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  1. Has anyone out there worked on a John Deere 494 corn planter? The 20 years I have had mine I never gave a thought as to how it worked, just kept it greased and it planted my corn & soybeans every year. I got half way done planting beans this week & something broke & it stopped planting. & not understanding how it functions I'm at a loss. I know when lowered it engages the drive sprocket on the right side of the gear box & turns the square shaft that turns the seed feeders & when raised it disengages the lower drive sprocket. I took off the chain & the lower drive sprocket turns freely in both up & down position not turning the square shaft. I'm thinking in the down planting position something in the gear box should be engaging this sprocket so it does not free wheel on the shaft & that is what broke. Also I can not understand how the drive chains on the wheel hubs engage the gear box when the planter is lowered to the planting position. Don't know if these photos will help explain what I'm talking about, thanks for any knowledge you have from your personal experience with this issue.
  2. 1941 Kansas farmer & 1958 A model Gleaner still harvesting the soybeans in 2019!!
  3. Anyone else old enough to remember using a shucking glove & hand shucking the turn rows so the tractor, picker & trailer didn't knock down any stocks with ears still on them?
  4. FYI, I would strongly suggest anyone that is going to discharge a large caliber weapon in an enclosed space like a house put hearing protection on before hand or figure on spending $5,000 for hearing aids that won't completely correct the permanent damage the muzzle blast did to your hearing.
  5. After my home defense weapon takes care of business he licks up the blood splatter.???
  6. Here in Kansas coyotes are not that big of a threat to livestock other than poultry, they are opportunists and will eat a still born calf, lamb, etc. but live mostly on rats, mice, rabbits, turkey eggs & chicks, etc. Pic of four crossing my soybean field & one that made a nice mount in my "man cave". I do taxidermy when not farming.
  7. Two more farmyard wildlife pic's, A rutting buck on the bean field & a stand off between two Canadian geese and a skunk
  8. Selective outrage 31 killed, 50 plus wounded in two mass shootings in two days. Tragic yes, we have seen national outrage, far left news media & politicians calling for more gun laws. Per MADD, an average of 30 people are killed & 822 injured in drunk driving crashes every day, year round in the US. In 2017, 10,874 were killed (one every 48 min.)& more than 300,000 were injured because of drunk driver crashes. The only outrage to these deaths comes from next of kin of these 10,874 souls, no national outrage, no far left news media or politicians calling for laws banning or restricting the sale of alcohol to everyone including responsible users of alcohol, no call for restricting the capacity of a bottle of alcohol you can own to only a pint or dictating the shape & type of the container of alcohol you can own. Conclusion, the far left media & politicians care more about protecting their ownership & responsible use of alcohol than our ownership & responsible use of firearms. Does anyone else see Australia, New Zealand or Brazil in our future if the far left politicians ever take control.
  9. Some more pic's of farm yard wildlife
  10. Ten years ago I painted my 1947 Farmall H & it's cultivator, my 1951 M, my two 1953 Super H's, my 1970 826 Gold Demonstrator & my McCormick 1-PR corn picker. They have all been used farming ever since so needless to say they don't look this good anymore.
  11. Living on a farm you can enjoy nature every day.
  12. My dad putting up loose hay in the late 40's in Kansas with our Farmall F 20
  13. I've carried a 12 ga. Ithaca mod. 37 for 60 years with never a malfunction or any other issues, give it a chance, I think you will be pleased.
  14. Things have come a long way since the 50's!! Pictures of my 1958 Gleaner A combine & 1959 Chevy Viking grain truck which I'm still using on my little farm here in Kansas.
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