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  1. The only Big Bud near here was used with 3 D8H direct drive crawlers. They had 42 foot JD offset discs, 60 field cultivators, and 60 foot press wheel drill hitches. The word was on leveler ground would run away from a D8. Put it up on the sidehill and it struggled to keep up. They fell in the Yielder drill thing, until the bank told them to pull the plug on it. They leased a new D8 L high track to pull the 20 foot drill. The D8 did not like the tongue weight, it would eat up the rear carrier rollers. There where at least 4 maybe 6 of the Yielder drills here. This one was parked at 2 maybe 3 seasons. The rest lasted until the CRP in 1985. One advertised on Craigslist last winter. I think a 15 foot for $20,000 maybe. For those that never saw or heard of Yielder no till drill, the 20 foot model had a seed and fertilizer boxes to hold better than 25 ton of products. Never made sense to me to drag all the weight around the field. The operation is still farming on the 4th generation. Of course the first was not even close to BTO they became. 😉 But some of you are helping more than others to keep them going. About 20 years ago they got hooked up to JD and generally have a big experimental JD tractor of some kind. Even though it is 10 to 12 inch rainfall country. JD planted 1000's of acres of corn into their summer fallow with the supper high speed corn planter all spring and summer in the testing years.
  2. Many of those that milked in Riverside county moved north to Tulare county. The reason for the new dairy equipment on display at the farm show there. A few guys from Riverside came to San Luis Obispo county. None started a new dairy over here. We don't have the water for alfalfa and corn silage like the San Joaquin valley.
  3. The comment about rats brings to mind a IH TD 18 story. An absentee property own, had the engine rebuilt, never ran it much. Don't know how long it sat, would not turn over. So left for years. They sold, new owner pulled the head. A valve had been open enough a mouse built a nest in one sleave. Could be your problem. The new owner could rock the engine, did not know if anyone had tried anything but the starter before he got it.
  4. You ant 😉 really cut the steep stuff until you slide over the edge. I have done that twice, I don't need the third time. I have left an acre or 2 I did not like the looks of on the one job. Has lot to do with how the dirt sets up. To soft or too hard can both be trouble. The one time was soft dirt pulling up hill just a bit. The term "dry bog" was used to describe it. The other time was 4 foot high barley that got lied over flat on the dirt. Could not get the header under it all. The front tire just dropped you 4 or 5 feet down the hill. Did manage to back out of that without a pull. A D6 Cat dropping down the hill by sliding off a big old rock with a inch of loose dirt on it kind of wakes you up too. 😉 I got so all that flat stuff is just too boring.🤣
  5. The hydraulic powered front on 4430 may not be that good, but it had to help a lot. In 78 or so the newest BTO just starting out here at the time had a 4430 and 2, 8350, 12 foot grain drills. He planted on sidehills that where all a side leveling combine could level on. He moved on to a Stiger and 36 foot of drill and had more trouble keeping that on the sidehill. In fact ended up with old 14A D8 0n the front of the drills in the steep stuff. From that Cat brought him an experimental Challenger 65 if he could keep operators on to run 25/7. When seeding started in fall until all summer fallow had been gone over in spring, when ground was fit he managed to keep the Challenger running. I knew several that drove for him at times, early Challengers where jerky in turns ripped out several hitches on chisel plows. That was one of the big improvements in the first few they ran.
  6. Sonic booms are a no, no. I believe it is Navy planes from Lemoore Navy Air base that practicing dog fighting overhead here, but never a sonic boom. When the planes are overhead you cannot have a conversation outside.
  7. I have a 1975 White 2-60 built by Fiat, the next door neighbor bought it brand new. The vineyard I worked for had Kubota M7030 built from 86 to 98. The exact same engine block and transmission case both 5 speed with a second lever for high/low range. The front MFD is different as well as the rear final drives. This finally prompted me to look at Tractor data for what it is worth. The Kubota has a bit more bore and stroke. But still think it is the same casting. So did Kubota buy rights or just copy.
  8. Thanks I like that line. I always processed my own deer, not so bad after we learned to cut primal cuts and stuff in the refrigerator. But still more than I want to take on anymore. But the cars are winning here, son picked up a second head from a trophy size buck today.
  9. We have a place called Lub N Go, the oil changes are under $50, used a name brand oil and filter. I know the owners brother, they try to be honest. But the quality of people working there just sucks. In a 6 month period I know of 3 stripped or cross treaded oil plugs. An the one kid switched the dip stick on my wife's car. I wish I knew if he did because he was a a$$ or if he could be that lazy and dumb all at the same time. As you can watch them work one car in a bay with pit to get to plug and filter. The oil is dispensed from bulk tank with a hose and meter for your 5 quarts. So a different place now does our oil changes, cost more and takes better than a hour.
  10. I had a roof put on my house and the one guy had Ryobi tools, and another was giving him heck. His answer was I us to have a crew when putting up steel buildings and he supplied tools. They would have a contest to see how high a drill/driver would bounce on the concrete. So the heck with having the costly name brands. And years later he still has Ryobi tools that work. So not saying there are not better, but they will do a lot of work.
  11. Grind and season, then a caulking gun like device shooting it onto a tray for drying. You see them advertised in catalogs that sell meat processing equipment and supplies to hunters.
  12. As long as it is oil, it could well be ok. Cat went with the one oil on everything in the 60's when the D6 C was new. They advised using 30wt engine oil in older machines to. But soon reversed and said use the gear oil in the older machines. As well as helping create the TO oils for transmissions, as has been discussed. I have a friend that has run IH TD 6's,9's,14's, 15, and 18's all gear drive farm tractors but dozer blades for many. He runs gear oil, transmissions and final drives are not where he has the trouble with gas start IH tractors.
  13. My understanding is all the JD 6602 (hillside) had 404's. But that is hear say, but from a guy that had 2 early ones. I have never seen or heard of a gear drive 6602 or Gleaner MH or IH 453 in central California. But this is just a very small corner of the world.
  14. I have old 75 Loadstar 1700 with 404. It had 150,000 showing on odometer when I got it and never worked. We loaded it to just almost running off with grain generally grossing 27 to 28000. Would out run any other truck I have been in. Being 17 to 20 miles loaded and then back home, was about 7 mpg. Never having driven a 392 I cannot compare. But a nicer driving truck than the same vintage GMC 6500, I have driven.
  15. I was thinking that was a Baxter Black story, as I have read it before. And thought of it with Robert wishing to play Tarzan, or is that Robbin hood. But a good one who ever wrote it.
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