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  1. True story, I may have told it before. I got a call to load cattle on Monday morning in McLaughlin, SD. I left late Sunday afternoon for a leisurely 6 hour drive up there. The dispatcher hadn’t said anything about where we were loading, so I assumed a sale barn (1st mistake). About halfway there, I punched “McLaughlin livestock sales” into the ‘white man’s magic phone’, and it came up with a map and an address, just a block off the main highway (2nd mistake). When I got there, I took a left off the highway (3rd mistake). After going two blocks, it became apparent to me that there was no sale barn there. “Not a big deal, I’ll just find a place to turn around and park at the elevator back there”, I thought (4th mistake). After 4 blocks, the town ended suddenly. Well, go to the next mile road and turn around, right? I found the next mile road OK, but the intersection was on a hill and a curve. “Can’t be that bad, I’ll go a mile west and turn around at the intersection (5th mistake). The road turned from gravel to dirt after a mile, and there was no intersection. “But I see a light up ahead, bet I can turn around there!” (6th mistake). The dirt road angled hard to the left, but the light was closer, no turning back now. The road ended 50 yards from a mobile home, which had all the lights on and was surrounded by pickups. I had slowed almost to a crawl, looking forward a place to turn around, when I spied tracks going around the house on both ends. So, I grabbed a couple gears and did a hot lap around a trailer house In the Middle of Nowhere, SD, at 11:30 on a Sunday night, and put the hammer down and got back to town and parked at the elevator, which I should have done in the first place. That ‘white mans magic phone’ lost a whole lot of luster that night.
    9 points
  2. Had a little storm go through here yesterday evening. If you look close, it is a full double rainbow.
    6 points
  3. As Dolly above can attest to, nothing better than a cool dip on a hot day. Cash appreciates the many "swimming pools" I keep full just for him😄
    5 points
  4. You ask what goes through the addicts mind? Desperation, self esteem is in the basement, the feelng of nothing is going to change, get better, you have tried to rehab/quit and you've failed, so YOU are a failure, if I'm a failure then I am failing my family, how do I correct this? I leave, bottom line you are so sick and tired of failure you don't look at things being better tomorrow because all of the tomorrows past led to this and it is not better its worse, and if people think that this is the easy way out they are so far off base because this is not easy, for me the thought process was with my family and right until the missfire I could not believe the second chance. Like the old saying life is a biitch and then you die I'm glad I came out of the doldrums because since that time life has been pretty bloody good, and after 10 years of total total sobriety its been great, I wish this young man could have found out for himself, I have sort of wandered here but you were wondering what this fellows thought process was and this is the answer that I found. RIP.
    4 points
  5. Not too tech savvy here....lol
    3 points
  6. And you might have one hung left and another right to allow you to work both sides, sort of like tin snips have left and right
    3 points
  7. @ihrondiesel and @Lazy WP...... Re the "" white mans magic ' bit...when I worked those three years in the Caribbean.....my tasks included the very onerous task of trying to teach blokes,that couldn't really speak English beyond ''show me start..show me stop''...this for'''driving '' the Class Eight 6x4 trucks.... or '''sun glass good for weld ''...in the again vain endeavor of trying to teach these blokes to weld ...and many other tasks.... Thus..I would explain in great detail about how to go about these jobs...but I might have just as well said "'Did you get lucky last night ?"'...or something equally inane...because on asking the question...."'Do you understand that ?''...they , to a man, would say'' Yeeeesss '' which translates into "'No, we haven't a f***ing clue ".......so as time went on...and I learnt a little bit of Spanish......and an even less little bit of Creole'...if the answers to their questions were beyond my capability , to answer in a way in which they just might understand....I would reply...''Ah....just white mans magic''...This covered all bases, so to speak...and became a bit of a 'catchphrase' around the 400 odd blokes on the job site... You would hear in very bad English..."'Ho ...that be poppa Mike and his white magic'' ....You had to be there to hear that...it was funny Mike pic...no white mans magic there......
    3 points
  8. Here are a few of mine. Nothing special. I’m still trying to find one of my grandpa’s that has “Hand Made in USA” in big letters on the side. Not sure where that one wandered off to. this double bit is a Mann from Lewiston, PA. this one is always by the wood stove. No makers mark that I could find. It has a strange bevel to it. Flat on this side, beveled on the other. Just another old double bit that looks worked to death. Just a large B for a makers mark. lastly I have to put this one in. It’s almost too nice. Hults Bruk, 2 lb head.
