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  1. Toilet in the shop.

    Since you asked for comments, I will add my 2 cents. If you can afford it, go for it. Once done, you will wonder why you waited so long to put it in. My own story that backs up my comment; I live on a fairly large lot in a small town. Before we owned the place, the previous owners once had a single wide set up for the mother/mother in law. After moving the single wide out, they installed an RV dump and hooked it to the old city sewer line for the single wide. When I got the place, I built a covered storage area for my Toy Hauler and diesel pickup. I extended the old RV dump line to where I park my RV so I could dump the tanks where it parks. While I had the sewer line exposed, I had the bright idea to tee in a line for a future bathroom. I had a little pipe left over and ran it towards the side of one of my shop buildings. I marked the end so I could find it in the future. A couple of years later, decided it was time to build what I call my outdoor bathroom. Using the outside wall of the one shop as one wall, I built a small building and extended the sewer line I had buried earlier. I insulated the addition and added a used slider window I found that already had frosted glass. The shop building already had city water but no sewer. It had a sink, but I rarely used it as it only drained into a french drain. As part of the project I extended the sewer line to the existing sink. Anyway, I put in a toilet and a small sink for washing up in the new "outdoor" bathroom. I find that I end up using it all of the time. When working outside or in one of the shops, it is so handy. It is also nice to use for washing up. I plan to add a small electric point of use water heater, but find even with just cold water, it is still very useful. (am sure if/when I add the water heater, I will wonder why I didn't do it sooner) Since I don't heat the adjacent shop 24/7 nor the bathroom, I have to winterize it for winter. Really miss it during the winter. To get to either of our bathrooms in the house, you have to go across carpet, so it is a real drag to have to take your boots off just to be able to use the bathroom. The "outdoor" bathroom, at least for the 8 to 9 months of the years it is available has been worth all of the money and effort I put into it. Like I said, if/when you put yours in, you will not regret it.
  2. Trainload of Axial Flow's

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  3. Trainload of Axial Flow's

    Great video. Love seeing all those combines. Here is a video I took a few years ago of a combine train I passed along the highway. Drove up ahead a couple of miles and got out of the car and took the video as the train passed by. I was on the old highway between La Grande and Pendleton Oregon. Hopefully the video will show up as I am unable to figure out how to preview this reply before submitting it. Many forums allow you to preview your post before actually submitting it. If the video does not show up, will try again. <iframe width="854" height="480" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  4. LED 4ft Tube replacement

    I have had very good luck with the ones that I have used. The first ones I tried were Hyperikon brand but a little different from the ones listed above in that they are designed to have the ballast removed and the 120 volt fed directly to the lamps. They work very well and I was very impressed with how well they work. I have since bought more (can't recall the brand) and they work well and their light is nearly as good as the first Hyperikon brand ones that I had. The main difference between the two is that the first ones I bought, the plastic cover over the actual LEDs was frosted and the on the second ones, the cover was clear. I feel the look of the light off of the frosted ones was a little better. If I buy more in the future they will have the frosted covers. As far as lamps that use a ballast opposed to those that do not. In my opinion I recommend getting lamps that do not use the ballast, but are wired direct to the 120 volts. Beside the issue of some lamps not working with certain ballasts, I do not see why anyone would want to keep a ballast if they didn't need to. Just one more thing to go wrong. Although I have not measured it (as I don't have any LED lamps that require a ballast) I feel that it is likely that a light with LED lamps that utilize the old ballast would use more power than one that did not use the ballast. There has to be some loss in the ballast as they usually get quite warm when in use and all that heat is simply power waste. Besides in many cases, the existing ballast is old and near the end of its like anyway. Makes more sense to simply remove it from the system. IMO is is not much of a job to remove the ballast from the system and rewire the fixture to accept lamps that don't utilize the ballast. However, I use to work as an electrician (now retired) so what seems easy for me concerning electrical may seem a little more difficult for others. I didn't actually remove the ballast, but just clipped the wires to it and left it in place. If the fixture was not already mounted, I would physically remove it to get the weight down. I do have one caution to consider: The two brands of LED lamps that I have are wired in a different manner. It is important to make a note on the fixture of what lamp it is wired for and/or how it is wired as down the road a future lamp may need to wired in a different manner. If a person was going to do a large shop or farm, it may be advisable to find a LED lamp that you like at a good price and buy all the same so the wiring of the fixture will be consistent. The one exception I have found to it being easy to remove the ballast from the system is a fairly new (2 -4 years old) fixture that had a cord built in to the fixture. It did not have a traditional ballast, but was built in to one end of the fixture. I had to tear the whole thing apart and then rebuild it to work with my lamps. Not really that difficult for me, but more than a 2 - 3 minute job. Glad I don't have more of them. I do agree on an above comment on color temp as I like a color temp of around 4000 as it is close to the old "cool white." I bought my first lamps from Amazon and felt they were a good deal at the time. That was well over a year ago and there are a lot more of them on the market and the price has come down as well. The last ones I bought (this summer) were just under $7 a tube delivered. Search the internet as there are a lot to choose from. I wish the inexpensive ones from Home Depot were the style that don't utilize a ballast as their price is good and I can get them local. However, I don't want to mess with keeping the ballast.
  5. How many motorcycle guys out there?

