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  1. I wouldn’t mind having a 5250 around either. Preferably a ‘97. Back in 2008 I was looking for a 5250, and learned an odd phenomenon about those tractors. Later 5250s with the N in the shuttle and in the 2wd configuration are scarce as hen’s teeth. Early tractors without the N are common enough as 2wd. I ended up buying a 2wd MX135 because of that oddity. I was determined to have at least 115 hp, 2wd, and the N in the shuttle.
  2. Yea I saw it. Will have to be another year I’m afraid.
  3. Not in any particular order. Farmall B. Grew up on one, handy yard tractor. Farmall 450. Grew up around one, was a miserable bugger to run, but that was because it almost always had a Westendorf loader hanging on it. I would like to own one that was free of that anchor. Would be the “big” yard tractor. 1256, with a diamond cab. So I can have an affordable and useful IH DT407. Would be a multipurpose tractor. Bonus: 1468. Just because. Kinda silly of me to want one as I generally despise diesel V-8s. I would find some work for it that was not heavy duty. Extra bonus. If I was independently wealthy. MX100, MX110, and MX120 to add to what I have so I could say I have every model in that series. \ Plus: a John Deere dut dut of some sort as a nod to my mother’s family Deere heritage.
  4. Ha! Yup! Have a skid steer loader that twice in a year has been down cause the ‘lectric starter crapped out. Coulda kept right on using it if it had a crank.
  5. I wouldn’t tear it apart just for minor leakage but I sure would replace the O ring if it was apart anyway.
  6. There should not be any significant amount of oil in the drive tube. The slide tube inside the drive tube has O ring on it that seals it to the drive tube and keeps the trans oil out of the reversible stub shaft cavity. The drive tube is a PITA to replace, and expensive, but I have found it is usually best to replace it if the snap ring groove is severely worn and/or the splines that drive the reversible stub shaft are severely worn.
  7. What has side to side play? The reversible stub shaft in the drive tube or the entire drive tube?
  8. My dad owned a 706 from sometime in the 70s to I think 1986. The two best days in that tractor’s tenure with my dad were the day it came, and the day it went down the road. It was a gasser, and being the big tractor on the farm it got worked to its limits. Plowing, disking, and a chopper. As such, the engine longevity was awful. I was told that at one point it only ran 700 hours between overhauls. Constant valve problems. When it got traded for a skidsteer, the sales guy jumped on the 706, started it up, then jerked the throttle open . . . and popped the dipstick out from all the blow by.
  9. This is a 706 I operate sometimes. It belongs to one of my baling customers who inherited it from his father-in-law. I use it to pull my wheel rake when I bale hay on this farm as it is quite far away from my place. Between the rake size and configuration, the terrain, and the alfalfa hay, this tractor gets the guts pulled out of it when it is on the rake. Good thing the TA is in good working order. The late father-in-law who owned this tractor was an interesting character who liked to tinker with his equipment. There are some interesting and useful customizations on his tractors. In addition to this 706, he owned an H, a 460, and a 5288, all of which my baling customer inherited. Said customer also owns another 706, that one a diesel, most likely a 282. I raked with that tractor also and prefer it to this gasser by a wide margin.
  10. “Impossible.” Well, that is the goal of the true activist antis. Make livestock husbandry on any significant scale impossible. Pay attention to what is going on in the dog breeding industry as the antis lead they way there, but there are plenty of other antis that would like to see the same happen in the food animal industry. At the USDA level, the employees that have their brain hooked to the right voltage realize that the anti fanatics are actually their enemy, because if there is nothing for the USDA to regulate, said USDA employees lose their rather cushy jobs.
  11. I drove a Deere 8420 last fall in front of a big dry manure spreader. I think those have the 8.1 in, and the 8520 got the 9.0? Not way sure. Anyway, that tractor had excellent lugging characteristics. Better than the turned up 8.3 CIH I am used to. I would imagine the electronic fuel system helps.
