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  1. Hi Guys , Been laying low this summer no projects going (yet) However , was asked to participate in the Kerman , ca . harvest festival parade . the parade Marshall was 92 year old jean Hardie known as the John Deere queen and cotton queen so only fitting they pulled her in parade with my 30 foot green cotton trailer pulled by a new John tractor I entered the SC and 28 FH mower , SMTA and 71 baler , La Case lp being it was from a long time Kerman family, Carol drove Herbie my latest IH truck also . my son on SC , Grandson of original owner of case driving , me on SMTA, Carol in Herbie, the older lady in center of my cousins is Jean Hardie being celebrated in her farm community , the fellow on the Fergie 40 is my friend and Kerman farmer Joe Porto on his Late fathers tractor . few pictures the estimate 2000- 2500 people lined the street in this small Calif Central Valley farm community wish pictures were better settings but all my picture takers were driving something so we took from the seats. Tony
    23 points
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  3. I finally took time today to paint our two new jib cranes that I am putting in our new addition of the shop. I finished the last 38 ft of the main shop that was cold storage last fall and my good friend come up from my home town and we built these a few weeks ago . They will get welded to big steel plates that are 1 1/4” thick 4 ft square and the frames go 7 ft in the ground in a 3 ft hole . These hoists are probably over kill but they can never be to safe when it comes to this stuff . We work on some big stuff and the last thing is I don’t want anyone getting hurt
    22 points
  4. Oh did we have fun! I met a bunch of guys I had never met in person before and so many people it was hard to keep track! I will just post a bunch of pics on here. Not all will be red. If you are on FB go to “back roads of IL tractor group”. More pics and videos there. Thank you everyone for coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    22 points
  5. Little backhoe for a little operator
    20 points
  6. I spent the past week at our county fair. My oldest son Isaac, joined 4h this past year and took a market dairy goat. Nobody in our family had ever done 4h before and nobody in our family had ever even owned a goat so he had to learn everything from scratch. Well he worked really hard, listened to more experienced people, learned all could and he ended up winning 3rd place in his age group for showmanship and his goat also won 3rd place in its class. I am super proud of him.
    20 points
  7. No problem for our resident fabricators @bitty or @Finney That should be good for about whatever “business” you are conducting 😊
    19 points
  8. Been helping my brothers brother n law chop bout two hundered acres of corn silage all last week and all this week but two inches of rain yesterday knocked that out for today I help him every year. I drive a almost new Sterling with a 350hp Cummins and silage dump bed on it, AC with AMFM radio, air seat makes days go easy in that nice rig I will post some pics of the chopping and he has a Claas six row selfpropelled chopper
    18 points
  9. Our town had its local festival this weekend and a group of about 40 Germans came to visit from where we trace most of our ancestors to and the town name comes from. This usually happens every 4-6 years but it has been 8 due to other worldly events. So everything was bigger and better than previous times. We had the Labor Day Weekend tractor trot again this year and combined it with a countryside farm wagon tour for the German visitors. The we used a drone to get some footage and pictures of the ride. It included about 25 tractors (I haven’t done the official count from the drone videos yet) a 30 ft gooseneck trailer, several vehicles, a few golf carts, and a truck pulling the drink trailer. Sadly it was delayed 2 hours and shortened one stop due to rain and the farewell party later that night. The the next day several of us got the tractors back out for a local plow day. We had 22 bottoms on 9 tractors and finished the 22 acre field in about 3 hours. Sorry for not taking more pictures but I was more focused on plowing and trying to get the plow and tractor to work right. I brought out my 37 F-20 with a 2-14 case trip plow. It took me 45 minutes to drive out from home at 5.5 mph due to use not having a deck over to haul it. Only reason I made that drive that long is because I just finished working on it and wanted to see what it could do. I was able to pull in 2nd gear the entire time but it had to work for it and the trip mechanism was sticking and not wanting to work right. I did put two wheel weights on the rear platform to help with traction. Without that weight I wouldn’t have been able to bite in most of the time.
    18 points
  10. I mean NEVER EVER let the kids go with grandpa to take ducks to the auction. They told him that they were allowed to buy a few mini pigs and a pair of turkeys...... I'm not really happy about this. My youngest daughter and her cousin are the guilty parties in this fiasco....
    17 points
  11. It has been awhile since I've posted anything. It has been a busy year and business is booming. I upgraded my service truck about 3 weeks ago. I haven't had a crane since I was a tech at a dealer. It sure is nice having one again. I bought this one out of LA County California. 43000 miles and rust free. 8.1 gasser and Allison auto. 5000lb crane. I'm loving it. It's making me more efficient and saving my back. I got it just in time for pre harvest work. I replaced the bubble up auger and tube, first section of the unload auger, bushings under and on top of the unload auger elbow, some routine maintenance and installed new chopper knives on this 7240.
