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  1. I keep thinking of ALL the past Boss's I've had, some were so bloody greedy you would think They had to pay for all the parts we bought, HAD to buy from off-shore no matter how crappy the parts were. In one case, it took a while but I talked one of my best Domestic sources into making these two small parts. I no longer had to personally rework 10,000 pcs of this part over a weekend when I got them in from Taiwan. No more $25,000 air freight bill for a shipment of parts. I got them next day via normal UPS Brown, supplier always had finished parts on his shelf ready to ship. I hope some of
  2. I bought a new DeWalt 185,000 btu kerosene heater last spring. My 110,000 btu Kerosun heater was starting to have problems and parts for them are getting difficult to find. I hate paying the crazy high prices for kerosene, I did run mixed #1&#2 diesel fuel thru the old heater, But I plan on just running kero in the new heater. Dad did give me an old torpedo LP heater he used for a while, around 35,000 btu, ran it off the 20# grill bottle, that wasn't cheap either. SON bought a radiant heater of some sort that sits on top of a grill LP bottle, 3 heat ranges, $90 some Bucks.
  3. I don't have near the parts spend most here have, but try to save a bit where possible, started buying Deere oil filters for the Onan engine in my 982 Cub Cadet, $8-$9 each instead of almost $20 for the Onan filter at my old Cub Cadet dealer. Then about 13-14 years ago I go into the Deere dealer for a filter and a $250 Stihl leaf blower. Their parts dept is busy, I amuse myself looking around their showroom. One by one customers leave, and eventually there's one customer being helped by one parts guy. Customer leaves and parts guy starts straightening spray cans on the shelves across from th
  4. Bale screws must be a Wisconsin "Thing", was several around when we moved here 30 years ago, just like tobacco barns. All gone now.
  5. IH made a #24 picker that mounted on H & M that had snapping and husking rolls all in one piece, lighter weight, pulled easier, and filled your crib with plenty of fodder. The original 2-M, 2M-E, 2M-H, 2M-HD and #234 all had separate husking beds. IH Husking rolls had a very smooth surface, didn't husk well, Dad used Tractor Supply Huskee brand, made from recycled tire casings, nylon cord reinforced and they husked a little better but as the nubbins wore down more husks ended up in the wagon. Time of day, how much moisture in the husks, brand of seed corn all effected how clean the corn pi
  6. Roll the dice! Buy the new one and store it till the day your current one dies. You got 15 years and 31-1/2 years service out of the first two.
  7. I can see your wanting an 830, but I'd drag your feet on an R. Talk about a gutless pig. R was rated 48 hp IIRC, Super M-TA either 47 or 48. And guess what? We parked the 4 bottom Deere plow the R couldn't pull fast enough and pulled the 3-14 IH #8. We did hook the SM-TA up to the Deere 4-14 to plow the last 16 acres of old corn ground. Could have pulled 3-14's 5 mph or the 4-14's 3-3/4 mph, same acres per hour. R has smallest pony motor, starts hard. R only had 5 speeds, 4 too slow tillage gears and a too slow, 11 mph road gear. Don't run anything that requires much pto hp on an R, we only
  8. Actually, the Toroflow was a Good engine compared to the 8.2L Fuel Pincher. The one I drove for about a year was an O-K engine when it ran on all 8 holes, but it would drop a cylinder about every week or two till it was only running on 4 cylinders, then it would go to the shop for a week or two. I checked the oil and water daily, pre-flight inspection, I drove it days, another guy ran it 350 miles to/from Des Moines every night. I never added any oil, and it never diluted the oil with fuel or water. Detroit did name it right, It was in an '82 F-700 Ford, 5+2, air brakes, single axle semi
  9. The American Coleman axle was the factory installed axle. The one with the Big domed hubcap. Any 806 with the Spicer axle with the tiny planetary hub, the Elwood axle would be a field installed axle. The American Coleman axle was the factory axle until sometime after the start of the 86-series tractors.
  10. BFG'S large rear farm tire plant was in Miami, Oklahoma. I know lots of things changed with BFG after I left FARMALL. Heck, I was the truck driver that hauled six loads of tires out of their Franklin Park, Illinois warehouse every night for months, everything went to Kansas City. I think they had a little warehouse in Dubuque, Iowa they emptied out too. In summer of 2013 when we went down old Rt 66, we stayed in Miami, OK one night, I asked a local guy at the restaurant we ate breakfast at where the BFG plant was, it was torn down by then. So not exactly sure when BFG tires exactly
  11. The little kid that took a toaster apart when he was about 5 yrs old comes to mind. The tach / hour meter used on tractors were all pretty much the same till IH put the digital dash on the 86-series, those were all Stewart-Warner. I'm sure if you called them they would have absolutely NO idea what you were talking about.
  12. I used to frequent a discussion forum called " green tractor talk", mostly sub-compact 4wd utility tractors used as over-grown lawn mowers, but one winter they discovered "tire grooving tools" and many of the guys grooved their tires and said the grooves made an improvement in their ability to push snow. Less than 10% use chains, might scratch their fancy designer pressed concrete sidewalks and driveways. What's always made the most differeance for me, like everyone says, tire chains. I saw a test performed on cars about 50 years ago by the Chicago Motor Club. Chains on snow or i
  13. Made just 20 miles up Rt 151 from Me!
  14. He's saying the throttle has to be close to wide open when the elec clutch is engaged or the engine stalls/dies. My old 982 with the Onan I could engage the deck just above idle with no problem, because more low RPM torque. My new Zero turn I have to have throttle around 2/3rds open, mostly because the mower spins the blades WAY faster. My old Cub Cadet decks from the '60's and '70's barely tossed clippings over one mower deck swath, the Zero-turn easily tosses clippings TWO swaths, and the quality of cut is great. The " No Cut in Reverse" is to prevent brain dead parents from ba
  15. Mecum's got an auction coming up on the 19th, 20th, & 21st, week from today, tomarrow, and Saturday. But unless The truck driver was lost, or going to pick up a 3rd tractor, he was going the wrong way to get to Davenport, Iowa.
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