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About Reichow7120

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  • Birthday 06/20/1984

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    Farming, music, rodeos, and all around good times. We farm with a 2013 Farmall 105U, 1996 Case IH 3230, 2 1990 7120 Magnums (1 fwa, 1 2wd ) 1, 1981 IH 786, 1,1963 Farmall 460 gas, and 1 1948 Farmall H. Also have a 2001 2366 combine with the corresponding heads. a 2005 2377 combine. A Case IH 6500 conser til chisel plow and even a 56 forage blower. Also own a 1988 9370 IH Eagle semi tractor to pull hopper bottom.Everything else is a conglomeration of stuff to make the farm go round. Am a IH guy born in the Case IH era.

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  1. Yeah it is, The percentage of purse Alfalfa is considerably higher than first cutting which raises the protein percentage higher. Our first cutting around here contains a lot of grass. The second and third cuttings the grass isn't much of a issue. As for what the actual number is on protein in our second cutting hay. I honestly don't know. We are a beef operation so we can get away with hay that a dairyman wouldn't be able to. We run cow/calf pairs and run a small feedlot.
  2. We bailed our second cutting hay this past week. We managed to get it up without being rained on. We finished unloading the last wagon on Wednesday right as a downpour started so we finished just in time. The first 4 pictures are of the 2wd 7120 and the 7220 New Holland discbine we bought last year. Before that we had a New Holland 1465 haybine. We definitely graduated up. The next 2 are of the 786 and our H&S Tedder at work. I was never around when hay was raked this cutting as I was off doing other things so unfortunately no pics from that. We run a New Holland 256 rolabar rake and a John Deere 64 rolabar hay rake. This cutting the Deere was pulled by the 460 and the New Holland was pulled by my latest project. The 1948 H that hadn't been ran in a number of years but I supposedly got ownership of when my Granddad died in July of 2014. I decided this spring that either I was going to get it going or I was going to knock it on the head as it was just taking up space in the barn at my house. It turned out it was a easier job getting it going than I thought. Just a bit of money and we have another usable tractor now. The H was bought by my Grandad in 1948 new as his first tractor when he started farming with his Dad. The last 3 pictures. 2 are of Dad running the 105u on the 311 bailer and the final one is of my H on a empty hay wagon waiting to switch off for a full one. I know the H isn't pretty by a lot of your standards but it runs good finally and it's useful for us again instead of being a barn ornament.
  3. About average In the height department. Not quite as tall as last year's crop which was above average. The bale thrower on our bailer Isn't that common. There was a period of time In the 80's that they made a platform thrower like John Deere until Deere got mad about something. I hate to admit this but If New Holland didn't have this type of thrower at the time Grandpa, and Dad would have bought a John Deere bailer just to get a platform thrower. The bailer before had belts and after that experience they said never again with belts.
  4. Im a little North and West of you. Our address Is Albion which Is right along the I94 corridor. Its between Jackson and Battle Creek. We farm all around the Albion, Concord, Homer areas.
  5. 856 Custom, Our 786 has been on the farm since new. It was bought In late November 1982 from Brigham's Hardware and Equipment Company, Concord Michigan. They supposedly quit the farm machinery business about the time of the merger. It was propably just as well If I took pictures of what was their shop facilities you would be surprised they had room for a big 66, 86 serIes tractor much less a 5488. They would have had to build a new shop a offices to stay In the game. There Is still a hardware store there that Is still In business. The one Interesting thing about the place Is that In one of the rooms on some of the high shelfs you can see some of the left over parts Inventory from when they were still In business. Filters are what really sticks out In my mind. Still In the box and wrapper Our 786 has 8058 hrs on It at the moment. I happen to have the original bill of sale when my Grandad and Dad bought It. I also have a few pictures from the 80s of It too.
  6. Yeah, we have 4 of those wooden kicker racks on wagons, and yes we keep them inside when not in use and we sweep the floors clean after each cutting of hay and straw so if the wagons do happen to get wet there isn't 10 inches of chaff to soak up all the moisture. The wagon that I took the profile picture of the bailing outfit is older than dirt. Dad remembers it from his childhood, and he's 63. It is actually a old CO-OP running gear.
  7. We ran our 40 acres of soft red wheat the Wednesday and Thursday after the 4th. We got ours up in good shape before the rains and humid weather came. There is still quite a bit of wheat still to be done around my neck of the woods but the weather hasn't cooperated so we're definitely glad to be done. The wheat yielded good and the test weight was decent too. The first 3 pictures are of Dad running the 2377.The next 2 are of my brother on the FWA 7120 and Brent 420 grain cart dumping into the semi. The last 4 pictures are of me running the 311 New Holland bailer with bail thrower bailing straw while using the 786. We have cattle so we still bail for bedding them.
  8. 856 Custom, Those are some really nice 786's. I see the one in it's original work clothes has the peeling model number decals that ours has. I see it even still has the IH dealer sticker on the side. Ours still has the original dealer sticker too. The big thing everyone will notice is the bent exhaust. It's been that way since I started driving it. I did try to straighten it on time but it started doing more damage to the muffler so I quit and have left it alone. Here is a picture of ours bailing straw last week. We normally have the 105u on the bailer but the tractor that is normally on it was on the sprayer so this one ended up on the bailer. This tractor just had a clutch job done on it in June after the clutch failed on my brother while it was on the Brush Hog.
