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  • Birthday 10/12/1952

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    Echuca, Victoria, Australia
  1. Vintage Ads

    The 622 cotton picker was in the 1976 IH Australian buyers guide.
  2. Vintage Ads

    In 1979 I worked on a farm in Manitoba on an exchange program. They had a brand new MF 750 and an older 760 combines and I recall the problems we had with crops wrapping on the paddle feeder system. You can see in 2 of the photos the inspection/access hatch is open so that the operator can check to see if wrapping has started. We found that we had to stop as soon as we saw it starting to wrap and cut it off the paddle. The combines are working in Birdsfoot Trefoil and it is combined at about the same stage as it would be baled for hay so it is still green and was prone to wrap. MF had a kit that was designed to reduce wrapping and we fitted a kit to the 750. It consisted of sheet metal bolted onto the shaft/paddles to increase the "diameter" of the shaft and thus reduce wrapping. We lost a fair bit of knuckle skin but it did improve the performance but the trefoil and flax still wrapped regularly.
  3. Some photos of tractors working laser leveling irrigation land near Echuca, Australia. There are many Steigers and scoops working around this area. The 9380 is working with a "smudger board" as the final sweep of the levelled land.
  4. Big sowing rig

    I wrote the article about this seeder and tractor combination for FarmShow a couple of years ago. While I didn't see the seeder in operation it is an impressive setup. The seeder has 2 x 18,000 litre seed carts and the Zells sow seed only through the seeder. Any fertilizer that is used goes on as a separate operation, and knifed into the ground ahead of seeding. The photo of the seeder shows it in transport mode and is pulled from one end. The rear wheels of the seeder are steered hydraulically. The chaser bin behind the JD 6030 is used to load seed into the seed carts. This combination was working 18 hour days with one driver operating. The Zells also had other seeders (smaller) behind a JD 9400T and a 9630T working 2 x 12 hour shifts and in total they seeded about 50,000 acres. Comments have been made about using Big Bud tractors. The Zells have a 650/50 they were restoring, together with an Australian made Baldwin of 600 hp, but the development of the 212 feet seeder and dual tractors seems to be the way they have gone.
  5. Victoria, Australia

    Matt, I am from Echuca, which is in the northern part of Victoria. What sort of questions do you have?
  6. Vintage Ads

    An Australian ad for the White Plainsman from 1973. I have never seen one here so no idea how many would have been sold in Aust.
  7. Vintage Ads

    The ducks will be happy this morning as I am hearing reports of an inch and a half more rain overnight. Maybe I need to go beyond dual wheels on the sprayer tractor and think triples! I remember when I first saw these ads from Unverferth in the late seventies. Thinking to myself, who would ever put triple wheels on a tractor? Well in recent years I have seen a few local guys rolling around on 12 big tractor tires at seeding time. The tractor in this ad appears to be a generic composition of some sort but mostly 86 series IH. Not ads but photos of an Australian made Baldwin DP600 tractor fitted with triples. Only a few of these tractors were made in the 1980s and were fitted with Cummins 1150 engine putting out 600hp. Baldwin also made a smaller tractor with 400hp. This tractor is located in northern New South Wales and as the photo shows, it is used with a pair of 60 foot air seeders.
  8. Vintage Ads

    The B414 tractors were available in Australia in the late 50s and early 60s. They were made in Britain and replaced the B275 tractors. The A414 was a locally made tractor and replaced the B414 and were sold in the 1960s. They were very similar to the B414 tractor.
  9. Vintage Ads

    The 656 in this Canadian advertisement has a "Western Special" badge - obviously for the wheat belt areas. The header lists other models available in Canada as the B-414, (no 424 apparently) I-504, ( no I-404 or I-606), I-706, I-806, I-1206 & 4100 Range is obviously different from the USA Regards from Michael H. Michael I'm glad you find the vintage ads interesting. Obviously I like scanning and posting them here too. Here is a fairly rare, at least I never saw one, IH tractor from 1966. The 434. The 434 was available in Australia and was a popular tractor in the 1970s. They were replaced the British built B414 and the Australia built A414.
  10. Vintage Ads

    Another ad for David Brown tractors - this one from 1955. They were popular in Australia but the Ferguson TEA 20 was more popular. David Brown continued selling here until the merger with case.
  11. Vintage Ads

    Almost everybody around here pulled a plow and drills together at one time or another. We call them double hookups. Still have a few neighbors doing it. One is pulling a 40ft Flexi Coil 820 with 4 10ft JD 9350s. Another neighbor has two sets consisting of a CIH 9380, 40ft FC plows, and 4 10ft JD 9450s. Back in the day grandpa pulled a 32ft JD 250F plow with four 8ft JD LZB drills with a JD 5010. Later on in the early 80s we pulled a 48ft Morris with six JD LZB drills with a Versatile 950. Back in the days before good chemical weed control we liked to pre work the field and let it lay to dry a day or so for the weeds to dry up and die. Otherwise, hit it too soon behind the cultivator and those press wheels on the drill would just transplant your weeds and wild oats and they would be growing before the crop came up. According to this 1938 ad some farmers did use the "once over" seeding method. This man pulling a "wheatland plow" although they were generally known here as a tiller. Case press drill right behind it putting in the seed. Seems it would have been simpler just to buy the seeding box attachment for the tiller and eliminate one machine. He would need to pull packers behind the tiller of course to duplcate the press drill action. Of course there is no way a tiller is going to give the precise seed placement that the press drill would have. Either way that old L Case was putting in the crop at a fuel cost of 12 and a half cents per acre. I have posted these ads before but they show the cultivator drills that were popular in Australia before the introduction of air seeders. These seeders had several rows of cultivating tynes ahead of the seeding tynes and they were used to provide a weed kill as well as sowing the seeds. These seeders were called "combines" in Australia which was more about combining the seed and fertiliser together. Combines were often used for cultivating only just before the seeding operation to provide a weed kill. They were often wider than the cultivator and could get over the area quicker.
  12. Vintage Ads

    A couple of photos of the Shearer air seeders made in Australia in the 1980s. These were one of the first available here and they were very popular as farmers were able to convert their Shearer cultivators to seeders relatively easily. This combination of MF 4880 and seeder put in about 3000 acres of crop each year.
  13. Vintage Ads

    Loadstar you were close as Shearer did build an airseeder very similar to the Napier machine. I am not sure if there was any connection between the two companies but the similarities are there. I wasn't aware of the connection with Morris either - not likely to be marketted as Morris here. Incidently, Morris were sold by Versatile here.
  14. Vintage Ads

    Combine seeders with big wheels were popular in Australia and still available into 1990s
  15. Vintage Ads

    Gary, that Field Marshall ad looks familiar. In fact I have one just like it from Kern Farm Equipment. I never knew that David Brown had a crawler version of their tractor but according to this 1951 ad, they did. We never saw many (any) David Brown tractors around here until Tenneco bought the company and the local Case dealer started selling them. David Brown tractors were also popular here in Australia and competed against the Ferguson 20 tractors. While they were popular, many more Fergusons sold because of their superior hitch system. I have not seen a DB crawler and I recall they were developed in England during WW2 for war service. I think the running gear was based on the Cat D4.