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  1. 20 Most Important Red Tractors

    The 560 was a testimony to the screwed up way John McCaffery managed IH until he retired in 1958. He knew the endurance testing wasn't done because he spent the money on bulldozers and construction equipment. And then Harry Bercher a succeeding president went and had the 806 designed for horsepower growth. This was good because farmers were demanding by the early 1960's larger and larger tractors. The growth was good up to 130 PTO HP and then had to do other things to get above that number (higher RPMs, 2+2s) etc.
  2. 20 Most Important Red Tractors

    Another good reason for including the F12 is as follows. If you go to the book on prototype tractors that I think Guy Fay wrote you will find that the F20 with sliding axles produced in 1934 was based on a beefed up version of the F 12 transmission. It appears to me that when the F12 was designed that IH had something much bigger in mind down the road. Like hooking up the F12 transmission to the F 20 engine. And if you ever drove an F 12 you will realize it was a much larger and more robust transmission case than the later Farmall Super C had. Then look at the later F20 with hydraulics prototype picture. Again the F12 transmission case was used. Then sometime later at the F15, F21 or F22 prototype stage the transmission was modified into an early version of the Farmall H transmission. Information other than photos of these prototypes is scarce but from everything I have seen it looks mighty like the F 12 was the inspiration for the design of the Farmall H and M. It would be great if someone can come up with the details of the design program back in the 1930's.
  3. Passing of Bill Cockshutt

    I am deeply saddened by Bill's passing. I got to know Bill about 20 years ago when I met him at the Ilderton Antique tractor show in July. We had a great conversation and he showed me the blueprints for the Cockshutt tractor that was to be the successor to the 540, 550, 560, 570 and lone prototype 580. The transmission was to be planetary final drive and was a bit larger than the 4020. More like the size of a 806 transmission. I met him several more times over the next 18 years and the last was in Paisley 2 years ago. He was in a wheelchair then. He was the last surviving family member who worked for Cockshutt Farm Equipment Ltd. before it was taken over by the schisters who in turn sold it to White at a big profit. Bill was truly a gentleman in every way and the kind of guy I would buy equipment from. If I am able I will make the visitation.
  4. 7130 vs 7120?

    What is probably cheaper is to replace the 540 gearbox with a 1000 RPM gearbox on your forage harvester.
  5. Tractor hauling in the winter/salt spray

    Can you not get a big tarpaulin to completely cover the tractor and then use the big rubber bands or rope to tie the tarp to the tractor tightly so that no salt penetrates the tarp? We used to get machine tools delivered in the dead of winter when there was a lot of salt. The way they protected the tools was to double wrap with a tarpaulin and use rubber bands to hold the tarps tightly in place. The company never had any problems with the tools afterward.
  6. Need Help Figuring Out What to Do

    Another much cheaper way may be to change the gearboxes on your mowers to 1000 RPM. I have seen these adapter gear boxes used instead of the 540 reducer on larger snow blowers. The blower fan turns at 540 RPM but the gearbox in front of it reduces the 1000 RPM to 540 RPM. What you do is put the adapter gearbox somewhere on top of the hitch near the front of the mower. 1000 RPM into the reduction gear box and 540 out of the box into the drive shaft that drives the mower gearboxes. I think there are several suppliers of these adapter gearboxes. Look at any large 9 and 10 foot snow blowers and you will see them. They are on the internet.
  7. Need Help Figuring Out What to Do

    I don't know for sure on the Magnums. It wasn't a problem on 56, 66,,and 86 series. It may be sufficient to tip the scales and go for a 7120 instead.
  8. Need Help Figuring Out What to Do

    I just checked Tractorhouse. There are a couple of candidates that meet your requirement . The first one is a 1992 7120 2wd at an auction March 17 in Minnesota and internet bidding is allowed. It is a 3200 Hour unit and looks good . It is the late type with the easy shift transmission. I would suggest you give it a go and being an auction you might be able to buy it at a fair price. The second is a 1993 7130 2wd with 4900 hours at an auction in Kentucky on March 2. It is also a late unit with the easy shift. From the photos it looks reasonable but I would check it out in person. Yes, it is a 7130 but the 7130 tractors often go cheaper than the 7120 because they do not have the dual PTO. It has the big 1000 PTO. It might even come close to your target price. I have found that the 7130 I have burns about the same amount of fuel as my 7120. The 7130 also has the high capacity rear end in it. If you go after that 7130 you might just find that after the auction you own it. I wouldn't count on it being overpriced at auction. The 7120 on the other hand may go for every cent it is worth and then some. Just my experience talking.
  9. Need Help Figuring Out What to Do

    For a Magnum 5000 hours or less are considered low hours. Above 8000 to 9000 you are getting up there and may need some repairs. I find that Tractor house or Fastline are two good listings to look at for tractors outside your local area. I bought a 7130 2wd at Clifton, Illinois back about 12 years ago. It had 3000 hours on it and has been an excellent tractor. It now has 4300 hours on it. There are a couple of used tractor dealers in that area who regularly advertise on these two listings and one of them seems to be able to get the "good" ones
  10. Canadian Pile Up

    Having lived in Montreal during my university years, I can well appreciate the difficulty in keeping the roads in a safe condition in winter. First of all, Montreal is built on the sides of a mountain with the mountain (Mount Royal) in the middle of it. There are so many hilly streets that to keep them from being slippery they use a lot more road salt than flatland areas I have lived in. Then on top of that Montreal often gets freezing rain in the winter time. I lived in the area near McGill University which itself is built on the south side of Mount Royal. Even the sidewalks inside the university grounds often were slippery if they weren't salted yet. With the slope they were on you had to be very careful not to land on your butt in the winter time.
  11. Sometimes it's the little things

    Thanks for the clarification.
  12. BigBudGuy

    That is the machine all right. That Ford tractor wouldn't stand a chance except at very low feed rates. Back then at least a Super WD9 to handle larger swaths. The one thing I remember best is how the size of my uncle's waistline reduced every year at haying time (second picture). It was made in Elmira, Ontario by McKee Brothers Limited. Later on McKee made snow blowers and small cultivators. I don't think they are still in business.
  13. International Harvester by Fiat...

    Good time to do it what with a 100% write off this year.
  14. Sometimes it's the little things

    Looks like the hydraulic screen for a Super A, 100, 130, 140, Super C, and 200. The only thing is the number on the box doesn't match the number of the screen.
  15. International Harvester by Fiat...

    The one other IH item is the 6 and 8 row 1225 planters. They still have the exact fertilizer setup that IH had on the 800 planters. The rest of the planter has been modified but the frame and fertilizer hoppers are old IH parts.