    17 points
  12. So I was taking chains off the puller tractors to unload and I head a loud pop, my boy comes walking out of the barn shiny red, I scream zeke is that blood and sprinted towards him. The littler trouble maker hit a paint can with a hammer. I for sure have some more grey hairs after that.
    17 points
  13. I guess fall is officially upon us here in my part of MN. Worked all day getting the combine ready, and at 6:00 this evening, the dust began to roll! Probably could have got a truck load out today, but we updated the combines air filter setup, to a pre cleaner style. That took a little longer than I thought it would have. But we’ll be ready to go after it tomorrow!!
    16 points
  14. The route my parents took to school.
    15 points
  15. My oldest of our four got married yesterday. 24 years ago and diapers seems like yesterday. She married a west river South Dakota boy. They bought a trailer and are moving on my farm until they find an acreage. She still lived at home and he had been renting an acreage west of Mitchell. He is an agronomist for LG seeds for eastern South Dakota. Thankful to God for bringing them together.
    15 points
  16. I think cute little kids are exempted anyway.😉 After a Nationally celebrated three days of Labor weekend chousing cows and hauling hay I needed this. It comes from the little girl daughter of a she dj on Y2K today. It helps to picture her saying it in a cute little voice. So she says she says. Why is it so hard to keep a secret on a farm? Because all the potatoes have eyes and the corns have ears............. Brought the first honest smile of the day to my face😃
    15 points
  17. After four inches of rain last Sunday, was able to get the silo filled today. More rain forecasted for tomorrow.
    14 points
  18. Been helping neighbor started in may and 180K later - i just finished grading and seeding today hes going to the finish the two peaks to seal up b4 winter. They leave for florida nov 1st - headed to AZ for the month of oct
    14 points
  19. On this forum I see so many great shots of fathers with their sons and daughters "in the cab" with them. That is the right way! This maybe not so much. 😄
    14 points
  20. With my newly fabbed equal angle hitch installed, hooked up the baler and kicker wagon to the 1958 Farmall 350 and baled some squares. I was pleasantly surprised, the Farmall handled the baler great. Plenty of power too. I am behind, but I have videos of baling with this tractor and will post a few when I get time.
    14 points
  21. Cheers - Buffalo Theory The Buffalo Theory as told by Cliff Clavin: No one can explain this as well as Cliff Clavin, on Cheers. One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm. and here's how it went: "Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. "In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."
    14 points
  22. But a good one. 5 of us left at 6 this morning to drive to Lincoln to look at a Fed Surplus truck to turn into a tender for our VFD, just now got back home We got this 1090 bought But while we was there I saw this one (of five) and couldn't resist taking it "just once around the parking lot"😄 The batteries were up and of course they don't need a key😏 What a cool beast, wish we could of found a use for it, was a blast to drive
    13 points
  23. I think you meant almond juice, I’ve personally never seen an almond with an udder! Now nuts with mammaries, that’s a whole different subject
    13 points
  24. So the one tractor ride I go on is tomorrow. Supposed to rain, my rain-gear is in the box on the carry-all. Spent last Monday shining up the 756 a little, think this is as good as it's going to get, even repainted the muffler. High-temp grill paint, we'll see if it holds up! Had a flat on the trailer when I went to load, bad valve stem. Put spare on, original is at the tire shop, picking it up in the morning. Talking to Iowaboy last Monday I told him I was having '56 series day! Did, too. Took the loader off the 856 so I could have a better look at the tie-rods/steering arms. Tie rods really not that bad, need boots which I have. Steering arms sloppy as all get-out! Not sure exactly what I'm going to do about this yet but tightening things up helped a bunch! Took about 3/4 of the slop out, drives much better now. Drove into the local coop and ran her across the scale, no loader, half a tank of fuel, and me, 10,760 lbs. Couple of pictures; First is the 756 as shiny as it's going to get. Next is the little spot I did on the 856, think it will really pop when I have time to do the whole thing.
    13 points
  25. Slap a couple 1456 decals on him and call it good. 😂
    13 points
  26. We got it for $7000. I got three 1600 gallon tanks donated by a tank manufacturer a few years back. I pulled a trailer to Minnesota to get them. No expense to the district. This truck will put the last of the three into use. We have a pump that was donated to us by another dept to put on it. We will have it on line for under $10K. We will get $12565 from property tax money this year. Out of that, insurance (takes about half), firehall upkeep, electricity, telephone, and the rest goes to maintenance on the trucks and fuel . We are all volunteers, don't take a dime, don't ask for one and in fact pay out of our own pockets for some things just to volunteer our time to run a fire dept. We hold fundraisers also to cover costs. We build, repair and maintain our trucks ourselves. Spend a lot of time away from our jobs and families to do it. It is a job not everyone is willing to do. I think the taxpayers are getting a pretty damn good deal.
