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  1. There was even a 2344 I believe.
  2. I’ve owned a 15’ flail shredder for some 15 years now. It was intended for shredding corn stalks, but a couple years ago I was asked to shred oats cover crop on land going into CRP. Turns out the oats was but a sidelight, the real cover crop was mostly water hemp that was 5-6’ tall. I was really happy with how a flail shredder makes all that crap just vanish; the shredded material gets shot down into the stubble rather than left laying on top like it seems a batwing does. I don’t think it takes the power a bat wing does either as a flail shredder isn’t trying to recut the material that can’t exit the deck fast enough. There were some saplings taller than the tractor cab and they all went under the shredder too. I had 145 hp on the shredder and that was plenty of power except for the patch of lodged grass of some kind that was thick as hair on a dog. That had me dropping gears quick.
  3. You would be right that ‘pigweed’ is a plant family. In these parts we have red root pigweed which has always been around and is not so hard to control. In more recent years we have been ‘blessed’ with something known as water hemp, also in the pigweed family, and it is miserably difficult to control. Then there is palmer amaranth, but as far as I know it is not around here.
  4. I thought the ‘03s had the 5.7 Hemi? Anyway, no Dodge gas ever got any kind of fuel economy unless it was going down hill with the engine off.
  5. 3 lift cylinders huh? Real curious to know how that is plumbed. I’ll about bet is it not rephasing.
  6. In the case of combusting (oxidation reaction) hydrocarbons, it is chemistry math. Hydrocarbons are just what the name says they are, molecules composed of hydrogen atoms attached to strings or rings of carbon atoms. When hydrocarbons are subject to an oxidation reaction (fancy way of saying when they burn), the hydrogen reacts with the oxygen in the air to form water (H2O) and carbon reacts with the oxygen to form CO2. A high efficiency natural gas or propane (both hydrocarbons) furnace will visibly show the water that is form as a product of combustion, as some of it condenses out of the combustion gases and has to be disposed of separately.
  7. The first stove I built.
  8. There is a significant amount of radiant heat that comes off these stoves. The surface of the stove can be 600+ degrees F. However a lot more heat can be gotten by using an exchanger system, plus a side benefit of a big blower is more uniform heating of the building due to the air circulation. Here are pictures before the forced air was added. The exchanger tubes come out the back wall of the stove similar to the front. The tubes are 3” steel pipe of either 14 or 16 gauge. As pictured, the exchanger tubes are largely useless. There is no air flow through them. What I did on the first stove I built was simply add a 3” 90* elbow at one end of the tube and that creates enough convection to flow a decent amount of (very!) hot air. That stove was smaller than this one, and in a much smaller building. Being smaller, it was more efficient at producing radiant heat. Its performance was satisfactory just with elbows on the exchanger tubes. This stove produced relatively less radiant heat, and being in a large uninsulated building, was being fired a lot hotter than I fired the smaller stove. What I noticed was that the exchanger tubes were hot enough to show a dull red inside the stove, which was something I did not want. That much heat will eventually result in distortion and cracking. Plus I felt I would get more heat if there was a good bit of CFM forced through the tubes, so I added the squirrel cage blower. I was happy with end product, although the blower has more CFM than is needed and make more noise than I like. The exchanger tubes pull enough heat from the flue gasses that the during normal operation the top of the stove is cooler by upwards of 200* than the sides. There is a main door on the front for wood. Below it is an ash clean out door, and that also serves as an air flow control. There is no damper in the flue. Inside is a frame with steel grating setting on it to support the fire wood. That is one thing I need to improve as the grating is getting destroyed from the heat in less than one season of use.
  9. Chuckle. Buh bye. We had a 2006 Nissan Armada which I believe had the same driveline as the Titan. What a POS.
  10. I just use a bench grinder or angle grinder clamped in a vise. Sharpened drills hundreds of times that way. Really don’t have a desire for a dedicated tool for drills. Youtube has plenty of videos to learn from. I am not bothered about super precision of drill bit grinding. My foray into machining has taught me that drill bits are an efficient but inaccurate way to make holes, and no amount of lipstick will disguise the pig.
  11. The MXM (of New Holland heritage) has basically nothing in common with the MX Maxxum. The Maxxum 125 would be an evolution of the MXM [This is incorrect. See SDman’s post below]. MXMs were troublesome, especially the 175 and 190. Seems a lot of the troubles of the MXM were addressed by the subsequent models. I drove an early post MXM Maxxum once and wasn’t impressed. I prefer the MXs.
  12. When I read up on cargo securement way back when, the “indirect loading” of securement devices was addressed. Basically because of securement devices almost invariably being at some kind of angle to the imposed load, only half the WLL is allowed to be used of said securement device. This is why I prefer to be at something like double of what is required for securement, because in any kind of a traffic collision, the forces on the load can quite easily exceed 1G (up to 10G+!) and cargo securement rules only call for adequate restraint for 1G forces or slightly higher. jeeper61’s mention of capacity reduction chart for angled chains and straps is very appropriate; what it true there is true for cargo securement. I am not a fan of cross chaining. In my years of occasional flatbed hauling, I don’t think I have ever once had chains crossed. I would guess 10 percent of the time I have though “Oh, this will need to be cross chained,” but by the time I get right to it I find there is a better way.
