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About Orchard6

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  • Birthday 09/27/1983

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    central west michigan
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    In no particular order farming, Red tractors, my family.
    Your crops may be green, but mine are red! Proud to be an apple farmer!

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  1. Why not just overhaul the 113? They are fairly inexpensive to rebuild and most kits now come with 3 1/8" inch pistons making your 113 a 123 anyway. That way you know exactly what you have vs taking a chance on another engine that may or may not smoke, knock, have low oil pressure etc.
  2. The biggest problem with that is the fact that illegals can easily get phoney papers that look legit. I can't get a background check on everyone while my crop is falling from the trees. These guys show up literally a few days or hours before harvest begins. They all have "papers" stating they can work here legally. We have them on file, the migrants all get paid thru our payroll account with checks, not cash and they all pay income taxes just like anyone else we hire. The problem is there isn't a quick viable way to check on these people accurately. If we make a mistake and don't hire someone who is here legally because we "think they might be illegal" we will get sued for discrimination. It sure would be nice if the illegals would wear shirts that said they were here illegally but unfortunately they don't. There are government programs that allow workers to come here legally to work for you but are quite expensive. More and more guys around here are going that route, us included because there are less and less people available outside of the government programs. Believe it or not, there ARE LESS legal or illegal immigrants from Mexico than there were just 10 years ago! I know because the last few years have been nothing but a struggle for every fruit grower in the US trying to find labor to harvest their crops. A wall won't really hurt or help us, enforcing the laws that are already in place would put us miles ahead of where we are on border security today.
  3. I'm not trying to argue but trying to learn. Why would it matter where the restriction was (choke or filter) to cause the pressure in the float bowel to change? Theoretically if I put a choke butterfly up at the filter housing it would still function (our gas powered golf cart has a choke butterfly in the filter housing). Now I understand that in order for a filter to cause a situation as bad as closing the choke butterfly it would have to be plugged pretty darn bad but it should still cause a lower pressure throughout the entire air intake system before the throttle plate.
  4. I dunno about the air filter causing oil consumption. If it was causing that much restriction it be like running with the choke partly closed. It'd run real rich! I'm thinking that you need to put a real load on her to open up that throttle butterfly! My gassers all tend to smoke and use more oil under light loads when the governor only has the butterfly just cracked open vs putting a full load on. Just my experience, ymmv.
  5. I'd start by checking the fuel shut off solenoid (the little can with the wire coming out on the carb). Those are known to be a problem. To check it, turn the gas off at the tank and remove the solenoid from the carb. Then hold it against the carb while turning the key to the on position. It should pull the needle back with an audible click. If it's slow or erratic I'd check voltage to it. If voltage is good then replace the solenoid or if in a pinch you can clip the end of the needle off. This may cause it to diesel after its shut off though and I would consider it a temporary fix.
  6. You didn't by chance sand blast the engines after assembly? I could see that causing issues.
  7. Yeah, that's a bit much! You don't want to be burnin' Low Ash at that rate! Last bucket I bought was $115!
  8. Low Ash 30wt from CaseIH is the recommended oil for the 6 cylinder gassers. They have a nasty habit of burning exhaust valves if high ash oil is used. The oil will burn and create carbon on the valve stems that will cause them to hang open slightly if they get warmer than normal and cause torching of the valve. That being said I'm not sure what a normal amount of oil burn off is for the gassers but my 706 gas burns about a quart every 10-20 hours depending on how hard it's being worked.
  9. I'd get a used oil sample sent in to see what this "sand" is. Obviously it's not good but you need to find out if it is indeed sand or something else. Double make sure your air intake connections are good and that your air filter housings still have their stuffing in them along with making sure you have the proper level of oil in the oil cups.
  10. Wow 23! Got colder than I thought! I live just 2 miles north of you on Newaygo Rd on Bill Sharps old farm.
  11. Some guys have fans but we don't. When it gets that cold the only trees with fruit are the ones by the exhaust pipe of the fan's engine! There really wasn't an inversion layer last night around us so the fans just pushed cold air around.
  12. Yes we do have insurance. It looks like right now anyways we've probably lost 75% of our crop but we'll be able to judge a little better in a few days.
  13. 26 here. I'm thinking most of my apple crop is toast.😟
  14. Beautiful pictures Tony! That 3010 sure does look nice, even if it's green!
  15. I've never had any issues with my tractors and ethanol gas but mine are stored for the winter when the humidity is quite low. Ethanol is hygroscopic (it attracts water). Which is both good and bad. It's good in the sense that it binds to water and helps to protect against gas line freeze ups in the winter but bad because if it collects too much water it separates from the gasoline and cannot be reconstituted and made to burn properly in an engine. It also is a great cleaning agent and if there is any crap in the tank to start out with it will cut it loose and cause issues.