    Currently have 3 bikes for three types of riding. All were bought new. 06 KTM 525 EXC for dirt/off road, 07 BMW 650 X-Challenge for dual sport and 09 Suzuki 650 V Strom for road riding. Wife has 06 KTM 450 EXC, 08 Suzuki DR 400 and 09 Suzuki 650 V Strom
  6. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    We always pulled a 5 bottom plow with our old TD-40. Could usually pull in 4th gear unless plowing alfalfa when you could only use 3rd at the best and sometimes 2nd. Didn't plow alfalfa very often.
  7. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    The Massy 90 could cut grain a lot faster than the Massy 27 could. During that last harvest, I also had a chance to operate the Massy 27. Although I grew up on the Massy 90, I had never operated the Massy 27 until that year. I was surprised how much slower I had to go in the heavy grain with the 27 compared to the 90. Both machines had the same size header (14 feet) but the 90 was larger all the way through and had one more straw walker than the 27 did. Just posting the pictures got me to remembering what it was like to run those old machines. Just to grease it every morning took several grease guns worth of grease. One of my first jobs as a boy was to help grease it and pump fuel into it. When I was old enough to reach the clutch peddle on the trucks, it was my job to drive the truck over to the combine when the grain tank was full. My older brother would drive the trucks to elevator while I loaded the other truck while he was gone. That way, we kept the combine running. As I got older, grandpa taught me how to adjust the combine to keep it operating at its best. When I was older and operating the combine, at least once or twice a day, grandpa would go behind you and check the ground for grain kernels. He had better not find too many or you would be stopping and making more adjustments. The old Massy was not the fastest combine (by later standards) but adjusted correctly, it could really cut grain with very little loss. Grandpa always said the grain you leave on the ground could make the difference between making or losing money that season. I know there were a few years when things were tight money wise and and am sure he was right. As Loadstar pointed out, the sounds of the old Massy was a sound you never forget. We did occasionally get a small fire going on the engine. Had to pay attention and if something smelled like something burning, it was. We kept a 5 gallon sprayer with just water in it to put out any fire. Speaking of Loadstars, in 1964, we bought a new Loadstar 1600 for a grain truck. It was our first truck with its own hoist. It had a 16 foot bed and could hold much more grain than it could legally carry. One one of our fields, we had to take the State Hiway and pass a State scale to get to the elevator so we had to not load it up all the way. Back in 1964, the new Loadstar was much larger than most of the trucks in use then. It was so large, that it would barely fit on the scale at the old elevator. It was a good thing the truck had its own hoist as if we would of used the elevator hoist that lifted the front tires, the grain coming out of the back would of missed the grain grate. As it was, we had to weigh, then pull forward as far as possible. We had a mark where to stop. We then used the trucks hoist and it you stopped just right at the mark, the front of the bed would barely miss the top of the exit door frame. As it was, you had to dump slow as the grain will still dumping as the very back of the grain grate. Also, you could not dump the whole truck at once as the pit would not hold the whole truck at once. Within a couple of years, trucks of that size were common and many were larger. The grain elevators had to update their dumps to keep up with the times. Anyway, the first year we had the Loadstar, we almost lost it to a fire. The truck had a V8 engine and the exhaust pipes from each side came together under the truck in a Y shape. Stubble would hang up in the Y. We didn't realize it was a problem at first and one day my brother had just returned from town and dumping a load of grain. The exhaust pipe was hot from the drive back from town. When he parked, the built up straw caught on fire. He was lucky to get the fire put out. Good thing the truck we new and did not have a build up of grease on the engine. After that, each time we moved the truck in the field, we (mostly me as I was the filed jockey then as I was not yet old enough to get a license) had to crawl under the truck and remove any straw that had got caught on the exhaust pipe Y. The Loadstar was a good truck. It had a 4 speed with a 2 speed rear end. Don't remember the exact engine size (390 something I believe), but it had plenty of power. It also had a radio. None of the other equipment had a radio.
  8. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    I am very new to this forum, but already feel welcome. I just found this particular thread yesterday, but have already been through many of the 266 pages. I really enjoy all of the pictures and the stories that go with them. Hopefully you will allow a newbee to add a little to this great story you have going. I don't have hardly any pictures of my days working on the family farm. I hardly took any pictures before the days of digital pictures and what few I did take, I can't find them now. I knew I had a couple of the last harvests ever done with our old equipment. I found them tonight and just scanned them in. By this time, my parents/grandparents farm ground was leased out to my grandpa's brother and his two sons. Part of the deal was that they could rent some of our equipment as needed. My grandpa's other brother and his son were still farming their place. When the grain harvest came on, everyone in the family worked together to get it done, as often the weather did not provide much of a window for getting the grain cut. This year was no exception. We had lots of rain in early August and by the time the rain stopped, we had a lot of grain that needed to be cut and right now. By this time, I was working nights at the sawmill, but that didn't matter this year. We all pitched in this year to get the harvest done. For this years harvest, we had two combines. Our Massy Harris model 90 Special that was kept cutting my my grandpa and myself and my great uncles Massy Harris model 27 which was a few years older than our model 90. This first pictures is of me running the model 90 The second picture is of my grandpa's two brothers, D and Lynn, myself and Lynn's oldest son. Not sure where grandpa was, but most likely he was cutting grain. (didn't want to waste daylight when it time to cut grain) I am the only one from the above picture that is still alive. Within a year after this picture was taken, both of my Great Uncles were gone. (they passed away within two weeks of each other) Cancer caught up with the other person shown within a few years. I can't remember for sure who took all of the pictures of that harvest (it was one of the wives, but I am not sure which one), but I know several were taken as I later saw them. I got copies of the two I have because I was in them. I wish I had the rest of them now, especially the ones showing my grandpa. We did manage to get all of the grain cut during our window of good weather. As I said, it was the last year the old Massy Harris 90 was ever used to cut grain. It was parked in the machine shed where it sat until mom sold the farm years later. By todays standards, it was not much, but it sure did cut grain nicely. I know my pictures and stories may not compare to the the stories and pictues of Old Binder Guy, but I hope you enjoy seeing them anyway. Thank you OBG and all who have made this thread the great story it is.