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766 Man

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  1. Activity is substantially down on the corn picker forum board versus just a few years ago. Given that corn pickers were fading away in favor of combines during the 1960's would make somebody very old that remembers those days if still around. I enjoy corn pickers but I seem to be the only one around where I live so if that is the pattern in general then it is fairly easy to see another problem with a picker centered show. I wanted to do a picker day here in the east but there is no point if there is no interest. Insurance on such an event is probably another killer.
  2. Back during the mid-1950's they were most likely spaced less than 10 miles apart. The dealer where my M came is long gone and the building sat in decline for a very long time and is now crop land. The dealership site in Geneva, NY for CM Neilsen and Son has been a small strip mall for over 25 years now. The dealer that came after Neilsen which was F & W is just a pole barn and gable roof barn that today shows no signs of a modern dealership having been there. The dealer site in Seneca Falls, NY Seneca Service Center is a farm supply business that sells Mahindra tractors among other things. Further west one dealer survived selling Kubota in its old building which had a couple of face lifts. I went by the one that used to be in Avon back in July and hardly recognize the neighborhood. The one down to Dansville I believe is currently a fabrication shop.
  3. The 1978 Buyer's Guide shows on the brief spec page the 1486 having only 1000 RPM PTO. The dual speed PTO only going up to the 1086.
  4. I thought that they were 1000 RPM only from the factory. Makes the tractor more practical with dual speed PTO but hurts with the correct police at a show.
  5. Just like at the time this came to be it was decided that a substantial number of tractor owners live outside of the modern world thus a time period allowed to make good. If you went into your IH dealer around the year 1980 you would have seen a sign up at the parts counter about the program. A number of farm magazines had ads placed in them by IH about the program. Regardless of all that IH had to allow for tractor owners that lived like hermits coming to civilization once every 20 years to buy gasoline, cigarettes, and ammo plus maybe stop at their local IH dealer.
  6. If my memory is any good IH was required to have funding in place for that program meaning the money is already there and that any legitimate claim had to be honored. Two questions. Do the lawyers for VW care and does the US Justice Dept care. Specifically, will the government push to keep that program and will VW fight if pushed? Will VW figure it is cheaper to keep the program going versus hiring an army of lawyers to fight the US government? I never heard of an expiration date when this whole thing came to be around 1980 but most people involved probably figured IH as an entity would be around for a very long time. Back to lawyers I suppose that they could make an argument that 2021 was well past the time of expected lifetime for those tractors. If the Feds and our own state of NY make good on notions of getting rid of the internal combustion engine at least where gasoline is concerned then that might be the exit out of having to provide caps. We got a replacement cap for the M shortly after the program came out.
  7. I'll probably make a lot of people mad here but from what I saw around where I live quite a few got parked due to issues including engine problems. As someone else said they would be OK for a show or an event but I would not recommend one to do much farm work. By the way at least the 66 and 86 could be outfitted with PTO. A one time neighbor used a 4166 to pull a liquid manure spreader.
  8. The corporate world today is a mess. For the time I did it "right" by going to Cornell for a degree. But today it seems like I went to clown school while the guy who flunked out of Podunk U gets the serious consideration. Upper management lives in fear of a new well educated guy showing them up then showing them out the door. Then there is the management that so prizes unique education and experience that they prize a guy who graduated college with with a degree in painting with their toes.
  9. When you look around it is amazing that a company lasts 100 years. The chances for error are great every time there is a change at the top. The top of every division or section for that matter. Around here there is a grocery chain named Wegman's that has been around since 1916. Being complete in offerings on the shelf and having a high regard for its employees were two corner stones for its success. Success is not easy in a business that tends to operate on a margin of 1-2 percent. All this came to change after the elder owner died around a decade ago. Today Wegman's tends to streamline what is on the shelf and the employees are simply considered labor. Do they need to this to face the headwinds of the lowest common denominator of an operation like Walmart? Do they see the future? Will somebody else take advantage with Wegman's more or less following the herd? With the desire to make inroads in affluent markets such as the big cities in the Eastern US will they give up on their Western and Central NY roots?
  10. There was a 1440 advertised for auction this past Saturday that had 705 hours on it. Anybody attend the sale in Brillion, WI or know what the combine sold for?
  11. Interestingly enough I just spoke to a farmer I know over on the next road about his 1066 BS. He's not looking to sell but I just wanted to let him know I have an interest in it. It's gonna take a lot of work to make it look like yours. Also, he is not looking to do anything right away and that is good as I need to be saving money for it.
  12. If like around here several IH dealers also carried NH. The salesman at one of them told me many years ago that NH gave dealers better pricing on whole goods versus IH so more profit for the dealer. In Western NY if you did not carry NH or were not a JD dealer you were on the outside looking in concerning making sales. NH could offer the best price and JD had the availability of financing. The IH dealers did make IH sales to the die hard IH farmers but if any customer was the least bit on the fence they usually wound up buying NH. Gehl and Hesston pretty much sold in small pockets.
  13. I don't think that has much to do with it. JD has offered financing on products for many decades now. During the depths of the Great Depression they were the only company that went through great pains to avoid repossessing equipment. John Deere sold equipment during the rough 1980's because they could readily finance purchases. These sort of things resonate with people especially if you needed extra time to make a payment or found out Farm Credit is not that in love with you anymore to finance a purchase. Maybe somebody can honestly tell me otherwise but what I have heard IH was quite hardlined during the Great Depression in terms of late payments or needing to rework financing for customers.
  14. John Deere does some things quite well such as parts distribution. Financing. I don't like the heavy consolidation of the dealer network. I doubt that the average senior manager reflects upon the history of the 4020 on a daily basis.
  15. Lessons do not stay with people very long in a lot of instances. Honestly, I doubt that a vast majority of people who ran Navistar are aware of anything that far back. Especially, those who are under 60 years of age. I doubt that most people in JD senior management today are aware of the golden era involving the 4020, 4430, and 4440. It's not how they were educated and not how they think in general.
  16. They do just like most other manufacturers. JD parts catalog show tag location being right rear side brace facing to the outside.
  17. Looks like parts are still available through JD with sub overs but expensive. Probably would not be difficult to find through a parts yard or ebay. Best to start looking now to be ready for next year. Price varies but at least a 400 dollar wagon around here. Wish I had people give me things other than headaches.
  18. Just in case the old one can't be fixed try Fry's Machinery near Williamsport, PA. 570-546-3968. M-F.
  19. I want to run a 15 foot flex table as I do not run much corn anymore. Yes, the 1460 and 1440 hit the market when 130 bushel corn was an excellent yield. Actually, on a local basis farmers did well to get 100 bushel corn and soybeans were not grown within 150 miles of me. Anyways, plugging the feeder house happens around here. With my 6620 I have the reverse feeder gear box that you pull a cable from the cab then engage the feeder switch. The 6620 is good when the conditions are favorable but the rotary has the edge when conditions are less than ideal. I need to be able to work on so-so days.
  20. What about the 1660? The feeder chain?
  21. I get the general advantages of a 1460 but do they have a power reverse? Most 1460's here in the east are fairly worn out. Because most 1440's did not go over a lot of acres they on average do not have the wear that the larger combines have.
  22. Polk's auction today. Lot number 19956 GP 3 row cultivator. 2,200 dollars.
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