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Cdfarabaugh

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  1. 2 years ago I had an 806 that needed a PTO rebuild that was strictly an auger tractor. I made sure to wait until after dark to run the PTO on the dyno and WOW the sparks show that thing put off burning the crap in the manifold off when it got hot was cool. Ran it for an hour or so and it actually really cleaned that slobbering thing up too.
  2. Hot water pressure washer with wide fan nozzle and pressure dialed back is by far the best. I've also adapted a brake line up to a garden hose with a 90 degree fitting to get into tight spots where accessibility is an issue.
  3. The fact that the market price hasnt done more than waffle back and forth 10 cents or so despite inputs going crazy like they have makes me wonder why people arent up in arms. We have been selling ours direct since winter and had the ability to make some price adjustments, but that market has dried up for the time being unfortunately. I think people are having a hard time shelling $800 for a quarter out
  4. Doesnt take a 4 year degree to realize the better you pay, the better candidates you get who will work hard, be on time, and be dependable. I dont need people who make excuses. When we grew potatoes we paid $12 an hour. People showed up on ntime and stayed till we were done AND came back year after year retaining experience. That's worth way more than the extra money we paid out Our old hay buyer went to doing that. Only bad thing theres LOTS of leaf loss getting pounded around like that. But do horse people know any better? Also would love to do big bales but I'm still not keen with the moisture you need to get them down to to keep, and the amount of acid you have to douse them with being it went WAY up in price this year. Even the round bales we make if they're not nuclear dry they will get a bit funky inside not treated.
  5. I'm a pretty healthy fellow and dont shy from work (so long as it's not useless busy work) and 1, 2, 3 loads is pretty easy. It's when you have 6 or 7 sitting in the morning staring you in the face to unload that you start to think differently. We dont unload during the day other than a load or 2 if needed, it waits till early next morning. This takes a good part of the morning up, and remember you dont get an afternoon siesta as it's usually go time again that afternoon. Its begins a vicious cycle lol. It's an opportunity to get a lot more done and not feel like collapsing at the end of the day, or having to fret making phone calls finding help the next morning. Also, I couldnt see paying a penny less than $150 per hard day for someone if they were good help. Any less and someone could make almost as good of money slinging pizzas or some other easy job. This quickly starts to pay for that "unnecessary equipment"
  6. When it gets much past the 1st-2nd week of july we usually begin to write it off and its cow hay. This year it really went the other way fast as hot and dry as it was. Maybe we are too fussy lol
  7. How much do you (and others with a kuhns setup) have to allow for back pressure into the bale case? How good do the stacks stay on wagons?
  8. I apologize if I confused you. The main goal is to get it off and stacked in without labor. Loading the trailer hands free isnt a necessity but would prefer to use an accumulated bundle that would work IF we went that route.
  9. This year a real game changer came out of left field and we picked up a hay buyer to pay a premium price for 1st crop small square bales. Yes, I know they're idiot bricks but in reality NOTHING sells like them both demand and price wise. The only down side is they're going into 53' van trailers for a backhaul and the scheduling can be screwy, but the inconvenience is worth the money. Where we are running into issues is unloading bottlenecks. We have a nice thrower baler and a few 9x18 racks but with my dad and uncle getting up there, and my time to help limited some days we just get the hay off too dang slow. Were likely leaving 20 acres sit to.waste this year as it just got too ripe. A lot we made wasn't t much better either. This stuff wasnt junk either, it was very sellable hay up until july 1st. Sickens me this was money left "on the table" The more I think an accumulator setup would really help this process out. Can still use other baler for smaller amounts but could fire up the accumulator and bale 2000 bales a day easy. What setups does everyone and what works best for loading a van trailer? Honestly I dont mind hand loading them but would like to have the option.
  10. You can get them either way
  11. I did the complete retrofit on my 1566 with a sanden compressor, condenser out front, and new hoses. AP Air makes a really nice hose kit that's plug and play. I sourced the condenser ,oil cooler, and drier bracket from a salvage yard. Is a sanden necessary? Not really but they were made for 134a and take less power. Put a new expansion valve in as there are subtle calibration differences with r134a. Flush out your condenser(if using used) and evaporator with quality volatile solvent flush. Honestly I wish it was a bit colder, but I have to do some work on the roof panel as I think I have air bypassing the core and need some insulation.
  12. One thing in their defense is that they really perfected the design to be easier to pull cabs. Taking 2 hours to do that really makes the rest if the job enjoyable
  13. ,Not sure what customer would approve that as its goingvto be a huge bill. I think I would deal with it freezing up manually by periodically switching it off.
  14. Curious as to why theyre afraid of them as its no different process from installing a repair sleeve in a parent bore engine (except for the pressing puck to set install height). Anymore on any dry sleeve engine i believe its best practice to have the liners removed and the bores trued up. Then liners reinstalled and skirt clearance checked with each corresponding piston. If needed finish hone. Thats how these 361's and 407's were done new and why they lasted so long.
  15. One thing I've noticed with the 282's I've seen is that they have more blowby at idle than when you get them under load. My 656 was like that pre and post overhaul. Have seen others the same way as well. Wasnt sure if that's a normal engine thing or something unique.
  16. Not much opportunity for pictures as my kids were far from being on their best behavior having a WWF cage match in the wagon. I did get a sweet barrel train ride with my middle child Margaret though 😁 It took some convincing that I would fit in there and no, I couldn't feel my feet once I had to get out🤣
  17. This is something that makes me wonder why it is not preached more in any hydrostatic transmission operation. Not so much just for lubes reasons but also cooling. Any hydrostatic transmission from a tractor to a skid steer utilizes charge pump flow to fill the the closed loop and exit via a flushing valve (or whatever terms others use) to take that charge flow to the oil cooler. Charge flow is directly proportional to engine rpm, so the faster the engine the more oil going to the cooler. In precise slow operations, sure keep rpms down but other than that, it's full operating rpm at all times. That's the beauty of a hydro having infinite speeds independent if engine rpm.......use it.
  18. Even then with those prices I'd look realllly hard at just dealing with what I'd have
  19. It's a shame what's happened to the pork industry with it almost entirely being vertically integrated. Its dang hard to find pigs to buy to raise anymore due to that
  20. Unfortunately theres not much choice anymore..........
  21. I ordered one through my NAPA last year, took 3 days to come in but no big deal. Actually I had to order 2 as one was damaged.
  22. Im going to take the whole gaggle of kids plus my parents. Leaving first thing thursday morning and staying one night so will have the better part of 2 days. Really inconvenient for us to go money wise and time wise, but who knows when the next time it will be close.
  23. I just did some thinking today that with the way diesel is, a low/mid HP gas tractor might not be a bad thing if diesel gets tight. They usually go pretty cheap too
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