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  1. Hoot

    Enduro Series XT3

    As I said in my original post, I stored my new XT-3 for the winter after taking delivery last fall and waited until the week before last to use it for the first time. All I can say is, "WOW!", I'm very impressed! Quite an improvement over the old 1864 I used to have, it steers so much shorter, more power and the cruise control is nice to have although the 1864 had something similar to it with the hand lever, just set it & let it go. With the foot controls on this one cruise is a nice option to have. Also the fabricated deck is well built and after mowing for 2+ hrs it does not have a large accumulation of grass on top of the deck like the old stamped steel deck the 1864 had. Am very happy with it so far & mowing should be more fun this summer & years to come. On the Cub Cadet page in Facebook Cub Cadets get a bad rap because they are made by MTD. What a lot of people don't realize is that the Cub Cadet division of MTD has their own engineering dept and that the CC's are built to their standards, which are obviously higher than the other brands built by MTD. It's no different than Lincoln cars being built by Ford or Cadillac being built by GM. It also makes a difference where one purchases their CC whether it's from a CC dealer or a box store, you get what you pay for.
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    Enduro Series XT3

    Eason, do you have the stamped steel deck? I had a choice of stamped steel or a fabricated deck, the fabricated was $100 more and I was advised to get the fabricated deck because it was heavier & much better built. I chose the fabricated deck & it does look more rugged.
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    Enduro Series XT3

    Had a lot of trouble with my 20 yr old 1864 this year, spent over $520 on 2 repairs earlier this summer & then the PTO clutch went out (2nd time in 6 years) and when I took it back to the dealer they convinced me it was time to trade & upgrade because I would never get the money I spent on repairs back. So I pulled the trigger & bought an XT3 with a 54" fabricated deck. It was only supposed to take a week to get the complete outfit but it took 7 weeks to get the deck due to robotic welder issues at the factory. Took delivery of it a little over a week ago. At this point I'm not going to mow my yard until next spring because of our dry conditions & cold weather coming, I want the yard to have some growth when it frosts, that may not make any difference that's me. Just wondering if anyone has one of these outfits & how do you like it? Are there any issues to be aware of? I should have asked this question before buying but since I already had a Cub Cadet & I preferred to stay with that brand. I have seen some negative reviews of the smaller series (XT1 & 2) on the Cub Cadet Facebook page about "can't keep belts on" or "cheaply made" but those units were purchased from either box stores or farm supply stores such as TSC. I was told by my dealer that it does make a difference where you buy these mowers because the ones sold at box stores have fewer bells & whistles than the ones sold by Cub Cadet dealers. In reality it comes down to you getting "what you pay for". Looking forward to using it next spring!
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    Vintage Ads

    The last I knew the 580 prototype was owned by an Ohio State patrolman right here in Ohio. The story was Cockshutt actually made 3 of these 580's but there was only 1 known to exist & it was this one. I have seen it myself completely restored.
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    Vintage Ads

