Dave Downs

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  1. Anyone see the new Tesla Semi

    500 Mile range when loaded, I wonder how long it takes to recharge the battery pack. Somebody mentioned no brakes to replace; don't see how that could be, still going to need brakes on hills to assist regenerative mode and in traffic to come to a complete stop. Probably a conventional air brake setup, run the compressor with an electric motor?

    Makes you wonder why Tesla didn't drive the new electric truck......
  3. Off Topic: Snowblower PTO speed

    I'm old, and have noticed during my life that running mechanical things at double their design speed, while really enhancing the performance of said machine for a short period of time, usually results in a spectacular failure.
  4. Farmall C opinions

    I have 3 of them, 1 SC, 2 straight 'C's, 2 with FastHitch, one with 'pipe-frame' loader. Great little tractors, use them mostly for mowing or snow plowing. Only downside is no live power takeoff. All still 6 volt. Simple to work on.
  5. Harvestore Silos

    Oh My!! OSHA would have had a good time there!
  6. Super C FH to add C32 Loader

    This is what I put on my SC - the connectors at the front went to to the loader cylinders. You could operate the Fast Hitch or the loader, not both at the same time. Sorta ugly but it worked.
  7. If the neighbor would have just had a gun...

    I really hate to pile on but what do you call the two near me that killed one guy in a drug deal, buried him in the woods, lured two more to the same place 2 days later, same reason, shot them, then either ran over them with backhoe or smashed them with the bucket (stories vary) because they weren't dead (one was screaming) then got number 4 the day after, Put these 3 bodies into a 'pig roaster, set them on fire, came back the next day and buried them 12 1/2 feet down. I guess we should call them poor, misguided youths so we don't offend anyone.
  8. Dog containment devices

    Good looking dog, but those eyes.......!!! I can see why you are working with him
  9. A horse farming question.

    Many years ago I was talking with my sister's father-in-law, an old-time Mennonite dairy farmer. I mentioned that since I was born in the 1940's I had missed farming with horses. I will never forget his reply - "You didn't miss much!"
  10. Dog containment devices

    I've had 7 dogs on an electric fence over almost 30 years with no problem. A lot of it is in the training; yes you have to train them. It involves marking the wire with little white flags, you stand by a flag and as the dog approaches (do not call him/her to you) and gets the buzz then shock you shake the flag and yell STOP! (or what ever you want to yell). The dog soon associates the flag, the buzzer and then the shock with a certain place on the ground. Usually takes less than a week and dog will not go near the flags. Then slowly remove the flags, every other one. I had one dog stand on her hind legs just out of buzzer range barking like crazy at a deer about 300 feet away. I trusted it 99.9%, live near a busy road but wide open fields and woods out back. Having said all that the dog I have now, hound/shepherd/??? is not even close to being trainable on the electric fence. He is plenty smart and is trained in the basics but he is food and 'prey' driven and would run through a wall of flames to get at anything from a bird on the ground to deer. He will sit but won't stay, won't touch his food until I tell him to and will go lay down if I don't feel like playing and I tell him to, but will go nuts over anything that 'doesn't belong here'. Had to build a 4' high wooden fence (cost a lot more than the wire!).
  11. New joke

    A Florida senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he pushed it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left. “Amazing,” he thought as he flew down I-95, pushing the pedal even more. Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a Florida State Trooper, blue lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, “What am I doing? I’m too old for this!” and pulled over to await the trooper’s arrival. Pulling in behind him, the trooper got out of his vehicle and walked up to the Corvette. He looked at his watch, then said, “Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a new reason for speeding – a reason I've never before heard – I'll let you go.” The old gentleman paused then said, “Three years ago, my wife ran off with a Florida State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back.” “Have a good day, Sir,” replied the trooper. Georgia The owner of a golf course in Georgia was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help. He called her into his office and said, “Y’all graduated from the University of Georgia and I need some help. If I wuz to give yew $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?” The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, “Everthang but my earrings.” Louisiana A senior citizen in Louisiana was overheard saying, “When the end of the world comes, I hope to be in Louisiana .” When asked why, he replied, “I’d rather be in Louisiana ‘cause everthang happens in Louisiana 20 years later than in the rest of the world.” Mississippi The young man from Mississippi came running into the store and said to his buddy, “Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from the parking lot!” Bubba replied, “Did y’all see who it was?” The young man answered, “I couldn’t tell, but I got the license number.” North Carolina A man in North Carolina had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it. Then he got back in the car to wait. A passerby studied the scene as he drove by, and was so curious he turned around and went back. He asked the fellow what the problem was. The man replied, “I got a flat tahr.” The passerby asked, “But what’s with the flowers?” The man responded, “When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back. I never did understand it neither.” Tennessee A Tennessee State Trooper pulled over a pickup on I-65. The trooper asked, “Got any ID?” The driver replied, “Bout whut?” Texas The Sheriff pulled up next to the guy unloading garbage out of his pick-up into the ditch. The Sheriff asked, “Why are you dumping garbage in the ditch? Don’t you see that sign right over your head.” “Yep,” he replied. “That’s why I’m dumpin’ it here, ‘cause it says: ‘Fine For Dumping Garbage.’” Y’all kin say whut y’all want ‘about the South, but y’all never heard o’ nobody retirin’ an’ movin’ North.
  12. Extreme Hay Wagon Loaded w Square Bales

    My tractor driver has lost interest so I do it all myself now (all 1.5 acres..) but I used to stack by myself, as you said, pace the baler to the stacker. And the little field I cut hay from is a little bumpy and on a hill, coming down-slope the bales would try to walk to the front of the wagon on the first couple of rounds until you got them locked together.
  13. Average Weight of Your Twine Square Bale

    I used to go for 55-60 pounds, backed down to 45-50 now..........might go even lighter this summer
  14. Extreme Hay Wagon Loaded w Square Bales

    Loaded these last year, sure isn't an 'extreme' load of hay but I loaded it by myself, not bad for somebody 73 years old! I do cheat a little; drop them on the ground, then park the wagon and pick up the bales with the trip-bucket loader on my C (one at a time), carry them over to the wagon and drop them on. Get off the C and stack them when I run out of room. In the 'old days' I'd put 90+ bales on that wagon.