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About KeithFink

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  • Birthday 11/12/1966

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  1. Vintage Ads

    And how! Fahr engineers must not have had enough to do the day they designed that one. That rake looks like a parts salesman's dream. Keith-
  2. Vintage Ads

    Well, now, I guess I need to post a few pics of 1 of the 2 145s that my cousin uses here in WI. Here he is planting corn down a the end of our driveway. Keith-
  3. Electronic ignition - wow!

    Thanks, Tim. Yes, Laura and I are doing well. Kids too - all working hard at school and home, and mostly getting along with each other LOL Keith-
  4. Electronic ignition - wow!

    I know electronic ignition has been discussed in depth on this forum - most of what I know about it I've learned right here. Well I've finally taken the plunge and tried it out on my 51 H and I've got to say that I am way more than pleased with the result. The tractor is used daily here on our 45-50- cow dairy, mostly running the feed wagon we use for transporting corn silage. The tractor has always run fine, has always been reliable with few ignition problems over the 35 years that I've owned it, but with winter coming (and me get'n to be an old man), I do not look forward to the day when I have to freeze my fingers off while messing with cleaning or adjusting points before I can use it to feed the cows. With what I've read and learned regarding electronic ignition I went ahead and purchased the Pertronix Electronic Ignition and the companion 40,000 volt coil that they also offer. Installed it a few weeks ago and the difference was very apparent! Much quicker starts-the engine just jumps to life, VERY smooth running, and this was already a tractor that started and operated very smoothly, but it just got better. The really pleasant surprise though has been this week with the morning temps being in the teens and 20s. The tractor still pops right off when started and there is no slight chugging or miss for the first few seconds as it warms up. I can take off almost immediately if I wish, and the tractor seems to have full power even when still cold. It never did that before. I'm pleased, and based on my experience related above, I would recommend an electronic ignition. Keith- P.S.- the H and feed wagon I mentioned can be seen in this video (video was recorded before the electronic ignition installation) hosted by my shop foreman.
  5. 56 and 66 series sloppy shifter rebuild

    Excellent information. Thank you very much for taking the time to send it along! Keith-
  6. 56 and 66 series sloppy shifter rebuild

    Ha! Yes, I used to be the guy who wrote the modeling articles. Thank you for the kind words. I had to beg off that responsibility several years ago - the growing family and growing herd left me no more free time to get anything accomplished in that area. Keith-
  7. 56 and 66 series sloppy shifter rebuild

    Excellent tutorial, thanks so much! I have an 856 that could use this treatment as well. Adjusting/renewing the transmission brake was mentioned in the following comments. I'm wondering if someone with the experience could give a brief description of how a properly functioning transmission brake should work, how to adjust the transmission brake, and how one would be able to determine when the transmission brake is worn out and needs replacement. When shifting my 856 I have to wait for what seems a long time for the gears to stop spinning so I don't grind them. I thought this was normal, but maybe not?. Thanks so much. Keith-

  9. Super nice 856

    Always excited to see "856" in the subject line. Nice looking tractor. As long as we are talking 856s, I'm wondering if any of you have a foot throttle on yours? I want to put one on mine. It shouldn't be too hard to build it but I'm having trouble visualizing how I would hook it up to the injection pump while still allowing the hand throttle on top to operate as it should. Would any of you have suggestions or even photos of a foot throttle installation on your 856 or similar tractor? Thanks so much! Keith-
  10. On my 3rd reading of this book

    Well I'm going to have to track this down and find the time to read it, sounds like it's right up my alley. I enjoy history as it pertains to business/industry. One of my interests/hobbies is railroading (history and scale modeling.) The 1970s brought a lot of change to the railroads, at that time an industry that was operating in the past and not willing to change with, or even stay ahead of the times. Many bankruptcies and reorganizations - two of the largest being the Penn Central and The Milwaukee Road. Both of those failures have had good books published detailing what went wrong. Same old story - short-sighted management, unions, regulation, lack of reinvestment in the property, etc. Keith-
  11. On my 3rd reading of this book

    No problem! Winter is coming! All farmers have an abundance of spare time in the winter, right? LOL - I get that line so often. Apparently the schools are now teaching that cows hibernate? Keith- P.S. What is the book being discussed? Is it still in print available for purchase?
  12. cost of hauling milk grassland again!

    Yeah, trucking milk........when our former co-op (Swiss Valley Farms) was merged/absorbed by Prairie Farms last April 1st, we also lost our trucking subsidy. Now our rates have more-than-doubled. We are paying $.90/cwt plus an $11.00 stop charge just to have the milk truck pull into the driveway every other day. We milk between 40 and 50 Jerseys at any given time, so our volumes aren't huge, but that is a big percentage of our check going to trucking. Very discouraging business somedays. As soon as you find a new way to work harder and become more efficient, someone is there to take your reward:-) In other areas of comparison I guess Prairie Farms _might_ pay just a wee bit more than Swiss Valley did. Just got the check today for August milk and it looks to be $21.88 cwt (Before trucking - LOL) They at least offer the chance to earn a nice quality premium. And I hear that their year-end dividend has always been very nice. Keith-
  13. shelled corn in agbag

    Interesting. I think I know in a general sense what is earlage, but can you give me some specifics just to be sure? I guess you pick the whole ear (high moisture?) and then what? Grind it before putting it into the bag? And what type of bagger do you use to fill the bag? Thanks! Keith-
  14. More Red Power on Youtube

    Our children (ages 12, 11, 10, and 8) have decided to make some videos for Youtube showing their daily tasks and interests around our farm. Oldest son, Hank, has been the man behind the camera. It's been interesting for me to watch from afar and see the farm through the eyes of a kid! Anyway...yesterday Hank posted a video that features Red Power - a video that shows the daily job he and his brother George have chopping green feed for the cows.
  15. Today's Dairy farmers?

    If the US government subsidizes dairy farmers, I must have made yet another mistake and missed out on that - LOL The government did make a symbolic purchase of cheese last year, but it was so small as to be of virtually no significance. In all actuality, the government made money off the dairy producers last year in the form of the Margin Protection Program. Many dairies bought up protection at various levels. In the end, very little was paid out. The government came out ahead on those premiums. I guess I can thank God that, at the time, I could not afford the premium, so I did not participate. I did not lose that money. Keith-