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  1. Got A New Sponsor

    Those are impressive numbers. The best rating I could got with my old Howard Leights was 29 or 30 and my 3M Bluetooth radio set is 24. My old Howard Leights are wearing out again (already replaced the pads once), so this post is timely.
  2. 3488 with a dt 466

    Wow, that thing is awesome! It makes quick work of those frozen piles of snow.
  3. My new shop truck /year plus project !!

    Good job! I like your choice of powerplant. I really miss mine.
  4. Tunkhannock,Pa

    Very good point, Ihcubguy. I forgot about that. The Buck Motorsports Park has either a pull, demo derby, or mud bog event every Saturday night from late-April until late-September.
  5. Tunkhannock,Pa

    Lots of good, accurate suggestions already. The New Holland baler plant tour is worthwhile...get there about a half-hour early because the tour can fill up quickly. Check the New Holland website for info on plant shutdowns. Normally, summer shutdown can surround the weeks of July 4th. Their shutdown last year lasted for July and August due to lower demand based on milk prices. I recommend a hearty meal at nearby Shady Maple Smorgasbord before or after the tour. Driving the back roads of Lancaster County is the way to see the countryside. Go ahead and try to get lost...these days with GPS on cell phones, it isn't hard to find where you are. The farming operations vary a good bit within the county. The northwestern part of the county (Maytown and west of Elizabethtown) tends to be more flat with larger acreage with row-crop growers and poultry houses. The southwestern part of Lancaster County (the river hills) is hilly with a decent amount of tobacco and a few larger dairies. The eastern part of the county is where the bulk of the plain Mennonites and Amish live which is dotted with small, varied farms and many have small businesses right on the farm. The southern part of the county is the most rural and tends to be the way the whole county appeared 50 years ago. This link shows the regions well: Also, the towns of Adamstown and Columbia have lots of high-quality antique malls. These towns are on opposite sides of the county.
  6. Rumor has it

    A co-worker's friend picked up some rental ground from a few Amish dairies close to him. Each had 35-40 cows. You know that those Amish operators probably had low overhead. It's a tough market without a doubt.
  7. Upper Midwest/Great Plains. Things to see?

    I enjoyed Teddy Roosevelt National Park. It is west of Dickinson near Medora, if I recall. It breaks up the day and you will very likely encounter some bison. I had one slowly cross the road in front of me and ambled within 10 feet of my close I could smell him. I was there in July of '02 and there were not many people there. I kept this post card that I sent back home. My experience of the views was pretty much identical except for the rainbow.
  8. More big stuff (yellow)

    Coincidentally, a co-worker brought this beast for Show & Tell this week. He had previously worked in the maintenance department of a local quarry and this bearing remained after a rebuild of one of their 773 Cat haul trucks. Now it doesn't look as impressive to me...
  9. Cool old Kenny

    You're right. I checked the Silver 92 brochure and it is dated February of '83. I didn't think I had it that long since I had it shelved with several Cummins brochures from the early-'90s.
  10. Cool old Kenny

    Yes, the torque numbers of 3408 and Cummins KT are not that impressive by today's standards...but remember the era of the 3408 and the Cummins KT. Those torque numbers of the big blocks were hundreds of lbs./ft. over the Cat 3406 and Cummins 955 at the time. I would guess that 1,450 lbs./ft. would have been the top of the heap for the majority of 14L engines of the time. I have a Detroit Diesel Silver 92 brochure that shows the 8V-92T only churning out 1,250-lbs./ft. I would peg the age of that brochure to be early-'90s.
  11. Cool old Kenny

    Those numbers aren't bad. A former co-worker of mine said when he worked in OK for a couple years in the early-'90s. He said would see some livestock haulers really put it in the wind with those big displacement engines. If I recall, he was talking about 85-90 mph...that would take some fuel! Great photos, by the way! I'm really enjoying this topic.
  12. Cool old Kenny

    That was a big dog back in the day. Between the 3408 and a KTA Cummins, those were as big as you could get. I was told that cattle haulers would run those big displacement engines to get possum-belly stock trailers to the destination ASAP. How thirsty is that 3408? I've never heard MPG numbers.
  13. The Passing of a Forum Member

    I'm sorry to hear that, Kevin. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. We Red Power members would love to see the progress on the 1206 restoration when time allows. That would be a great way to honor your brother.
  14. 20 Most Important Red Tractors

    Mr. Klancher, keep up the good work! I think that you are producing excellent products and this thread proves that you listen intently to your customers. I find that I eagerly await the arrival of new books and a kid on Christmas morning. I think that it would be great to have dinner with both you and Randy Leffingwell some time. I wouldn't need to say anything, just listen and learn.
  15. 20 Most Important Red Tractors

    My votes are currently for all the tractors previously mentioned. We are pretty much like-minded on those significant IH tractors. Perhaps the addition of the 5488 since that tractor was a significant leap in horsepower, transmission speeds, service, and style.
  16. Small gravity wagon opinions!

