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  1. Tinkering with Red tractors is hands down the #1 for me. Woodworking would be the runner up , I was lucky to work part time in a furniture shop for several years and learned many tricks of the trade. A few pictures … 2.5” walnut from a tree in my uncle’s backyard turned into a dining table - he jokes it could be used as a hurricane shelter , it’s not light. Coffee table I rushed to get built for Christmas one year, didn’t have time to stain it - hard maple from our own bush. I bought a bunch of odds and ends plexiglass scraps at an auction and pumped out picture frames for a while like no tomorrow. Even a few favourite vintage ads made it up on the wall.
    8 points
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  3. like this one in my gravel pit?? Ran when I got it, but sat long enough that the engine is stuck. the snowplow is massive. No hitch on the back, just a humongous flat slab of weight that doubles as a step to get in. number behind the choke cable is 607 NYC 60xx... Original post looks like 15 off from mine. There was another 460 NYC snowplow in Nelson NY not that many years ago. I have also seen one Minnie-Mo set up the same way.
    6 points
  4. in respect of your 'timber' comment.......it is difficult to see from where the idiots are coming on this matter......given the milled timber will live for ever in a house...well you know what I am saying......I have had a female ''Officer'' from the Forestry Dept that oversees private sawmills...however humble....fossicking around the slab heap at our mill... She was, of course, looking for native slab wood.......but the hillbillys after milling any Native Timber, illegally...just make sure the slab heap is covered with Pinus Radiata or macrocarpa or eucalyptus or whatever.....Rather obvious what is required....to protect one's self from those meddling pricks.........which of course shows how out of touch with reality these muppets are.... In respect , @Mudfly, of the new Hyundai Excavator.....having been with Excavators since 1971....this one is without any doubt, the best I have had to operate...I had my own Hitachi EX200 very near new (from deceased estate...)...and later I operated a new PC 200 Komatsu.....I have never been on really big excavators ...a 45 ton Caterpillar was the biggest ...but I have been on a variety of different marques , over the years....and this Hyundai has evolved along with best , I believe.... The cab is an absolute delight , in which to check out what is happening at the business end of things....A place for everything....even for my old American , Tennessee made steel thermos....place for sunglass's / proper cup / lunch bag / 'phone or six inch crescent (!!) / bum fodder cupboard / tape measure and more...and the heater -de- mister is brilliant.....it will ''de-fog' the complete glass all around the operator in a couple of minutes.. Some of the older machines would fog up when one cleared one's throat....and never really clear the main screen...never mind the whole outfit....Oh yes......and heated seat base and back !! The hydraulics are almost to powerful for the 22 ton weight.....This morning I was stripping topsoil for a new (internal ) road.....using a six foot wide tilt bucket etc...It was sort of raining early on , but once it settled in the machine just slides all round.....as you would expect to a degree ...but it will pull itself up to one of those thousands of big stones I have windrowed of late...if the stone is reluctant to leave its home.... 409 cubic inch Cummins.....constant 13 point 6 liters per hour feul consumption....500 hour service interval (yeah ?? )....stronger top roller pedestals than the preceding model Hyundai.... and so on... Bloody good machine ... Mike
    5 points
  5. I call the unfair contest, there's no way I'm holding my breath to get any pics! That I I don't think I could handle not knowing what's just out of eyesight, I've seen Jaws! I went to universal studios as a kid and that ride with Jaws coming at me on my side was all it took!
    4 points
  6. Dragonfly taken photo with my cell phone
    4 points
  7. Ok. Changed fluid, filters, cleaned screens. Previous owner adjusted the steering so badly it was applying brakes and not even releasing clutches. So I sprayed everything in there with rust blaster and we set everything back to factory adjustments. Steers left fine but right side is still stuck. Greased it and gave it a workout. Hopefully right side will free. Best part is Ian loves it ! up.
