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About MacAR

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  1. Honestly, I always thought the '86 series looked classier than any of the others. But, a first or second year 706 gas narrow front is on my must have list. They just look so good, especially with the fenders pulled off and a snout full of weights. Same for a 656. My all around pick though has to go to the x00/x50 series. I mean, how can you not like them when they look like this: Class, elegance, and refinement all rolled into one sleek, gas guzzling package! I admit to being slightly biased, though. I like all the off-sets too, but Cubs have a special place in my heart: Can't explain it really. They just make me happy. Mac
  2. This happened not too far from me. A shame, really. No one needs a vicious dog, especially a pit. Hate them stupid things fiercely. 180 grain 30-06 is my preferred solution to that problem, though I have used everything from a 10 gauge to a chopping ax to decent effect. Cat killers and chicken thieves don't live long around here. On the other hand, I've got a Mtn. Cur that'll eat your @$$ up if I tell her to. Her name is Sam. She's a sweet little dog, loves attention from most anyone, and is blue murder on anything in her yard that isn't a cat or chicken. She won't leave her yard, unless I load her up to go hunting. UPS driver loves her, so does the gas man, but the greasy guy trying to steal out of my junk pile didn't find her quite so friendly. Does she know the difference? She put him up a thorn tree next to the road and held him til I could call the law. Just wish she'd tree squirrels that well! Mac PS, pardon the green machine in the background. I got it cheap and it ran like crap til I put the Farmall plate on the front; darn thing runs great now!
  3. I've got the 300 and the Cub; they work almost every day. I had several others, but they just sat. Seemed like the thing to do was get rid of them and keep what I used all the time. One of these days I'd like to have the whole Hundred series set: 100,200,300,300u,400,600. Likely won't ever happen but I've had my eye on a 200 not far from here and I have room in the shop. Of course, I'd call it finished if I could run our old F-20 and SM down. I guess I'm like ChrisNY; my mind changes daily. Mac
  4. 520? Geez, that's a lot of work! I missed that by a mile. Thanks for the contest though, it was a lot of fun. I sure hope y'all didn't let them go to waste! Mac
  5. I've had about every color there is. I stick with Red for the simple fact it's what I like. I had a B John Deere for a while, and it was alright for what it was. Still own a JD #52 plow, KBY disk, and RWA disk. My field cultivator is a Ford and my planter is an Oliver. I guess I'm not biased when it comes to machinery. Do I think that Red beats Green? Yea, most generally. Do I shove that opinion down others throats? Absolutely not. If I had my "druthers" I'd have an Oliver plow, an IH disk, a JD field cultivator, and an IH planter. Not because of color, but because of the job they do. Oliver plows just pull better to me; IH disks do a nicer job of leveling ground; I like how JD's field cultivators pull; and IH plate planters seem to be more accurate than anyone else's in my opinion. But, I run what I got cause it's paid for. No need to be snobbish to someone because they like a different color than you. I have to agree that JD guys are worse than any other, though. Just go to any tractor show or tractor forum and you'll see it plainly. The Oliver guys tend to keep their opinions to themselves unless asked. They're also the guys that can give you part numbers from memory, and most will make their own parts rather than buy them. Ford people are similarly quiet and kind, except the handful of guys that think an 8N can turn the earth; don't tell 'em it can't, either. Allis guys seem to be a breed of their own, but they're decent enough. Most are very knowledgeable, albeit a bit eccentric (prime example: ROTO-BALER). Case owners... well, they're a different group all together. Those are the guys that still drive an immaculate '85 Dodge pickup every day, and it'll still have the "new car" smell; no sense spending money where you don't need to. Your average IH guy, though, is a little different. He'll grab you by the arm, hand you a cold beer, walk you through his collection and shoot the $hit for a while, then show you why IH is still king. 🤣 Mac
  6. MacAR