    3 points
  9. Well we got the sickle mower back together and hooked up the hydraulic lift even, talk about living. Whew took some time and adjusted it until the clamps had the space set right (I used a hammer) and then adjusted some of the guards up. mowed the ditches down to the corner and back. Unreal what a well adjusted Machine can do.
    3 points
  10. Neat video done up about the Red Power show last month.
    3 points
  11. I have both the white mans magic phone, as well as a high dollar super dooper truck GPS. I can’t remember what town it was in Minnesota, but I missed a detour in the middle of road construction and took the first decent looking street thinking I could get turned around. Pretty sure the nice houses around that golf course have never before nor since, had a Peterbilt and 50 foot hopper crossing manicured lawns. Never did find the detour.
    3 points
  12. 3 points
  13. I also have an adze like that as well as my grandfather's "Lip Adze" which has a small (@ 3/16") lip turned up on the edges. He was a boatbuilder and the lip adze was favored in that construction for some reason. I guess you could hollow something out with it. The lip adze also has a forged tapered "pin" protruding out the back about 3". I assume it had something to do with driving in wooden pegs? They look exactly like these. Mine has the squarer handle. I will have to look for markings. We last used the regular adze beveling the ends of fence posts for a split rail fence.
    2 points
  14. I still have a similar version of that little flat sided hewing axe and I still have the wrist damage from using it fifty years ago. I helped a neighbour building some rail fence/cattle shelter and used that little short handled one hand axe for way too long. My wrist was useless for a day or so after that and I still feel it at times. A good two handed axe is better. I have a really old and well preserved "adze" here that I think was used constructing some of the original log buildings on this farm. Also a really ancient axe head that my dad found in the field in his early farming days.
    2 points
  15. Checked another outbuilding and found the one I was looking for. I’m not sure if this is anything special or not. But I think it’s interesting. Needs to be rehandled.
    2 points
  16. Almost embarrassed to say but....no not yet. Case engineering is telling me that it has to go thru a self learning process and will possibly self heal. I have long ago quit tracking my labor on this job...just want to fix it and move on. @SDman has sent me some good info. Customer came by yesterday and dropped off a NH version of the same machine yesterday with the same issue.
    2 points
  17. 7000 tons of rock placed over several different sites..using 6x4 trucks ,Cat and Volvo Dumpers...and even the 6140JD and the ex International S2670 "Farm Trailer''...for carting into locations where the big boys would have considerable difficulty acessing, due to under foot conditions..in other words ..."Mud " We have , down under, the""Dept of Conservation" ...a Govt body of , in the main, people who just waste their Oxygen quota....difficult pricks who go to work just to eat their lunch.... a body of people so inefficient at doing their "job' , that to get permission to remove a minor portion of the vast quantity of loose, big ''Floaters' ...that abound in these 'Sub Mountainous ' areas, it takes around six bloody months for a written submission, to be ''actioned''....a verb, totally unsuited to any Govt Dept....because ,usually the requst is denied.. It not as though we are selling the Rock to China..merely relocating said rock to try and prevent further river feuled erosion Almost like trying to "Conserve" ..the simple hillbilly would presume.... ''pics....a wide river to cross, with JD and trailer....travelled about four knots crossing it. ( )..........dead Salmon....dozens of them up the side creeks...a good 70 miles from the sea...three pics of JD and trailer..middle pic is ''pinching '' rock from a secluded spot, Without the Dept of Conservation, hopefully , ever noticing..pic looking up the valley ..'snow'' you know...Cat 30 tonner , waving a three ton rock breaker on the bluff..to allow Cat dumper to get around the 'road....Loading the old IH T2670.... groynes with 400 tons of rock in each...Cat again....and heading back to the Station H/Q...as the evening mist starts arriving ...and perhaps one of you more computor adept blokes could tell me how you place a picture...with a brief text /description underneath....TIA !! Mike
    2 points
  18. @Mudfly That bevel is for hewing. It would be used to flatten a board or beam for various purposes.
