Michael Halsall

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About Michael Halsall

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  • Birthday 01/21/1957

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    Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
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    Engines from TITANs to TURBO diesels.

    McCormick-Deering & McCormick standard tread tractors.

    Classic Crawlers

    IH Corporate History

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  1. The last book (Neuss on Rhine) is listed in the PLOUGH BOOK SALES ( www.ploughbooksales.com.au ) catalog - Their order code is 009548 $45.00 AU plus postage Regards from Michael H.
  2. In Australia our wheat farmers preferred to have tractors with a PTO. During the 1960s & 1970s tractor pulled PTO driven Header (Harvesters) were very popular here. Australian built IH Standard tractor from the mid 1950's onward had 3 Point Hitch as an option. Michael H.
  3. Here is another question about an American terminology. What is the exact definition of a " Bare Back Tractor" ? No Three Point Hitch or Fast Hitch regardless of being either Standard or Row Crop model? Does having a PTO shaft make a difference? The "barest" McCormick-Deering tractor I've seen was a 1926 10-20 which had a draw-bar only, no belt pulley and no PTO shaft. To be classified as a "Wheatland" tractor I believe an IH tractor had to be "bare back", Australian & British built Super W-6 Series had optional Three Point Hitch so they probably couldn't be classified as "Wheatlanders" Regards from Michael H.
  4. Will you be collecting numbers for Aussie built 886 & 886 B series tractors as well as US built 886 tractors? The Aussie built ones were the ones we got here in Australia. To the best of my knowledge they had separate serial numbering to the US built ones. Regards from Michael H.
  5. Super A you really know your Farmall Super A tractors! It seems there were three "stages" of the Super A tractor Stage 1 was the early McCormick-Deering Farmall "ribbon decal" tractor. Stage 2 was the McCormick Farmall "white decal" tractor with the updated tie-rods and headlights Stage 3 was the McCormick Farmall Super A-1 with the bigger engine etc. Regards from Michael H.
  6. It's a shame to hear that. Some organizations seem to have a policy of wanting to get rid of older workers. My employer (who shall remain anonymous) went through that KPI (Key Performance Indicator) nonsense where rather meaningless targets, that older workers struggled to reach, were used to separate "efficient" from "inefficient" workers. Stupid idea as the KPI was something that only the accountant understood and good workers, both young and old, left the business. Regards from Michael H.
  7. Over the recent Christmas Break I have talked to various relatives and friends and we discussed how the workplace has changed in recent times. The old style "Company Man" who worked for the same company for his whole working life is a rarity these days. My brother and myself, who work for different companies, both have worked at our different jobs for over 20 years each. It seems that the only people who have a "job for life" are self employed people like farmers or people who have a "life-style" job such as the military, medical or the police etc. The average person has 5 different jobs in their working life, I've been told. How long have you had your current job and how many different jobs have you had? Regards from Michael Halsall in Australia
  8. Here is a question for the Farmall A experts. I have just seen a photo Farmall Super A with an early style model decal - white lettering on a red background. Does anyone know how long this style was used? Is this style still available? My understanding of model decals was that all Super "anything" models had a red lettering on a white background Regards from Michael H.
  9. You can still tip a tractor over on flat land. My uncle almost upended a Ferguson TEA-20 by hitting either a log or rock hidden in bracken. He still has the tractor and its fitted with a ROPS now!
  10. YT Magazine "LIst Price" section has the Farmall H (1940) $789 on steel & $962 on rubber M.H.
  11. Another book I own, but may be out of print, is "International Harvester Tractors & Equipment in Australia & New Zealand" by the late Dr Graeme R Quick (Rosenberg Publishing) Another out of print book, if you like International trucks, is "The ACCO - An Aussie Icon" by Peter Lynch (Tivoli Publications) I have occasionally seen this book on Ebay Regards from Michael H. P.S. My house is slowly becoming a library!
  12. The Lyrebird can mimic hundreds of sounds it hears not just chainsaws. They can even mimic some high pitched human voice sounds. They are called lyre birds because their tail feathers are shaped like a lyre (stringed music instrument) Regards from Michael H
  13. Here is one of those "Australia compared to the USA" questions. In Australia all farm tractors are a required to have a Roll Over Protection System (ROPS) Older tractors, if they are used for farming, are required to have retro-fitted ROPS frames where available. There is even a frame made to fit the McCormick W-6 tractor ! (made by Bare-Co) In the USA it appears only tractors built after a certain date need rollover protection. Are frames available for older tractors if requested by the operator? A lot of older US tractors seemed to fitted with "sun-shade" frames which are more a weather shield than a ROPS I have seen an American photo of a Farmall 140 (late 1970s) fitted a four point mounted ROPS frame, but other older tractors, in photos, never seen have them fitted. Regards from Michael H.
  14. The 5020 replaced the 5010. I assume that the 5010 was only built as a wheatland tractor and that the 5020 had row crop features like adjustable rear axles etc. Regards from Michael H.
  15. Jerry, nice to hear from you! We have had 30 degree days too - 30 degrees Celsius! Southern Hemisphere and our seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. Santa Claus travels at night in Australia so he can avoid heat stress! Regards from Michael H.