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766 Man

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  1. Trying to remember what ours is. It was built during the early 1960's and the company was based in the area. Empire? I have to take a look. I thought that there was a tag at one time on one of the hoops.
  2. I don't know about that. I know of plenty of situations where the buyer thought that they paid too much or the seller got too little. A buyer always feels as though they may have only one shot at it so they offer a "knock the other guy out" type offer. A seller that is perceived as being weak such as being forced to sell due to death or divorce often has little negotiating power. Land has gone up for decades now around me. Everybody who said the stock market can only go up has seen trillions wiped out as it went from a DJIA of 36,000 to 30,000 in the last week or so. I expect some type of correction in land. It's just how markets work. If everything did nothing but go up then everybody would be a winner but how often has that ever happened in the history of humanity?
  3. So, the Amish have moved to a 200 year payment plan?
  4. Assuming that a farmer can find ground to rent. Sometimes it is all about who you are or are not. A guy from 15 miles away rents a lot of ground around me. He can do it because his grandpa did not beat the neighbor out on buying 30 acres over 60 years in the past. Or sometimes as simple as you had success that they never did in farming. This will all reset at some point. We have seen the value pull back such as it was after the grain embargo in 1980. The only thing is the rubber band is far more stretched today than in 1985 so the pull back will be more dramatic by quite a bit.
  5. Greed is the motivation. The same thing that causes people to swindle stockholders in a corporation among other things. Most of these guys are not hurting without the scams and schemes.
  6. Agreed. The guys who normally push this are the ones running several thousand acres where they take the income from the whole operation over a few years to pay for it. The only problem is the tax assessor sees that then up goes the assessments. Then the town and county want their share through increased rates. A prospective parcel paying its own way stopped happening around these parts 25 years ago. Then you have the Mennonites and Amish who will admit a purchase is a couple generation prospect in terms of paying off with the kids shouldering a large portion. Lately, to get at more ground they are thinking more like 100 years of sweat. The ordinary farmer coming up by the bootstraps does not happen anymore.
  7. I wish I could get my father to understand a fraction of what is being said here. He is convinced that some 20 year old does indeed have unlimited access to bank and federal money. That the same kid can make payments on 8 percent money with 140 bushel per acre corn, 33 bushel per acre beans, and 16,000 lb RHA milk in a less than 20 percent equity position in the farm.
  8. Plenty of crooks around here in NY. I hear plenty of stories as to how some operations allegedly worked the FSA system. Then there are others who have less than legitimate financial sources. I'd say honest operators are in the minority. In some aspects I would say that the crop insurance programs function poorly criminal issues aside.
  9. I would try through NH because I don't think much is out there in the parts yards. When farmers upgraded choppers they usually updated heads even if not to current. In other words very few farmers bought newer heads for older choppers. No doubt it happened but far more with putting 824 corn heads on older NH machines versus hay heads. Country Side equipment in Dundee, NY is a Mennonite chopper business that does both JD and NH. He might know of or has something.
  10. With what NH calls a (mounting) bundle it will as specified for a S717. Right off of a 790 without change then no. 790 will interchange with a 782 and 718 without modification.
  11. The spillage/blow over that I saw would have filled both of the IH 61 forage wagons we had many years ago.
  12. I am one to never want to travel any place outside of North America and Western Europe with the exception of Germany, Poland, Northern Europe, and Japan. I most likely left something out but any spare money needs to be spent here at home so it is not like I am going any place anyways. HCOP or something similar would be my big adventure.
  13. Enjoyable visual presentation. Camera was always within 30 feet of equipment. You can hear equipment in operation. I ran an IH 60 flail stalk shredder as a kid and even though I don't need one at the moment I would not mind picking one up. Hopefully, this can be an every year thing and more variations in harvest equipment are shown. Again, very good job.
  14. And you know that they will be militant and diligent in enforcing it.
  15. I sure would not mind some seat time with the 1440 or 234 picker. The Oliver outfit looked good.
  16. I know of a 3300 gas sitting at a parts yard. I don't know what the fate of it will be but the back end is crushed in. Don't know if that is why it is there or the guy just roughed it (he has done if with other stuff) off of the trailer. I'm thinking based on the rest of the machine it would have been a good HCOP candidate without the damage. A lot of stuff just sits OK until the owner dies then the heirs don't care if it goes for scrap or not.