  12. Yea, probably Blue Power. More of a European thing it seems. They seem to be more proud of their blue tractors over there anyway. In the US it seems blue ones are more the red headed step children of CNH and treated as such.
  13. Is bureaucratic designation, nothing more. Really has little connection to the quality of animal husbandry involved. And there are some of the most bizarre twists in the rules involves with CAFOs and the term “confinement”.
  14. Good chance you are right. I know that the only difference between the Intek 305 8 hp and 10 hp was a stop on the throttle butterfly.
  15. Non detergent engine oil would be for engines that don’t have an oil filter. The idea is that the crap settles out of the oil where it no longer can cause harm vs staying in circulation where it would cause extra wear. That is the theory anyway. I have never paid any heed to that idea and run detergent oil in everything.
  16. Feel free to PM me and talk. Need to have some rules and make it abundantly clear that there will be **** to pay if they get crossed.
  17. This is exactly the problem with trying to “float” gears with an ag tractor. Often the machine ground speed drops off faster than the engine slows down, so as you suggest, start all over from a stop. Doubly bad on a IH with the HI/LO/quadrant trans where you had to bang through 3 gears if you needed to change ranges. The problem with trying to float gears on the old 5 speed Farmalls was the huge ratio gap between 4th and 5th. Trying to not scratch that gear change going from 4th to 5th is like trying to get a girl pregnant while leaving her a virgin. Possible in theory but incredibly difficult and not worth the effort. I spent a lot of hours running a 90s CIH that had 2 synchronized transmissions, a 4 speed speed trans in front of a 4 speed range trans. Most times it was possible to accomplish a gear change quick enough, but I would not lie and say that there weren’t times that a power shift would be a better choice as there is sometimes that little time to make a gear change. There is a reason why tractors went to at least a partial power shift, then to a CVT style transmission.
  18. 1% slope would be a great plenty. I believe in pattern tile situations they can get away with a 10th of a percent slope and the tile will still work. If a tile is dead flat for a distance, it will still drain; the capacity will be reduced obviously but as long as there is a good outlet it will still be effective.
  19. I just bought a 10x71 auger and I wouldn’t be surprised if an M would run it. My MX170 hardly knows it’s there. I’m sure a 656 would run it.
  20. Yeah, yours is pretty worn. That was all-around a dumb design right from the start. Partially splined shaft instead of fully splined. And if you note, the thrust load from the countershaft gear is bearing almost entirely to the side of were the mainshaft gear drives the mainshaft splines. The whole deal was guaranteed to rattle loose.
  21. I have dealt with other machines with the same spline-and-nut arrangement. If there is any mount of lash in the splines, plus a reversal of the torque through the assembly, it is impossible to keep the assembly tight. When I fixed the 5th gear behind my Dodge Cummins, I did get the updated mainshaft nut, but not a fully splined shaft. When I installed the gear on the mainsheet, I coated the splines on both halves of the assembly with the “Quick” JB weld. The idea was to make the the shaft and gear assembly act as though it was fully solid. The “Quick” version of JB weld weakens at a temp low enough that if disassembly is ever required, the heating won’t damage the gear or the shaft, but the heat required is higher than what the trans ever would get to. New Venture really should have used a tapered spline in that situation so there was a press fit to hold the gear in place.
  22. That would make a person really really pi$$d. I’ve seen first hand what happens when cattle ingest hardware. As a side note some stainless is magnetic. Depends on the alloy. In this case evidently it was not. Bad bad deal.
  23. Water under the bridge now, but what exactly happened to 5th. Did something actually get shelled out or did the nut just back off the mainshaft gear and allow the 5th gear mesh to separate? Kinda weird that the oil would disappear with no obvious leaks. Well, unless it was going into the transfer case. But I don’t know if that can happen. With a typical clutch replacement on those, there would be no reason for the oil to disappear.
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