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  1. Hey mudfly

    i see from one of your posts that you have a 99 873. I am looking at buying that same model. It does have a strange hydraulic leak that only happens in cold weather.  When I do run it in cold weather, it'll leak a steady stream the size of your finger. Does yours do the same? I'm guessing by your location you must operate it in freezing temps.

    thanks for your help


  2. Seems to me it wouldn't take too much figuring to make a bracket that would 'lift' the weights off the ground. Essentially like a 3 point on the front of the tractor. Drive up to the weight, latch on, lift, pin in place. I would think that a it could be an add on option for new tractors, or something that would be easy to retrofit on an older model. I see a lot of machines with hydraulically controlled stairs now, so one more hydraulic cylinder/circuit shouldn't be that hard to figure out. The cylinder could even be removable with long hoses to a back remote. Just attache the cylinder when installing/removing the weights, otherwise leave it on the shelf. Just a thought for someone out there that moves weights around alot.
  3. My favorite and we actually get this question quite often. "Do you have 'soft' hay?" or "Is your hay 'soft'?" I kind of know what they are asking about, but we always tell them to come and look before buying.
  4. What area of the country you are in will affect prices more than anything else. Around me (northern MN), there are fewer horses than say most of the southern states (Texas, Kentucky, Arkansas, etc). There are also very few people around here that take the time to do square bales anymore. We are one of the few that do. We put up a mix of timothy, brome, and clover, horses seem to do well on it. We have a short season up here and its hard to get hay dry, so most people do rounds for convenience as the hay doesn't have to be nearly as dry. We charge about $3.00 to $3.50 a bale (Depending on the year and fuel costs) for roughly 60 to 70# bales and usually sell out mid-winter. Others charge a little less, not too sure on there quality. We have found it is the extra services that we offer more so than price as to why we have (mostly) good customers. 1. We will deliver hay. Most of our customers don't have a trailer and some don't even have a pick up. We will deliver for a negotiated fee anywhere from 20 bales up to 300 bales in one trip. 2. we help load, and if delivering we help unload and pile. 3. We will store hay in our barn for customers that don't have room to store a lot of hay. For instance, they buy 200 bales up front, but can only store 40 at there place. Honestly this is probably one of the reasons a lot of people buy from us. It is a little more work tracking for us, but it makes the customer happy, we have the room to do it, and we get cash up front. Your results may vary, but this is what works well for us. We did have a customer's helper get arrested at our farm once while we were loading hay on the customer's trailer, but that is another story for another time.
  5. My wife has a paint. (registered AQHA and APHA, I think those are correct... quarter horse and paint associations) Ok blood lines, well mannered for the most part. The thing that almost all horse people know (I don't claim to be a horse person), is that genetics are part of it, but its the training that makes the horse. If you can do that training yourself, great. And you can probably make some money selling horses that are well trained. If you can't do it yourself, you need to pay someone to do it, and that is almost as expensive as buying one ready to go. My wife's horse has been in for training as she didn't have the time or ability to do it herself. 4 months the first time, and then a year later another 2-3 months for a tune up and finishing. She still isn't what I would call dead broke, but she is a pretty good horse. I actually don't mind her, gives me a reason to be outside everyday. It does get hard when its -20F or colder and the wind is blowing.
  6. I have driven a 2013 and a 2015, both work truck. I was actually out in the 2015 today. Mileage is good in the summer, drops significantly in the winter (2-3 mpg). Running down the highway at 70 mph, I was close to or slightly better than 20 mpg in the summer. In the winter that would drop to about 17 mpg. Pulling power. Plenty of low end torque between 1500 and 3000 rpm. Rarely if ever did I have to wind it up beyond that pulling a double cab ranger on a tandem axle trailer. The 6 speed is geared correctly to keep it in a good power band. I actually preferred driving the 2013, but the 2015 has some nicer features. I would NOT hesitate to own an Ecoboost, much like anything else, if you get a bad one they are expensive to fix. That goes for about any of the engines these days. Maintenance is also key to these just like any other engine. Follow or exceed what is recommended for maintenance, don't beat it to death or treat it like a small semi, and it will give you good service.