  13. Probably not enough force that way. I was thinking something built like a typical log splitter, attached crosswise in place of the bucket (good visibility that way) and run by the auxiliary circuit. Use a cylinder with a pretty large bore for adequate splitting force, but also with a large rod so the retract speed is fast.
  14. I like my wood heat. Built my first stove 20 years ago. It still gets used sometimes. I would like to put a splitter on my mini excavator. Sledge and wedge splitting is killing my back and elbows. Pictured is my current stove. It is built from a 300 gallon fuel tank. I cut 18” out of the length, then added 11 3” exchanger tubes in the top. Put a blower off an old house furnace on the back to force air through the exchanger tubes, otherwise they overheat.
  15. These were being driven from one show site to another convoy style. First machine pulled up quick to avoid hitting a truck, and the two behind piled into that on and each other.
  16. @vtfireman85 I bought a DeWalt compound sliding mitre saw in 2007 (DW718 I think). The DeWalt model you listed looks very similar or a replacement version of what I bought. I don’t use it at a commercial level but it does get used hard when I do use it. Not a minutes trouble with it so far. I will sometimes cut aluminum with it.
  17. Oh? My 1994 Olds Cutlass Supreme with the GM 3.1 had a low oil light. Pretty sure all the Classic Magnum tractors will shut down if the oil pressure drops too far. Electronic sensors are less reliable than a good old dipstick. Unless the dipstick and tube rust completely off as I have seen happen once. And to complete my distrust for electronic sensors, many of the oil pressure “gauges” on modern vehicles consist of nothing more than an on/off pressure switch connected to the lube oil circuit that goes “off” at something like 5 psi. The varying “pressures” shown on the dash are a computer generated guesstimate based on the oil pressure switch being on, engine revs, and engine temp.
  18. Supposedly the engine locked up after less than 10 seconds of running with no oil pressure. Somewhere around here is a large pile of excrement I am smelling . . .
  19. Just don’t get a cheap 23* tire. My brother tried that on the front of an MFD 7140 with a full weight pack. You could about see the tread wear off. I would image the same would happen on a loader tractor. Those were bias tires though. Any more BKT is kind of my go to tire.
  20. Pile. Like it to be 65% moisture. Couldn’t pay me enough to stuff haylage in a silo. I’ve been making haylage piles for most of 25 years now, usually 3 piles a year. Much of it goes to a high producing dairy herd. Gumming problems can be solved simply by running garden hose stream of water in the feed intake of the blower. Gumming can come from alfalfa with leaves that are dry and turning to dust when the cutterhead hits them, but the stems still have some sap in them. I once saw gumming kill a 500 hp Claas chopper cold.
  21. The biggest problem with erasing windmills is the footing. All the rest can be made to go away relatively easily. But the base under the towers of these reasonably recent (and large!) turbines is massive beyond anything we are used to. There is plenty of youtube footage that will give a person a good idea of what goes into them. The amount of concrete is unbelievable, and what’s more, there is a forest of rebar in the concrete as well. The result is a monolith that is astronomically expensive to remove. So the plan is not to remove these bases. Rather, they are designed so there is a more easily removed portion right under the tower of around 4 ft tall that can be removed, then the remaining base gets reinterred presumably for all time. And can be farmed over. Problem is, that whole area over the base is not going to grow crops like it should. Wet and dry years are guaranteed to show. There is, I think, a very good reason why all these renewable energy companies want to lease land for wind and solar rather than own it. They know the clean up will be very costly and if they lease it they can vamoose and leave the owner with the mess.
  22. In some cases blades are discarded simply for an upgrade. There is a wind farm (is that a place where we grow wind?) north of me in MN, just N of I-90. This summer there was a flurry of activity up there. Asked a local why. The blades, gearbox, and nose cone (all perfectly functional at the time) were being replaced with larger components for greater output. These whirlygigs were not 15 years old if I recall correctly. Probably 12 years? Lots and lots of $$$$$$$$. And the local farmers have to deal with all the collateral damage from this work yet again. I recall when they initially built these goose grinders that there were tile lines 4 feet down being crushed by the cranes tracking from one tower site to another. This is a relatively poorly drained area so tiles need to work.
  23. You will certainly be able to ‘tackle’ most anything . . . Tools have a terrible germination rate I have found.
  24. Oh? BEVs been around almost as long as ICEVs. ICEV could be considerably more efficient than they are. Thank ignorant consumers and regulations for that. Electricity is hard to store. Until a non battery EV comes along, storing electrons will continue to hamstring EVs. Then the question of where all the juice will come from for the future utopia of EVs everywhere? The math on that isn’t very encouraging when the current social/political climate is considered. And why are so many of the BEVs big expensive hogs? People that might buy a battery Hummer clearly don’t give a hang about what it costs them to drive around. Teslas aren’t cheap to buy either. There are very few economical BEV options like the Chevy Bolt.
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