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  1. I'm going to look at this tomorrow out by Pittsburgh.  A bit strange it has such low miles, so want to make sure this wasnt sitting outside for 5 years rusting underneath.   If not, prob as close to new as I can get.  

    To get a Suburban for 37k I'd be looking at something with 100k miles on it or more.  Insurance is much cheaper on this too. 

    I'm also a bit at ease that theres not much crap in this van. As long as it has cruise and rear AC I'm happy.    

    I got 15 years out of my pickup and still counting, so for the money im spending here that amount of use wont be a bad investment.  



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  2. 45 minutes ago, Steve C. said:

    Base on my experience with three kids, I'd say your main concern is to seat them all so no one can touch anyone else.

    Aint that the truth..... haha

    I really though about this and the only vehicle that wouldn't be completely outgrown after 10 or even less years would be the passenger van.  When kids start getting bigger a minivan will be cramped.  Dropping 35-40k on a van doesnt seem like a bad deal whenever it would be adequate to use for these kids into their teens.  

    Just need one to look at and see how well carseats fit in. I dont think they have anchor or latch points so everything will be belted. They're not super plentiful by any means and forget about ordering one.  

  3. 12 minutes ago, vtfireman85 said:

    Can’t understand why they would be unsafe. Drive one for work daily, apart from handling very nicely and having adequate power it has been extremely reliable and gets 15 mpg loaded full of tools. 
    it is not a passenger van, but the same platform. 

    Kinda why I want thisroute.  Heavy, solid platform with reliable powertrain.  I hate minivans from a mechanics perspective, plus they're utterly worthless down the road.  

  4. We recently had a set of twins bringing us up to 5 kids all under the age of 4.  Everybody needs a carseat and will for quite awhile yet.  We outgrew our Dodge Durango which we are making work now, but there is absolutely zero room to take anything else.  Theres 3 oother options, Suburban, minivan, or passenger van.  Suburban is out due to price, minivans I dont think will offer much more room behind the seats, but the 12 passenger setups would allow us to pack more than enough stuff in back.  I've never put carseats in one and some people get wierd saying those Van's are unsafe.  Anyone with large families ho this route? 

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  5. Some of these older tractors like that 55 series Deere may be good old dependable tractors, but you can run into a major bill should it need major work.  People can knock old IH's all they want but 10k can go a long ways on a repair.  On a Deere?  That just gets you started.   Somebody around here had major 15 spd PS word done in a 55 series Deere and the bill was well over 20 grand at a dealer.  On a 30 yr old tractor that bomb is always ticking.......

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  6. 6 minutes ago, sandhiller said:

    I recently got forced into a "need another pickup" situation.

    I personally don't need a big variety, 3/4 or 1 ton, SRW or DRW, gas or diesel. 

    Never really liked buying new but with the good used two to four yo pickup market tight and over priced, thought I  would look. 

    So.....MSRP + Market Value = Sale Price?

    This new math has me haulin back on the reins.

    Free market at work and would never complain about that so will shut up.

    And throw money at my 99 Dodge with 345K miles and make it highway worthy, pull one of the 77 Fords out of the trees and make it ranch pickup worthy. 

    And crawl back under my rock until this country rights itself...........see you on the other side. 


    New 2022Ram 3500 Limited

    Stock: C220242
    VIN: 3C63RRRLXNG245421

    Would love to see the payment schedule on a 96k pickup.......lol

    My mortgage payment would be lower.......

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  7. 44 minutes ago, 756puller said:

    Think most of the problem in this country is to many idiots are getting their fifteen minutes of fame on youtube and TikTok, if it wasn't for the one percent getting their fame and getting praised for it alot of people would get their nose to the grindstone.

    Oy, dont get me started on that that subject and I'll really get this thread off the rails.....  All I'll say is a lot of people dont take pride in accomplishing something of real value

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  8. 1 hour ago, Reichow7120 said:

    stashed cash inside the newspapers

    What was the obsession with cash about?  I know that banks weren't trusted but did anyone ever think about what if you had a fire, theft, or runaway inflation like we had now?  

    Gold, land, equity into a business or home would all be a very safe place for extra cash, and very safe.  