  7. 2000# of engine just hanging there is also different than a 1200 lb engine with someone pounding on old sleeves or torquing main bearings in. I would never go over 50% load rating if actually working on the engine while on the stand. Supporting from both ends is so much safer, just less convenient to work on.
  8. Seen it. Very interesting. Not sure on an appropriate application. I would hate to pay a repair bill on that if something went wrong.
  9. It appears that your aux belt driven pump may feed your rear remotes, or possibly the power steering. Hard to say exactly. What is the pressure relief or flow divider that your live pump is feeding into? Nice Super M for the price. If you don't need all the hydraulics I might remove some of that, but if it all works, it makes the tractor more usable for sure. Wish my M had live hydraulics for the aftermarket 3 point I have on it.
  10. I guess the other point I was thinking about would be for the bigger engines. We all know that the IH 400 series engine, was/is a great engine. My quick math says that if you take a 466 block and make it 2 cylinders longer that would be a 621 cu inch engine (or roughly a 10.2L). Again for the bigger tractors, the big Magnums and the articulated 4x4's this seems like it would have been an easy way to get to a larger engine. Didn't Cummings essentially do the same thing with the 5.9L by dropping 2 cylinder to make the 3.9L? Some are correct that the head may have had warping issues, but if cut in half that would solve a lot of the issues with head gaskets and warping that occur on 6 cylinder engines. The pistons, liners, rods, bearings, etc are all designed already, so the only NEW components are the extended block, crankshaft, and cam. Not sure on the fuel pump, but I would think that would be relatively easy to get from a supplier as well if there was enough demand. They were able to get an 8 cylinder pump for the DV550, so they must exist.
  11. I was asking about an inline 8, which would have 9 bearings.
  12. An 8 would be better balanced with a piston firing every 90 degrees instead of 120 degrees.
  13. Been thinking about this for awhile and trying to determine why tractor/heavy truck engines settled on inline 6 cylinders as a standard. I know quite well that the V - style engines such as the DV-550 in the 1468 and 1568 didn't do well for torque or lugging, but I'm trying to figure out why inline 4 cylinders didn't get made into larger displacements than say a D268, or the larger displacement engines weren't made into an inline 8 cylinder. Say anything bigger than a DT466 would have been an inline 8. In big trucks I can see that you wouldn't want the length of the 8 cylinder block, but in a tractor such as a big articulated, the length wouldn't matter that much and seems like the engineering might be easier on an 8 cylinder, with a piston firing ever 90 degrees instead of every 120 degrees. Think about a 500 cu in engine. Take a 4 cylinder, 6 cylinder and 8 cylinder inline engine with equal strokes. What are the advantages to the 6 over the 4, besides the 4 having a very large bore? What are the advantages of the 6 over the 8? Seems like whatever argument you make for the 6 over the 4 could be made for the 8 over the 6. Just a random thought on a cold day.
  14. I probably shouldn't comment, but I will. Almost any ROPS structure even if it isn't certified is better than none (there may be exceptions for plywood), it just might not meet the 'standard' which was determined by either a government agency or possibly an engineering organization. The standard is a good standard, but it may be 5 or 10x stronger than needed for certain roll over situations, and it may not be nearly strong enough in others. At the time it was developed it was considered to be acceptable to whoever put it together, or minimally a compromise of the various opinions of the group that established it, and it could likely be defended as sound criteria to measure against. In regard to the Saginaw canopy or other aftermarket non-certified structures. Do they meet standards? Maybe? They likely have never been officially tested because that costs a lot of money. IF it was tested and certified, they could charge a lot more for it, but if the price was raised they would probably sell far fewer units. It's a business decision. Will they keep a tractor from rolling over and protect the operator? Yes in some situation, No in others. Which is exactly true for certified ROPS systems. They will prevent roll over and protect the operator for a certain type and speed of roll over. They will not prevent and protect IN ALL roll overs. Same as steel toed boots. Good when you drop a pallet or moderate weight on your foot, but drop something heavy enough and the steel toe won't matter. Forgot to add that, it is the owners/operators choice (for now) as to what they feel comfortable with for risk. I personally feel safe without a ROPS on most of tractors I drive. There have been times where I would want one though. Loading and unloading from a trailer is usually one of those times.
  15. My wife might be able to get some of it. Can you post a little better picture?