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cjf711

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  1. Have a good time, Hopefully both teams lose? Go Illini!
  2. 24500 for a magnum here would be a non runner, non mover, and rubber currently on fire.
  3. I looked 2 years ago at a hotsy, it was like 3k for what i wanted... couldnt pull the trigger, still using the cheap cold water karcher with the 2 foot long hose on it (it seems about that long) Priced the hotsy again, now over 6k... felt/feel like a bone head big time. Found a local guy that makes washers himself, been in business for about 50 years, thinking about going that route then he couldnt get motors due to supply, i really dislike this cheap cold water washer, but, a HW washer is a HUGE purchase it seems like... everyone that has them says they are GREAT, but i dont know anyone that has bought a new one recently, always hear the stories about the one dad bought 20 years ago still going strong or the cheap deal they got and it needed a new valve or something. If i buy a used one it will probably burn down is the luck i have with used stuff it seems.
  4. I would say i have seen the opposite, Cutting beans is MUCH improved now with LED, and even my dad who is 70 now agrees. I will say though, some of the cheaper drop in LEDs have very wide beam spread like a flood pattern. That would i think be not so good as getting the correct trap or spot beam pattern. Focusing the lumens is key to making the LEDs work. Its why you cant just look at the lumen value on the light and say 2000 is better than 1000 because 2000 flood may reflect back at you worse in dust as opposed to maybe 750 in a tighter trap pattern focused out on the end of the head. I stick to the trap and spots patterns mostly on par36 replacements.
  5. Best par36 i bought were Grote trilliants but they got too expensive. Have had great luck with larsen lights, My favorite are the thomas lights i put on. they were expensive but well worth it.
  6. I remember when we borrowed the neighbors 600 and man i thought that was the stuff... We are still filling our 90' harvestore with a 100 Case blower on the 1206. Chopping clover right now.
  7. In farming it for sure seems better to be lucky than good! doesnt hurt to be good of course, but, being lucky sure covers up alot! What bothers me most is when people mistake luck for skill. But yes, Not sure how they just sell off all the previous sacrifices so they can have a new car and another house or other such things. I mean, itll be fun for a while, but, what will be left in 50 years for them. Best of luck to them i say.
  8. Just closed on the home farm this summer. was a terrible process that lasted about 8 months and ended up with a huge gross amount of debt. I did lose about 30 pounds though due to the stress and dealings so at least i got that going for me. Really thankful we have the crops that look the way they do and the prices are what they are for at least this our first year. Without My and my wifes off farm jobs we would have 0 chance. Doesnt seem right to me for a generation to cash out on the work and blood and tears of many previous generations building this farm just so they can buy a home in arizona, or a new pickup or whatever else they want to do with the cash they got out of this. Not sure what happens to my cousins and their kids when they find out theres no more farm to sell for the next gen retirement plan? I doubt we will have anything to do with them anymore anyways. You dont find out who your friends and your family are when things are going well. Just because you are related doesnt make you family.
  9. D130 crew would be sweet!
  10. I agree with Tupac on this one. 3 rib
  11. cjf711

    Tire wear

    Winter tires generate alot of heat because of tread compound and additional friction More heat, more pressure, Plus very soft tread compound of tire, gets even softer with the added heat and ambient temps
  12. Surely its trues true that some farms are foreign owned. If i was a foreigner and had $$$ id invest in US Farmland. Whether the alfalfa is exported or not doesnt matter because we live in a free market. There is no crime in selling to the highest bidder I had heard from many places almonds rather than pecans. Its an interesting question though, should limited water resources be used for export cash crops? But its complicated because if you say no we shouldnt do that we should protect our water, then someone doesnt get their alfalfa or almonds they are used to getting, then those someones may say, hey, maybe we dont want to send you our oil anymore, or our cheap T-shirts. The global connections are so deep that whether we want to or not we are in this on a planetary scale.
  13. Friend of mine is a county engineer, every fall when it gets wet and every spring when the frost goes out of the ground he closes down a county road through the bottoms that is a 10 mile shortcut to a large elevator for a few large operators. Every year it about comes to death threats against him because he is ruining their businesses, and every year he says, we can keep it open if you want to pay the bill to fix it. fixing the road is always someone elses problem
  14. 21 cigarettes, 12 packs of peanut m&ms and 12 diet cokes in 1 round of golf at age 56. guess which of the above guys that was.
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    Rain anyone?

