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  1. Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday, Al and everyone else celebrating b-days today
  2. greenie weenie quadtrac question

    I'm guessing Deere learned about the benefits of the 3-axle design vs. 2-axle design via their free R & D dept. known as CaseIH. The 2 axle design might work on the big models with the wide tracks to distribute the load(although I wonder how hot those roller wheels in the middle get if you roaded them for 6-8 hours straight, which does happen here on occasion), but with narrow tracks carrying virtually the same weight you will run into problems even with 3 axles. I have discussed this on here before on the problems we ran into regarding RowTracs if they have a high vertical load on the drawbar and run too fast down the road.
  3. Red Tractors vs Green tractors

    The -9 series IHs and R John Deeres were a little before my time, but I can remember the older generation talking about them. One story I remember was a neighbor(still alive) that talked about getting a new John Deere R in the late 40s-early 50s along with a 4-row lister( a corn planter that digs a trench 4-6 inches deep to plant corn in). Said that was the first tractor he knew that was big enough to pull a 4-row. Graham Hoeme chisel plows-now there is a name that I have not heard of in years. Used to be few of them around here, too. I'm guessing most of them were cut up for scrap around here, too, years ago. BigBudGuy, I was out in your country(Havre, Montana) in the spring of 2016 for service training on CNH's new air carts at the CaseIH dealership there. The building we were in was referred to as the old Big Bud factory. Were they all built there? Seems like a small building for that, but I guess the Big Buds were not exactly an "assembly line" product, more like a hand-built product.
  4. Even NASCAR likes 1206s

    Did anybody else see the NASCAR race at Chicago yesterday that showed a beautiful 1206 that showed up in the infield during the race? It caught Rutledge Wood's attention who gave it some air time during the race. He even did a good job at describing it as a " mid-60s International Harvester tractor" during the broadcast. Does it belong to anyone on here? Anyone know whose it is?
  5. Anyone else working on theirs?

    Yes, I know they has happened out here before. Back in 2002, my brother was hired by a couple neighbors to cultivate a couple fields of sunflowers for crop insurance purposes. Crop insurance was threatening "crop abandonment" if they did not try to show they made an attempt at maintaining their crop. My brother was the only one around that had a narrow-row cultivator as everybody pretty much went to no-till when they when from wide rows to narrow rows. I'm sure this guy was hoping the corn would get 6-12" tall and that's it. As dry as it was this spring, he had a lot of things going his way for his hope to come true. He got a few rains in the summer that made things turn out otherwise. I remember this guy 20 years ago or so, bought a new 72/8940 Magnum from my old boss. The salesman went to his place and looked at the 7140 that he wanted to trade-in. They agreed on a price and made the trade. When the trucker brought his trade back, it was a different 7140 than what the salesman looked at. This one had a MFD hub locked up, panels missing, and far more hours than the tractor he saw. He got to comparing serial#s between the tractor he saw and the one the trucker brought back on the trade-they weren't even close. I don't recall exactly what all happened in the end with this whole deal, but it wasn't pretty. At the time he made the trade he owned 3 7140s.
  6. Anyone else working on theirs?

    Reminds me of a situation that is going on right now a couple hours west of me. A BTO went in and rented a 30,000 acre farm that wasn't farmed last year because nobody could pencil it out. Since it was extremely dry this spring, he decided to plant it all to corn....hoping that the corn would fail and he could collect a big insurance check. Lo and behold, the corn did grow enough so that crop insurance told him he will have to combine it. The estimated yield range of the 30,000 acres is somewhere between 20-70bpa. So now this guy went on the internet and bought 3 old 2188 combines that he will install 12-row cornheads on so he can combine this crop. Sometimes greed gets the better of a person. My understanding was he didn't even spray one single field for weeds after it was planted.
  7. TD, back in the 1970s/80s many 4wd tractors around here had precleaners-regardless of make or model. At that time many guys still had summer fallow so those tractors worked in fine dust for hours on end. Like you say-they worked. I could imagine working in volcanic ash they would make quite a difference. As far as newer machines, its funny how some different models have had air cleaner/aspiration problems through the years once they are in production. The first 2388s had a terrible problem with the spiral precleaner and 2 small aspirators on the original design. They fixed them by using a piece of plastic ductwork that sucked air out of the radiator housing after the air went through the rotary screen. I know some on here would argue that wasn't the best design, but if everything in that system is working properly, its still better than what they had. Another product that ran into troubles was the late-model 70/8010s and the 71/81/9120 series combines. At first, they felt the problem was the aspirator in the muffler wasn't doing its job. Replacing mufflers helped in some instances, but they still had problems-especially the 9120s. At the end of 20 series combine production, they finally came out with a redesigned aspirator system that was much more powerful at getting rid of the big stuff in the intake air. Once that system was installed, the air cleaner problem mostly went away. On the Tier IV machines, I think some of the problem can be blamed on the emissions equipment. We are fighting 2 problems: emissionized engines need more air, and our exhaust system gets restricted by all the crap we have to put on it for emissions. In the case of Tier IVb machines, we have 3 restrictions to our exhaust; the exhaust flap right behind the turbocharger, the DOC catalyst, and the SCR catalyst. In addition, on the combines the aspirator pipe is probably 10-12' long, so the material has to travel a long time to get to the muffler/exhaust pipe. Its not unusual to see that aspirator pipe get plugged in its long run from the air cleaner to the exhaust pipe.
  8. We are still putting precleaners on new tractors. CaseIH offers kits to install Donaldson's Top Spin precleaner system on Tier IVA and B Magnums and Steigers since we have had so many problems with air cleaners plugging on them in short hours. We've had some 550/600s that will plug air filter 2/3 times a day in the right conditions. We installed Turbo II kits on ours as this was before CaseIH recommended the Donaldson kits. After they were installed, the air cleaner problem went away.
  9. Harvestore Silos