    2 points
  19. Good news! Got an email saying they are preparing my order for shipment. I hope to get it soon. Thx-Ace
    2 points
  20. Never late in a 3408!
    2 points
  21. I wonder how many of those the R.R. underpass, 3 blocks south of the Capitol building, in Pierre, S.D. , is gonna catch. GPS keeps telling truckers they can go that way, but the bridge is only marked for 10 Ft. clearance. It's a tough one tho.... Mike
    2 points
  22. Dad would pull the sickle. Open the foot vice so the section would just slide through but the bar would rest on the vise and then hit the back if the section with a ball peen, dropping the sections on the floor and pulling the bar down until done. Then on the anvil with a punch drive the rivets. He then on the anvil put the sections on and peen them over. If I remember correctly a 7 foot could be done in 45 minutes.
    2 points
  23. ..speaking of boats....not an ''awesome'' picture...but a real fun experience.... Shotover River South Island NZ ...the ''awesome '' experience comes in "'hunter's"" jet boats, on the South Island rivers heading into the Mountains... ...just have good boots and paid up Life Insurance.... Mike
    2 points
  24. Prayers for the family sent. Suicide comes from a very dark place. Beyond the comprehension of most of us not in that situation. No person in their right mind would do that to a family they cared about, they might envision they are doing the world a favor by leaving it, when what the world really needs is them to get and accept help.
    2 points
  25. Did this 544 in 2018. Power washed and degreased. Scraped more old dirt off and removed more parts. Rolled back out and power washed a 2nd time. Made sure all leaks were taken care of. Scuff and used wax/grease remover. Also wire wheeled tough to get areas. Cleaned again with wax and grease remover. Tack clothes from paint shop also help. Some areas used self etching primer. I used a few 2150 cans to first to get hard to reach spots. As others said make sure have water separator. Final spray was 2150 with hardener. Be sure to have a good respirator. I’m not a professional but this one came out ok. TP Tools in Canfield, OH, has a lot of good paint items. The 544 is used for raking hay and was used this year to spray since the 884 was waiting on the injection pump.
    2 points
  26. Didn't look to me like the factory was scared of a few runs now and then, so I never did either..... More authentic that way I figured... Mike
    2 points
  27. And having been there, I doubt that you’d get an “idiot trucker” comment from me. That wasn’t the last notable experience I had behind the wheel, and it ended better and much easier than some others.
    1 point
  28. Going to be expensive on the blade side of cutting. Lots of grit and stones and sand imbedded in those I bet . Brother in law got some "mats" from the pipeline and I saw him cut one in dim light and the sparks from the chainsaw was incredible
    1 point
  29. Slow cranking may, or may not be the starter motor. I'd take a good look at the cables, both power and ground and the battery shut-off switch if it has one. It's kind of a hostile environment, especially salt water.
    1 point
  30. 🙏 and alot more prayers
    1 point
  31. The 40 psi isn't critical to operation, but it is preferable...more than once I've seen this problem because the "cup" on the spool has been installed upside down. As far as the normal engagement of yours, I would rather think you have cut, worn, or old seal or o-ring that may not have been replaced when overhauled. Could also possibly be a flaw in the casting, too, I suppose. More often than not I've seen people rebuild these units and not replace every single o-ring or seal because "those never give problems"....well, after 40++ years....yeah, they do. Travis
    1 point
  32. Coming from you Ron I thought youda be wantin' to stuff a 6NZ in her💪🏻 😂
    1 point
  33. Spent the last 10 days traveling to, fishing in, and driving home from the Canadian side of the Lake of The Woods. The last time I was up was in '18, skipped '19 for some reason then covid wiped out '20 and '21. When I was younger, I spent large amounts of the summer there. Was really good to get back. This my fishing buddy Bob's boat. Left my little dingy at home and fished out of the back of this one. The fishing was kind of a mixed bag; Walleyes started out on fire, then tapered off as the week progressed. Mayfly's were starting to hatch pretty heavy as we headed home. Caught probably 15 smallmouths, didn't target them specifically, just happy accidents. Pike weren't on fire but we caught plenty anyway. Fishing buddy won the pike derby by 2, we keep track. The object is to catch the least. Many times he has jumped out to a large early lead and then I put on a late charge. The muskies, (what we go for) were in an early season funk. I caught one the first morning and only had follows the rest of the week. Couple of near misses but no hooks. Bob did better, had three or four after I got there and I think he caught three before I got there. Nothing big enough to bring in the boat and take pictures of. I did catch the biggest walleye of my career, 27&1/2". I had pretty limited internet service, why I haven't been on much. Anyway, here's some pictures.
