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Curtis Raithel

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About Curtis Raithel

  • Birthday 04/30/1980

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    Jefferson City, MO
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    Farmall, International, and Allis Chalmers Tractors

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  1. Have two Allis’s at home, a 170 and a 185. The power director is just a high and low with a neutral in the middle like others have said. They will hold up to more slipping then the main clutch but they won’t hold up to very high HP and shifting on the pulling track. Our 170 and the neighbors 185 I know personally have over 12,000 hours and the power director clutches have never been touched. As far as shifting gears while the power director is in neutral and main clutch still engaged for PRO use, with the right motion on the hand while completely stopped you can shift from 2nd to reverse and back with no trouble all day long till you take just a little to long during the shift. Under normal field conditions they are great and take getting used to using like any other tractor but they are not the tractor to let just anyone drive.
  2. Looking for one of those plows myself, waiting for the right place and right time like you
  3. Clutch is an easy job and can be done in a few hours if you have the parts on hand. As far as jumping out of gear, it’s usually third gear. Never have had that trouble ourselves but there are several in the neighborhood here that have. If it is a gear the whole rear ended needs to tore apart to remove the shafts and gears. I don’t believe the gears are that expensive for them just a pain to do with everything that needs to disassembled. They are the last thing out the first thing back in. Don’t hold me to it but I think the two gears for third gear are about $150 a piece.
  4. Looking to add a chaff spreader to our 1644 combine. Does the hyd lines need to tee into the reel drive lines or be added in series? Thanks Curtis
  5. Looking a Case IH 8725 chopper fairly close to home. Has a pickup head, 2 row wide and 3 row narrow head. Went and looked at it Saturday morning, over all it looks really well. Been stored inside and not used since 2012. Don’t think it has many acres ran through it in its life time. Just wondering what your guys opinions are of them and if anyone has had one before. Thanks Curtis
  6. Just wanted to give an update on this disk. I resealed the right two cylinders. Found a steel shaving in the right wing cylinder. Nothing else looked out of place with the right inner cylinder. It appears to have fixed my problem as the wing cylinders won’t continue to move when lowering the disk. The inner cylinders hit the stops and the wing cylinders stop now too. Before they would move more after the inner cylinders hit he stops. Haven’t tried it in the field yet as it has been raining since Thursday night. Thanks again Curtis
  7. The hoses are all hooked up right. The cylinders are all rephrasing. Got two reseal kits from Case and will see what we find. Just hoping they are the right ones. Thanks for all the good advice Curtis
  8. Yes all disk blades are the same size. Just replaced all the front ones last year cause the blades wasn’t the same size. The disk sits level in the driveway but in the field the wings will go deeper then the center every time. So I’m thinking it’s in the cylinders.
  9. Been fighting our 496 disk for a few years on cutting level. The wings dig in and the middle is against the stops and barely in the ground. I was going to rebuild cylinders or replace them but there is no good way to figure out which cylinders I have as the 3 options in the parts break down all say 3 1/2” x 8”. I know two are rephrasing cylinders and there should be two regular cylinders. Any ideas on how to tell them apart without part numbers stamped on the cylinder? Anything inside when I tear them apart to identify the difference between the two types? Thanks Curtis
  10. Ok thanks guys. What’s thinking that’s what I could do. Already have the bottom knives lowered for corn so that’s not a problem
  11. We are running a 1644 that has a chopper in it and was thinking about square baling some straw this year. Would it be possible to run the chopper in the lower speed setting to not chop the straw without it backing everything up in the rotor and plugging the machine? Thanks Curtis
  12. Was talking to a friend this summer, and he was telling me the company putting the pipe line through the farm next to him lost a new Cat track hoe with 13 hours on it in a quick sand pit. They went and got a bigger hoe to dig it out and ended up tearing it to pieces. Supposedly came out in three pieces. The farmer who land this happened on told them to dig a little deeper to see about finding the tractor he lost in the same spot many years ago
  13. Using my MX180 tonight, it doesn’t mind pulling this cultivator Trying to beat the rain tonight
  14. Worked a few acres last night, the 3588 doesn’t like this 25’6” cultivator to well but she’s pulling it!
  15. Tony your not crazy enough like Shelby to to be on Ax Men!! And I'm sure you dress a lot better then he does!! Lol Curtis
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