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  1. I know from experience than NC Clay can be like plowing concrete. I've seen a 3-14 plow be all an 886 could handle. Carrying front wheels knee high. And then I have also seen a 90 hp kubota pull a 3-18 fairly well. Depends on the compaction level and the moisture level.
  2. I keep wondering if any of the little compact tractors are gonna switch to a gas engines because of emissions issues, I know last time I went camping people are switching away from diesel trucks due to reliability and emissions.
  3. The only sk stuff I had was a set of metric line wrenches. Way cheaper in price than snap on but to me the quality was on par with snap on. Haven't rounded a flare nut with them yet. Sad to see them sell out
  4. I watched it a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. Loved watching the sheep kick his butt. It had me giggling
  5. I have with a 1034. Sure beats loading by hand. Hills can be tricky, u have to load going uphill and when going downhill you need to have the second table up to prevent the bales from falling forward.i am from the mountains so my version of hills are steeper than some. They do not like to load hay after the sun goes down and the dew starts to fall the bales get tacky and won't slide.
  6. We have had less than 1 inch of rain in 8 weeks. The corn has spent more time curled than not. some that was planted may 1st still hasnt formed a canopy on 36 inch rows. No rain in the forecast again. Missed out on one tropical storm already and all of the afternoon showers pass north or south of us. The days of 100% chance of rain never come true, storms break up in the mountains. This is all coming off a spring with a late hard frost that really stunted 1st cutting of hay, it's yeild was probably off 20-25%. No rain for second cutting. No rain so far for 3rd cutting. This year is rough. I guess it's gonna be time to cull a lot of cows
  7. Where I used to work we put on a lot of Westlake trailer tires on everything from a utility trailer to 14 ply equipment Trailer. We had good luck with them, no premature separation or bulges. I have never been a fan of Carlisle or goodyear they go bad at the drop of a hat. Kenda trailer tires were a little better, and honestly we would put highway tread Cooper built or sumitomo built 235/85/16 ten ply truck tires on many trailers. They weren't much more expensive but outlasted the Carlisle and goodyear tires by years. Westlakes were factory tires on a dump trailer we have and they have lasted 5 or 6 years on it. They are worn out but didn't fail.
  8. I have read before that a normal ac system can generally only cool 30 to 35 degrees below ambient as a rule of thumb. One thing that kills tractor ac is that the ducts are poorly insulated if insulated at all and they are absorbing heat from the sun baked roof. Combined with being in a greenhouse and on top of a hot transmission, it's actually pretty amazing that tractor ac can even achieve that 30 degree difference
  9. It sounds like the compressor clutch is either weak (bad or voltage related) or the compressor has suddenly become hard to turn after the repair. Too much oil can decrease cooling, and too much can slug the compressor (make it try to compress liquid) How much oil did you add to the system. If no oil was added back there is a possibility that the compressor could be hard to turn from lack of lubrication depending on how much oil was lost potentially causing a squealing belt/clutch. I assume it isn't the belt squealing but the actual clutch? The low side hitting 15 makes me think the charge is low
  10. Been there multiple times. It can get really crowded. I like going to catalooche, it's on the NC side. It's smaller than Cades Cove, a little more difficult to get to but also less crowded. We always see elk when we are at catalooche either in the fields or on the mile hike to the woody house. And for the more hiking oriented there is an area only accessible by hiking called little catalooche. I think it's like a 4 mile hike each way up and over a ridge. There are a few more structures and you are pretty sure to be away from most all of the other park guests.
  11. That size and hp would be just fine for that scale operation. Make sure the hydro is good. They can get pricey to repair. Back in the day a hydro 656 was the big tractor on a local dairy. Did all the plowing, tillage, mowed and baled. One thing to consider is are you making round or square bales. A narrow front will run over the windrows when making round bale
  12. We run posi close closing wheels from schlagle. And they work well for us on red clay
  13. Wait if the tank is a cylinder standing up in that manner, there can't be a front side or a back side, or any side for that matter. Should have asked her how you put the sticker on the wrong side of a shape without sides
  14. We are livestock producers and do a corn silage, cover crop for hay, alfalfa rotation. There is no one size fits all approach for notill. It can work but it also takes work, and no we don't treat it as a religion like some people do. I Know people say notill helps the ground to soften but that hasn't been my experience here. Our red clay turns into a brick. We plant with a jd7000. It has suitcase weights on the frame, heavy downpressure springs, 150 ish pounds of sand and weight bolted on each row unit no till coulters and at times still can't get seeds to 2 inches deep. People have told me to take the no till Coulter off because it is another point of contact that reduces pressure. Well we tried that and couldn't get seeds 3/4 of an inch deep. People said to run the Coulter just above the seed opener and it will work, we tried that and got the seeds 1.25 inches deep. We have to run the Coulter just below the seed openers and then can usually get 2 inches deep. Rubber closing wheels didn't close our seed trench either. We had to run aftermarket spike wheels. Now part of that I believe is because of the fiberous root system of the cover crop we plant into. Even with all of the effort we put into getting no till to work for our corn. We do conventional when seeding back to alfalfa. The stands seem to be better and last longer. The notill corn saves us a lot of time and headaches and allows us to harvest our cover crop. We plant into the harvested cover crop stubble probably 5 to 7 days after taking it off as hay, and we spray burndown after planting and before the corn emerges. If we wanted to do conventional to plant corn into we would have to fall chisel or moldboard plow and then disc in the spring after several freeze thaw cycles. If we were to work the ground at the wrong time our seed bed would consist of fist sized clay clods and no amount of tillage would bust them up. I've seen it happen before. Right now we are waiting on rain, haven't had any in 2 weeks and the ground is like concrete. Even with all the work on the planter set up we have to catch a narrow soil moisture window to plant. All that said, we generally have good corn for our area
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    Tire size questions

    The cultivating and row crop aspect makes perfect sense, I kind of wondered if it something like that was the case. Thanks
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