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    Farming, music, rodeos, and all around good times. We farm with a 2013 Farmall 105U, 1996 Case IH 3230, 2 1990 7120 Magnums (1 fwa, 1 2wd ) 1, 1981 IH 786, 1,1963 Farmall 460 gas, and 1 1948 Farmall H. Have a 2005 2377 combine with correspondening heads. A Case IH 6500 conser til chisel plow and even a 56 forage blower. Also own a 1988 9370 IH Eagle semi tractor to pull hopper bottom.Everything else is a conglomeration of stuff to make the farm go round. Am a IH guy born in the Case IH era.

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  1. So there isn't any difference amongst the different model mounts after the change over? So if i found a head off of a newer Fox chopper, it would fit on our 3300? Like possibly a 3310?
  2. We own a Fox 3300 forage chopper from the mid 70s. We only have a hay pickup head on it and we haven't used it since 2015 to chop hay. Chopping corn we are teamed up with a neighbor with a self propelled JD chopper (5440). We helped him fill his silos and he brought his stuff to fill our silo for the cost of fuel. It has worked great. However the neighbor quit feeding cattle a year ago and only has his beef cow herd now. The chopper is flat wore out. He brought the chopper over for us to chop and today's session of trying to fill our silo turned into a complete and utter cluster, you know what. All day we managed to chop 1 load. 4 seperate things went wrong. At this rate the silo will be full about New Years. With him quitting feeding cattle money isn't obviously going to be put into the above mentioned chopper. The Fox we have doesn't have anywhere near the wear on it that the Deere does so we're beginning to wonder if this is a better option for what acreage we're going to chop. I realize that Fox is a orphan, ******* brand but we already have the base and would like to find a narrow row corn head for it if it is at all possible. I remember someone telling about a place somewhere that specialized in Fox chopper parts and i was wondering if they are still in business and if they may have a possible lead on corn heads for these. Thank you for any help.
  3. Congrats. My parents made 40 years at the end of June. Funny thing. My parents didn't do anything for their anniversary as we were busy doing hay on the first semi dry week since who knows when.
  4. I always thought it was wide open on the throttle. Those old guys would have a nervous breakdown watching us run silage up.. Us and the neighbor we chopped with pushed silage up the silo as fast as it will take it up. The blower tractors bark when we're going. We've had the neighbor's 4440 pinned back when running silage up. Our place is the same way.
  5. I mentioned above about my Grandpa's friend being the last one standing and him starting to fade fast. He passed away Tuesday at 93. RIP Joe.
  6. Ill agree with everything said above. Ive told the story before, but ill do it again. I was born in 1984. When the 80s farm crisis was going full bore. Dad farmed full time and shortly before Mom got pregnant with me she was laid off at the car parts plant she worked at. Around our area at that time, you couldn't get meaningful work in town because of all the layoffs in the area. I know before I was born, the town I live near had a unemployment rate of 28 percent. And this was a town of almost 20,000 at the time. Dad was in a partnership with Grandpa on the farm so they muddled along until $--- hit the fan in 1988. Infamous drought year. Also the time frame my parents decided to get pregnant again with my brother. My brother was born with health problems in October that required surgery. So to pay the deductible and whatever the health insurance wouldn't cover, they burnt through what savings they had. They were flat broke then. My Grandmother on my mom's side helped where she could but she was a widow who had been a stay at home mom other than a few part time jobs while Grandpa was in the Air Force. My other Grandparents weren't going to raise a finger to help my folks out. I learned really early you weren't able to rely on them for much. That Christmas was lean. I got a pedal tractor for Christmas. That was it. Im not shallow but I could tell at 4 years old how bad my parents felt. My Dad ended up on a roofing crew that winter to put food on the table. We survived that and then 1990 came around. My Grandpa announced he wanted out of farming and wanted to retire and Dad was going to have to buy him out. Grandpa still owned all the land so Dad had to buy his share of the equipment, the cattle and all the land off of him. The only plus to this was that Dad had the farm paid off before his folks were gone so that my one aunt couldn't touch it when she got greedy. Survive the 80s, just to have to buy your partner out led to a lot more lean years in the 90s. He did offer his physical help until his body started to give out which is where i come in. We picked up more land from my Great Grandpa exiting farming about when my Grandpa's body started failing him. I was 10 and my Dad couldn't afford any help so guess who got tapped. Grandpa would last through the day but by the end he was hurting bad. So with me in the mix either i took over for him when I got home from school or i was on another outfit to get more ground covered. I had to grow up fast in those days. I made money in the process but gave up a childhood in the process as well. I sure learned the value of a dollar through all that. The Girlfriend doesn't understand my mindset on if it's working fine it doesn't need to be replaced whenever you get the urge. She was born to a more well to do family that made their money off of farmers backs (commodity traders on the CBOT) she has no clue what tight means. I told her that her Grandparents would help her folks out where mine either couldn't or wouldn't. Her folks had good jobs so they could budget for what was coming in while we were at the mercy of weather and the CBOT for our income where who knows where all that would shake out.