  17. Had to do the same on my 6620 a dozen years back. The shaft wore enough so the bearing set collar would not stay locked in. Did not need a puller, torch, or anything but tools. Bad thing was it happened on the last 2 acres of corn for the year and the snow came while I was changing out the shaft.
  18. The elevators around here will send you home with your grain if it does not hit a minimum standard. The elevator manager was always in the weigh house and he always had something to say. They care because a lot of corn and beans go to a port such as Oswego, Albany, or Baltimore then on to export. Somebody further down the line is always unhappy and he gets to hear about it. Guys that work outside at the elevator don't even look at a load once it passes the sniffer. A fair number don't have a farm background and would not know an IH from a MF even if it ran over their toes. An IH will sample very well if properly adjusted and was a major selling point for dealers when the Axial Flows came out during the late 1970's. I would not mind a 1440 or 1460 for certain situations but any I come across are all whipped. 1660 at the moment too expensive by the time it gets trucked to NY. I already have the JD heads so I'll probably buy somebody's JD retirement combine (one that does not have a lot of hours on it). Saw a couple of 9500's this morning ahead of a consignment sale tomorrow. They both looked tired but the one is advertised as having recent dealer work and do recall it being at the local dealer in Hall, NY waiting outside the shop so it probably is better than it appears.
  19. Funny, I run a JD 6620 combine and I always made the grumpy elevator manager happy when I brought loads in. Don't matter if you run a JD, IH, Gleaner, etc you have to check adjustments and every field is different in terms of conditions.
  20. The attitude towards German-Americans after WWI was very complicated. For centuries England and the German nation-states viewed each other as cousins even before things such as the House of Hanover came along. Each entity really had no respect for the other Europeans like they did for each other. At the same time like in real family units there are the strong who want to control and there are the strong who are not in a position to control and resent the other who can control. But in the end it is like in most families at the end of the day we put our differences aside so as to be able to function. After WWI in communities that had high percentages of both English and Germans it was a feeling of personal betrayal felt by the English descendants towards their German cousins. The bitterness was never there with the Italian-Americans or the few Japanese-Americans like it was with the German-Americans.
  21. Based on what I heard around here I think some German-Americans had no concept of what was taking place over in Germany when Hitler came to power. They assumed that it was not possible for somebody of a similar background to be such a bad human being. That is not to make excuses for those who did understand what Hitler was and openly supported the immorality that came with him.
  22. Yeah, there are a few places like that around here and surprisingly the guys all have wives that put up with it.
  23. Germany did need to come into the then modern world meaning it did need full time military officers. Germany prior to the 19th Century was a bunch of nation-states that spoke a similar language with each having a small militia. A peace time military was in the best interests in terms of the nation-states unifying into Germany. This allowed all involved to have access to food and industrial materials to live a modern life style. That outsiders would not be allowed to readily disrupt trade. How much of a navy it needed is open to debate. If it was going to trade with other European nations such as Spain and Italy then material would move via the sea and therefore a need to have a navy to protect German vessels in shipping lanes. Did Germany really need the number of battleships it had at the opening of hostilities in 1914? Most likely no but then we are looking at it from our perspective instead of theirs. During the time of Teddy Roosevelt our military leaders considered Britain and not Germany the most likely opponent if a war broke out. So it was more than just the Germans that considered the Brits a likely threat. But what Germany lacked was a calm and intellectual leader that would not be goaded into rash decisions and would constantly sooth the English fears of a changing continental power. Instead Kaiser Wilhelm II was arrogant, mentally erratic, and simple minded. A man who simply was not up to the challenge of being a leader in a modern world.
  24. My grandparents moved to the farm I am on today in 1923. They being of German descent were poorly received in a community that consisted mostly of people whose families came over 150 years prior from England. Most of my school years were during the 1970's and carrying a German surname I could say that I was not the most popular kid in school for that. I actually had a 4th grade teacher mildly mock my background and if I thought dad would not go off of the deep end I would have said something. If I could go back in time and talk to the Kaiser before the war I would tell him that it was not worth it for Germany to go to war. That Germany and Germans suffered far more than he could imagine and for a far greater period of time.
  25. Getting to be true with a lot of equipment. I wish that I could have picked up more things years ago but just was not possible.
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