    Been dry here in southern IL, we got a little bit of rain last night couple tenths, most went south of us I guess. Mostly its been much hotter than usual. Think with the areas around us that are more dry we should be thankful for the rain we have gotten to this point. hope it keeps coming. For sure am tired of all of the over 95 degree days already...
  16. I purchased a 750 that am putting in our 6000 sprayer, was thinking i would just put a relay on the power switch for boom control to close and open the circuit on the 750 for mapping. On the fert buggy im moving the display to a tractor so for how i use it figured id just turn it on and off with the screen. Otherwise I think easiest would be just another switch like ace mentioned.
  17. If i were part of generating profit for BMW i would be all for this. Younger people are used to doing everything by subscription. I dont really care for it, but at 43 yrs old, im not going to be a target market much longer.
  18. would think you would need a "pilot" on board for loading and unloading, but, general travel seems like auto drive would be the way to go. As long as the pilot was awake and ready to take over if something went awry.
  19. cjf711

    Fertilizer

    dont give them the satisfaction of entering your thoughts 1 moment after the act is committed against you. I wish i could better remember all the times people went a bit out of their way to help me as much as i can vividly see the times they tried to screw me over. Its difficult though.
  20. no dipstick on our range rover or on our super c either
  21. I bought our gravely pro turn 3 years ago. I demo'd a deere, 2 different scags and the gravely. All of them the heavy commercial models, not the residential lines. Went with Gravely because of the heavy hydro motors and high HP kawasaki motor, and local mom pop dealer. Only thing i dont like about it is, it burns the fuel without regard for higher gas prices! and no flip up deck so have to lay under it, or find a swale or something for blade change and cleaning. Didnt find anything as heavy as i wanted that had a flip deck unless i went to more of a golf course machine like a Jacobsen or something and was double price. I about puked when i saw the prices 3 years ago cant imagine what they are now. Scag and Gravely did best in heavy tall grass, Deere i looked at had the Tweel rear wheels on it as like a 1500$ up option... I wanted them bad because it made the ride so nice on that thing compared to regular tires, but, decided to save the money. I think about those tweels all the time , they are ridiculous in price though.
  22. What is the age of the person making the decision on compensation? Younger managers are of the world that you make money by moving around from 1 opportunity to the next, not by staying in the same spot for 10 years or longer and getting raises, keep that in mind. Another thing i was talking with my local indy mechanic, that i see at alot of dealerships in construction (CAT DEERE) is, those are great first job opportunities to get experience and so forth, but if you want to make $$$ you have to own the shop and take the risk. This guy is a sharp mechanic but he is spending alot of time doing oil changes on old chevys when he can troubleshoot a modern landrover better than a dealer. Have to be smart about the work you do and gravitate to where YOUR shop rate is reflective of your experience and toolset. You can do oil changes, but, not for 34.99 or that type of work may hinder your ability to take on more profitable ventures. Id poke around and see what other options are out there, and do some investigation before i talk about salary at a place im already at just so that if it gets heated or they take it as you being "ungreatful" you are prepared with your options and can act in a professional way.
  23. If you are like half my Neighbors don’t worry about having plates, or insurance on your truck or trailer. Don’t even need a regular drivers license. If you are like me you will need a combination endorsement non cdl to do anything within 150 miles with a farm plate or a full cdl to do anything over 150. I mean unless you are driving an 80000# rv or huge travel trailer then you know regular drivers license is good for that too….
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