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  1. Yep the Eagle Mine, it certainly won't cover all the jobs as they are already up and running and mostly staffed but like you say something is better than nothing. I'm not sure the total employment numbers but they are doing well; from what I hear pretty much paying for the operation with the extra minerals they find so the main Ni/Cu deposits that are the main target are mostly profit. Last time I heard they estimated it at a 10, up to 15 year project. May have gone down as they have gotten into the deposits. I know they were pursuing more ground adjacent to the mine to expand but were hitting some legal road blocks.
  2. It depends on the area. Where I grew up in the Eastern UP there is a nice black topsoil and a lot of thick clay; always lots of fun when it gets wet, the mud/clay will slick over a tractor tire nicely. A lot of other areas, especially towards the central UP where I live now there is a lot of sand. My last house I rented was in "Sands Township" which was well named; my lawn was pretty much dune grass! Area where we live now more in the woods is a lot nicer. Some areas are pretty much just solid rock in places, hence the reason our main industry is hard rock mining.
  3. Yeah, Cleveland Cliffs is looking to close it by the end of the year. I actually live about 4 miles from the Empire. We will take a bit of a hit to our local economy but luckily another mine recently opened in the area though you are right as the new one is not an iron mine.
  4. Interesting to see someone asking about it...at lot of people aren't sure if we are even a part of the US! I was born in raised in the UP and on a farm for that matter. The main farming areas are in the Eastern UP and south-central. There is some corn and other crops but most of our farming up here is livestock and hay. There used to be quite a few dairy farms in the Eastern UP where I grew up (my dad being one of them) though most have gone to beef in that area as my parents did. There are still some dairy farms around though as there is Jilberts Dairy in Marquette that buys around the UP. The farm I grew up on is about 500 acres and is beef cattle and hay. We have some in our area that also do sheep and hogs as well as beef as well as quite a few that raise and/or board horses. As also said above our main industries have been and are mining and timber. There are a few old underground mines that you can still visit and do an underground tour. There is an iron mine near Iron Mountain MI and two copper mines in the Keweenaw Peninsula (aka the "copper country") that you can do underground tours: the Quincy Mine in Hancock and the Delaware Mine. And yes, while you are up there you can stop and get a drink at the Gay bar! We do have a few farm equipment dealers but a our biggest dealers (CAT, Komatsu, John Deere, and Case) are mainly construction, logging, and mining equipment. We definitely have a short growing season with plenty of cold and snow. With the cold winter last year we got our first permanent snow just before Halloween and the last ice was on the lake into June. Luckily this winter was pretty mild but we did get about a foot of snow one weekend the end of April and had a nice solid dusting that covered the lawn one morning in mid-May. My furnace will still kick on some nights lately to keep the house above 65 at night. (Hence the reason we are hay and livestock!)
  5. I have a 1947 Super A Industrial. I will try to get some pics up. I currently use it to plow snow; it got a cheap paint job and restoration about 15 years ago before I found out it was an Industrial and rare. It has some seal leaks now so I hope to get the plow on another of my tractors and give it a well deserved retirement and proper restoration and paint job. I always liked it for raking hay in the tight fields because it has the foot throttle.
  6. Thanks for that link; that is by far the best price I have seen. Most new pumps are about $450. I may go that route with my Super A soon. I patched up the pump on mine but the shaft was worn and I had to speedy sleeve it and hone out the housing best I could so it is still kinda leaky.
  7. From what I can see you do indeed have a 1937.
  8. I have heard the old JD's foul plugs unless they are worked and blown out every now and then but that is true for all old tractors. My Super A has the same plugs I put in it 11 years ago when it was restored and it still has the magneto since I use it to plow snow and give it a decent workout.
  9. That should be a cheap one to pick up! With H's selling for $40,000 the sky is the limit here.
  10. I think the closest Deere ever came to a demonstrator series was the patio garden tractors trying to get new customers but they could be bought that way so really more of a "special edition" than for demonstrations. Kinda the same idea though; grab attention and bring in new customers to a tractor line.
  11. All the better to get a classic IH open station tractor; then your face can conveniently block the tree from doing any damage to your tractor! Never bent a mirror on a big tractor but I have had a few hats knocked off by those sneaky little branches that come down that you think "oh I'll fit under that"! Glad you were there to rescue her.
  12. I would agree. For the amount of hours and realistically light use that utility tractors get it seems like a modern efi gas engine would be fine on fuel and would probably be very cost effective. Or like people say even bigger; a straight six efi gas would do plenty of work in a midsized tractor (like a 460 or 560 size).
  13. If it is that rough I would personally pull the engine. If it needs an engine rebuild done I agree with you it would also be good to do all seals and probably at least check the clutch friction disc and replace the throw out bearing. I haven't personally worked on an M but just from pulling these old tractors apart it usually isn't that difficult if you have an engine lift to get an engine out and the aggravation of working on the bearings and seals of an engine laying under an old tractor vs. on a stand you will probably end up saving time in the long run just pulling it and having it be in a convenient spot to work on.
  14. The V-8's just weren't great for tractor applications where you need high torque and lugging power and the inline engines did much better. I remember my dad said he used to pull his silage chopper with an 1850 Cockshutt or even our Oliver 88 with M&W pistons (bit of a stretch and slow going but it did it if needed). I remember my dad telling me one time with the Cockshutt in the shop they rented or got on loan a V-8 diesel Massey Ferguson to finish up chopping. My dad said he plugged the chopper and it stalled the Massey. He figured with stalling a tractor that far over the choppers horsepower rating he must have really broke something. He went back got it unplugged and looked it over and didn't even break a shear pin. Just fired it up and went back to work. When it plugged it dropped the rpm enough it just didn't recover and didn't have the bottom end; he said if you lugged it in the thick spots it would just fall on its face compared to the inline engines. After that he was never impressed with the lugging power of the V-8's. He said it did the job okay because it was a powerful enough tractor but thought if it was pushed with a piece of equipment closer to its hp rating it would only be good if you keep it wound up.
  15. This new Briggs engine to me is the definition of throw away mindset. I know they "justify" it but I know it is just because no one wants to put any effort into working on or maintaining things anymore. Buy the cheap push mower that never needs an oil change, use it a few years until it fails to start or has any issue then throw it out and buy another. I can't tell you how many nice free push mowers I have gotten that I spent $10 on a carb kit, oil change, and spark plug and they run great; people just don't bother. While briggs says this engine is designed to run this way I can't see it being around in 40 to 50 years like all the briggs and kohler engines in my equipment that do require and get some maintenance and were actually built with some quality. Briggs EXi