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George 2

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  1. Ralph: The reason there were and still are a lot of rock pickers in my area is that it is prime white bean and soybean land. However, it has a lot of glacial till in the soil in a strip parallel to Lake Huron for about 50 miles stretching from Hwy 9 in the north to Hwy 83 in the south. That strip extends from about 10 miles inland to about 30 miles inland. So rock pickers are a must and especially in the early days when white beans were pulled with a bean puller. From what I saw, I think the old Anderson was about the first in the area back in the late 1950s to about 1970. The early ones were ground driven. The Crown and other copies of it made their debut in about 1970 with JF Farm Machinery of Exeter selling a lot of them. The early Crowns were ground drive also and the later ones in the late 1970's to 1980's were hydraulic drive. One of my neighbors has a Crown ground drive and I used it many years ago before I bought my own hydraulic drive version. What an improvement with hydraulic drive. Before I bought mine I looked at a bunch of old PTO drive Anderson's that were priced at scrap value. From what I knew about problems with broken PTO shafts, it didn't surprise me. As far as your pictures go, the picture of the WD9 brings back memories of about 50 years ago when I first visited this area. I was from small dairy country and I was amazed at the numbers of big old standards that were around in this area. There was even a W9 parked in a driveway on the main street in the town I first lived in in 1974. The locals told me they were old custom thresher tractors and some were brought in from Saskatchewan. There are some connections to Saskatchewan implement dealers to this very day in this area. That is why you see old prairie tractors with no 3 point at both Bryans Farm Supply in Puslinch and Teeswater Agro Parts in Teeswater, Ontario. Very few were ordered that way here originally. The reason was that McKee snowblowers and others were starting to be used and they were all rear mounted. Then International came out with their own model 80 snowblower and they sold a lot of them. Other small welding shops all started to make them in the late 1960's and they all needed 3 point hitch.
  2. The biggest problem with the Anderson picker is that if you hit a solid rock that jammed the machine you would bust the PTO shaft usually unless your PTO clutches slipped easily. I have seen a 560, a 706 and a JD 3020 all with busted PTO shafts from use with an Anderson. That is the reason at least in my area that farmers got rid of them and bought the Crowns with hydraulic drive. The Degelman is now the picker of choice.
  3. Exactly the same as mine also. Good old picker.
  4. That is an excellent picture of a picker I have never seen. I have a Crown rock picker with a hydraulic drive reel and a Crown windrower. I often wondered how you dug the big ones out other than with a backhoe and a loader. Thanks for enlightening me. I understand Crown is gone and someone else took over their business. They were very popular here especially with the guys who grew white beans back then. And when they started growing soybean back around 1980 used ones became very expensive,
  5. That is the 1971 version of the brochure with both tractors. The one I have is the 1970 version with just the 7020 in it. The 7520 wasn't released until 1971.
  6. When I worked at Deere in 1970, we made a field trip to the Williston, ND and Wolf Point, MT areas to settle some lawsuits. When I was at Williston the dealer sold two model 5020's. They were in stock. He also had a 7020 in stock but remarked there was little interest in it by his customers and he was thinking of transferring it out. And the lawsuits got settled but it was an inefficient way to sort out what was just a shipping error. .
  7. And the top picture shows why I traded off my 1086 back in 1978. That range shift lever that stuck out to trip you every time you got on the tractor!! You would have thought IH's own engineers would have encountered this problem during testing and had it changed before it hit production.
  8. Those JD combines were a Zweibrucken, Germany product. JD had a combine plant there back when I worked for them.
  9. Lots of No 80 and 82 combines here in the east. My uncles had one. More convenient than the old No 62.
  10. What direction from Bothwell are you? I thought Bothwell was all Green Weenie country from what my in laws say. They are south east of Bothwell. Just curious.
  11. I would agree Big Bud Guy, that the 7720 and 8820 were great conventional combines. My brother in laws have had both and they gave excellent service. Excellent machines. In this area the 9600, 9610 and 9650W combines worked well also. But once they hit the axial flow versions it has gone to h*** in a hand basket. The older ones like the 9650 run dirt cheap at auction and the 9660 and 9770 are being traded off to some degree on other makes. But they hit rock bottom with the new S series. My Deere friend tells me they have been one problem after another and are getting difficult to trade off on other makes due to their reputation. As an example, a brand new this year S680 a few miles from me had a failed header drive gearbox in wheat this past summer. It will be interesting to see if it stays or goes at the end of the season. And they still have the grinding problem in corn over 20% moisture.
