer and drive the few hours to go get it last night!
  5. Debating about down sizing trailer

    My experience is this--nobody, especially the DOT and state troopers, agree on the laws regarding what farmers can tag/register/haul/operate/etc. There is no consistency from one state trooper to the next within a state, let alone from state to state. Maybe I'm wrong, but for my part, I'm gonna register light and play dumb until a ticket tells me to do otherwise!
  6. Fordson Dexta Diesel

    Well, if my uncle will agree to sale it, I'm going to buy it. May have to sale something else to justify it, but I'm okay with that. I'll be sure and send pics if it works out. Last I saw it, it was still original paint, always stored inside.
  7. tractor rental

    I know I really appreciated the neighbors that helped out by lending equipment, coming over to bale, whatever, the first year or two we had the farm. I always asked what I owed, paid extra if I felt they were pricing themselves too cheap, and tried to help them when I could in return. That's what you do if you're neighbors. However, after a few years into it, we've pretty much bought and/or fixed what we need to work with, and don't have to rely on the neighbors near as much anymore. I'd feel bad if I kept borrowing stuff right on and on. If he just needs help a year or two stacking hay, I'd cut him all the slack I could. However, if you see that he has no plans of buying a loader tractor and is going to just keep using yours, figure out how much money you think its worth for him to wear out your tractor, how long you think it'll take him to wear it out, and begin charging accordingly!
  8. Trying a few pictures

    Thought I would try uploading a few pictures with the wife's phone. This was us during first cutting. Let me know how they turn out and I will try some more.
  9. Trying a few pictures

    Had that Super M on the bog harrow this weekend. Wish I could have taken pictures of that, talk about a workout for the old tractor! Big, heavy bog on hilly ground, you turn uphill and the governors really open up! Had to stretch her legs and try her out, though. See, there's a tractor pull next week, and these still-workin Farmalls have to show up to educate the not-been-hooked-to-an-implement-in-3-decades green tractors on how to pull. And theres a few more red tractors hiding in barns, next time I "borrow" the wifes phone I will put up some more pictures.
  10. Lawn Mower Recommendation

    While the JD is at the shop, the Simplicity has also gone down. I am back to the Snapper rear engine rider that Dad bought about 30 years ago, and that we have always kept around as a back up. I don't think its ever been out of commission in 30 years! (But it is so slow and uncomfortable...) But dependable? You better believe it.
  11. Lawn Mower Recommendation

    So I have posted this here in the Coffee Shop because I know some of you are like me and don't venture to the cub page often, but I also know almost every one of you has a lawn mower or 3. So my old John Deere 318 has reached the end of its life (cracked block, cant find one to fix). I have been using a Simplicity Sovereign which is hydrostatic and a nice enough machine. However, previous owner was not good to it and it leaks and uses a lot of oil. Now, I have a small yard, takes 20 minutes to mow with the 42" deck on the Simplicity (small yard = larger hayfield, good math!) and I will mow around barns, sheds, garden every 3 weeks or so (maybe 1.5 hours). The most important task it performs, though, is pulling a 4X8 trailer loaded with firewood (500lb?) into the basement every 3-4 days in the winter. The John Deere was perfect, the Simplicity just okay at this. So I want to get something to replace the JD, sale the JD318 for parts, and also sale the Simplicity while it has some value. Came up with the perfect solution--get a Cub 154 Lo-Boy! Until I told my wife. She kindly pointed out to me that while I would LOVE running the new 40 year old machine, SHE might prefer something a little easier to mow our small yard with, something hydrostatic, maneuverable, etc. So I need advice. New John Deere mowers of a large enough size are $3500-5000. New Cub Cadets $2750-4500. New MTDs $2000-3500. Now I don't mind buying something used, like a Cub 149, but I know nothing about them, and I want reliable and dependable. I know and expect to spend time working on our tractors, mowers, haybines, rakes, tedders, balers, loaders, tillers, trailers, wagons, chainsaws, 4wheelers, vehicles, etc, etc, etc. When I come in to mow the yard, it would be really nice to just turn the key on and mow. So...advice? Thanks, as always.
  12. Trying a few pictures

    Yeah, it got center cab mounts last winter. Before that, it had 2x4's between the frame and cab!
  13. Trying a few pictures

    '68 F350 with the original 360 in it. Its a work in progress.
  14. Trying a few pictures

    About an hour north of Knoxville.
  15. Trying a few pictures

    Few more.
  16. Trying a few pictures

    And 125 bales per load.
  17. Trying a few pictures

    Thanks guys. It's a 706G, a Super M, a Super MTA, and a C. That is a 64 rake. Sadly, no dolly wheel.
  18. Lawn Mower Recommendation

    I'm takin the 318 to a guy that may be able to fix the block. You guys have got me scared to purchase new!
  19. Lawn Mower Recommendation

    I would consider the zero turn but for a couple reasons--the yard is level enough, but when I mow around barns and such, I get into what we call "sidling" ground (aka steep). Also, I don't know if the zero turn would pull the firewood trailer all that well. BTY, I was at the Deere dealer yesterday and told him I needed to replace a 318. He showed me the X700s...nice machines, but out of my price range!
  20. Old Intl Crawler TD???

    Wow, you got it running and didn't try to move it until you do the due diligence to make sure every system checks out ok! That is some kind of patience you've got, friend. Me, I couldn't have resisted the temptation.
  21. Old Intl Crawler TD???

    Chris, thank you for asking the IMPORTANT question--does it move under its own power yet?! And were you able to switch it over to diesel? But seriously, congrats on getting her to start. Bet that was a satisfying moment.
  22. Bad Condensor???

    Also (and this seems simple. so you may have done this already) check for a bare place in a plug wire. Had a C to do what you are describing, and it turned out to be a plug wire boot that was worn very thin. Run fine when cold, once the thing was hot, it would fall on its face.
  23. Sickle mowers

    Those balanced heads...$500 if its a complete "parts" machine dug out of a fencerow. $750-1500 if its operational. Around here, they have bypassed the NH451s in price.
  24. Hydro 84 UTTO vs HYTRAN

    UTTO = Universal Tractor Transmission Oil
  25. 706 jumps out of low range

    So during haying last week, the 706 began to occasionally jump out of low range. (It has not had an updated shift kit.) You could be going along and suddenly the tractor would stop pulling, and the range shift lever would fall down into the neutral position. Seemed to happen more frequently when the tractor was not under a load (i.e. going downhill). Does this sound like something in the linkages above the trans cover, or more like something down under the cover to you guys? Haven't had time to check it out yet, but rain is in the forecast, so maybe tomorrow. Thanks in advance!