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  • Birthday 04/21/1985

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  1. I was cleaning out the shed a few years ago and we still had the BFG radials that were the original tires on my dads 4450 John Deere, circa 1985. I thought it would be great if someone would just take them so I didn’t have to get rid of them. I advertised them and had pullers beating down my door to get them. I think I priced them way too cheap, I didn’t know they were such a big deal.
  2. The best advice I can give is to never try to drive anything frozen apart in frustration. The best thing to do is quit for a minute and when you’re done questioning the life choices we’ve all made that lead to this situation, then attempt to get it apart. Sometimes it’s better to not be doing anything at all. Let it soak, put some heat on it, believe it or not, a hammer can’t fix everything.
  3. The one I have is. That’s the only way I’ve seen a ‘73 set up.
  4. I always thought Big Bud was interesting, but I’ve never seen one in my life. Up until relatively recently the only four wheel drives around here were just some old junkers. Now they are everywhere. Some guys had some new 4wd’s back in the seventies and eighties, no till came in and they all disappeared. The local BTO bought a new Deere in 2002 and it wasn’t long after that they were all over the place. It wasn’t long ago everyone here had six row planters and with no till you just didn’t need a lot of power, now 24 row is the norm with the way these new planter bars can flex.
  5. I never was around an 8850. Did you have good luck with yours?
  6. You must not have had any suitcase weights on or you’d be asking us how to repair all that damage.
  7. Engine rebuilds in those are pretty bad. Transmission rebuilds are probably as easy as anything. There isn’t much in the way for that. I put a two speed in an 8650 before this spring and all you had to do is steer it all the way to the right and it came right out in the hinge. One engine overhaul though, makes up for all of that.
  8. I have never dismounted weights from job to job in my life. A few suitcase weights didn’t cause this problem. I always thought those fabricated axle centers were a little lighter than the green cast center section of that era, but I’m sure others will disagree. I bet when you get it apart you will see it has been cracked a long time unless you REALLY hit something. I’m sure it is unlikely you broke that tube in one shot. At this point that tube has put in its time and doesn’t owe anyone anything.
  9. Most rims that I have seen the tires burnt off of are deformed from how hot the tire burns and the weight of the tractor. If they aren’t deformed and you’re a super fiscally minded individual (cheapskate), then I’d say they might work. Get a long hose with a clip on tire chuck when you air them up the first time.
  10. Put one together for my neighbor a few years ago. Bought the parts from A&I because he was a cheap skate. Quality on these parts, at the time anyway, was ok at best. His tractor had a Koyker K5 loader on it for years.
  11. I think we all know the answer to that. We’re on the road to utopia here, there’s going have to be some sacrifices.
  12. I’m not an expert, but if it only does it on one machine it might be worth a look at the shaft in the disc mower. Is the shaft on the mower the correct length for the tractor hitch? Is the shaft twisted so it is binding when trying to slide? Plenty of grease on the shaft? Worn coupling splines and/or bad U joints causing vibration?
  13. There is a guy in Kansas that runs a business balancing combine components. I don’t know if he can do rotors or not. If it can be done I’m sure he could do it. I had him balance some straw choppers once and he said he traveled all over the country. He balanced mine on site. His name was Dennis Walker in Delphos, Ks. I think he called the business Precision Balance. Maybe there is someone like that closer to you, but if not might be worth a call.
  14. Undercarriage parts can be a real nightmare sometimes on IH machines. If you think it needs some track parts I would check into parts availability first then you can go into this project with your eyes wide open. @just Dave is right about how it can become a much bigger project than you think very quickly.
  15. My favorite story to tell regarding technology in tractors is from a problem that arose on an 8000 series Deere tractor. This problem happened probably ten years ago on an 8100 Deere and a Kinze planter. It is a vacuum planter and the scv was supposed to be able to control flow to the vacuum fan without a needle valve. It did for years, but it got to where the flow control was not fine enough. It went from minimum to maximum with not much in between. The dealer was out and decided the scv just needed to be recalibrated. He got in the cab for a few minutes and then asked if there was a problem with the turn signals. I said that they hadn’t worked for a while and that I had never attempted to fix them because it just didn’t seem that important to me. He said I wasn’t going to believe this, but we can’t do anything until we fix the turn signals. Apparently the turn signal switch was integral to being able to navigate through some screens to be able to perform the calibration. I said so basically we can’t plant because the turn signal won’t work and he said yes. It took an extra day to order a new switch and put it in. This tractor is primitive by today’s standards and it has technology problems. Newer Diesel engines seem to be headed backwards in terms of reliability. In my opinion emission components are a lot of the problem and the reason for high maintenance costs. This seems more evident in new diesel pickups than anywhere. Several farmers around here have gone back to gas engines in their trucks because of bad experiences and long waits for problems that nobody can seem to diagnose. We don’t have wide availability of No. 1 diesel in my area, but it still occasionally gets very cold. The fuel filters are so fine on some of our newer equipment that we know if it will be well below zero for even one night there is nothing we can do with any amount of additives that will make them run. You better have an old machine on the mixer wagon or our cows will not be fed. Many new tractors and trucks have run many miles/hours when still relatively new with few problems. It just seems like our experience has been that years, not necessarily hours or miles is what causes problems. They become ten years old and sensors and especially wiring can be a real problem, many times without the ability to diagnose a problem ourselves. I know it’s a bit of a rant, but I can’t even count the man hours that I feel we have wasted fixing problems that I don’t think should have had the opportunity to even exist. I sometimes think that there are three criteria for new engine control systems. 1 - It’s unreliable 2 - It’s expensive 3 - When you have a problem it’s impossible to diagnose
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