  12. Capacity only. If the no 80 was equipped with a Scour Kleen there would be no difference in quality of cereals such as wheat oats, barley, etc. Of course the no 80 could not do corn.
  13. Called a Scour Kleen where I grew up. Excellent piece of equipment.
  14. I knew the Wisconsin engine was available for the 91 combine right from the beginning. It was listed in the sales brochures. However, I have never seen a 91 with the Wisconsin engine. And I probably have seen close to 50 of them in my lifetime. Maybe too many of us remembered the old NH Super 77 baler and the hassle in restarting it when it got hot and stalled out. You just had to let them cool down before trying to restart it.
  15. Were those list prices? I know that in 1988 I was offered a new 1660 2wd model for around $80,000 by a local dealer. Or did the price go down as the 1980's wore on?
  16. If you look at the changes made from the 1480 combine through to the present 6140 combine it will give you some idea of what has happened with yields. Changes like much larger clean grain elevators (at least twice as big), sieves that are about a foot longer, AFX rotors with auger fronts, longer discharge augers, and engines with at least 50 percent more HP. Yet the separator width is the same. I know I found this out the hard way a few years ago with my 1660 in 200 bu corn. The bottom sieve is just not large enough so I had to open it up wide open.
  17. The McCormick and Deering knotters were totally different. My grandfather sold Deering binders and Mom told me he said the Deering knotter was much better than the McCormick knotter. However the McCormicks prevailed in IH and the McCormick style was adopted. Others such as New Holland used the Deering design and it always tied much better than the IH balers. We had a IH 46 and we also used our neighbor's New Holland model 68. There was no doubt about it in that the New Holland 68 was a much better tying baler than the IH 46. While the 46 performance was acceptable the 68 knotter performance was superb.
  18. It was also interesting to read what advice, Jim Bridger the American explorer and adventurer in the west gave to General Custer. Apparently General Custer didn't listen to him.
  19. Believe it or not I owned a 1086 with only the ROPS back in 1978 for about 9 months. It was mistakenly ordered by the dealer (Gowland) and I bought it. However, I hated the cursed gear shift levers on the left that if you weren't careful getting on you would trip over. I traded it the next spring and the next owner bought a brand new cab from IH and had it mounted. As far as I know the safety frame was scrapped.
  20. Concerning the Shell fuel truck on tracks, I think you have the location wrong. The location as I can read it appears to be Mont Joli which is in eastern Quebec and this is a snowy area in winter being near the Gulf of St Lawrence. The last name of the owner appears to help also. Landry is a common French Canadian name.
  21. Unfortunately the model 45 baler didn't tie well and there were lots of broken bales. In my area they were usually traded off on NH model 66 and later 68 balers. The 46 baler if the knotters were adjusted well usually tied acceptably. We had a 46 and were reasonably happy with it.
  22. The reason the boxes weren't sold in Canada was explained to my father at the time we bought our #52 wagon in 1955. They were able to get the wagon in duty free if they locally mounted the made in Canada Firestone Champion tires. Since there were several box builders in Canada at the time there was a large duty on the Knapheide boxes that made them cost prohibitive. If I remember right there was at least one box builder in both Ontario and Quebec and you had to buy their boxes to avoid duty. However, Dad wanted his for a hay rack so the box was a moot point. I have seen a considerable number of #52's in Ontario and Quebec but never one with a box on it other than one that had an old Turnco 150 bushel box that was obviously made much later (like in the mid 1960's). The standard set up was with a hay rack. Of course by the 1970's the duty was abolished with the free trade act.
  23. Funny since it was a regional thing. I have seen 5542's in western Canada but have never seen one in the east. The 8600 and 8800 combines were popular here and followed by the 8700 and 8900 series. There was also a small 7300 that was popular also.
  24. There are still quite a few around in these parts. My neighbor has an old 3388 that is in real good shape. He has the right attitude about it. He considers it to be a 1086 MFD and nothing more. That is why he has good luck with it.
  25. There were a whole bunch of 2470 Case tractors close to me. The Case dealer back then really promoted them. They are all gone now except for 1 or 2 of them that I saw in the field this spring.
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