mike_newman

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About mike_newman

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  • Birthday 11/08/1942

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    Motueka Valley New Zealand
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    30 IHC projects waiting--some completed

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  1. ......back in the TV days, I always enjoyed David Attenborough's 'nature' related documentaries....always interesting. Remember one about those strange critters that as the season changes...the land dries out and those critters submerge themselves under pockets of softer terrain...like sand pockets ....awaiting the next rains....and with those rains, they emerge ...eat and procreate etc. The arid country(s) in which this all happens has great similarity to the vast wastelands west of Sydney, Australia..... Has it recently rained in Western Australia, ozfarm ?? Mike
  2. Oh, Ray54...that is just so deep and meaningfull............got quite emotional over the "Capital Comments".......sniff.......almost got teary over the great Red Brotherhood....... Mike ...or maybe it is the thought of this..again ..on a cold, snow sleeting morning...to get hay way up the back hill......that cracked distributor cap
  3. ...was on the New Zealand internet news ......dreadfull event for the family to face.....
  4. .........sigh.....
  5. ..doubt it.........if the (rental ) excavator wasn't so bloody ugly...could be like a memo from "the house of the rising sun "....but probably more like a memo for the "gathering of the lard "......like an alternative option for procreation........................for some Just my thoughts..... Mike
  6. Louie....this was in the South Island of New Zealand, about a dozen years gone.....the aim was to get as many crawlers as p[ossible...all pulling a "ground engaging tool '' (note the single harrow, behind each one !!)...all this to set a numerical record on the one day.....I think we fell well short of a similar event in Ireland....... There usually is a major tractor event in NZ every few years.......with normal "club ' show days interspersed throughout the summer months Mike (Can't find the pics I want....sigh )
  7. ......It was a local machine......abandoned over time in a Pine plantation...the water the owner used for final drive lubrication had lost its purity...gone all rusty and this seemed to impact on both bearings and gears to the degree that one final locked up...gave up, you might say. A deal was struck...and it was duly salvaged via excavator and IH truck.....and after a heap of hours ...parts from FPSmith (Engine parts ) ....finals from other TD's we had....clutch discs...brake linings..master clutch etc etc....totally sand blasted/painted properly (two pot )......and it lives again.....It required one new liner..plus new rings..engine runs very nicely...starts easy also. No transmission noise when discing...all good..just waiting for the new decals... Use SAE40 lube oil.......as recommended by an old school IH mechanic....running 140 in the finals...very minor 'weep'' in one otherwise good...lucked in with track chains and rollers...all replacement "Berco"....in great condition. Built up the sprockets back to standard ..... Pleasure to operate Mike
  8. .......don't forget the odd one from New Zealand....... .......could be construed as a little play on words, here..... .......phrase any response...tactfully....... Mike
  9. ...from a crawler gathering event
  10. Yeah...nice one Rick.....however, sitting up here....home in the isolated Baton Valley..I don't actually have that particular portfolio of US Law on Foreign Land Investment in front of me.........however, as little ol' New Zealand has the "Overseas Investment Offices"......ostensibly to monitor all and every application for Foreign ownership of New Zealand Land......and thus give consent ..if appropriate...or reject...if there is no appreciable benefits to the country....... Now....there is not the ubiquitous forty plus year old Lesbian sitting on the lid of this outfit, making the calls .......Chinese interests own sixty per cent of Auckland housing....(our biggest city )....so any application from Chinese interests is scrutinised very closely......and in the land (Dairy Farm ) deals the input goes to the top.......and indeed some applications have been thrown out.....thankfully I merely thought Mr Trump might have cast an avuncular overview on this subject of Chinese ownership of US farm land......even our 'lame brain ' politicians are showing a little more intestinal fortitude on this matter..... Sadly...I guess he is no Ronald Reagon Mike
  11. .......don't you belive that statement, rsscott !!......Australia and New Zealand are getting shafted by the craftybastards also Perhaps Ian Beale could post a link on what is going on in Aussie...?? Had hoped Mr Trump might have put a stop to that business Mike
  12. .....its a real worry down under Art.....the previous Socialist Govt we had (an oxy-moron !!!) conjured up this ghee whiz ''free trade '' deal with the Chinese......It would almost seem.....without being to cynical....that after the "honeymoon ' period that the good, generous trade delegates from China ..are setting us up to fail........ As the demand for trade fell away......this after farms/mines and forestry 'geared up ' to cater for this new trade......times got tough and in some cases the Chinese now own big farms/plants etc......somehow brushing past a plethora of regulations /criteria for overseas ownership of land in New Zealand...... Sound familiar ?? Mike
  13. ....guess your logging is on a more gentle slope ??!!...check out the pictures of the John Deere set up...this currently ....there is a D65 Komatsu above with a huge DD Winch to let the Harvester down...then haul him back up. Quite a process...b ut keeps the men off the ground......and is easier on the terrain.... There is several of these machines operating in our area....mostly locally made using Hitachi chassis (35 ton )...and engine...but not much else...of the original machine...there is a slew of electronic s in these machines... with the cutting "Warratah " heads.. Any IH relevance here ???!...Yes..they have a TD 15 to tidy up the landings/processing area.loading out area etc Re those previous pics...that is my battered old EX200 helping salvage the Volvo..I just did the tracking up on the hill...had the occasional "white knuckle " moments..... I actually still log (Excavator operator ) for a Canadian outfit...about 20 miles from home....low key operation...suits this old bloke !! Mike
  14. Ryan....a few pictures of the antics on steepish slopes...before OSH caught us !!...this on our place...unthinned 35 yr old Douglas Fir