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  1. I never unloaded into a pump. Out of the 14-15 drivers there were only 5-6 that got sent to certain contractors that wheeled a lot of their jobs. Basements were the worst, your chute and the wheelbarrow down in a dark basement and your trying to guess how full the Barrow is. Government jobs like Interstate over passes and bridges were the best. Lot of Illinois 5/Interstate 88 built when I was driving. BIG 50 ton American crawler cranes and one yard buckets, get to the job site, pour your test bar and test cone for slump, inspector checks your turn counter. Then you run out seven one yard buckets, no chutes to mess with. No contractors cleaning all their trowels and tools running you out of water. First day I worked the second summer our sand and maybe the crushed rock was too damp. Seven loads, 49 yards got shot over the edge of the parking lot at the Deck truck stop along I-80 that morning. All 7 failed the slump test, too wet. Best pour I got in on by accident, two about 50-55 year old farmers pouring cattle lot floor along his concrete feed bunk, I backed into the enclosure over the bunk so the exhaust stack was just outside, swung the chute over the feed bunk. Filled the bucket of the BobCat about 1/2 to 2/3rds full and away he went, no wire or rebar, just dump the bucket and the other farmer leveled it a little with a rake, then troweled it a little, they wanted it rough. Looked like they did about a load a week. Pouring the base of the BIG concrete grain silos is fun, around 100 yards in the base, think every truck the company owned got a load, 5-6 trucks unloading full blast at a time. Then about 3-4 days later, a 3-3/4 yard load took off for the whole morning emptying into about a 5 gallon bucket that was winched up and dumped into the sliding forms going up the silo. The silo was about 35-40 ft tall when I got my one and only load. They ended up about 100 ft tall.
  2. I need to do some maintenance on my Cub Cadet LZ 54 Tank. This will be it's 4th year on my 2-1/3 acres. Oil & filter change, sharpen the blades for the first time. Think it has something like 116 hours on it, so about 38-39 hours a year and mowed with it 40 times so far. I never was too interested in a Zero turn because they just mow. Garden tractor can do lots of things, but I only used them to mow. I still have three CC garden tractors, a #70 Dad traded an Original for in 1965, the #72 I bought used in 1981, and the 982 I bought refurbished in 2000. But the TANK is SO much faster. The 72 took 5-6 hours to mow, 982 about 4 hours. Tank takes always under 2-1/2 hours, took just a minute or two over 2 hours twice last summer. I have some yard improvements to do, grinding stumps, pruning trees, think I can get down under 2 hours. I could have got a 60 inch deck but my 54 doesn't fit several places. When SON was still in grade school and liked running his 129 Cub Cadet with 44 inch deck, He and I could mow in around 1-1/2 hours, I'd trim with the 72 and 38 inch deck and SON would fly back and forth in the open area. My yards too rough and bumpy to run that fast with the Tank but it can mow 12 mph, I could mow my yard in 1-1/2 hours if I could stay in the seat.
  3. 806MAN - Sounds like you had good current equipment when you hauled ready-mix. My first year, 1975 I had a 10-wheeler '74 Diamond Reo and 8 yd Rex mixer, 7 yds put us just over weight so only hauled larger loads close to home base. Second year I got stuck in a '66 White that had been laid over on it's side the summer before. Big dent in the drum, cab knocked out of square, with driver's door securely shut could see an inch of daylight between door and door frame. I did get rotated into newer trucks if somebody was off for a day or 2 that year. I was the second truck on a 7 yard pour one day, property owner poured a back porch floor, dyed the readymix to match his house with ALL the dye powder he had, and came up half a yard short. So not only did he get a gray corner on his gold porch with a heck of a cold joint, I darn near got stuck in his back yard. Left ruts a foot deep. The batch of trucks that company had before the '66 Whites were gas powered IH R-series. They had Mack's, Ford's, Sterling's, and are running Peterbilt now, several with those drop down rear axles. I remember the dispatcher telling me my first day to be darned careful where I drive my new Diamond Reo, that it was worth more than most of the houses we poured concrete for, a whole $40,000. I bet those new trucks are WAY more expensive than most of today's houses. I always thought as driving jobs went it was a pretty good job. Short runs, no over-night runs, only down side was your truck was a mobile mud hole. I wore rubber boots most days except on really hot days. Only job better was being a plant spotter at a warehouse or manufacturing plant.
  4. I've been watching what info has been leaked on the new Bronco. I think once you can see and touch one it will be better than the sketches, and that camoflaged thing is a really rough test mule, cab is a Ranger Supercab, pickup box just takes up space on the frame. I did read couple weeks ago the 2-door big Bronco has been killed, only 4-door will be built. The Baby Bronco will be based off a car unibody, but bigger than a Suzuki Samurai which evidently looses it points. There was a rumor the Big Bronco was going to have a mono-beam front axle, just like the heavy-duty Super-Duties. There was a false rumor about a PowerStroke Diesel being built for it too. Ford registering the trademark Scout makes as much sense as them registering Jeep. Granted IH hasn't done anything with Scout since 1980, that's 39 years. I think Ford is just taking it so somebody else doesn't. Leaves them just competing with Jeep.

    Tire project

    Pays to be lucky and have good friends. The 8-spoke cast wheels with double bevel rims makes changing tire size easy too! Dad had an SM-TA from 1960 to spring of '65 that I'm pretty sure got traded for our 450 at Westbay Equipment in Galesburg, I'll. Wish I could find it or one in really good shape like yours. They are a nice tractor.