    1 point
  34. I wash, hot dish soap soapy water in a hand sprayer, then hot water pressure washer, then sand/scuff/prep etc, then to get the bulk of the sanding residue off along with any more oil and grease that has popped up, a thing that I like to do is to take a gallon or two of -cheap- paint thinner (like the $8 plastic jug from the hardware store, not the tin can of $30-50 reducer from the paint shop) and I put that through a pressurized sprayer of some sort (I use an under coating gun, but your paint gun or a siphon hose air wand would work too) and I sort of indoor “pressure wash” the machine again with the thinner, working top to bottom. Maybe do that twice. And then wipe it all down by hand with a higher quality paint prep solvent, and tac cloths, just before shooting the primer. I use a garden sprayer to keep the shop floor wet while painting too. Because it traps the paint overspray dust and keeps the regular dust down as well.
    1 point
  35. Couple of pics for OBG taken at a 4 of July car show
    1 point
  36. At a friends place yesterday.
    1 point
  37. If I was to paint a working tractor today I would power wash and degrease a couple times. Clean with a solvent wax and grease remover. Scuff what I could with a scotch bright. Clean with wax and grease remover again. Epoxy everything with a grey epoxy, following instructions for cure time and then paint with a high quality single stage paint. Sounds easy!
    1 point
  38. Took a couple of pics in the evening and one out the back door of the cabin.
    1 point
  39. Do the nooks and crannies first then work your way out. That will give your painting hand a chance to warm up and also give you an idea how the paint will lay.
    1 point
  40. Mike, when I have a bunch of pictures to post, I "choose files" and get them all in the queue at the bottom, then list them in order in my mind, write a caption for the first one, hit "enter", then hit "insert" under the picture, then "enter", write caption for the next pic, enter, insert, enter, caption, etc etc. This puts caption ahead of picture, but you could post picture then hit enter then caption etc. I think "enter" is the key to not having pictures spread too widely in post. great story and pictures.
    1 point
  41. Great pics Mike!!! I'm not too savvy but here's a simple way. Post one pic per post with the description.
    1 point
  42. Russ...we are ''dog less'' at the moment....the trauma of loosing our most recent dog to a particular phenomena, that NZ ''Huntaways '' seem to get at around six/ eight years old..was such that its taken a day or two hundred to get another.... So, in South Island, NZ we have a bunch of High Country Stations...where several shepherds plus the Boss (Owner ) ...can have an absolute multitude of good working dogs....However, it is tough on them, running up high, in shingle scree rocks etc mustering sheep ...so the dogs are often retired , before they get to old ....and have to be ''put down''...you get the drift... So there is always a bunch of good working dogs...older dogs...to ''give to a good home ''We have had one , two dogs ago (!!)....she was a great companion...but inevitably time took her out....more tears in the house..sigh So , as of now, my old Cook has got a hound lined up for us....pups are great ,but getting an older dog saves the Cooks slippers getting chewed up..or the chooks getting chased into the trees,,or the cat harrased etc etc..Anyway when the new old "Hound :" arrives...it will add to the multitude allready on this topic.... Thanks again for your insight into one of mans great companions.. Picture of second to last hound...she loved riding in or out of the vehicles Mike
    1 point
  43. Took closer look at picture. Appears that supply to steering is coming from regulator block. Means flow divider and steering relief in regulator. At this point. With loader and backhoe I can't be certain how the plumbing is routed. What I'm getting to is if the hydraulics are working and steering isn't. Deadheading a downstream valve and having steering as long as valve deadheaded. Indicates worn flow divider. Which pto is dependent on which gears are in front. Serial number should indicate. Either will fit but speed will be off. I'm not usually on this board but you can tag, quote or pm if you think I can help.
    1 point
  44. Ok try to read the third line now. Eat Cat bird bunny squirrel Bowling ball You failed you just used words you knew
    1 point
  45. The other thing we worked on was the clean grain auger and 'Boot'. Not sure the actual term so I just call it a boot. Here again the plan was to use the one from the salvage machine and again decided not to. It will get a new one also. The thinking is with new stuff and the low amount of acres I run it should outlast me. I had repaired the boot that is going on over the course of the winter, the paddles on the chain wear these things pretty bad. Also had the air conditioning guy down to look at the old girl, don't want to cook through another harvest! Have some oil drips to look into and who knows what else.
    1 point
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