    3 points
  8. I'm happy for my daughter to have been selected to sing at the FFA convention this fall. She graduated from homeschool this year so I'm also grateful for my wife to school her and the others. I'm told that they will be on RF TV even . Not sure if this link will work so I added a picture also https://www.tiogapublishing.com/the_wellsboro_mansfield_gazette/community/local-ffa-member-grace-bishop-chosen-to-perform-with-national-ffa-chorus/article_ed287e00-453b-11ee-a310-0be580686e85.html?utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR2ksJ9Ln73RrNaz7vP44cnEhPjSKrp7y-DIJgt_dqNTBiYuuD_7m2g-Dbo
    3 points
  9. .....the rocks are never ending .....recently loaded all the big ones on to the Caterrpillar for a five mile run up through the river bed to place then in two groynes very close to the Station Head Quarters...as always despite having endless big rock, the several hundred tons ,placed, will prove totally inadequate...when the next 50 year flood turns up....We had one two yrs ago , so its due anytime.... Also had to pick up the numerous willow trees that the most recent flood had ripped out....and lay them back into the now naked river bank,...set them in the river bed and lay them 45 degrees to the bank ..not the easiest of tasks...hence you won't see any pictures of those efforts...( )..however, they are in place...but the big bonus for me personally was the fact of about ten 300 yr old New Zealand Silver beech trees , scattered about in one area.....Now, the idiots that run this country will let you 'firewood'' a downed native timber tree..but without a permit and screeds of paper work , this tree cannot be milled ...However..to be fair, we left the ones that were partially immersed in sand and gravel...and took out the ones that looked quite clean of imbedded stones..in fact had no issue with cutting these to length to fit on a Mate's 6x4 Isuzu for the trip home ...to the mill .... Three loads ...a hanging offence ..mind you the loads were kept below water level.....Safety first !!!...and hard to notice after dark.....It was completed on a Sunday....Beautiful timber for interior panel work... Then with that task completed, the Excavator was shifted a few miles south, on the Kenworth...and I had to place more rock over that cloth you can see in second last picture, cloth that was uncovered after a big flood....Had to dig the toe out, place specific size rock therein...and smaller rock to the top ground level..This at the Military Exercise base waaay up the Wairau River Valley on the Rainbow Station.... Mike
    3 points
  10. Had a pretty successful sweet corn season here, but put a lot of effort into it because 2022 and 2021 really sucked. Four separate plantings, had good daily eating for a full six weeks. Fifty quarts in freezer. Solar charger and three wire fence kept it coon free the whole time.
    3 points
  11. As my son says about our Oliver, it's the wrong green. My son gives me a hard time about the IHs, I give him a hard time about his 3010. We both give my wife a hard time about her Moline. Such is life in the tractor world.
    3 points
  12. Well the cereals are all done now. Finished up the last little patches of barley this afternoon. Spent the later part of the afternoon going over the combine and servicing it. It needed a oil change a few little things addressed. Hopefully get going on canola tomorrow and maybe make up some lost time if things go smoothly. Shouldn’t have to haul any more grain into the elevator so that frees up a few hours of the day. Water pump went out on the combine the other day so had to run to Melfort late afternoon and grab one. Easy repair at least. Not quite half done yet. After tomorrow maybe, depends how the day goes.
    3 points
  13. We try to plant around 2lbs of sweet corn seed every year. Coons got into it before the kernels started getting filled out....made short work of solving that problem....they like fish and cat food more than sweet corn. I started picking to eat just as the kernels were starting to turn yellow 2 and a half weeks ago. I like it about where it is now with the kernels good and firm.... I'll still be eating it until it gets too tough. I've given countless dozens away already. It's nothing for me to have it 3x's a day. A dozen or so a day at that. I grew up growing a large garden and eating stuff by the bushel. Going to a farm stand to buy stuff by the quart doesn't cut it lol At $5-$7 a dozen locally. We eat like royalty
    3 points
  14. I'm with you, that stuff isn't for me either. I'm fearless with a lot of stuff, even had the nickname Feerless by a few people.
    3 points
  15. I got my little genius 1 bottom plow put back together after the restoration. I hope to use it behind my T4 crawler this fall after we harvest soybeans.
    2 points
  16. Towing a ford with a ford seems like a good way to end up broken down with 2 trucks beside the road.
    2 points
  17. Awesome,you have a right to be proud.Tell her congratulations from me (just one of your nut job keyboard acquaintances) and you and your wife deserve congratulations too.Its hard to raise kids correctly and it's evident that you did and do.
    2 points
  18. Time for an update. Getting to the draft control took some effort. Hydrotek's assessment was spot on - there is a shaft (pin?) inside the draft spring and this had dislodged. Pulling the spring back with a Crescent wrench was a piece of cake. I have "fixed" the shaft to the spring with a zip tie. If this ever disintegrates and falls into the gears below, the plastic would just get crushed. The (revised) draft pin isn't available as spare part anymore, so can only try and mend what you have. Lesson learned: DONT mess with the draft control while the linkage is up. Thanks for your help guys 👍 Frank
    2 points
  19. ...very little snow this winter.....Good frosts in the A.M. ..but I am always careful about regaling you blokes re 'cold ' temperatures that we might have...!! Given what happens in North America, winter temperature wise...you blokes would be running around in jock straps and sun glasses no doubt, if you came over here in our winter ,,, Mike
    2 points
  20. The Water here is remarkably clear, calm, and 81 degrees. I did not edit or change the pictures , it really is amazing. Saw a couple whales today but i couldn’t tell for sure what kind. Most of the sharks are just Black tips and are not really that interested in us. They circle a few times, look at you and move on.