    Tire project

    I've been looking for a pair of 15.5x38 Firestones like that, the old style 23 degree tire since last fall for my '51 M. Obviously at the wrong tire shops. If I could find a pair of tires I could get the DW14x38 rims tomorrow. Even spent a half hour on the phone with Harry's Farm Tire in Wheatland, Iowa, and 3 of the 4 local shops.
  7. One day summer of 1973 or maybe '74, I was out patching holes in some mile of road I patched the year before, and the Boss, township road commissioner was talking to the County WEED Commissioner. Weed commissioner was responsible for controlling, meaning identifying noxious weeds and seeing that property owners cut or sprayed or burned them, and if after a reasonable amount of time they didn't, having in most cases, the road commissioner and his help cut spray, or burn them and the weed commissioner would get the cost for our time and materials added to the land owner's property tax. Weed commissioner did tell the boss there was one patch of weeds in a remote location he was watching, pretty sure it was being "cultivated", and said if it was cut and dried it's street value in Chicago was enough to buy two brand new Coupe Deville Cadillac's to drive home in. Never had to work weed duty, detassling seed corn the two years before working for the road commissioner was bad enough.
  8. I'd walk around used equipment lots with your tape measure seeing if other brands of implements use that size or similar v-belts, then when you find something usable check the price at a local dealer. Using two bolts and a heavy piece of steel like 1/2" x 2" with two holes for the bolts is another way to replace $58 u-bolts.
  9. When you say, " 1 of only 3 made ", who made the 3? Local dealer near the vegetable farm? I don't think anyone else at Farmall besides me knew anything about the prototype Elwood made for Hinsdale then took apart. A dealer could have easily modified a H186 Hi-Clear, order the FWA axle from Elwood and the 16x38 10-bolt duals for a 1566/1568/1586 and have a tire shop mount the tires, or order the wheels/tires from Farmall. If Farmall built 3 hydro Hi-Clears with FWA they would have had to been 3488's.
  10. Hmmmm. BEEN my experience that duals really don't much help keep you from getting stuck. What always caught me, only a couple of our sloughs were tiled, I'd get close to the top or bottom end of one and there'd be an inch of dry dirt on top of a foot of sloppy mud, whichever dualed side of the tractor was closest to the slough would spin a bit and the other set of duals drove you right into the mud and nothing would stop the inevitable stuck. Seemed that disking had the biggest chance of getting stuck and our disk was only 12 ft wide. Even stomping on the clutch was typically too late, we disked 5 to 5-1/2 mph, by the time you got stopped you were stuck pretty good. Maybe a wider 15-16 ft disk running 3-4 mph would have given me more advance warning. Disk and tractor with duals both 12 ft wide.
  11. Yep, my automotive electrical shop of choice! My '96 F250 got a Fondy rebuilt alternator about 2005, wife's Mercury Mountaineer got a Fondy alternator about 2010, Super H got a 6V starter rebuilt about 4 years ago that runs on 12V. Not sure about the Mountaineer, it got traded off in 2015, but everything else is still working fine.
  12. I have a home-made parts washer that a Kohler engine fits in nicely. But on larger stuff like a hydro reared I scrape the thick stuff off, then spray with Gunk foaming engine cleaner, let it soak a couple minutes and rinse it off with the hose nozzle on a garden hose. A filthy hydro and frame will be clean when done. Spraying stuff with a pressure washer can damage stuff like oil seals, forcing water between the rubber seal lip and shaft. Electrical stuff is easy to mess up too, like breaker points on K-series Kohlers, starter generators, voltage regulators. I used to wash my first car frequently at car washes, then I blasted all the paint off the rocker panels and had to get it repainted. Now about all I'll do is flush the underside of the body & chassis in the spring when I know there's going to be no more salt or brine used on roads.
  13. When I've figured out my actual cost per driven mile every used car/truck I've ever owned has been an absolute money pit. When I buy something brand new and maintain them myself they seem to be much more reliable and cost per mile much lower. There has been an exception or two. Wife gets too attached to a vehicle, and won't let me unload a money pit. Brand and model of car/truck makes a big difference too.
  14. Ha-Ha. My tractor show buddy and his wife came over for supper one night 35+ yrs ago, brought his 317 Deere and tiller over to till up wife's garden. I had a Canadian thistle that was 4 ft tall that I chopped off before he got there. When he hit the roots to that monster the tiller raised the back of the tractor close to a foot off the ground and about 2-3 feet ahead in the blink of an eye. I tilled Dad's garden a time or two with his Cub Cadet 129 and tiller. I think moldboard plowing then tilling is actually faster. I know my sister-in-law never declined my offers to fall plow her huge gardens years ago. I'd do her gardens, then Dad's as he only lived 4-5 miles away.
  15. Yep, an Ariens GT-18 has much more iron in it than a Deere 318. They are the only thing I'd ever consider trading one of my Cub Cadets on. Miller Tire has 23-10.50x12 Firestone 23 degree lugged tires. Only place to get them, they own the molds. Hang 50 to 100# of wheel weights or windshield washer fluid per tire and mow. I've used lugged tires to mow for almost 20 years now. Wouldn't use anything else now. A turf tire slips and spins, tears the grass up. A lugged tire grips, no slippage, no turf damage. And I am kinda fussy about how my grass looks.
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