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  1. Uh, oh, am I to read that as disparaging words about a Ford N? I'm trying to train my kids to be able to take my place here on the farm as soon as they are able. To that end, a few years ago we bought an old 9N for our oldest son (8 at the time) to learn the finer art of tractor driving. Last year we repainted it together. Those little buggers are perfect kid tractors, it gets used all the time. Raking hay, sickle mowing pastures, and giving rides to the siblings and retrieving newborn calves from the pasture:-) Hank also uses it every day to run corn up to our neighbor's pasture where we have 13 heifers. Fun. Keith-
  2. I would guess a lot of people kicked that idea around . I know I thought about how well it would work. The pull type swather table always seemed to lay a more even and well distributed swath. The self propelleds I used would often lay a "herringbone" swath with all the heads in the middle which was not conducive to good drying. Honey and Muxlow built some fine swather attachments but they never seemed to catch on in a big way. Maybe it was the time, ten years too late or something. I picked up this ad off the net sometime ago so it is not one of mine but I could not resist saving it. A unique swather attachment, called the Du-al. Appears to be mounted on a Du-al front end loader frame. . These front-mounted swathers look very interesting and amazingly simple. But...how were they powered? I've never seen one of these old tractors with front PTO, were the front mounted machines powered from the belt pulley? Keith-
  3. I like the 915 ad, thanks for that. I remember my senior trip to Chicago in 1985. One of the stops was, of course, the Museum of Science and Industry. I remember that IH sponsored the agriculture display and one of the featured items was a brand spanking new 915 combine. Now, I need my Canadian (Canadien?) friends to give me a grain harvesting lesson - why windrow the grain prior to combining? It seems that the Canadian prairie (and Montana) is just about the only place I've seen that done. I'm sure there is a logical reason, but to me it just seems like an extra pass through the field, consuming more of the operator's time and fuel. Not to mention the need for additional equipment. Thanks, Keith-
  4. George, when you mentioned your purchase of the 715, I'm assuming that was an IH combine? I was reminded of this photo that I received from one of my railfan friends. A pair of new 715s on a Milwaukee Road train in Milwaukee. The train is headed east, but I have no idea of what the combines final destination will be. The photo date is probably early 1970s. Where were the 715s built? Keith-
  5. Wow! I've just spent an hour looking through this thread and have not yet seen half of it. Great stuff. Thanks to all who have been sharing all of the scans over the last several years. I love all of the old machinery ads, but here's one that will remind all of us what we were wearing back in 1970. Har! Keith-
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