  9. 14 hours ago, Art From Coleman said:

    We baby boomers never went through the Depression, and the fact that I had better machinery and tractors to play with, than my Dad farmed with, shames me.

    I really look up to people who survived and made it through the depression growing a family as they witnessed something many of us never will. 

    While it fostered some positive characteristics such as self sufficiency, avoiding waste and living simply, I think it crippled a lot of families ability to get past the depression mode of thinking in financial matters.  

    When my grandfather passed away we literally searched the house and counted out almost $175k in cash laying around.  That was a TERRIBLE financial move then, and even worse now.  Pap never put a penny into anything.  Equipment was rigged to the point it was junk, nothing new ever tried on the farm or upgraded.  Buildings done as cheaply as possible etc.  With the school buses it was the same way, and honestly a wonder they stayed in it as long as they did.  That 175k being invested and or used for improvements could have changed a lot, and be paying off as I speak now.  

    Everybody who is successful and wealthy in this area now didnt use that model.  They put their money to work for them and  you have to take some reasonable risks. Work hard, but make long hours your measure of success.  Make your money work for you too. 

    Will this apply given current times and trajectory........who knows Unfortunately 

  10. 2 hours ago, KWRB said:

    Trigger warning: while I agree with most people here on most things, this is bound to torque some of you. Kids aren't the only fragile snowflakes out there. Tough conservative old men are sometimes the quickest to be offended. So, I don't mean offense -just to offer an opinion and maybe some perspective that hasn't been considered.

    The generation coming into the workforce now likely has some unique cultural characteristics, but by and large they're probably a lot like any other generation was, "back in their day". It's more likely that ones own perspective has changed as they've gotten older, from that of a free and easy young person, to a grounded (to put it nicely) middle aged or more mature person.

    Personally, I think the work life balance in our country has SUCKED for generations, and it is largely rooted in family farms.

    Now hear me out.

    Just about everyone in America, whether they live in a town, city or a suburb, doesn't have to climb very high into their family tree to find farming roots (see what I did there? "Roots"?). Until relatively recently, more Americans lived in rural areas than urban/suburban. Read: nose to the grindstone, super hard working, sacrificial, die-with-their-boots-on, tough farm types. It's admirable in a way, but sad too, if we are being honest.

    Because if our work consumes us to the point that there's nothing left, or nothing of quality left after our work is done, why do we work?

    My dad worked very hard and died relatively young. I remember being at his services and thinking "what a waste of all that misery and sacrifice". I swore then that I am going to live while I am alive, and that has meant bucking tradition. I don't work crazy hours, I spend time at home and time at leisure that my father would probably call "lazy" before he died. I don't regret it a bit. I've maybe alienated myself a little bit to managers from a different generation, I've taken jobs on account of scheduling and vacation flexibility, work from home accommodations and so on, and I don't regret it a bit.

    One thing Germans specifically and all Europeans more generally understand well is this work life balance. My theory is that it's because a larger proportion of their population and culture is so far removed from the culture of back breaking, do or die agricultural work.

    This may sound like blasphemy to a certain demographic, but I think my generation and the one after me might have figured out how to do some things better than their forbears, cheif among which is LIVING, and some industries and/or employers are just resistant. It'll cost them. In the post-pension era, there's no reason whatsoever to be "loyal" to an employer. Employees will walk, others won't knock on the door if the job is going to cost them their life.

    I am a huge fan of Unverferth. I normally buy OEM everything, but I bought wheels from them rather than OEM because they were American made. This is not an indictment of them whatsoever; I have no clue about their situation.

    I just wanted to offer a counterpoint about "the kids these days". Some of these market forces are better for all of us, and we're just conditioned not to believe it. I think this shift is a good one.

    I know lots of the work at all costs ethics. My folks are like that to a point as well. What really irritates me is that some money could have been spent to upgrade and simplify things through the years.  Take for example the barn setup for the cattle.  Yearsssss ago the barn should have been updated to be able to easily feed round bales and pens better laid out to make cleaning easier.  More examples other than that as well.  

