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  1. I've had two farmers die that put the screws to me personally. Each time it involved sabotaging me in terms of dealing with a lender. My religious convictions do not allow me to take delight in those two people being gone. Other than that I have no empathy towards them (or their families). Both times the bad rubbed off on those around the two. I figure in each case God exercised his will and I did not preemptively take them out by hurting them.
  2. AC sold a lot of product around here back in the day. They were the clear Number 3 Farm Equipment company after JD and IH. As Many WD's and WD45's as there were M's and Super M's. Don't get me wrong as I would rather have a M or Super M but I am acknowledging AC's strong presence. For a state such as NY that had dairy as the number one form of agriculture AC stubbed its toe seriously as it exited the hay and forage equipment line along with materials handling (manure spreaders). If not top notch AC's forage equipment was more often than not passable. A few AC dealers also had NH so they did not miss a beat but most did not have access to a good hay and forage short line. It was one of the nails in the coffin for AC when the 1980's came. If I had to guess Gleaner outsold IH in terms of combines at least in this region during the 1970's.
  3. There was a US Army base within an hour of me years ago that is no longer active as such. They would neither confirm nor deny having nuclear weapons on site. It was routine to keep the perimeter swept of civilians when air traffic was coming in. This included life long residents such as farmers who were pushed from fields while certain operations were going on. Never heard of any complaints or lawsuits about it so maybe Uncle Sam paid such people for being inconvenienced? General perimeter deployment was to keep the guard to either side of a guard position in visible sight at all times. The east fence was very close to a state highway and the remoteness back in those days invite travelers to pull off of the road to urinate among other things. This would draw a jeep and a few soldiers within a few minutes at the latest. Often these travelers would become the "guest" of the base for 24 hours for a security check. My mother knew a civilian who worked there as a machinist. There were very strict rules as far as going to room to room and building to building. Painted lines were put down as boundaries to be followed without question. One day he decided to cut a few steps off of a hard 90 degree turn and was promptly taken to a security area complete with dark room and bright lights. Did not matter that he worked there over 25 years. After several hours he was allowed to call his wife to let her know that he would not be home for dinner or to sleep that night. That he would have to remain under custody but would be released once 24 hours since his detainment had elapsed. He was mad at himself as this had happened once before and knew what was coming if he repeated. Once this detainment was complete he resumed his normal routine on the base.
  4. I've seen that photo as well. It is an 806 prototype. Common for manufacturers to use deception to keep competitors from knowing too much. JD painted experimental New Gen tractors in Massey colors and put side shields around the engine.
  5. I know of a few that were main tractors for a farm but I always envisioned them as a heavy chore tractor. Spread manure, run silo blower, etc.. Don't love them but don't hate them. If I inherited a good 706 I would keep it and that would be the acid test as to whether a person liked one or not.
  6. Rules? In these times? Seriously? This is the primary reason as to why society and therefore humanity is failing. Most people feel that they do not have to abide by rules.
  7. That is the problem. Nobody who was with IH in tractor development at the time has put this down with cited sources which can be checked upon. One guy says this. Another guy says that. As far as competing with JD New Generation that ship left the dock in terms of the 4010. The 4020 was already out for a few months when the 1st 806 tractors were reaching IH dealers. The 806 diesel would have been a formidable competitor against the 4010 with its Synchro Range transmission but the 8 speed Power Shift offered great versatility for many jobs.
  8. I would just ask on the Oliver board there and just make it about the S77. Honestly, I don't think the two sites (RP & YT) are that much different in terms of bias. Both places have a few guys who are blindly partial to one brand.
  9. Just my opinion but I think the gas engine tractors from that era on average lugged a little better so the Super M. The Oliver is a fine machine in many respects. Might want to ask on a site such as Yesterday's Tractors where they have a contingent of Oliver guys for advice.
  10. They all got flattened by 38 year old female lawyers driving SUV's on the Mass Turnpike on their way to their vacation homes which are many miles out of Bean Town.
  11. JD came out with the 1243 head for use with the 8820 combine. Seems like there was one around back around 1980 several miles away.
  12. I've seen it listed as do not ship to NY by Keystone Pesticides plus other sources. Most likely an error by these sites I look at but I will check into for the sake of accuracy. In terms of dicamba it only matters when the crop growing season starts so the window is small if you are not spraying by mid-June at the earliest. In 2020 most soybeans around here did not get planted until June so if the restriction existed in 2020 dicamba would have not been available for the most probable spray period which would have been July. For a pre-plant burndown 2-4D is the most prescribed chemical to get after broadleaf plants so really no dicamba sprayed before late May at least around here and allowing for an early planting season. My central point remains that our toolbox of chemicals is under threat by political forces. The sign up sheet was at my chemical dealer last year to let these same people know that glyphosate is vital for use in NY agriculture.
  13. Now you are changing the argument in terms of what Tanker was saying. HIs contention was no equipment was being made in 2021 that would work with a stock M which is not true. I could just as easily put a 1949 JD A, 1949 Oliver 88, 1949 MH 44, etc. on the same job as I would put a Farmall M. I would probably put an 88 ahead of the others for its live PTO and hydraulics. Also, the 6 cylinder engine is SMOOTH and responsive.
  14. The bigger issue at least here in NY is general land use issues and chemical use. Thanks to some stupid people who do not know how to read instructions or don't care dicamba is practically not allowed for use other than a tiny window in June. Then there is the hysteria over glyphosate. Attrazine is banned altogether and many other chemicals have extreme restrictions. If chemicals keep getting banned or restricted it will have the effect of eliminating a lot of row crops to plant and harvest here in NY. I honestly do not believe those in power here in NY care if farmers survive and no doubt many would just as soon see farmers go as an act of jealousy. They would not be so jealous if they went to the mailbox everyday to see the bills that we pay.
  15. I was wondering as to a source? I was curious as to both the blue, yellow, white used during the 1960's and the red/white that came after the introduction of the 86 series.
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