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    I was a senior in high school. That year i had enough credits that i only went to school in the morning which was to the county votech center in Battle Creek. I was in heavy equipment mechanics. We were going to work on a classmate's truck that day. He pulled it in and said they were on the radio talking about a plane hitting the first WTC tower. (This was between the 2 plane strikes). As stupid as this sounds now, not realizing it was a terrorist attack at first my first thought was "man, somebody sure screwed up big time" The second plane hitting erased that it was a accident. We were watching in the classroom when they broke the news about the Pentagon getting hit. I was on the bus back to the high school when the plane went down in Pennsylvania. Got back to school and went home. Work experience was going home and working on the farm with Dad in the afternoon. We watched the news at lunchtime and then I went and chisel plowed some wheat stubble that afternoon. The one thing that sticks out in my mind to this day is the subsequent stoppage of flights. A lot of planes fly over our place and when they stopped flying over the lack of contrails and distant jet sounds was noticeable.
  8. Dad had a 715 until late 1990 when it was traded for a new 1620. It was falling apart at that point so it was traded out of necessity.
  9. Mark it on the calendar. That type of event should be remembered more than a birthday. If its on the calendar you always have that reminder
  10. I would too. I understand the M sentiment. I had a 656 hydro burn in a barn fire in July 2005. Believe me if i had thought it salvageable, i would have done it in a heartbeat. Fire and heat are hard on machines. You'll be chasing problems with it until damn near every part has been replaced
  11. Yeah, you're correct. If i remember correctly there was a range lever and the PS lever for the gears. Kinda like the Maxxums.
  12. Did you cut it down. That's the ultimate form of vengeance on it. 9 years ago, Dad was opening up a field of soybeans with the 2366. He was in the corner, getting turned around to start the head land. He backed the unloading auger square against a large wild cherry tree. We fixed the auger, but that winter that tree was cut down fo fire wood. Never bent a auger again😉.
  13. Thanks for the info. I know here in Michigan what i said is the case. In fact at times i wonder why we have a MDOT all of the state a highways and a good deal of the Interstates are farmed out to the counties. They mow the grass on the interstates in the summer and that's about it. Snow plowing is county. Mowing on state roads is county, pot hole filling, county. The actual paving and road rebuilding is bidded out.
  14. Is Round Up a restricted use herbicide in New York? If it's like Michigan it isn't which would explain why the state uses it. You don't need a pesticide license to obtain it. You would be hard pressed to find a employee that would have the necessary credentials to use much more than Roundup. According to the rules the person applying a restricted use herbicide if they don't have a license needs to be under the supervision of someone who does. In a place like a state road department there is nothing like that remotely around. Rounup doesn't require this type of supervision. Do i think this is right? No. But it's the way it is. I would really like to know what the agent Orange concoction that the railroads use in their right away. It kills everything.
  15. Around this farm Koyker is spelled POS. About 1996 or 97 Dad bought a Koyker Super 75B grain auger at a auction. It was about 40 ft. We were going to use it to pull corn out of the bin at the main farm instead of the 54 ft GT that we used to get to the top of the bin. It was hardly used when he bought it so he thought he got a good deal. Boy was he wrong. That steaming pile of $--- was in front of the shop more than it was used. If it could break it broke. It loved to strip auger flights, shear the pins holding the auger sections together, had holes develop in the tube for no reason other than rust. Gear box issues abound. Before we stopped using it I had a doctorate at taking that ------- thing apart. The only thing we never had apart was the lower frame work that went to the wheels. I even have a scar on my right arm where i gashed myself on a ripped auger flight trying to take it apart. My body still shows marks from it. We finally gave up on it and pushed it in the fencerow next to a old oak tree that had shedded some limbs. A part of me hoped it would drop on it. Tree is still standing. Dumb thing about it was 5 years ago we were doing harvest. I was running corn up into the wet tank when a pickup pulled up. 2 brothers that we know got out and asked me about the auger in the grass.( you could see it from the road) I know them and wasn't going to lie about it and then get ran through the mud when they found out what type of $--- it was. So i told them the truth. They said give you 50 bucks for it. I said ill hook it up for you right now. ( we were going to cut it up that winter). Didn't even tell Dad until I handed him the money. He couldn't believe they took it.
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