    I'm still not a fan of the european work ethic either as let's face it, theres times it is absolutely necessary to put some long hours in.  There are busy periods that stuff needs to get done.  Being farmers or bv farm oriented we all know that.  You're not gonna get 40 hour or less work weeks during certain times of the year.  Unverferth may be no different.  They have orders, schedules, material deliveries that are all attempted to be controlled.  Ideally people would be mindful of their employer, as much as the employer be mindful of the employee when it comes to leave.  Unfortunately it never works that well.  You cant whip your guys week after week either.  If that busy, you need to pay more and get more help to keep a cushion.  



  11. 3 hours ago, Reichow7120 said:

    My Dad's class graduated 50 years ago this year. They had a 25th and never had another one because of lack of interest and participation. 

    I doubt Ill even see a 20th.  Our 10th was pretty sparsely attended, was just all us townies or near townies that normally see each other somewhat regularly anyways.  Was kinda fun actually getting a good group together though. 

    All the "uppity" people who were heads of the class and are supposed to organize it I'll bet will never ever look back to here, and honestly they won't be missed.  

    High school is nothing but a participation trophy anyways IMO

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  12. I'd say a 706 with a D282 would be a bit if a disappointment.  Step up to an 806nand it's a completely different animal.  A 282 was sufficient in the small frame tractors (and I'd say barely sufficient at that in terms of heavy  tillage work), but the 706 was more than enough tractor that deserved to be behind the flywheel. 

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  13. 2 hours ago, Big Bud guy said:

    Thats not the problem here.  In fact just the opposite.  Farmers have been known to not deliver their contract.  Hauling wheat last month, I had the local elevator manager tell me he had several famers short him on contracts because of the drought.  He let him off but told them don't do it again.  That same elevator about 20 years ago kicked a local Hutterite colony out for not delivering their full contract.  That was 3 managers ago and they still can't/don't sell wheat there.  Our two main buyers are CHS which is a Fortune 500 company/cooperative and Columbia Grain Inc. https://www.columbiagrain.com  Neither is a fly by the night operation like some of the pulse crop buyers around here.  

    Was always curious how it worked in grain markets.  When we grew chip potatoes it was under a contract for a given # of cwt.  In my opinion it was nothing but a piece of fancy toilet paper.  If it's a dry year and you're short just what can one do? 

    You find out real quick what acreage you plant to be safe just gets given away on a good crop. We sent numerous loads for dehydrated flakes for cheap too many times.  It also seemed on those years you got docked or loads rejected because cheap open market potatoes were only a call away. 


  14. That's a pretty good gig for a kid right out of high school that wants to put some money back.  

    Not sure how things will be in the future, but I'd encourage my kids to put a few years of full time work in like this, then go to post secondary education as an adult at 20-21.  It will be paid for easily and they will  be old enough to appreciate it.  

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  15. The outfit we have doing our processing upped their prices. To .80 cents a lb wrapped and froze and .95 for vacuum. 

    I had 40 lbs of sweet and spicy bologna made up, will be about 3.50 lb when said and done.  Lots of extra work goes into it as they naturally smoke it.   

  16. 7 hours ago, REDRIDER34 said:

    I just rebuilt my D360. I ordered the kit through Riley tractor and the parts were pow'r seal and Absolute. The kit was great, I will not be using another brand. I would suggest you try them

    How complete was their kit and what did they use for gaskets?  My ag parts salesman has been bugging me to get a Riley account, but havent had the time yet.  

  17. 6 minutes ago, Big Bud guy said:

    Depends on acres or if you are hobby farming, part time farming, or full time.  Minimum paying job or 6 figure job. Plenty of variables 

    This isnt about me BTW, jyst a theoretical discussion.  

    Someone making 6 figures with an outside job is "farning with money" so not really a fair comparison there.  

    Id say for example a younger fellow has an off farm job, and has some family acreage available to farm with the opportunity to get more locally and possibly make a go if it in a manner that its more than just a hobby shouod he play his cards right.  Someone financially stable but not flush with cash.  

    Rarely does someone jump into full time unless "handed the keys" figuratively speaking.  

  18. ....If you had to start out and buy "budget minded" equipment now? 

