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Cattech

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  1. 2nd Bus/vehicle crash in MN in as many days too
  2. The average life of engines, trans, hyd systems on Cat equipment at overhaul has doubled since electronic control. The capability of the equipment has doubled over the last 20 yrs as well. Emissions systems that are giving people headaches today, are twice as reliable as they were just 5 yrs ago. This is simply a bump in the road. I have seen truck C15 ECMs with 2.5 million+ miles without replacement. It's a regular thing to see equipment with 20,000+ hrs these days with few problems.... And, being in my job, I monitor several customers equipment that electronically report machine health. We respond to equipment problems before the operator even knows something is wrong. I had a GM 3800 in my Grand Prix that I drove to 225k miles, not one time did that car give me an electronic fault. My 1996 F150, 199k, not one electronic fault. My not so new anymoKia'19 Kia hasn't given me a check engine light once yet. Yes, we are experiencing some supply issues with electronic parts these days. This is mainly a p0[!t!c@[ problem. It will get resolved one way or another. I heard Ford moved their electronic production to the USA for 2022, new trucks will be in shortly. Yes, there are some instances where older electronics are discontinued and relagate perfectly good machinery useless - a good technician can usually adapt... and it's more rare than one thinks.. More often, the mechanical side is worn out before the electronic side dies. Except for emissions problems, I have found electronic control usually doesn't fail. In the cases where it shuts down a machine, it's usually because a mechanical problem exists and the electrification is protecting the system from the operator. You would think the red light and warning beeper would be enough, but.... Again, I don't have an issue with old equipment, I'm about to jump on an Allis Chalmers HD5 dozer and work on some trails. Is this dozer better than a new Cat D3.... NO! Does it get the job done... yes. Will it run another yr...? tough to say.
  3. Just a tongue in cheek observation, the plow reminded me of a mounted picker. As to the low branches & no cab, the power company hasn't an issue lopping off the top of trees for power lines, and one pass when cold enough would trim off the low branches with a snap!. Be a heck of a lot easier to keep operators if they were warm & toasty.
  4. IIRC, A big Claas was about 60,000 lbs field ready. That size machine was used to set a corn world record a couple yrs back and they averaged 6500+ bushels an hr. As said, they are going for moving faster rather than getting much bigger these days... or using larger heads. I recall a couple YouTube videos from Australia where they had 60 foot drapers running wheat.
  5. Neat, I'm betting the plows are a custom built arrangement with 50 yrs of "field engineering" and improvements. The sound in the above videos leads me to believe the engines and govenors may have a little improvement too. Couple things that popped in my head - who wants to bet that someone was trying to pick corn with a mounted picker after a blizzard... came up with the design of these plows? - and all that work and customization, but you couldn't figure out how to make a cab? I used to have a sidewalk snow removal contract, 10 hrs outside in a snowstorm was a PITA no matter how well a guy was dressed.
  6. I've seen many talk about older stuff being easier to work on. I disagree. Yes you have to have some special electronic tooling. But once you have that tooling and a little knowhow, the new stuff is much easier. In fact, you better know how to fix your older equipment yourself. Because the younger techs that make up 80+% of mechanic workforce these days get deer in headlights looks on their faces when confronted with something that doesn't have a diagnostic port. I was lucky to get into the industry while mechanical engines were still prevalent and hydromechanical systems were still dominant, but also as electronic control was taking over. I was there as gauges and timing indicators were replaced with laptop computers. Finely machined parts, orifices, springs replaced by microchips. I can attest, the new stuff, while complicated, is easier to work on. Don't get me wrong though. It would make no sense for a person to buy a $200k tractor to farm 50 acres. The average Joe isn't going to get a tech school degree and attend factory training for each piece of machinery they buy. The older equipment was well built then and is still plenty viable today.
  7. A new 1086, if sold as a new manufactured tractor, would have to meet current emissions standards, that would include a catalyst & DEF system, of which cost more than the whole tractor did back when they were new.
