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  1. A LOT of 56 -series tractors had white painted rear wheel weights. Personally, I REALLY like the white wheel weights, installed my first pair on the '39 H about 1967. I think each weight out-weighed ME but I got them mounted without any help! That same pair of weights is still on the SH, not a whole lot of white left on them 53 years later.
  2. Yep, I'm another one who uses 15W-40 year round in both my Super H and M. They both sit in an insulated shop, Super H has a block heater I plug in before a cold winter start, and My new 185,000 BTU heater REALLY warms the shop up quick. Even with electric 12V socks and glove liners I really don't enjoy running the old tractors when it's brutally cold. I'm retired, Wife "Offices" from home now, I wait for a day it gets in the 20's to clean my driveway. I've been out there days, and nights when it's 20 Below, I used to drive the ONLY 4wd vehicle and had to leave for work an hour before the wife did, had to make sure the driveway was clean so she could get to work. It probably wouldn't hurt to use synthetic oil in winter in these old FARMALLS that have to start in the cold. Oh, and I completely block off all the airflow into the radiator until the engine gets up to normal operating temp, then I open just a corner of the grill. It's NOT a good idea to block airflow right on the radiator core.
  3. After 10+ years mowing with Cub Cadets with Firestone lugged tires on, the one complaint I have about my zero turn is the turf tires slip & spin a L-O-T! The zero turn is actually heavier than my 982 is minus the wheel weights, and the zero turn has most of the weight on the drive wheels, guess maybe 75%. Zero turn has an odd size, 24-12.00x12, 982 has 26-12.00x12. Putting the 26's on the back of the zero turn would solve the slippage problem but sure screw up the way the thing mows. SON even commented how nice the yard looked the other day and he was the one who smarted off a year ago, said, "Ya should bought a Deere", I would buy a couple goats to eat the grass first, now he works at a competitive brand of zero turn mowers. Those tracks would solve my slippage problem, probably smooth the ride quite a bit too. Looks like it would slow my travel speed. My zero turn is supposed to go 12 mph but I can't stay in the seat that fast. I mow 4-5 mph. And they look like I could run that fast.
  4. My only suggestion would be to swap the whole C281 into your M. NO REPLACEMENT for DISPLACEMENT.
  5. Ha-Ha - after I hauled 5500# of ground shellcorn home 5-6 miles, sometimes I took the scenic route home, filling that first feeder took about 600 rpm with the Super H and ease the clutch out real easy. I always had the feeling if I tried any higher rpm I would have pealed all the flighting off the bottom auger on the old Heider auger wagon. It was one of those mostly ignored implements, seldom if ever require repair, not even airing up a low tire. Lots of Heiders around home, but even more Grain-O-Vators.


    Just for comparison, I get my RPM via normal Book rate postage, it's not worth the $10 for 6 issues a year to get it first class. I had to go CLEAR back to the bottom of page 6 to get to DTFan's post to reply to. ELEVEN days later. I need to re-subscribe, I might pay the extra ten Dollars.
  7. The steps on the early 86-series were like that.
  8. As a lot of guys here know, back in the mid-1990's Ford factory filled the rear drive axles on all their pickups with synthetic 80W-90 gear oil. Think it was about 1998, maybe '99 the TSB went out that ALL drive axles were to get 85-140 synthetic, cars trucks, SUV's. I never actually heard what caused the TSB. I know lots of guys towing heavy with their F-250 & 350 trucks were getting their rear axles REALLY hot, blistering the paint on the rear covers. I had an 8.8" IRS axle in our 2003 Mountaineer that leaked quite a bit with 80W-90. When I drained it and replaced the syn 80W-90 with synthetic 85W-140 the leak stopped. I'd run the 80W-90 in your bushhog, check it every hour, if you can put your bare hand on the cast housing for 5-10 seconds run it another hour and check again. Then change it before next spring/summer to the 85W-140. Everything that has 85W-140 in it now used 80W-90 in it for years and years.