    I have a 1/16 scale metal toy pickup truck just like the one pictured in the top photo, it has two tone paint, turquoise & white. It was in the toy box at my grandparents and my brothers, cousins & I used to play with it every time we went there, it's got to be around 50 or so years old. After my grandparents passed and my unmarried aunt that lived with them was going through things & downsizing, she passed it on to me.
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Now I wished that I hadn't said anything. Again I apoplogize for giving my opinion. I should have worded my feelings differently. I'm not asking to shut this thread down, just make the title and posts match, but I guess that's not possible. You're right, I don't have to click on it but if I don't I might miss the chance to see some old IH tractors. Go for the record - keep it going, the last thing I want is to be responsible for it's demise. Keep on truckin'!
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    I'm going to stick my neck out and go out on a limb and say this and I will probably ruffle some feathers and hurt some feelings when I do but I think it's time this thread closes and any future new posts are labelled with appropriate titles because 99% of the time I'm disappointed every time I click on it to see "IH Tractors on a Montana Farm" and instead I find cars, trucks, steam engines, combines, trains, snowmobiles, airplanes, bulldozers, buldings, ships, motorcycles or anything else that has nothing to do with the original title. The original post when it started was good but for some reason it got carried away and also got way off subject. I know I don't have to click on it if I don't want to read it but on the flipside I'm being misled too. I don't have a problem with this thread staying alive if it would show IH tractors like the title says but if it's not possible then start a new thread about the appropriate subject. Am I the only one that feels this way? I don't think so because some time ago someone else gave a hint in not so many words but it didn't catch on. If I'm the only one that feels this way, please accept my apoplogy for being outspoken, ignore me and carry on. Eventually all good things come to an end.
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    '53 Plymouth?
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Loadstar............is that a Cockshutt or a Blackhawk? Or a Golden Eagle? I've seen all 3 names on that paint scheme already. I know it's a Cockshutt underneathe the color but what makes a Blackhawk or an Golden Eagle? Also why are the rear tires mounted backwards?
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Are you serious? If so, corn cribs were buildings with gaps in the sides to allow air in to dry ear corn when it was put into storage. Cribs could be wood as shown here or round shaped like todays' grain bins using metal slats or wire mesh or even picket fencing construction. As for your question regarding the use of cobs in outhouses, no, today they use toilet paper or even pages torn from magazines should they run out. When I was a kid we had an outhouse and I never saw the first cob in there and even if there were, there would have to be a tube of Preparation H in there too
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Ralph..........do I see a loader on an articulated Steiger behind the tractor you're sitting on? That's what it looks like to me, also I didn't know Steiger had loaders unless it's an aftermarket painted in Steiger colors.
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Gary, just happen to have the 1964 IH equipment buyers guide here so I had to take a look at the 806 that was new for that year. Interesting to see that they offered both an International 806 and a Farmall 806. The most noticeable differences are the small rear fenders and the adjustable front axle. Headlights in the grille on the Internationals version too. No sign of the wheatland sticker but it might have been added in later years. It looks like TA was available as an option on either model. Also states that 3 point hitch was available on the International (wheatland) version but I wonder about that. Also I wasn't aware they rated the 806 at over 100 hp. Gary & Loadstar - glad to see this thread turn this way and just want to add my 2 cents. I once had an 806 Wheatland just like the one in the picture ad like Loadstar posted. When I got it, it had the 7.50-20 skinny front tires and I took them off and put 11.00-16 with 10" rims on it, gave it a real "beefy" look. Also added a rock box and that enhanced it even more. The rear fenders were not as wide as the ones shown in Loadstar's picture ad. Mine had the adjustable wide front axle and I had the front and rear tires moved in for 30" rows so that I could cultivate corn & beans since it had a factory 3 point hitch on it. Also had both PTO's. It did not have a TA. When I bought it I was told that it had a hand clutch from the factory and that it had been converted over to a foot clutch. From the way I've described it you probably can almost visualize it. It needed an overhaul and instead of spending the money to do it, I traded it off on an AC 7045, a decision I have regretted very much to this day. This was before I became acquainted with Red Power, had I known about it, I would still own this tractor today. A few years ago I tracked it down and found it at Michigan, it was for sale but they wanted more than I could afford to pay for it. It's probably gone by now since they had a large auction about a year ago. I sure miss that tractor and thanks for the memories.
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Gary, I wonder if some day we will run out of old pictures and topics to discuss and that will be it. Looks like you found a real conversatiion starter today though with the Glendive street vieiw. Anybody on here watch the series "Deadwood"? This scene could be right out of that time as I think thats the era that the tv series is based on. Heres a picture of how I spent the morning. Fired up the Cockhutt 40 to put a load of oats through the Case hammer mill for cattle feed. It was a little reluctant after resting all summer but eventually fired up and got the job done. You see we have our first "dusting" of snow already. Loadstar...........it appears to me that the muffler is on upside down? Maybe that's why it was reluctant in the first place, . Seriously, does it make any difference in the sound or performance?