  8. Notice the ultra bright, probably LED lights fitted to the 1066, because old is better.....
  9. Fischer Price or Bob the Builder? Looks like one of those bubble lawnmowers my 3 y.o. nephew pushes around Looking at the prices on some of these "implements" people actually buy, definitely shows the quality of our publi... edit, could start pol disc. That said, I do get a lot of work done with my ATV and have thought about building a box blade implement for my King Quad.
  10. Zero experience with a BB or large 4wd tractors in general. But have a few stories about the Cummins K19 as Dad drove an '81 Pete 359 with one. There wasn't another truck on the road that could hang with the KTA, even the 3408 Cats didn't have a prayer. Anyone familiar with MN knows the hill coming out of Duluth on I35. One day, I was ridealong as I did often as a teenager. We were moving a concrete paver, grossing about 135,000 lbs. Pulling the hill out of Duluth, we were running 60 mph passing empty trucks that were in the far right truck lane. I learned all sorts of expletives truckers use from the calls on the CB... "what the $^&<_$#5*,%" do you have in that thing? Quite the truck. Dad later had a 3406C PEEC, a 550 6NZ, a 475 MBN, and a 550 MXS. All those trucks were light years more comfortable and reliable.. But the one he most fondly talks about is that KTA.
  11. Did IH continue building the '15 series while the axial flow was introduced? The 1440/1460 was field follow in '77 and full production in '78. Guess I better revisit my Red Combines book.
  12. If old was better, we'd still be staring at the hind end of a horse wrestling a one bottom plow by hand. Technology can be temperamental, but sure does make our life increasingly convenient. Think of the automotive world. There was a time when they kept a hand crank on the front of a car because that new fangled electric starting motor wasn't very reliable. As late as the early 80's, starting a carbureted car when it was -30F was an ordeal - now we hit a button on a remote, walk out to a warm, ready to go vehicle 5 minutes later.... You don't hear many people telling stories about their fond memories of an old Chevy 6.2 or Ford 6.9 diesel either. An interesting side note. Caterpillar has what they call the "GC" (General Contractor) line. Basically, for several popular size machines of different lines, I.E. a 950 loader, 320 excavator. These are a stripped down, lower tech, lower price version of the normal machine.... and they're really not selling... or at least in my area they're not. What I see, is much of the new tech improves the life expectancies of the various systems and believe it or not, has made things cheaper to build and repair.
  13. The black gunk is probably that algae, nasty stuff. Is the tank rusted at all? And is it round, square? For the algae, they have that biocide fuel additive. Spendy, and don't get it on your skin! Works well though. I ask about the shape & rust because what a buddy did with a 500 gallon tank that had been written off as too far gone... it was round - put 20 gallons of fuel in it and several shovel full of septic rock. Capped it off and had his kid roll it around with the skidsteer for a few hours. Got most of the rocks out, rinsed it best he could with another 20 gallons. Turned out quite well, using a 20 micron fuel filter off the pump and it hasn't been plugging up anymore. (First tankfull it had to be replace 2-3 times.)
  14. Never plowed with a UTV, but my ATV can doze right through a 2 foot snowdrift or a foot of accumulated & set up old snow. Quite impressive for the size of equipment.
  15. This LB didn't run due to the lower crank seal being out. Don't know why it failed early as the paint is still on the bottom of the deck & it even looks like the blade is original. Far as I've found, it was a $1000 mower in 1996 - you usually don't give up on a machine like that... who knows? Anyway, heck of a deal. Top of the line LB, a low end Toro with a bad float valve, a top line Craftsman just needing a wheel, 2 box store mowers, plus a few extra blades, parts - $50. Typical, just went to buy the Toro... bring whole trailer load home.