  9. BINGO! Last company I worked at hired a Supplier Quality Engineer, who'd job it was to go to China 3-4 times a year, visit suppliers and see what kinds of process control, documentation, inspection processes, inspection equipment, etc then review past inspections, see what the results were, if they found ways to get the processes under control, and if follow up inspections were done to confirm capable processes. He said most companies had examples they could show him, but they NEVER consistently improve completely, the actual workers think they are doing their company a favor throwing melamine into baby food, or pet food, poison their customer's children and pets, even put it in tooth paste to poison the customers. Normally there is a price increase to get metals that are made per universally recognized formulas, they can't throw all the crap swept up off the floor into the furnace. A brass and aluminum foundry near me had problems with brittle brass castings because calcium was added to the metal, and NO calcium is allowed in brass. The employees think tossing hazardous wastes into the furnace is GOOD for the company, better than the company having to pay to have hazardous wastes disposed of properly. Eventually, China will be one HUGE cesspool, unfit for human habitation. 14-15 years ago the Chinese Gov't demanded all heavy air polluting companies to shut down the month before the Olympics and during the Olympics. They didn't think having disgusting brown air to breath was going to show China in a good light. It's really a shame we have to share this planet with them.
  10. Visiting suppliers, seeing their tooling, material flow, People, etc was never a priority at IH, I was lucky to have a supplier like Good Year drop by and take me to lunch once a year. Anyhow, the 5 slot wheels were Motor Wheel, Mendota, Illinois. The 4 slot wheels were Electric Wheel. French & Hecht used Titan Proform stamped 360 degree contact center disks. I would think the wheel weight bolt hole punch & die would probably be movable, and removable and replaceable, most wheel weights used 4 bolts, but everybody used different bolt circles. Deere was the only company with 3 wheel weight bolts, and I think I saw a post on YT or FB that they even used different size bolt circles and bolts.
  11. WOW, FARMALL paid about $38/each back around 1980 for 14x38's. The 16x38's for 18.4x38's were about $42-$45. But I used THREE 45 ft semi trailer loads a DAY, 96 or 104 per load of 16x38's. When 686/H86's were being built I used a 45 ft trailer load every two days. Today they would only load 48 or 53 ft trailers.
  12. Dad bought the Purple Martin legend hook, line, and sinker. Built two 2-story houses, then built 2-3 more single story houses from scratch. Every Martin house pole had a sparrow trap, and they got emptied regularly. We maybe got 1 or 2 pair of Martin's a year. The bare bird house pole and a 410 would have reduced the sparrow population quicker. The old stone farm house we lived in in rural Freeport, Illinois had dozens of pairs of BATS in the attic. You had fo get 400-500 feet from the house to find ANY flying insect. 2-1/2 years we lived there and I never got a single mosquito bite. But the aerobatics of swallows while mowing are amazing, they swoop and dive something amazing. But I think bats can out maneuver them, they just don't fly as fast. I've seen bats around the house we've lived in the last 24 years, I was going to put bat houses up, think the neighbor behind us has 4-5 bat houses. I'm not sure we have a large enough pond to attract bats near enough, it's over a half mile away.
  13. Don't have a Handyman jack so not an option for me. I do have loaders on both tractors, so if I remove the tire&rim and set it down flat and remove the bucket the forward ends of the loader arms just clear the beads of a 38" rear rim. Almost punched holes thru one of the sidewalls of my 12.4x38 DAYTON 23 degree lug tires on the Super H. Yep, they are The ONLY pair I've ever seen. Took the tire/rim to my local tire dealer, he has a machine exactly like VACDADDYT described, in 5 minutes I was rolling the tire then the rim out to my truck. I sand blasted the rim, and primed & painted it, took the tire, rim, and new inner tube back and in 5-10 minutes he had it mounted & inflated. Yes, back about 1969 or '70 I removed the factory 11-38 Firestone tires and mounted the Daytons. I don't like to work that hard anymore.
  14. Is this an IH or CIH? Or other brand? Tractor pullers put tires on wider rims all the time. The 20.8x34 is probably on 18x34 rims. An 18.4x34 should fit on that rim OK. 20.8x34 tire is kinda an oddball. I don't think I even had a part number for a 20.8x34 tire or 18x34 rim or wheel of any kind. Tire prices seem to be driven by two things now days. Price of oil, and how popular the tire size is. Size effects price too, but for example, a15.5x38 is very popular, seen them under $500 recently, 14.9x38 is narrower, but a tiny bit bigger in diameter, and is about 40% higher priced.
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