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  1. I can remember in the late 1950s of old Mexican American men talking about pulling (called bollies) a bale of cotton a day. Towards the end of the hand harvesting era, almost all cotton was pulled, burr and all as opposed to picking, which meant picking just the white lint and leaving the burr on the plant. Early gins could not separate that much trash but later gins were capable of doing that. The ginning would cost more but that's the way it was done. The cotton in the northern panhandle of Texas was short due to lack of moisture and the cotton leaves were dropped off due to frost. They had wire hoops sewn into the mouth of their sacks and would cup both hands, wearing gloves, fingers pointing to each other, start at the bottom of the plant and strip upwards, and throw it into the open sack and just keep moving down the row. Some could harvest a bale per day.
  2. HC thanks for chiming in on the 504, I wonder why they made 2 different back wheel centers, I'm thinking their both 38" rims, maybe the one w/out spokes is heavy duty? I picked up a gasoline, like the one with the stripper last year.
  3. the wind and rain didn't do too much damage to the cotton, as long as the leaves are still on it is protected some. it may reduce the grade a little, which will mean a little price reduction. the plant itself will stand up pretty good. these module pickers have to be kept very clean. I still don't know all the workings of them, but I understand there is a adhesive strip that has to be heated to close the wrap. many hire someone to come at night and clean the machine. seems there is one a year that burns. those are nice photos of the (to me 504's) the one under the picker is newer notice the larger radiator side panels, bigger to guard fingers from fan. The fan hours are the time the machine is picking, engine hours include road time, high engine hours generally mean it's a custom operator. T
  4. Fred B----- Been moving slow and wasn't paying much attention to the storm path---------did not realize it was coming that far north. So what's the story-------where are ya'll with the cotton crop??? ************************************************************************************ Anson and All, Here's a photo of my cotton after Hurricane Hanna. Turns out the storm was coming right for Corpus Christi, but it went about 75 miles below us. All we had was a little bit of high wind, broke one tree limb. Had 2-3/4 inches rain. Didn't do cotton any good. My cotton was not ready for harvest, probably needs another 10 days, however we did harvest some for a neighbor. Check out my post on my cotton patch thread. I put some photos over there.
  5. Finished our sorghum crop, went off without a hitch, maybe still 5% sorghum in the county to be harvested. We went out on a limb and bought a second hand John Deere round module picker, although I believe JD is calling it a baler picker. Had to do quite a bit of work to it. It's a 2011 machine. The 2012s have a variable speed engine cooling fan that are giving problems. They also have much more pollution controls. Anyway, barely got it in good working order and the neighbor we got it from wants us to come harvest ahead of Hurricane Hanna. Our cotton was not ready. Still needs maybe 10 days. We got it going about noon last Friday. Had some teething problems with it. First time we've ever messed with one of these machines. Managed to get out 2-1/4 modules before rain came. Here is some photos of the goings on. The field we were working in looks to be about 3 bale/acre cotton. Here we are loading the wrap. Quite a little ordeal. Below is the machine in the field. Here is the machine after the first round module. You can carry it until the next one is ready to come out, then it can be dumped on the go. Here below is a photo of the module moving spear. Simple back the tractor into the module, raise lift, transport to line it up. Takes four of these round modules to make one full size 32 ft old module. One round module equals a little more than four bales, should weigh around 6,000. Here is my cotton after the storm, ( Hanna ). It's had 2-3/4 inches rain on it. Maybe 25% open. Didn't do it any good. Here is a shot of some tall cotton near my home where my home breaks our southeast prevailing wind. Believe it also didn't get any growth regulator. Didn't have tape measure with me but measured the broom later. It is 54" tall. Normal cotton height is about 3-1/2 feet.
  6. Agree with Dan. I'm looking at Encyclopedia of American Steam Traction Engines by Jack Norbeck. On page 195 is a photo of Nichols and Shepard, pretty much matches the photo above except for the smoke stack. However, I'm thinking, it could be over the years, some of these features may have been changed by the owner, or makers year change, including maybe the front tank. The next three photos show Nichols and Shepard 120 HP of 1910. Book Says this is a double cylinder engine.
  7. If i am thinking correctly, MM was the first, or one of the first to offer Front wheel assist. the way I heard it England wouldn't allow wide equipment on roads, (no duals), so MM put military truck front axles under their tractors just like they did in WWll, first is their 6 cyl jeep ,(named after the cartoon character) the other is their cannon mover GTX.
  8. I like your idea on tilling to plant trees, but that machine look's to be factory made, & if so it seems it, would fit that H_M,and later series tractor only?, I have never seen a v belt pulley like that, could be factory though. I don't like the way the chain drive is running in the dirt. it looks like it has a back row if spikes, (upper?) grinders, maybe a bar across the top to knock something down, and wings to bring it in before grinding it up? that ram would rotate it forward into the ground? that thing is just weird. I sure think I'ts at the FEREC site, however it looks to be before the introduction of the 560 series, as in the photo of the hats (it appears to left in photo?) the drive to FEREC is completed.
  9. Gary, on the fan , just a thought, why not try leaving just a partial opening, say 1/4, or less.
  10. yes the mufflers are quite close , but they do have a heat guard. I think the lp tractor w/the turned up valve shield is a 460, the fore front one a 560?
  11. that looks like a 490 disc at the end
  12. In the above photo note the old style pipe seat support. Also, If you look above the right back wheel, you can see the blurs of tree lined County Line Road? Above, in the ceiling of the tent, notice the circle of canvas reinforcing the area where the cable above the tent is attached. This makes for a square cornered end wall. Above, the Rangerettes doing their dance routine. Above, I find it interesting that there are several different styles of freebie? hats provided. I'm kind of partial to the ones with the white bands over the top and the long fishing style bill. But the top hats in the lower left corner also look good. Does anyone own one of these hats?
  13. I made this thing bout 30 yrs ago. I remember it cut easy, and filed good. you may have to use thin cut off wheel W/ sml grinder.
  14. take the saw tooth style, use hack saw to deepen teeth, finish with 3 corner file , a little, use 1 x 5/16" bolt, w/2 nuts, use washer collection to find a heavier high carbon flat washer 1" , + -, grind a bevel on one side, assemble washer on bolt, bevel to back, then standard 5/16 lock washer, then both nuts snug together tighten lightly. grind old tooth off lever, use vicegrip to hold nuts under lever where bevel washer will strike quadrant, weld nuts, tighten bolt. rotate as needed for wear.
  15. as a safety i use car/pickup rims lay biggest flat on floor, 16"?, then 15 inside that,14 inside that, ect, ect, when you get vehicle up, slide rims under, you can bolt together if wanted. (do not forget to remove before coming down)🤥
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