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  1. That's usually the range we are in, plus in season repairs.
  2. Bill, I bought a new 550 when they first came. To call it a pos is being polite. They delivered it in Jan, when I went to get it out of the shed for wheat harvest it had broke down sitting. Went down hill from there. Didn't take long to learn the big MF on the front Didn't stand tor Mighty Fine. Traded it for a new 1440 in '82 and have had red combines ever since. Other.pos that I have owned were a '75 1066 , '76 1066, both bought new and a '78 1086 & a '81 1486, both bought used. Repairs almost put me out of farming. Hard to believe we still run red tractors after all the problems I had with those 4 tractors Just about to put flagship combines in the pos group as well. Don't have many issues through harvest but cost a fortune every year to get them up to snuff to go another year. Know a couple guys that traded to another color because of the same thing and another considering. Costs at least 2x what it cost on our 88 machines on the same acres.
  3. I had a 6x36" 133 vinra shank back in the '70s. If soil was mellow it did a good job but if soil dry and hard shovels didn't want to go into the ground, just slide along the surface,. I put extensions on the rear shovels & it would go in but then slab. When I went to 30" rows traded for a 183 Danish time. Never bad issues with it not going in the ground and didn't slab. Currently have a 16 x30 183 & a 8 30"JD 85 Danish time. As mentioned previously the 183s are flat fold & the 133s folded at a 45. If buying a folding unit I would recommend getting guage wheels on the center section & on the wings. At one time I had 2. 12x30" folding g 183s. One had guage wheels as described ed, other only had gauge wheels on the wings when I bought it. Didn't take long to put guage wheels on center section. With guage wheels on center & wings you can drop the hitch all the way down and the cultivator will follow ground contour much better.
  4. Guess I got it backwards, just remember they were different.
  5. Ron, a different situation but when I put 450 pistons / sleeves in my SMTA there was a difference in wrist pins, 450s are bigger. IH use to make a conversion kit to use the original rods, .but they are few & far between now. My CIH partsmsn was able to find a set out of a dealer in Mn. If needed mayb be available aftermarket. Might be something you want to check into.
  6. My memory isn't what it used to be but when I first became aware of RPF was mid to late '90s. I was looking for some information on old er IH tractors and somehow stumbled onto the website.Originally was just one long thread and it was hard to follow a conversation as you never were sure who was replying to whom. Originally less than 25 followers. Hard to remember everyone but HD, chub, JD _Humm, Blaine SWMO, an English lady who went by Juliet and others that I can't recall their name at the moment, old age is catching up:รท(. I remember TP & JP coming on board not long after. Actually, HD & I butted heads at first but became close friends. I also remember sitting at the kitchen table one day when my son, IHboog came in followed by a little old man who turned out to be chub. That was the start of another good friendship. Roger had been born in IN before moving to Mo with his mother & stepdad as a child. Thru ROF chub found out Roger had a relative that lived near chub. Strange the things we learn on here. HD had been in failing health the last few years, suffered from COPD among other issues. Though he hadn't posted for quite awhile he still checked in occassionaly and we would often discuss RPF in our phone conversations. Adman, what a great idea to propose a memorial page to those member that have passed. I'm not a computer whiz by any means but BJ, since the forum has changed to the present format we have gone from two boards to several. Would it be possible to create another board & dedicate it those that have passed on? Members could post the name when a member passes and other could add to that post. Like I said, I have no knowledge in how things work here but it would be great to have a board that we could list the ones have gone to greener pastures.
  7. I got a call from Roger Bowsher's ( HD) son Scott this morning saying his father had passed away in late July. For those of you that have have been long time members of RPF you know that HD was one of the original members. I joined in the late '90s and Roger was one of the first members I got acquainted with. Over the years we had become very good friends, along with Laverne "chub" Myers. Sort of considered ourselves the " 3 Musketeers". Roger was from Clinton Mo and had been in the lumber business, airplane accident investigator, & raised cattle as well as being an avid IH fan. My wife & I visited him several years ago & I was hoping to get back down there this summer but things just didn't work out. Normally we talk a couple times a month but butt we hadn't talked since mid June. I left a message a couple nights ago but had heard back which caused some concern. This morning when the phone rang & the caller id showed "HD" i was relieved but when hen I heard a different voice on the other end my heart dropped because I knew it wasn't going to be good news. My condolences go out to his son's Mike, Scott, & the rest of his family. Will miss our converstions "HD" and look forward to the time that you, chub, and myself can sit down once again & talk about the good old days PS, for those interested in reading his obituary google "Roger A Bowsher obituary"
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    Shingles vs steel