    I keep thinking back to when I was in 8th grade and the neighbor took delivery if a brand new 7810 Deere and thought wow, sure must be nice.....and Dad saying "in 20 years we could afford it".  Same goes for boxcar magnum with a new 8920 bought down the road in '98.  

    Flash forward to 20 years later.....nope, still not affordable (for a budget minded fellow at least)  Still would take 60k+ to get innthe seat of a nice one.  

    Unfortunately our beloved 06/56/66 series are pinching us on the other end being "collectable" now.  10k used to buy a nice one, not so much anymore.  Still some deals out there but the nice ones that arent primped up for big $ at a 

    SGB cab Deeres........forget it with those prices.  

    More off brand stuff from green/red can still be found reasonable to a point.  

    I know many say old stuff is better but eventually parts or the government are gonna squeeze you...  Are big $$$ purchases of good old equipment safe from a drop out of values?  

    One has to wonder too if the used market ever will straighten out. With low production numbers and being able to maintain profits being attractive.....

    Lots of questions, unfortunately i have few answers......


  19. 1 hour ago, hobbyfarm said:

    Bring that East and get $10,000.

    Other thing i saw that chopper with the snaplage head went for nothing.  Those are pretty rare to find, and when you do find one theyre proud of them. 

  20. Personally ive only had 2 issues with Reliance hard parts.  One was a new connecting rod that when i torqued the bolts it came with they were definately not hardened cortectly and stretched.  I called their support dept and let them know and they were appreciative.  

    The other was a piston on a a D207 case that had a piston ring land improperly machined intermedite ring land.  They next day aired me a new one no questions asked.  

    I will say the gaskets do undoutedbly suck though.  I even filled one of their surveys with a tirade if how gasket quality was a lot to be desired, and id have no problem paying 100% more to get better quality.  The last Deere kit i got actually had a Maxifirce head set, so maybe theyre changing things up.

    Im a big fan of their hyperformance pistons for older Deere 404's and 466's  They actually turn those piles into decebt starters and everybody has been happy with them.  

    I know when it was Toms agri diesel they often bragged that much of their stuff was sourced from manufacturers who made OEM parts, I doubt Reliance tossed all that during the buyout.  



  21. 1 hour ago, SDman said:

    That crack would develop about halfway around the sleeve...can't believe we never had any of them break the complete lower part of the sleeve off. That would have been a disaster.

    I wish I could find the pictures but back in 2016 neighbors 1066 did just that.  Complained of antifreeze in the oil and he drove it into my shop.  Dropped the pan and it sounded like a change machine with the bottom of the liner broke clean off just below the 1st o ring on top.  Told the guy to play the lottery.  

    Would have been an easy in frame fix except it boogered up the cooling jet, so it turned into a complete job.  

  22. Biggest turnoff I see to light duty diesels is catastrophic fuel system failure, or a base engine failure that takes out the after treatment with oil contamination.  I've seen so many heartbreaking cases if "all the above" fuel system replacements from fuel contamination or high pressure pump failure.  With parts and labor your instantly above 10 grand in repairs.  

    Also pray your turbo never let's loose or you have an EGR cooler or other engine failure put contaminants into the after treatment.  DPF'S and SCR catalysts aren't cheap.  

    6,500$ can buy you a brand new gasser 7.3 crate engine from Ford.  You gotta pay to play with diesels.  

    Even the older engines are stupid expensive.  Set of OEM quality reman injectors for a 6.0 are over 2 grand alone before over a says worth of labor to put them in...  Good OEM bosch injectors for a duramax are almost $400 a pop.  


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  23. 5 hours ago, Cliff Neubauer said:

    A 2500HD is a single rear wheel 1 ton truck.

    2500HD's are wierd as they have 9200 GVW like the 3500 SRW 1 ton trucks had prior to year 2000 yet are called a 3/4 ton.  A 3500 SRW has I believe 9,900 GVW or somewhere close to there and only difference I see is overload spring plies.  

    One nice thing about this oddity is a 2500hd doesnt nerd I/M inspection in PA as 9,000 gvw is the cutoff.  


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