    Thanks for the info. Looking at CST's website, it looks like they aquired AO Smith's Harvestore line in 2001. Now CST stands for Columbian Steel Tank-were they the company that had the Columbian "red top" grain bins years ago? It doesn't specifically mention the grain bins in their history. We've got 6 Columbian Steel red top bins on the farm that were installed in 1966-67. Dad bought them from our IH dealer at the time.
  10. Harvestore Silos

    Another question on Harvestores. When did AO Smith get out of the Harvestore business? Did they sell that part of the business to somebody else, or just quit making them completely? I'm guessing all the ones I have seen in SD are mid-1970s vintage-I doubt any are newer than 1980 or so when the farm economy went bad. Also, wasn't there some kind of class-action lawsuit against AO Smith concerning the Harvestores? I don't remember if it was concerning the unloader system that gave problems on them or problems with silage spoilage, or both? Silage isn't a big thing in my area, so this thread has been interesting. I have also heard that Harvestores were one of those "keeping up with the Jones' " things; meaning that when one farmer put one up, all of his neighbors had to put one up as well. Back in the early-to-mid-1970s, credit was easy to get as banks were wanting to lend farmers as much much as they wanted...and more. The early 1980s economy made all the farmers and banks regret those decisions.
  11. Chapter 5 State Show

    Nice pictures, thanks for sharing!!! Looks like IH was represented well!
  12. Happy Birthday 660 driver

    Happy Birthday, Tony!! Nice meeting you (and everyone else) at RPR this year.
  13. John Deere rowtrac

    Camoplast design for both. One of our long-time CaseIH reps went to work for Camoplast 7-8 years ago. He made no secret of the fact that he went to work for Camoplast to help develop an undercarriage for Deere so they could sell a Quadtrac wanna-be. He had worked in the Steiger plant for years before Camo hired him. A year or two after he left CaseIH I saw him at a farm show representing Camoplast as they sell tracks for several different tracked machines-including Quadtracs. I asked him how Deere and Camoplast were coming along on the 4-tracked machine. He chuckled a little bit and said, "well, the first problem we ran into was making a Deere 4wd frame hold up under the stresses of a track machine, all they ones they have tried so far have broken in two". He was alluding to the fact that the gudgeon joint area on the Deeres would break under the increased stress of driving tracks vs. tires.
  14. It could have been worse....

    That is a good question....that I cannot honestly answer at this moment. His wife had pictures of him in the hospital after the accident on her Facebook account. About a week to 10 days after the incident all references to the accident were pulled from that account. The sprayer disappeared from this area as well as the airplane. I'm guessing between the FAA investigation, insurance companies, and lawyers getting involved, they wanted to eliminate all outside interference in the matter. Most of the pictures I had seen concerning the incident/accident were pulled at about the same time from various people's photo accounts. The only news article I have seen on the matter suggested that the pilot will probably be brought up on criminal charges after the FAA investigation is done. Otherwise, it's been a silent matter all around. Talking about the B-1s reminds me of western SD ranchers talking about getting buzzed by B-52s back in the 1970s-80s as well. The B-1s probably don't do that as much in western SD as they train more in your state and northern Wyoming anymore.
  15. case ih 9330 front axle fluid

    Steiger axles and the oils used in them have been quite a topic since those tractors were built many years ago. When CaseIH/Tenneco bought Steiger in 1985-86, Steiger ran 80W-90 gear lube in all their Raba axles. This continued until SN# 3600, which occured around July 1, 1989, when they switched to Hy-Tran for axle oil. 3600 is the SN# where CaseIH changed a lot on the Steigers to make them more common in parts & features with other CaseIH tractor products(eliminated Cat engine offerings, non-CaseIH-branded Steigers were painted red instead of green, etc). About midway through 9200 series production, they switched back to 80W-90 gear lube for axle oil as they felt in did a better job of axle lubrication for the 598 axles. Personally, I never thought one oil performed better than the other. The problem was where the Raba axles were Eastern Europe, where quality seemed to run second to quantity. I've got axles with over 10,000 hours on them and have never been touched-but many of them gave differential problems at 2500-3000 hours, especially if they had triples on them. When CaseIH came out with the 9300 series Steigers, they went back to Hy-Tran as the recommended oil for their axles for a couple reasons. Reason #1 was that the 9370s on up circulated hydraulic oil through the rear axle to help cool/lubricate it, so you didn't want gear lube and hydraulic oil mixing. Reason #2 was that all the Raba axles in the 9300 series Steigers used small needle bearings between the differential spider cross and the spider gears themselves-the Hy-Tran could get in there to lubricate the needle bearings while the gear lube was too thick. On the 91/9200 series, they used a brass busing in place of the needle bearings that tended to wear out rather often. To add more confusion to this was that CaseIH offered an updated differential assy. for the 598 axles used on the 91/92 series that used the needle bearing setup from the 9300 series 694 axle. If you installed the updated diff. assy in a 91/92 series you were supposed to run Hy-Tran in the axles again for the lubrication issue I mentioned above. I had a few tractors that we updated one diff. but not the other so technically each axle should have used a different oil. The differential in the front axle is the one that tended to give problems since it works much harder when steering than the rear diff. Hope this clears up some of the confusion.