    If this is who I am thinking of Bitty, the Wenger wheel guy is my co-worker's neighbor and is located in the greater-New Holland area. Driving past the farm, it looks like he's farming rims & tires!
  17. CAD software?

    I would say that It depends on your end goal. Is this recreation or do you have any aspirations of using it in a career? If your answer is career, I would definitely look into making the investment in a program that is a force in their respective CAD fields. Even with limited skills and experience, a potential hire is going to be worth more with some experience. I would lean toward SolidWorks for manufacturing design and SketchUp for the building trades. Both CAD programs are used by large companies in their respective fields. We have SolidWorks at work and it has become very powerful over the years. SketchUp is now owned by Trimble and is being integrated into a "3D jobsite" from start to finish. This means that the same program and files can be used in layers for anything from initial rough grade excavation, foundation work, framing, plumbing, grass seeding, and even to painting the curbing near fire hydrants. Each layer can be peeled is an incredibly powerful program.
  18. Rail travel

    I've have taken the train from Lancaster, PA to Boston and Pittsburgh to Chicago. I thoroughly enjoy using Amtrak and would take it more often. I feel like my vacation begins when dropped off at the station. My experiences have been so much more relaxing than flying or driving! The Northeast corridor is probably the smoothest and easiest to navigate with Amtrak. I also would like to take an overnight via Amtrak. I've recently been researching a PA to Glacier National Park trip. Amtrak's website is fairly easy to use, but the route options can be quirky. For instance, the train arrives at most of the stations in the region in the middle of the night. No motels, no rental cars. Few Red Power members. The best option seems to be to Spokane, but it still isn't the best. That also means that the most scenic part of the trip (western MT through the Rockies) is during the middle of the night. I hope that I painted the picture of what you can face when traveling by rail. Passenger rail service to major metro areas can be difficult once you get west of Chicago.
  19. snow shovel

    The Bull Shovel with the stainless steel edge wears really well. It can grip textured concrete sidewalk a bit too aggressively, however.
  20. 2350 loader

    Smoker 1's numbers are what I have. as well. Be aware that there are two, pin positions for the top bucket pins as seen in Smoker 1's photo. The lower pin dimension is 10". I'm not sure why there are two pin locations...the same buckets get used on a 2250 but use the lower hole or perhaps for Case IH's optional quick attach? Somebody with more knowledge can help out.
  21. Dual 3100 loader question

    Yes, both skid steer or Euro/Global quick attaches are available for the DuAl 3100. PM me for details.
  22. Dual 3100 loader question

    I agree, Dale. Theoretically, it is a great design. Like anything else, there are some drawbacks. There could be bucket clearance issues when dumping the bucket at full height into a largeTMR or tall dump truck, for example. DuAl compensated for that with the multiple positions for the lift cylinders. Like ZachGrant said, it a beefy design. Those torsion members and braces are larger than anything at the time.
  23. Dual 3100 loader question

    Mader, the center line dimension of 9-1/2" from top pin to bottom pin for the Woods DuAl 3100 and 3150. That pin-to-pin dimension is closer than average for that size of loader...which delivers more swept area (rollback and dump angle) than if the pins were further apart. Having the cylinder on the bottom delivered superior rollback power without compromising total swept area. The cylinder extends during rollback taking advantage of the cylinder's full piston diameter instead of the rod side on a conventional loader design. Some Allis Chalmers loaders were built the same way.
  24. School Buses we Rode on as Kids

    The two buses that took me to elementary school were either bus G14 or G1. Both were '70-'72 Fords with Superior bodies and the FE engine. G14 had an Allison and G1 had the 5-spd. manual transmission. The bus company later moved to IHs with Allisons. Our region had very few GM chassis for buses. Ford and IH were strong early on in my school career and then IH totally dominated as time moved on.
  25. Harrisburg Farm Show ?

    560Dennis, the PA Farm Show begins this weekend, the 6th and goes to the 13th. I used to go religiously since I was a kid. The crowds, the lack of ag equipment, and the high parking price of $15 keeps me from attending. I go only once every five years now and then wonder why I went. I chalk up my desire to go to the food. The food stands in the food court are fantastic and are almost all run by state-wide associations. My food favorites are the potato doughnuts, french fries, milk shakes, and the roast beef sandwiches. The PA Farm Show has become a intro to agriculture for suburbanites. My intolerance for strollers and crowds keeps me away. Skippydoo, the Keystone Farm Show in York is a real equipment farm show like Bdse25 said. I attend that York show fairly regularly.