    Mole Hill Drag

    Just use an old cross-tie. I spent a lot of hours riding one pulled by a pair of mules or horses. Now the horses are gone I pull it with the Cub, and it works a treat to level the garden or flatten the mole hills in the hay field. Best part is, the cross-tie was free and all I did was notch the ends so the chain wouldn't slip off. Give it a try, be less work than adapting the cultivator and probably cheaper too. Mac
  7. In my area, finding a 3/4 ton regular cab with 8' box is nearly impossible. Last year, I was in the market for a pickup and was wanting exactly that. Looked for 3 months, no luck. Wound up with a '13 F150 ext. cab with HD towing/hauling options. Built-in trailer brakes, HD springs/ rear end, tow mirrors. Six cylinder twin turbo and six speed. It pulls my 18' trailer with Farmall 300 and 6' bush hog as fast as I want to go. It's got some other options, too. Heated mirrors, cruise, electric 4x4, radio w/ cd & bluetooth. May not need them but I sure do like 'em. It may be that you could find a truck that isn't quite "bare bones" for just a little bit more, and the options would just be a bonus to you. Good luck! Mac
  8. Great photos! Looks like y'all had a good time. One thing that I've always wondered about when it comes to construction machines of that vintage: why are the seats so wide? It doesn't take two people to operate a Cat or scraper, but every seat is wide enough for two! Mac
  9. 150 head on the nose... or should I say rump? Mac
  10. Nice setup you have there. Wish I could find "free" stuff like that! Normally, I have mine in the ground by now too. But, we've decided to not plant any corn this year and focus mainly on edible beans. If it doesn't dry up though, it won't matter; seeds don't germinate under water! 🙃 Mac
  11. MacAR

    Sickle Mower info

    I can't see any reason why a good sickle wouldn't suit your purpose. Personally I prefer the old pittman mowers as they can be had cheaper and operate just as good as newer ones, just a bit slower. A 501 Ford is a good machine for someone starting out, and they can be had reasonably. I like the trailing type mowers over the three point however, and the old IH mower (I forget the number) we had was excellent. If you prefer a more modern machine, the IH balanced head mower is very simple and easy to work on. New Holland's 451 is also good, but slightly more complicated ( for example: there are no less than 20 grease fittings on the 451; the IH has 4). I've had both and prefer the IH, but use the double guards from New Holland on it. Whatever you buy, make sure its in good shape; a junk mower will make you swear off sickles altogether; A good one will last a lifetime. Mac
  12. This was my first mower, a McCormick Deering #6. I still use it some, albeit with a tractor now. My current mower is a Cub #22. Its been a good mower for me, no more hay than I cut. At one time I thought about building some kind of hitch to hook the #6 behind and cut a ten foot swath rather than a five. Just can't quite work it out in my mind. Mac
  13. I may be missing something, but there doesn't look like there's anything to time. Looks like there's a worm and sector gear and that's pretty much it. What, exactly is wrong with yours? Might be an easy fix. Tear into it and find out. For your info, here's a link to the IH parts catalog for the 560's steering: https://partstore.caseih.com/us/parts-search.html#epc::mr64286ag53963 . Look at the drawings and you'll see that there isn't much to the steering gear. Mac
  14. I agree, I had several years ago. It and a 9N were my farm power after I made the switch from horses. Fine for spraying or hauling a spreader, etc. Otherwise, it was a gutless wonder. It was a 4 speed with non-LPTO. No hyd. remotes. No PS. I ran a 6' brush-hog on it once or twice, but it wouldn't run it very well; a fact I attribute to it being geared too high. Put the same cutter on my 300 and ran it in 3rd in waist-high grass. I had the opportunity to sell it to a guy to use in his garden and some light mowing. He enjoys it immensely and still can't understand why I wanted rid of "such a good tractor". I don't miss it one bit; but if a nice 950 were to turn up nearby, I'd consider it. Mac
  15. I have a close neighbor that bought a 3000 brand new in '68 and he is still using it today. He now has other several other tractors, most with cabs and loaders. But, he keeps the little 3000 around to do brush hogging and raking in tight places or small fields. I think it has a six speed (three speed w/ high & low) and live PTO; can't remember for certain but it may be diesel instead of gas. Still, they make a great little tractor for light work. Easy to get on and off, and enough power to run a 6' hog decently. The gas engine should start easier in cold weather, but I think there is some quirk with the carburetors on the 3 cylinders; can't recall it at the moment though. If the tractor you're looking at is in nice shape, runs well, has decent rubber, and has the 6 or 8 speed trans with LPTO, I'd go for it. If it has the 4 speed, I'd make a decent offer but not too much; the 4 speeds will get the job done but isn't geared right IMO. I'd avoid the select-o-speed all together; they're prone to serious issues according to others who "know". Mac
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