  16. Just acquired a batch of dead push mowers. One happens to be a Lawn Boy Gold Series with electric start and 3 spd propel. It's a model 10546, & SN makes it a 1996. From what I can tell, it's supposed to be a "F" series engine, it is rated at 6.5 HP. This is first of my question on it. The F engines were normally 4.5 HP models and the Duraforce that came out shortly later (97-98) was 6.5. Is this odd? Do I have a "stealth" Duraforce? The plastic all looks like an older F. Second, it has the plastic carburetor, I have seen people say they prefer a metal carb F series. Is there a way to fit a metal carb on this thing? I have it torn down at the moment and if I could change that out now, would be easy.
  17. No offense intended, being in the equipment repair business, I'd say many pipeline crews could break an anvil with a rubber mallet. As far as Kubota utv's, they have about the best reputation of the industry for reliability. They are built with the intention of being a slower utility machine rather than a beefed up trail runner that can do some work. So, IMO, as long as you can live with the 25 mph top speed, you can't really go wrong if the price is right.
  18. With today's technology, you are 100% correct. Trust me I know firsthand about the dangers of gasoline and I have a lot of training on dangers of high voltage. Just don't say never going to happen. Today's high tech is tomorrow's obsolete. One new idea or tech could completely inverse what we currently "know". Who knows what could happen.... some Sci-Fi movie style source of energy could fall in our laps. 100 yrs from now, electricity could be relegated to museums. We just haven't imagined it yet.
  19. I've mentioned it in other posts and outlined my reasoning for my thoughts... There will come a day when a practical battery solution will be developed, and the electrification of transportation and mobile industrial equipment will seem to happen overnight. When that technology matures and is affordable, we will not have to be forced or coerced into adopting it, we will welcome it. In our current technological state, electric power in stationary equipment is quite superior to IC reciprocating engine power. Electric motors are far more power dense, require much less upkeep, last much longer, can start/stop "at will"... if we only had a real battery to make them mobile. I could get into a long winded explanation on potential vs active energy, chemical conversions we use for storage, inherent inefficiency.... But imagine if, you could afford a device that would collect, store, and controllably release a bolt of lightning. ZAP, and you have enough power to operate for a year. No powerplants, no windmills, no solar farms. We can't do it now, but if you were to go back 200 yrs and tell folks we would be driving cars, talking on cell phones, watch a man walk on the moon on a tv...
  20. Interests change, priorities change. From my youngest days, I thought farming was about the closest thing to heaven on earth. Up to 6-7 yrs ago, I scoured real estate listings looking for my own chunk of ground, and couldn't wait to help the old man with his operations. At some point, it all just became pointless in my head. I began to dread when dad was going to call looking for help- that he needed more than ever.. Found myself wishing something would happen that would get him to retire from farming. Didn't expect that to be cancer.
  21. Yes, the people treating dad are supposed to be some of the best in the country, if not the world. And they are apologetic and non-committal. Doing what they can to help, but..... I'm ok, have had time to accept and adjust. I just pray we can keep him home and happy, and that the end comes peacefully for him.
  22. Bet you can't bend this 7018 welding rod over the back of your neck. (The flux coating crumbles and goes down their collar) (Best to do this one on a hot day where everyone is sweating & sticky)
  23. Dale560, thanks for the wellwishes. It is a nasty one, especially in this case. They actually caught it early, dad had other issues and they spotted the cancer while scanning for the other problem.... started chemo, but it hasn't matter a bit, tumor has kept right on growing. Only bright thing is medical science has been able to alleviate the pain and prolong his time left. 10 years ago he would have already been gone.
  24. If you need a place to hide it I have 40 acres of woods in North MN it could be dropped off at. To free the main clutch... steering works, disengage steer clutches, start engine in a high gear with main clutch disengaged.... hold brakes hard, use steer clutches to load/unload main clutch.
  25. Sooner or later & one way or another it will have to go. Unfortunately, Dad's stuff is going to become Dad's estate due to pancreatic cancer. He has an H that needs TLC to be plow day ready, dad isn't up to letting it go yet. Maybe I should keep the plow and make it a package sale with the H.
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