    12 points
  27. I can't take credit for this one my son took it tonight while driving to the corn field.
    12 points
  28. My Dad and my Uncle built the house I grew up in starting in 1945. They built 4 saw horses, 2 I ended up with and 2 went to my sister. I've used mine since the 80's for all kinds of projects and one has seriously deteriorated. They used Douglas fir for the top and pine for the legs, probably left over from construction as all the rafters in that house were fir. I had removed some Doug fir floor boards from a CA horse trailer and decided to try and replicate the one rotted horse. I used a white oak fence board I milled for the legs. My joinery isn't as good as the original, but I'm happy with how it turned out. That's a pretty complex cut with a hand saw. I've always like this design because of the wide top and stance. They are almost as stable on rough ground as on the floor, and plenty strong enough for my big self to stand on.
    12 points
  29. Win stoopid prizes. I needed this chuckle.😄 Off to bed with a smile on my face🤠
    12 points
  30. Dads best friend was an original Recon Marine. He was probably more of an uncle to me than my own uncles. He was repairing his motorcycle on Dec 7th 1941. He enlisted a few days later. He was 17 and like many others, I think he lied about his age. Some stories....... During his training there were 3 guys from some street gang in his unit that were always calling him "dumb farmer" he said one night he had enough and put 2 of them in the hospital. He was called into a colonels office fully expecting to be put in jail or kicked out. Instead he was ordered to report to such and such place on such and such day. He said there were probably 100 guys in the quonset hut non knew why they were there. They were told they were going to be a special unit, and they were going to train until they wished they were dead. He said it was several weeks before they were told what they would really be doing. As was mentioned already many just told funny stories....... They often worked with the Navy UDT teams. UDT reconned the beaches and water, the Marines reconned inland. He said they probably reconned over a 100 islands in the pacific. On one recon they found some sort of fruit trees and they started eating the fruit. The fruit was delicious, but within a few minutes they started throwing up, stomach cramps and the sh'its. The liquid kind. They had all stripped naked from the waist down and when they linked up with the UDT guys they asked what was the problem. One guy said something like "I'll show you" and bent over and let go a stream. He said the UDT guys refused to let them in the raft and made them hang on to the gunwales and swim along side back to their pickup point. Another was scary, but afterward funny........ (Glen mentioned that this was his fault.) They were reconning an island that was supposed to have only natives, He was walking point, it was dark, and he walked them right into the middle of a Japanese camp of 50 or so. The camp covered a large area, and being dark, they probably thought they were just Japanese soldiers. They hid in vegetation and gradually crawled back out the way they came. He never lived that one down and they laughed about it later but scary at the time. I have a book about the battle of Okinawa that he gave me. It is signed by the author. Glen's picture is in it and he is mentioned. After Okinawa several Recon Marines and Navy UDT were in a submarine off the coast of Japan. They knew they were going to be going in to recon for an invasion, and he said they fully expected that some would not be coming back. He said they waited and waited and no orders came. They were then sent back out to sea to wait some more. He said it was night and he was topside getting fresh air when they were told the bomb had been dropped. That's how close we came to invading. There are other stories he told me. Many I'm guessing he told no one else and many were not funny. I asked him once about writing his stories down. He passed two years ago. He outlived his wife and his only son. But he did leave me a notebook of some writings and stories. They will stay in my safe. I think that is where he would have wanted them.
    12 points
  31. ,,,a similiar situation in NZ..except it was an ''internment' camp for various foreign Nationals...who were percieved to have possibly posed a threat to the host country.... On another topic, I mentioned a (my ) visit to an RAF Squadron reunion in the UK....Some of the personnel from 684 and 681 RAF Squadron's were involved with the repatriation of Allied prisoners.... from the infamous Japanese prison camps.... ..one of the old 684 Officer's told me of an high ranking American Officer...who was there with his contingent of men to organise specific Prisoners back to the US...by then the 684 and 681 personnel were ''accustomed '' (for want of a better word...)...to the sight and plight of these poor ,thin wretches..that once were strong, vibrant young men of various Allied nationalities...... He said this American stood ..transfixed , looking at these 'men'....and ths old gentleman described, as he remembered, the American Officer's reaction........white faced fury ...but ''controlled unspoken rage'' at the perpetrators at this inhumane treatment.... ,,,I guess it is hard to describe in a few written words..but the memories of those last few days there in Saigon, brought tears to the old blokes eyes ..as he recounted those incidents ,,,and left an indelible impression on me.. Picture of Dad taking part in the Japanese surrender in Saigon...... (We have the Sword at home.......) Mike
    12 points
  32. I'm in trouble with my wife. The Redpower forum has become too popular and is influencing the world. My wife has a bumper sticker that says "eat rice, potatoes make your but big" that is coming apart. She was searching for a replacement and found a post here where I mentioned it and how she had a big butt..... Needless to say I heard about it... Thx-Ace https://www.redpowermagazine.com/forums/topic/124987-potatoes/
    12 points
  33. the second tractor is Ed Carmichael on his 1066 he was one of my favorite pullers back in those days
