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766 Man

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  1. By the way when are they going to make a good rendition of Star Trek? Black Sheep Squadron?
  2. I don't know about that. Probably not that well known but Kelsey Grammar is a conservative in an industry where the word conservative is a dirty word. What I am trying to say is I doubt that Kelsey would readily buckle to peer pressure but you never know.
  3. 766 Man

    IH Choppers

    A lot of IH silage equipment sold and used around me. 50, 55, 550, 555, and 650. They all ran without issue but the 650 never turned out to be the direct equivalent to Fox as it was intended to be. All around here were PTO driven. All were two row. There was the older 15 and 16 from the 1950's with one guy a few miles away having a 16. I never heard anybody complain in any event or wishing that they had a NH or Gehl. A couple of those farms stayed IH buying a 720 or 830 when they were new. We had IH 61 wagons on 140 gears and a couple of neighbors had 110's or 120's. All the blowers around were IH with most being 56's. If I have not answered your question then let me know along with what you specifically are trying to find out. In general IH did well in hay and forage in this area. For the reputation NH has in general it seemed like NH in terms of hay and forage was not on every farm here. A few IH dealers handled NH as a sideline but most IH dealers sold exclusively IH products with little exception. The closest IH dealer years ago sold Woods, Glencoe, and Brillion as their chief side line products.
  4. I'm keeping what I have but none of them are remotely close to new. They are not junk but I would like to find some lower houred tractors to be the front line workers. There was a 684 just recently listed although a distance from home for reasonable money. I probably should have jumped on it while the opportunity was there.
  5. Specifically, I don't see any tractors listed at a price that tells me I am getting good value for the money. I'm going to make a few equipment upgrades and would like to add a tractor but really wondering if I will find anything before spring. I could use an upgrade at the 60 HP level, another 100 HP tractor, and a 180 plus HP tractor. I have a feeling that I will instead be buying a soil saver, 800 6 row, and a few other implements. I am thankful that I am in a position to even think about upgrades.
  6. That or an irregular shaped field where the rows overlap and the cultivator took its share and then some.
  7. I can't get year specific but most here are thinking that the 800's at the earliest were out AFTER the spring 1980 planting season. A few have been seen with Case IH decals which means the 800 was still being built after the merger took effect in 1985. I believe that the 900 was fully available for the 1986 model year. So production of the 800 was around 5 years in a time when farm equipment sales were very poor so not many built compared to other times. Sadly, the guys are all gone that lived and breathed information on IH products from that time at least around here.
  8. That's a tough row to hoe. Just when we think that we have it tough we do not have to look far to see others who have more to deal with.
  9. Wheel size is a definite factor. 12.4 X 38, 13.6 X 38, or 14.9 X 38 rear tires? Center dish facing in or out? If facing in then it will need to be repositioned to face out. Got any manuals with the picker to help?
  10. One thing to look at is implement size versus tractor power. Too much excess power often leads to broken down equipment. Equipment is built with maybe 10 percent more than just enough in terms of heft. Guys years ago that put 130 HP on equipment that would take no more than 80 HP were the dealer parts counter's best customers.
  11. They pay in long fields where you most likely are going to be quite a way away from the headland when you fill up but yet the combine bin quite a bit from being full while on the headland. Short field where you are most likely 3/4 or more full while on the headland then I don't see the advantage. Also, working by yourself I don't see much of an advantage. Some guys have fields separated by a creek bisecting a farm so the field "down back" definitely pays.
  12. We always plowed with a dual on the land side. For a long time we plowed with an Oliver 7 bottom semi mount pulled by an 8430 articulated with axle mount duals. Always took the furrow side duals off even though it was a pain in the rear.
  13. Those are some nice tractors and pickers in your collection.
  14. 766 Man

    Made #6

    A lot of dead weight for fall harvest which can be wet along with traversing steep hills. It's one thing to pull a JD 30 with a Farmall 400. It's another to pull a 914 through the mud with an 806.
  15. 766 Man

    Made #6

    There used to be a JD 400 cuber south of Rochester, NY on the Genesee River flats SW of Geneseo, NY. The farm that owned it was a one time JD dealer. Maybe I'll take a run over that way sometime between now and spring to see if it is still there.
  16. As I understand it brine is used as part of the process to make kraut.
  17. I live within 10 miles of cabbage country here in NY. I've seen the green houses where they start the transplants. I've seen the transplanters out in the field and the harvesters plus storage facilities. Fascinating. There is a lot to managing cabbage but that is true of a lot of vegetable crops. The more there is to managing it seems the more profitable the crop is. Today not everybody can raise cabbage as it requires loamy topsoil with readily permeable subsoil. It requires quite a bit of in season insect and sometimes fungal management. To make this IH related back in the hey day of the 1970's when the industry was most prolific a lot of the transplanters and harvesters used IH hydro row crops with a few IH dealers nearby. I even remember a 1026 just west of Geneva along with a 4156. Still a fair amount of cabbage raised with quite a bit going to a kraut factory in Ontario County. Some shipped out of cold storage to the East Coast.
  18. I was a little young then to know much but it seemed like it was said the 8000 was the better part of a thousand dollars less than a 4020 or 856. A greater difference between the 8600 and a 4230 or 966. Quite a bit of the land around here was and is less productive than a lot of other areas around here never mind the Midwest. The thousand dollars or so difference was a very big deal to those that bought based on price. There were a few 8000's sold in our township new but no 806 and only one 856. A lot of those farmers liked to cal themselves IH guys to boot.
  19. Don't under estimate the value of a few bucks saved with people. That is how a few Ford 8000 & 8600 tractors got sold around here back in the day versus IH or JD.
  20. I own a 770 and it has been a good disk. Probably going to need a little rebuilding before too long.
  21. Early this week I felt very tired and dehydrated. I not once in the last two weeks tested positive for COVID. As to 2021 parting shots for me it is 20 nagging acres that need to be harvested whenever it freezes so a frost can drive into the ground. Talking snow ahead of the cold tomorrow so I guess those 20 acres have to wait a while longer. On the bright side it is only 20 acres versus say 200 acres.
  22. I like the OP's 686. When those and the 666 were being made they were the best on the market in that size. Most other manufacturers had stopped production of row crops in that size due to cost considerations and only offered the utilities.
  23. I don't think that the price is all that bad given the used tractor market as of late.
  24. None of the brands folded into AGCO had any kind of plurality with the customers. AC, White, MF, etc. had a small group of loyalist but a larger group that did not believe in any one of the former brands. Most customers mildly sniffed but no more than that when White offered the American series tractor during the 1980's where the buyer had the choice of White Silver, Oliver Meadow Green, or MM Yellow. As time went forward the people that cared about any one make retired or died off. Now what was a real area of concern was the fear when Ford bought NH that Ford would banish NH red and yellow in favor of Ford blue and white. That aside Navistar more or less named the conditions as to the use of the International name and the IH logo.
  25. 766 Man

    New shed

    Nothing prettier than a piece of equipment in the snug confines of a shed.
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