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  1. 12 hours ago, Farmall Doctor said:

    The 5.9 cummins always seems to me like it is fighting itself to stay running at idle. High compression and early timing have alot to do with it.  For one of the most interesting sounding diesels, the big Cat 1693 truck engine is very distinct with it's pings and pops at idle. It must have something to do with the fuel system. The best smelling diesel to me is the D-282. Most indirect-injected diesels have a more organic smell. The absolute worst that I have had to smell in an enclosed shop has to be a Leyland! Oh my... eyes burning and everything. 

    Prechamber engine exhaust to me has kinda a "sweet" smell to it.  Its weird that I can tell engines by smell.  

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  2. 9 hours ago, Farmall Doctor said:

    Injection pump drive shaft washer that would be behind the front retaining nut? That's an easy place to look! I have always been nervous about dropping them inside. Maybe someone did just that. 

    Man someone REALLY rolled the dice and lucked out not trashing the gear train if that's the case  

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  3. 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.  

  4. 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.  

  5. 23 hours ago, ky966boy said:

    Is anyone else having trouble making beef cattle pencil out ?

    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 :( 

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  6. 1 hour ago, Matt Kirsch said:

    Wow, you're the first person on a farm-related forum site I've come across that didn't have the attitude that kids should be unloading hay for $1 a load and all the milkhouse water they can drink, and that they're doing the kids a favor.

    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


    2 hours ago, bitty said:

    Lots of hay baled with a big square or round and rebaled at time of delivery in small square with a machine that unwinds round or bumps apart the big square in the pickup of the rebaler . I know of two of these systems 

    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. 

  7. 2 hours ago, Matt Kirsch said:

    Oh I get the WHY. It just irritates me how inefficient the process is.

    Take for example that video of the bale grapple moving a whopping 8 bales at once. In the time it takes to position the grapple over the bunch of bales, pick them up, maneuver over to the wagon, line up on the pile, and lay the bales down, two healthy guys could have loaded and stacked 16 bales from the ground. If they had a bale loader to get them up on the wagon, the two guys could share the stacking duty and do even more. Take it one step further by adding a kicker to the baler and sides to the wagon, and the bales get off the field with zero guys touching them.

    Chasing round bales 2 at a time drives me up a wall. All that wear and tear on the tractor. All the wear and tear on the field. All the fuel burned. It can only be viewed as a necessary evil.

    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" 

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  8. 4 minutes ago, Ihfan4life said:

    I’m seeing A LOT of old tough hay being baled in August and sold for premium horse hay!  It’s hay a dairy farmer would chop for bedding, or maybe  heifer hay if feed was tight, yet these horse people seem to like it. 

    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

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  9. 7 hours ago, 856 Custom said:

    Another Kuhns AF10 like 885 has. That gray grapple is a tie grapple. Do practically no tying with it, but it sure squeezes bales together nice and tight for transport. Once you start using it, you forget about the price. Lol! That gets used in the field and when loading up some kind of trailer for someone buying them taking them out of the barn. Black grapple unloads wagons to stack in the barn. If someone has a narrower trailer you can set them on the way I have pictured instead of from the side. Sounds like you have 3 guys. That's perfect. Baler operator, guy in the field loading and a guy running trailer/wagons following in the field whatever you use to load.





    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?  

  10. 4 hours ago, Lazy WP said:

    You guys don’t read very well! He already has a great way to pick up his bales, he just needs to be able to get them in to a 53 foot van. I seriously doubt that a New Holland stack wagon will unload into them? Might be wrong. 
    A grapple and accumulator will work, but even then it’s hard to push it forward, since you can only load the back. 


    4 hours ago, iowaboy1965 said:

    Well the more I read the less sure I am what he is after. Lol. I think He is talking using the bale thrower baler for smaller plots but looking at an accumulator on a 2nd baler and he doesn't say it but I would assume a grapple to load unload wagon and load a trailer. Maybe I am confused but that's the way I take what he is saying?

    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.  

  11. 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.  

  12. 18 hours ago, 756puller said:

    Is the ap air hose kit to run the hoses back to the condenser in the back of the cab or to the front like the 86 series?

    You can get them either way

  13. 10 hours ago, 756puller said:

    Has anyone put a sanden ac compressor on a 66 series with factory deluxe can? I'm wondering if it's worth it and what it looks like. Use a 966 with r12 for pushing silage in the fall but since r12 costs so much now and the system leaks anyways I think I better keep the 93 year old dozer man happy in the heat.

    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.  

  14. 1 hour ago, New Englander said:

    Some Audi require windshield removal. Heater cores and evap should be a removable assembly without disassembly of the whole vehicle. Lifting cab off for engine work is insane.

    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

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  15. 1 hour ago, CIHTECH said:

    Local machine shop won't touch them.

    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. 

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  16. 19 hours ago, Farmall Doctor said:

    My high hour 706 has lots of blow-by

    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.  

  17. 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🤣


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  18. 22 hours ago, bitty said:

    keep rpm of the engine up and not move around at low idle, I was told this was for lubing reasons

    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.  

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