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Everything posted by TractormanMike.mb

  1. I was told that as well but the surface HAS to be clean, like sand blasted to white metal. That might have been if it was used as a one coat, with a good compatable primer that has a good bond I would think it would be ok.
  2. You would definitely need a 5020 to pull a set up like that...or an 806.
  3. There are other benefits in addition to a possible boost on horsepower. There is the benefit of the engine breathing easier resulting in lower egt's, and IT JUST SOUNDS FREAKING AWESOME!!!
  4. Wasn't there a limestone quarry up your way that sold ag lime. I went up there with a friend of mine a few years ago to look at a pulverizer. I think it was near Pelkie.
  5. I've heard that before, one of the worst things that you can do for the soil ecosystem is tillage. The no till guys probably cringe when they read my other post where I talk about plowing my rye under. My goal eventually is to roll the rye down and no till the pumpkins but with the equipment I have now it works fine. I admit also that my tillage is part recreational.
  6. I get that same feeling to at my local co-op, so I don't do much with them. I'm lucky to have another feed mill not too far away. One of the guys there used to raise pumpkins and is very helpful.
  7. I have a couple acres that I raise pumpkins on. I have been using rye as a cover crop and am happy with the results. I mold board it under in the spring and I am amazed at the root structure that is there, it goes beyond the depth that I'm plowing which is around ten inches. I also see lots of earthworm activity and the the dirt just looks darker. I even tried planting radishes but its hard to get them in early enough for them to really do their thing. One thing you must consider, you have to treat a cover crop like any other crop you plant. It isn't A miracle worker that will just build your soil if you throw some seed out. You have to feed it also.
  8. Exactly, just feed them scraps from a fresh kill. It even works for people to, it never fails. One local bar would host a hunters ball during deer season. Every year, in a packed bar, someone would drop a$$. Probably shot a deer that day and cooked up the back straps for dinner. Resulting in the most fowl smelling emission imaginable.
  9. Glad to hear it. The quick change knives were something we wanted to change over to but we were told that the shells had to be changed as well.
  10. I'm a little late to this party, don't know how I missed this thread. The farm had a 2303 windrower with a rd182 18 foot header, I think it was a 2009 or 2010 model. We had to run the machine around the clock when we did a cutting of hay to stay ahead of the chopper. It was a great machine to operate. Big roomy cab, good suspension, and Everything was laid out well. All of our issues were with the header. Our had shock hubs. They were a good idea and usually saved the rest of the drive from failure but when you broke one, if you didn't catch it right away, the disk or turtle as we called them would collide with the ones next to it and breaking those hubs. It went right down the line. We even followed the replacement procedure to the T and we still had issues. We had some trouble with the modules failing but we went to changing the oil every crop, 1200-1500 acres, and that cut down on that. The biggest pain was we kept twisting the shafts that go between modules. We got very good at tearing that cutter bar apart and putting it back together. I think the shafts were too small and should have been heavier. I always thought that the base unit had too much power for that header. I always thought that maybe if the engine was throttled back a little bit but you adjusted the header speed up to run were it would normally be it would pull the engine down when the cutting got heavy instead of breaking stuff. Honestly I didn't run the machine much so I was always looked at as the 50 acre expert...who ended up having to fix a torn up header. After a few years they bought a 4995 Deere with a 16 foot header. It wasn't as nice of a machine to run as the case IH but it would out cut it any day. You would drive the Deere home because all the hay was cut. The case IH would come home because it was broke down. I hope your machine treats you better and there were improvements made in the years since the one I was around.
  11. Welcome to the forum! I will now follow your question with a bunch of my own. What model tractor? How accurate of a restoration are you doing? How much are you willing to spend? You already stated that the tractor will be used for light work and show. I'm pretty sure there are some vendors that sell tires that look close to what was original equipment on those tractors. A lot is going to depend on what tires are available in your specific size, some are hard to find nowadays. Last but not least, its your tractor. If you like the way a certain type of tire looks than go with it. We always like to see pictures.
  12. I bet it will taste very good. You will have to savor every bite.
  13. Would a clamp like the ones used on a blower pipe work? I know a regular blower pipe clamp is too big but those style clamps come in all sizes. We use them at work on the dust collection system.
  14. That wasn't welded on, if it was welded on it would still be there.
  15. That's just the tractor!!! A local guy here updated his log truck, he just sold his "old" one a couple months ago. This was a 2018 long nose pete, not sure what number, Cummins engine, 18 speed, full lockers, heavy spec with the serco loader and the air ride pup. A complete turn key Michigan special 6/5 11 axle log truck and I believe it sold for $275,000.
  16. Have you thought of adding a ground strand to the fence. When I built some high tensile fence we did four strands. The first, bottom, strand was hot. The second was grounded. Then the third and top strand were also hot. The only issues we had was everyone had to be on the same page when repairing the fence.
  17. I'll add any application where a lot of maneuvering may be involved. Way easier to cheat and look through the back window than to have the sleeper in the way. All the loggers who use crib trailers around here pull them with day cabs.
  18. I could start a halfway decent hardware assortment with the stuff that is in a plastic container on my shelf where I put the stuff from my pockets. Funny story, local cattle jockey/beef farmer and his son were working around there farm one day. They were going between barns when all of a sudden the dad started yelling. The son thought he got a leg cramp because he was grabbing his leg. Then the dad dropped his pants right there, he had a syringe with an open needle in his pocket and stuck himself with it.
  19. One way I used to fix that problem was to break out the cement around the broken post big enough to work around, you could also get a saw and cut it if one is available and the concrete is thick. Then I would dig out the remaining post, open the hole, and set a new post. When I set the post I would take plastic barrel and cut both ends off and place it around the post at ground level. 15 gallon acid drums worked well and on a dairy farm there are always plenty around. When I repoured the cement I would leave about one foot of the barrel under floor level and the rest above to act as a Barrier to protect the post from damage and fill it with cement, our issue was careless skid steer operators. If I needed to I would trim the barrel where height was limited say for a gate, or in some cases offset it around the post
  20. They were fine. The tiller as a whole didn't look like it was used much. There was very little wear on the tines. My boss said that him and his wife came home and that tiller was sitting in front of his garage. He pushed it to the side thinking somebody dropped it off there by accident and would be back to pick it up. Days, weeks, months passed and nobody came. It sat by his storage shed for a could years until I started working for him and offered to fix it.
  21. I did it once, I have a charcoal smoker and I cooked some steak in there once using it like a grill more so than a smoker because my gas grill was broken and I didn't replace it yet. I thought the steaks turned out good but they did have a stronger charcoal flavor that my family wasn't used to. I also cook hams the same way after having one prepared that way at a friends house a year ago.
  22. Those are heavy duty units. I got one running for my boss a couple years ago. Originally he wanted to replace the engine but I talked him into rebuilding the Briggs that is on it. After a carb kit, ignition upgrades, and cleaning the combustion chamber of carbon and lapping the valves it ran fine. The belt tensioner drive mechanism was kind of finicky but I got it to work.
  23. We are getting our normal July dry spell here. Farmers are finishing up second cut of haylage, the alfalfa is starting to go backwards on the gravel Knowles in the fields that haven't been cut yet. The corn that is planted in lighter dirt is showing stress, other than that it doesn't look too bad. I pushed a road into a job last week. The ground was so dry that most of the dirt fell out of the stumps after I dug them without having to mess with them too much.
  24. I hope the auction goes well for you guys. Your cows are parlor and free stall trained and the components look good so they should bring a good premium.
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