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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. I know 0! zero things about these. Anything cool or unusual about this or should I let a scrapper have his way with it?
  10. Not complete foolery. We have a Miller 211 welder running on 110v at work. Fabricated a nice cart with places to wrap the cord/cables. You have to completely take the power cord off the cart or it will trip the breakers... the cord wrapped in a coil on the steel cart creates a magnetic field that increases the load just enough to exceed the circuit's rating. I thought they were kidding, but it's a repeatable issue and the explanation makes sense.
  11. Back in high school auto shop, the assistant principal brought his little S10 pickup in for a set of tires. Just before the beads got seated, each tire got about a 1/2 quart of water added.... This is central MN in late fall/early winter. It was 2-3 weeks before ol' Kenny came back to the shop.... just couldn't figure it. Some mornings, the tires shook the truck like crazy, other mornings, they're just fine.... seems to be happening more now that it's colder.... drive a couple miles and it goes away.
  12. The fear of hurting the underlying component is why I use the torch method rather than a welder. I don't actually cut anything except in a last resort, just using the power of expansion and contraction, which is what the welding does - the torch has no spatter. And, for installation, liquid nitrogen is far more attainable than most people think. Your local welding gas supplier will have the dewar (container) for rent and the nitrogen is only a few dollars per gallon. Just pick up a Styrofoam bait bucket for processing. Drop a bearing race in nitrogen and wait for it to stop boiling... it will fall into the parent bore.
  13. It doesn't require a welder, an acetylene torch will do the same thing. Just heat 2-3 spots glowing hot and let cool. When rebuilding large axles, I would get all my parts lined up, go through heating all the bearing races. By the time I was done heating, the first ones were ready to remove. Also, for the cone side, cut the bearing cage, remove bearings, heat 1-2 spots cherry red, take an air hammer to the center if the hot spot while still glowing... expands the race so they tap off easy.
  14. Hidden switch connected to the mag.... or a lockable battery disconnect switch. Better yet, teach them all the ins/outs of running it, then give them a long list of chores that need to be done with it. Won't be long and they'll stay as far away from the tractor as possible.
  15. I bought a "Chef's Choice" model 615 after reading every review I could find. I've had it 3 years or so and it hasn't given me any problems, but I admit it doesn't get a lot of use. Definitely is handy, has saved me some $$, and slicing your own lunch meat is probably healthier than the stuff they sell.
  16. It is nice to know you can still sit in a cabin in the woods next to a crackling woodstove and enjoy some piece and quiet. Didn't really need the heat, but it helps mask the rodent stank and helps dry out from the leaky roof.... and it is dropping to the low 50's tonight.
  17. Attended the Nowthen Threshing Show Friday and Saturday. Friday was hot and I would say the crowd was on the low side of average. Saturday cooled off, and it was the busiest I've ever seen. They had to open the back gates and park cars inside the grounds. I only saw a couple people in masks, don't think there were too many people worried about a pandemic going around.
  18. ^^ "Cat conversion...." If a person is hitting the wall finding UC stuff, talk to the shop supervisor or a service representative at your local Cat dealer. Tracks are pressed together one link at a time, therefore can be built at various lengths. As long as a sprocket ring with the right pitch can be made to work, (new sprocket welded to your hub) things could be improvised.
  19. Same boat here. Glad this isn't mine. Total loss on anything not irrigared.
  20. Spent 1/2 this weekend on an old HD5. Not, pretty,, and not like running the new Cat dozers we work on I tell ya! But the little gal is more capable than I would have ever guessed.
  21. I work second shift, so I usually don't take a lunch break until 8:30 - 9:00 PM. 2 yrs ago, I could run into STC and most any fast food joint was open until 11pm. Now, only a handful of places are open later than 9pm, and many of those will be closed a 1/2 hour earlier than the posted open times. Pull into a drive thru, see people inside, but your either ignored, or told that they closed... frustrating. Local pizza business That operates out of a trailer. Over the last 6 months, I've seen the help wanted banner creep from $15 hr to $22 hr. Tried to order from them a couple weeks ago and got a message that said they were closed due to lack of help. Another interesting story. Talking to the lady who did the closing on my land, she and a couple of friends were volunteering as waitresses at their local bar/restaurant so they could/would remain open.
  22. It's been 20+ yrs here too, but one thing I remember from the first time I did my written test for a MN CDL, they tossed in some non pertinent questions about child safety seats and DUI laws that I hadn't studied up on... Didn't miss a single question on the CDL info but ended up failing due to the questions I wasn't prepared for. Point being, you want to browse over the general drivers license manual as well.
  23. ^^ I won't say we're there yet, not by a long shot. But, compare an emissions compliant diesel from 2010 and compare it to one from 2020 and tell me progress hasn't been made. I remember my dad pulling the tbi off his truck and installing a carb because he couldn't work on it.... damn pos fuel injection bs! Nowadays, he couldn't start a stubborn carbureted vehicle to save his life and would say, damn carb pos bs!
  24. Most equipment manufacturers have some form of mobile link that you can optionally pay for. I'm not aware of any company making it mandatory or their product not operating with out of date software. I will take our Cat Product Link for example. We have various levels of connectability available at different price points. Basic coverage gives the machine location, hours, and if it is in use. We have many customers who have opted to retrofit this to older equipment for tracking maintenance and useage. A premium subscription on a new machine can report fuel useage, fault codes, operational abuse, production totals, etc.... Then we have a monitoring center keeping an eye out for problems... we can be mobilizing service support before the operator or owner even knows something is wrong. As high tech as this seems, I can't fix or update anything off site. It's a one way communication. I've read some manufacturers are playing with over air updates, but I don't know of anyone integrating it yet. I've written at length on the right to repair topic in other posts and won't go into it again. There's a ton of misinformation, exaggeration & misunderstanding being spread on the subject. It's has become a political issue and as bad as a RPF oil thread.
  25. One plus to electronics, they have greatly lowered the "failure by operator error" rate. Engine gets hot, cuts the power. Try to shift from road gear to reverse.... not happening. I would say electronic control has been responsible for a 20-40% increase of lifespan in engines and powershift trans, at least in heavy equipment. As to expense, the electronic components are less expensive to produce than the multiple precision parts required to do things manually.. (though I know they don't sell them cheaper!) Where things are going wrong is on the emissions control. Manufacturers are having to introduce technologies before they have been fully engineered and tested/proven. Just like EFI in the automotive field, this stuff will mature and become more reliable as time goes on. Hopefully the regulators don't move the goalposts again before that reliability comes to fruition.
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