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  1. We have a number 12 grader at work that is pony start. As mentioned above, let the pony warm up the diesel before attempting to start it. I usually engage the drive and start spinning the diesel as soon as the pony is running good. I leave the fuel shut off and have the decompression lever pulled. The pony engines exhaust is routed through the diesels intake manifold so that helps to heat the engine. The pony also uses the same antifreeze so that will heat the diesel as well. I usually wait until the intake manifold is warm/hot to touch and open the throttle, throw the decompression and within seconds the diesel is running. I've started it when its below zero with no ether. Another important thing I was told was to shut the gas off and let the pony run out of gas when stopping it. The electric starter on ours was six volt. I had it rebuilt a couple years ago at a starter shop and we had it converted to 12 volts, I think we had to change the armature which was worn anyway. You can put 12 volts to a six volt starter but what the starter shop told me was that the starter would engage harder because it would be running on twice the voltage and they have seen cases of the nose cones cracking because they are only held into the housing by a single set screw type bolt. We converted it to 12 volts mostly because this is a woods machine and if the battery went low I could jump it with a truck. A group 31 battery fit in the box and starts the pony every time.
  2. Ours was I think a 5570 industrial but I'm not sure of the number. It was Meyers first attempt at an industrial spreader. We broke so much stuff on it that Meyer said they were not going to support it any longer and tried to sell their new improved industrial model. The owner of Meyer himself came to the farm to talk to us and it just happened to be the same time the knight dealer pulled in to deliver the first slinger.
  3. The farm I worked at had an early industrial model, not sure what number. Lots of moving parts, poor spread pattern, poorly designed drive, we would break 100 pitch roller chains and twist shafts off before the 1/4 inch shear bolt would shear. The door also leaked but we daily hauled out of the dairy barn and the manure was pretty loose. Meyers v-spreaders are good for **** as far as I'm concerned and they don't even handle that well. We went to a knight slinger and never looked back.
  4. I ran a 1566 for quite a few years pulling an 8 row 800 cyclo planter. High 1 worked well for that job. When you really noticed the missing gear was when you were doing heavy pto work like pulling a chopper.
  5. If anybody is ever going through the southern tip of the UP I can steer you to a few good places.
  6. Happy birthday driver! Stay safe out there.
  7. Nice radishes! When did you plant them?
  8. We have an old petibone cable skidder at work that we use for plowing snow in the woods. The tail end of last winter, the water pump went out on it while I was using it. I shut it down as soon as I noticed a problem but it did run without water in the head, for how long I don't know but I don't think it got too hot. Fast forward to today. We got a water pump for it and I installed it today. I filled the radiator and when I run the engine it bubbles the coolant out. I'm getting compression into the cooling system. The engine still runs smooth so I'm not so sure its a head gasket, I'm leaning towards possibly a leaking injector sleave. I'm all honesty, I'm not sure and really won't know until I open it up, that's why I'm asking here. I've never done any major work on a two stroke Detroit. I've always heard they are easy engines to work on. I have changed a few head gaskets and even did a major overhaul on a dt 466 when I was at the farm. I've always heard the the tricky part with a Detroit is "running the rack" and needing special tools for that. Any feedback or shared knowledge would be greatly appreciated.
  9. We have a pretty good mahindra dealer here, been selling them for over ten years and has quite a few out in the area. I've never worked with one but our club uses one for our tractor driving skills contest at our county fair, the dealer lets us use it. We use one with a hydro run transmission and it operates smooth. It would make a handy loader tractor for a weekend warrior with some acerage to play with. Make sure you have a spot to park it inside because sunlight will fade them to a nice shade of pink.
  10. You could buy more hockey pucks, linkages might be an issue.
  11. 18.4s would stand a little taller obviously, you would certainly hate to find out after you bought and mounted the tires that they didn't work. The issue we had was with the step up rims, they would keep cracking.
  12. The farm I worked at had a 2+2 with 14.4x46 tires on it, they had plenty of room
  13. If I recall I might have re threaded the plates to take a 5/8 bolt.
  14. Another benefit, the cab air filter will be easier to service.
  15. I used hockey pucks to raise the cab on an mx270 where I worked. You will also need longer mounting bolts, I just used 5/8 inch. I can't recall having to do anything else, all the wires and hoses had plenty of slack. The last step going into the cab was noticeably higher, not bad but when you get used to that step being a certain height and it is suddenly two inches higher we had a tendency to catch it until you get used to it. You will also notice part of the black fire wall because the cab sits higher and the hood no longer covers it, it wasn't a big deal for me. Those two inches made a world of difference when the time came to change hydraulic lines. I also removed the crossover hose for the fuel tanks and capped the bungs. The right fuel tank was always empty and it it needed to be removed all that needed to be done was remove the batteries and the clamp. This tractor hauled manure so we didn't need the extra fuel capacity. Let us know how it turns out.
  16. I believe so but not for certain, I've never been around that era of john Deere 4wd.
  17. The front axle can oscillate about as much as what an axle on a typical mfwd tractor would. I'm not sure but there may also be rubber bump stops that in theory could be removed for even more travel.
  18. All I can say is there is an art to it. If/when you mess up and tear the bottom, you get to live with it until you are past it. I used to dread having someone else dig silage out of the bags because it never failed, they would tear the bag. A bucket with a worn cutting edge seemed to work better because it wouldn't catch the plastic as bad. I would try to loosen the silage first and then scoop it with the bucket starting in the dumped position so I could see the edge. Then I would carefully roll the bucket back to fill it.
  19. My advice would be to send a pm to BJ, the moderator, he is the one responsible for keeping this site going and in my opinion does a very good job. Just keep in mind, he doesn't have to answer to us. We are all guests on this forum.
  20. I hope they used a better latch system. I would hate to see what would happen when the door flew open at 55 mph.
  21. I was told a good rule of thumb is to have a policy that is equal to ten times your annual income. ideally, if something were to happen the policy could be invested into mutual funds with an average yield of 12 percent. Ten percent would replace my income. My wife and I both have term policies that we took out when our daughter was born. I have since then increased my income but have held off on increasing the insurance because I don't have as many debts. The policy I have would easily pay off our mortgage and still leave enough to cover any other expenses and leave my family secure for a while but eventually my wife would have to generate an income to support herself. My agent tried a few times to sell me on a whole life policy but I've always been under the impression that you could do better investing that money into mutual funds, the rate of gain is better. But that being said, if you don't have the money to do either one it doesn't really matter. This could turn into an oil thread, everybody always has an opinion on how somebody should spend or invest their money.
  22. Looking at the radar it appears that you guys are getting blasted, hopefully it won't stick around for too long.
  23. I heard about that yesterday, bad deal. On a side note, you are one of a handful of people that can say L'Anse is a little bit "south". Are you getting snow up there?
  24. Sorry I didn't reply to this earlier, I missed the post. That mill is about 30 miles south of me. The fire was reported Thursday October 6 and crews are still fighting it. The mill and warehouse are a total loss. That mill processed recycled paper. They employed about 100 workers. The local trucking company that hauls pallets from where I work hauled bales of paper for recycling in there as a back haul. Back hauls around here are hard to get because in our area most of our loads are out going, not much coming in. The mill also had a program of spreading their paper sludge on crop land to boost organic matter, it really helped in some of our rocky soils. A good friend of mine and his wife ran the company that did the spreading. I am hearing that the company is planning on rebuilding.
  25. In my opinion one of the perks of working in the out doors is having an opportunity to really appreciate natures beauty. Weather its the fall colors or frost on the trees on a winter sun rise and everything in between. Sometimes you just need to stop and take it in.
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