    12 points
  34. Sunset tonight with a few shorthorns for good measure.
    12 points
  35. One of our landlords had his 1066 in the town parade today. His son owns a body shop and painted it for him. It was bought new by one of my friend’s dad. They also have a 1468, but didn’t bring it. It looks just as good.
    12 points
  36. After a 2 year hiatus, the Annual Vintage Harvest was held, just east of Davenport WA. I always enjoy watching the old machines operating in the wheat fields. Enjoy. BK
    12 points
  37. The UP steam and gas show was this weekend. Michigan chapter 11 was there because IH was featured this year. I took the opportunity to join because this was the closest thing red power related to come to my neck of the woods. It would have been nice to meet some forum members but I didn't have much time to spend there, maybe next time.
    12 points
  38. I don't know how soon I can get back on here. Phone is at 8% and either my charger is bad or phone has an issue..... I'm exhausted, got to get up early again, seemed to sell ok today. I didn't hear a total but I think the auctioneer would have one ? Busy day ahead. Loaded probably 75 or less so far. Good night gentlemen (and ladies)
    12 points
  39. I haul grain, well I think it’s grain?! Mainly rotted and bug infested corn and beans. Well on this farm he has many tractors, from 77 Oliver’s to a New Holland 9284 articulated 4wd. In between all the variety, he has a 1566, well so I thought! Come to find out, it’s actually a 1568 that has been converted to a 436 with an inter cooler. For years the 15 sat in the weeds, in a low area and during snow melt, usually was sitting in about a foot of water. 4 years ago, I had it wrapped up by trading him my trucking bill, but he just didn’t fully commit. As soon as I showed interest he started using it, now it’s been parked for 2 years again. I have no idea engine, or power train condition, but I’m assuming the last time oils were ever changed was before this guy bought it! So here I am about done hauling for him again, and probably for good! I can’t handle being around his moldy grain anymore, it’s causing me health issues! And it takes anywhere from 3-6 hours to get loaded. So all in all, I’d like to save this 15, he’s going to owe me a pretty decent chunk of money in the end, what would you guys value this 15 at? I believe it has original rubber on it also?!
    11 points
  40. ALL SYSTEMS GO!!!!! Sheller crew wants to start around 8. All the wagons are loaded. We will start picking when conditions allow. We will run all day! Bring your side by side, golf cart, lawn chair!
    11 points
  41. Just wanted to share a story about a recent search for a 5488. I was browsing through the Machinery Talk forum on agtalk.com a couple weeks ago and found a guy looking for his dad's 5488. I had replied that if he knew the serial number, I may be able to help him out. He got me the serial number and lucky for him I had the number. It belonged to a member here on red power (IHC5488). I reached out to Matt to see if he still had it. He had traded it off a few years ago but contacted the dealer to see if they had a name for the new owner. Within 3 days, we had the gentleman in contact with the owner of his dad's tractor. Matt had the owners manual with the guys dad's name in it. I believe they worked out a deal to get that back to the guys son (Nathan). Nathan spoke with the current owner of the 5488. It was the main tractor on his farm and wasn't really looking to sell it. It did sound as though he would be willing to look for a tractor to replace it so Nathan can have his dad's tractor back. Nathan is amazed that he was able to locate his dad's 5488 so fast. Something he probably never thought possible but thanks to the registry it was a success. I just wanted to share the story so guys that are working on lists can see they are useful. For guys that have the tractors or know where tractors are that are being recorded, get them added to help the next guy that's looking. I've often wondered myself if it's worth it but this was pretty cool to be a part of. Matt, thanks for your help in tracking down the new owner! I still have a few 1466 tractors that I am searching for. Hopefully I can tell another similar story someday.
    11 points
  42. It sounds like it was better that we auctioned instead of jockey . Was a shorter day selling as we were done around 4:30 with heifers, cows might have sold till 8? Prices seemed strong at this point, no official word yet. Loaded a pot of heifers after a half dozen small trailers after the sale today. I feel like I will be wanting to look into a temporary handicapped parking permit after I sat down at dark and could hardly get back up . There was 667 heifers listed in the catalog for today,
    11 points
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