    2 points
  21. I farm and ranch for a living, if you can call it that... Hobbies include helping with boy scouts, sailing, hiking/backpacking, got several guns but don't hunt or even shoot as much as I used to. My kids say I collect old iron...
    2 points
  22. What really impressed me, on my first time ever in San Francisco Ca in 1964, was the electric bus and cable car system. Perfect application of electric cars and buses. The cable cars [still in use] are driven by an under street cable powered the the city electric system for streets too steep for the buses. The buses were electric buses powered by overhead wires, very common world wide prior to diesels taking over. [Overhead electric buses were even around Dallas if I have read the correct propaganda] In a contained city electric systems are a good fit. The dumb idea was removing the non-polluting electric buses and replacing them with diesels. About the same as replacing diesels with LI batts in farm equipment where they run all day in remote areas.
    2 points
  23. One my Sons’ exspresed an interest in a little tractor I’ve had around for several years, waiting for a resurrection. I jumped at the chance to help him . The little Mustang was a salvage when I drug it home. I oiled the cylinders when I got it and set it in a row. Nick got it running the first day , engine uncoupled. That’s me the proud Dad running the Drott
    2 points
  24. Did a little gas line work to connect the new shop fuel line. (Had to convert from 1" CTS to 1" IPS, so a few extra fittings were needed). Hung furnace and ran vent piping. Still needs indoor fuel line piping run.
    2 points
  25. Raked hay with the Hydro 86. Didn’t get a picture of the tractor though!
    2 points
  26. Well we gave it a shot, we'll see how long she lasts.
    2 points
  27. The first of the 2023 corn is in the bag here. We’re using a Richiger bagger that has a roller mill integrated into it. The corn is above 30% moisture and will be used for cattle feed.
    2 points
  28. Results of the scoring so far Raccoons -24 Dennis 3 overdone I win 🥇
    2 points
  29. I like to think that Buttercup and I trained each other to our habits and schedules...
    2 points
  30. ...Now, Mark...I am bringing this up again...merely to show you that there are a bunch of Kiwi's that do not mind a bit of snow.....in fact on one of the major South Island Ski Fields.....1600 souls braved the slopes in what is called the "'Polar Bare "" event...however, because Australia is really a country of '' Wall to wall....sweet F all'' when it comes to snow falls, 85% of the 1600 souls , were, in fact Australians.... Picture enclosed......for your gratification....... Mike .(.....and, Skiing is a form of recreation or hobby......I happen to like old Lever guns and tractors........ )
    2 points
  31. @mike newman Maybe I missed it, but have you provided a review of the Hyundai excavator after a season of work? I don't understand how salvaging timber for lumber that would otherwise rot and cause (gasp) carbon emissions; is a bad thing in the eyes of those theoretically in-charge. However none of that makes sense to me. I have been in the room when different branch of the Dept of Natural Resources (minerals, timber, wildlife, etc) have been arguing with each other over what is "best practice". I had to sit back and chuckle as that is when you fully understand that they don't really have a clue either and most of the BS rules are made up; or at a minimum poorly thought out and nearly impossible to implement (e.g placing your trees back at 45 degrees to the bank).
    2 points
  32. I am a Automotive Engineer. I enjoy, working on home improvements, have a street strip Mustang runs 11.10 in the quarter DOT naturally aspired SBF, built mostly by me. From the years of tractor pulling building my own engines I have vast experience in engine building. My 656 proves that with a 3rd place finish in the 9K farm class, there was no other gas in the top 10. Have 3 CT70's from when I grew up, just recently bought a Honda 1972 SL100. I enjoy fixing and dirt road riding these old Honda's. Mountain biking here and there. RC boat and truck recently repower with latest radio, ESC and Lipo batteries. Designing my dream garage and sub contracting the build. I just enjoy tinkering, fixing stuff up. And many of these hobbies knowledge carries over to one other. I also enjoy cutting wood in the winter, hunting and shooting when the time allows. New to come hobby...In a month I will become a father, me and my wife are having a baby girl. Rebuilt my moms deck in 2016 with composite material. My Mustang at the strip with street tires Snowmobiling in the UP of Michigan. My sled is on the left, I am on the right. My newly acquired SL100, have about $800 in parts fixing it up. My other 3 CT70'S I have had since a teenager. RC stuff Mountain bike My garage plans drawn in AutoCAD
    2 points
  33. The Skidder is built out of a WC Allis engine and transmission and two Farmall F12 rear ends. It is articulated and has a 8000# winch on the back. here are a few more pics.
    2 points
  34. My cows and farm are my after work “relaxation “.
    2 points
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