  9. I'm not a first responder so I'm speaking from a outsiders point of view. Last fall I was hauling corn in the semi. We had just switched from one farm to another. I had just dropped off a load of corn in town and was heading to the next farm. I was heading down M-99 (state highway ) when I had a ambulance come up from behind. I pulled over and let it pass then continued on my way. I came up on where it was heading quickly enough. At the junction of M-99 and M-60. Where the 2 highways meet M-60 becomes a divided highway for about 2 miles total. There is about a 1/8 of a mile between the 2 directions. When you change from eastbound M-60 to Northbound M-99 or Southbound M-99 to eastbound M-60 you end up on this 1/8 mile section of roadway between the 2 directions. You areally supposed to stop on each end of this section of roadway but for some reason the northern stop sign gets ran quite frequently with usually bad results. It has been the scene of a number of bad accidents over the years. That day was another one of those days A guy who had changed from eastbound M-60 to northbound M-99 had ran the Stop sign in his GMC Acadia. He was broadsided by a semi truck with a dump trailer hauling some type of screenings from Brembo which is a car parts factory 2 miles east of this interchange. After the impact the semi veered right into the ditch and subsequent corn field. The semi threw the Acadia off to the side and then proceeded to roll over a time and a half. I arrived at the interchange when the Emergency crews were still getting a handle of the situation. What I saw is still etched into my brain. The first thing I noticed was there was manila file folders and paper everywhere. Laying on the ground, blowing around in the breeze. I found out later that the guy in the Acadia was some sort of medical paperwork courier he ran people's medical files to wherever they needed to go. They all had went flying on impact. The second part was the driver of the Acadia was laying halfway out the driver's side window. 2 things describe this sight, obviously dead, and one bloody mess. I'm sure he died on impact which was probably a blessing. The truck driver was banged up but survived Since I was heading eastbound on M-60 the state police motioned me through the intersection off to the side so I could continue on my way. That was my first time seeing anything like that. Ironically that evening the girlfriend and I were in town getting a bite to eat. We both saw the rollback with the remains of the Acadia on the back. I hadn't said anything about what I had seen when she said whoever was in that vehicle couldn't have survived. I said nope he didn't. She knew from the way I said it that I knew what had happened. She found out that I saw the aftermath. The only thing that could have been worse was the whole accident was caught on a dash camera from the semi truck behind the one that hit the car. That semi happened to be a gasoline tanker. If the trucks had been reversed there could have been a very big fireball.
  10. Thanks for the replies. I figured out that I had a bracket for the alternator put together wrong that's why it wasn't fitting under the hood. The videos helped on the wiring greatly. The kit is pretty similar to the Steiner kit except this one has a external resistor tied into the wiring harness. This project has taken a backseat for the moment as we are doing wheat, bailing straw and after those are done we have second cutting hay to do. My purpose of this project is to get a usable tractor. Not a show piece. I can just about guranatee that this tractor will never see a show, tractor ride, or anything of that nature. My idea is to be able to use it to rake hay, ted hay, haul hay wagons if needed and move firewood around in the winter as the only other tractor on my place in the winter is the 786 and quite often it has a log splitter or 3 point blade on it and the rest of the tractors are 4 miles away at the main farm. It would be nice not to have to wrestle with those items if I need wood moved or in the summer I don't need to unhook the one rake or tedder from the H as we have enough tractors to get it done without unhooking. The tractor is there, might as well get some use out of it or if I can't, it needs to hit the road. I want something that works and is dependable without having to mess with it on a regular basis. This is the only machine on the entire farm that is still a 6 volt system. It was said above if I wanted modern why not go buy one. For one reason that isn't happening. Money, This tractor is paid for. I would love to pick up a nice tractor to add to the 6 we already have. Heck a decent used one would be nice. Not in the cards right now, so this project is being undertaken.
  11. Hope for a safe, speedy a complete recovery for your Dad. He's extremely lucky that he managed to get himself put out. In those circumstances, that type of fire could have been tough to put himself out.
  12. I am working on a Farmall H and converting it from the 6 volt generator to a 12 volt alternator. I ordered a kit from Bates corp and I received it today. This tractor is a real old and rough restoration my Granddad did when I was young. One of the things that never worked right was the generator charging system. It never charged anything. You just put a battery charger on it before you used it so the battery was up. The engine developed trouble in it 3 years ago and it got parked. Im trying to get it into working order again. My problems have arrised in the part that there is absolutely no directions for this thing at all. I been through everything multiple times and haven't found a thing. My questions are, Does anyone know where the wires in this kit go? I obviously have no wiring diagram with this kit so I don't know where things should go or be hooked up to. My second question is, With the alternator mounts in this kit does this require you to modify the hood? As of right now there is no way the hood sits down with that alternator there. Is there something im missing? The tractor in question is a 1948 model. Its been sitting in the old dairy barn at my farm for 3 years now. I ended up getting it by default when my Granddad died. I decided this spring while I was recuperating from my broken foot that I was either going to get going so we could use it again or it was heading to the bone yard. Time will tell which way this goes.
  13. Did your 715 have a diesel engine or a gas? My family had 2 at one time. Dad and Grandad's 715 was a German diesel. My Great Grandad had a 715 too except his was a gas. Dad traded our 715 for a 1620 in the fall of 1990. I spent a lot of time riding on a yellow step stoll in that combine with Dad, though when he got the 1620 with the buddy seat I thought I died and went to heaven. Great Granddad quit farming in 1993 so his combine sat in the shed for years because when we took over we just brought our combine over to harvest. We didn't get rid of his equipment til his estate sale in 2007.
  14. You guys should try sending some of that rain to the southern part of the state. We got a whopping 4/10 out of Thursdays rain. The whole month of June we have gotten a few tenths here and there to keep things going. We are fortunate that we had plenty of moisture in the ground to keep us going but I would really like some of the rain that keeps staying north to start coming down to the southern part of the state.
  15. Superih, How did your crops fair after all that heavy rain they had in your area Thursday night through Friday morning? I know there was a lot of rain in your neck of the woods. I know there are areas up in that part of the state with flooding concerns.