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About TractormanMike.mb

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  • Birthday 07/18/1977

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    Upper Michigan
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    Anything with an engine. Honda four wheelers, Ariens lawn and garden equipment, Allis Chalmers D-15, Fixing anything, just finding a way to make something better

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  1. We ran patz 98b and 98c unloaders as well as badger ring drives. I can feel my blood pressure rising as I type this. The gathering chain on the patz unloaders would comb through the longer material and would make for an uneven surface. Eventually it would get so bad that the unloader would get stuck. Then someone, usually me, would have to climb up the chute to help the unloader around. Did I mention the chute was full of oat hulls that always went down my back because of the updraft due to the wind that was always blowing when I had to go up a silo chute. The longer material would also
  2. Never a more correct statement has been said, it's like packing a pile of feathers. Add to that oats are a tougher crop to chop, it's a dirty crop because the field was recently worked so a lot of loose dirt ends up getting in the crop and usually, at least in all my experiences doing straight oats, the crop gets away from you and gets too dry. Shortening the length of cut can help the situation at the pile but the knives have to be kept sharp. Length of cut is especially important if you plan on putting oats in an upright silo or neither you or the silo unloader will be happy.
  3. If tonnage is what you're after a lot of guys mix peas with the oats, your seed dealer might even be able to get it pre-mixed. Cut it when the peas are blossomed and the oats are in boot stage and put it up either as silage or wrapped bales.
  4. Auctions always seem to bring all kinds out of the woodwork. Another good place to people watch is concerts or music festivals.
  5. I usually just go off of the radar app I have on my phone. I talk to a guy once in a while who was a meteorologist on an aircraft carrier when he was in the airforce. That guy can predict the weather better than anybody I know.
  6. Nice job! I'm not familiar with that style of trailer. Is the dove tail portion just a ramp or can it carry a load in transport? If so is there a locking mechanism or does the hydraulics hold the load up?
  7. The ice is thin here, let's go back where it is safe.
  8. Between my brother, sister, and I we had quite a collection of Legos when I was younger. I had quite a few of the technic sets also, I still have a few of the more elaborate ones that I built later on. My son has been eyeing those up so I'll probably pass those on to him.
  9. I would think that with a loop there would be draft issues. Something like the magic heat device pictured above would work well.
  10. My first thought when I saw the post was the UDLX. There was also an "open cab" version called the UDLX-OPN, I don't remember the exact number made, I think it might have been six or so. I imagine one of those would bring a pretty penny.
  11. I planted with an 800 for years, they are very good planters, probably the simplest seed metering system there is. I pulled it around 5 mph with a 28,500 population, it was always dead on. Our ground here is stoney so I would slow down through the gravely spots and if I had to I'd lift over anything big that I thought might hurt the planter. Yes, we did pick stones but you never get them all. I also did that so when we chopped the guy in the chopper would see the skip and know something was there. One of the nice things with a cyclo is you can slow to a crawl and it doesn't really effect your
  12. How much do you have up there? Do you have enough for the trails to open yet?
  13. I have a pair of boots made by Baffin that I wear at work when I'm in the woods. They are shin high and have a removable liner. They seem to hold up well, I'm on my second pair, the first pair lasted two winters. They started to crack in front where they flex. They aren't too spendy either, about $75.00 a pair from amazon, I can't find them locally.
  14. The last ten years I was working at the farm they used cenex oil, quiklift was their hydraulic oil. They came and set up the totes free of charge as long as they bought cenex oil. At truck came around and filled them, I just had to call when the totes were getting low. The only difference I saw after switching was on certain pieces of equipment I started to see dust accumulate where it hasn't before, like around seals on cylinders and valves and so on. There was never a full on leak or even so much as a drip. Before the switch to cenex oil they used mobilfluid 424.
  15. I had some time this afternoon so I tried my luck at broken bolt removal. The first was for the bracket that holds the front diff to the frame. I welded a bolt to the remaining stud, let it cool sufficiently, and carefully tried it and it broke loose and I was able to remove it. Success! The second one was on the frame rail where the seat bracket bolts to the frame. There wasn't enough stud sticking up to weld to so I opted to grind it smooth and drill it out. After i drilled through it I was able to knock the rest out with a hammer and punch. This hole along with the other one on this bracket
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