    We had to out new roof on in 1995 because of hail, bought the best 3n1 lock asphalt shingles available, 35 yr guarantee. Had to have the roof redone in 2000 because of hail, went with the same shingles with 35 yr guarantee. In 2015 developed several bad leaks, ruined a couple ceilings. Company that made the shingles was out of business so warranty wasn't any better than toilet paper. I wanted to go steel, wife said fine but didn't want a " barn roof ". We found a company that made custom steel roofing in various styles. Our house was built in 1904 & originally had a shake roof. Company made roof panels that simulated shake roofing so that's what we went with. House is 1 1/2 story, bedrooms are upstairs, so ceilings are on underside of the rafters. They put down a heavy covering over original roof, screwed wx2s to roof, then screwed the roof panels , 2'x4' to the w ws. Screws are hidden. I'm a light sleeper, takes a pretty hard rain to know it's raining. I have no idea how the price compared to regular shingles, had my fill with asphalt shingles so didn't bother to price. Have had a couple hail storm & wind storms since putting on the steel roof . On storm tore up the asphalt shingles on one of the garages but we couldn't find any damage on the steel roofing. Have had several people stop and inquire where we purchased our roof. Local church used the same company & same style of roofing after looking at ours. They had been pricing a"barn style" steel roof but had several older members against it , but liked our roof. Sorry, don't have any pics in my tablet, maybe will upload some tomorrow . Momma's happy so that's the main thing.
  9. The double blades are for chopping stalks, they'll pull hard in grass. Blades don't look bad, Nick's but ends rounded off. They can be touched up with a hand grinder. Deck is typically of having sat outside with debris on top. Without going back to the start of your thread, why the concern about 1,000 pro shaft? I seem to recall your tractor had both shafts. The 1,000 is designed for higher hp. I sure wouldn't run it on 540 using an adapter, BTDT. At least change the coupler but before I would do that I would check that the gears are same in a 540 machine as in a 1,000. Would think they would be different but I could be wrong.
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    Casket for a dog

    We've always buried our dogs in old suitcases. Ran out of suitcases so don't have anymore dogs. Our daughter told our granddaughter if you ever go to grandpa's and find a buried suitcase, leave it alone, there's no money in it.๐Ÿ˜„
  11. Great point BB. I would also add to keep them stored inside. Wet grass clippings on top of the deck is hard on them. When we put ours away for the winter we also power wash it then spray the deck with a mixture of diesel fuel & new hyd oil.
  12. I've owned JD, Woods, and Bush Hog batwing mowers, hard to beat a Bush Hog mower IMO. Currently own a 12815, previously owned a 12715 Bush Hog. When researching a mower check gear box hp, drive lines, blade tip speed, and metal thickness of the deck. Prior to trading for the 12815, we also looked at compatible models of JD, Schulte, and Rhino. Might also Google "The Alamo Group", you'll find that Rhino, Bush Hog, and Schulte, are all owned by The Alamo Group, along with several other brands of mowers. Bush Hog, and Schulte are built in their own separate factories where they have always been built, not sure about Rhino & the others. If you're going to be mowing small saplings and rough ground you definitely want to buy a mower that has stump jumpers as well as chains front & rear to keep debris knocked down. Even with chains we have broken out 3-4 rear windows over the years. It's an experience you won't forget. I would also recommend laminated tires unless you're going to be spending a lot of road time, then I would recommend foam filled aircraft tires. Not sure what part of the country your in but here 1,000 rpm moweres outsell 540s several times over. O er pie e of advice , FWIW, is to run as small of hp tractor as needed to get the job done, you'll have less repairs to the mower. We use to run 200+hp mfd tractors on our mowers, seemed like we always had the mower in the shop preparing something. 5 years ago we bought a MAXXUMM 115 for mainly running the batwing, down time has been greatly reduced. We normally put 200 -250 hrs/yr on a tractor mowing roadsides & lots Not to offend anyone but a Woods is the last mower I would based on our experience. At one time almost all the farmers around here ran Woods mowers, now they are few & far between. We ran a 3180 for 5 years and it spent more time in the shop than all our other batwings combined and got to the point we always carried a spare set of slip clutches in the tractor. Own a 3pt 7' Bush Hog that we bought new in 1964, just put the 3rd set of slip clutches in it this spring, not bad for 55 years.
  13. The 450 we had also had crappy ps. You would be going along, steering working smooth as could be z& all of a sudden it would catch & take both hands to turn the wheel. Was a real oita cultivating. Ours would out work the 656 gas we purchased new in '67, though the 656 was a nicer tractor to operate.
  14. From my experience with a 620 press wheel drill they don't have enough down pressure on the disc openers to no till. Mine didn't have the grass seeders attachment, mainly drilled soybeans and a little wheat with it. I would inspect it very closely as parts are hard to come by and expensive. . Especially check the rubber press wheels for cracking, dry rot and the centers of the press wheel rims as they break out where the axle goes thru. IIRC, back in the early '90s the rims were over $100 and press wheel tires around $75.
  15. We still cultivate corn on occasion. I feel it helps to open the ground and let oxygen in. We have a JD 85 8rn flat fold Danish tine & a CIH 16rn Danish tine. You can get over a lot of ground with the 16 row but you'll leave a big hole if you get off the row, End up with what we call "iron blight"
  16. Early 1000 heads had brass bushing instead of water pump bearings on the lower stalk tolls. They can be converted if not.
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    Struts and shocks

    This is the 5th vehicle with the automatic leveling suspension, first one to have an issue with but normally trade before 50,000 miles. If it wasn't for $3 corn it would have been long gone.
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    Struts and shocks

    Just had to put new struts on our '15 Suburban with approx 80,000 miles. Vehicle haa the automatic level control, only struts available were thru GM. Total repair bill at local shop , not GM, was almost $1,800. Shop owner lost money as they broke their compressor, replacement cost was almost $900.
  19. When dad passed away we put an agreed value on every item in the house. Then we took turns selecting what item we want. As each sibling picked an item that item & value was listed under their name. At the end we totaled the value of what each sibling selected & that was deducted from the value of the estate & then remainder was divided equally. He had a few coins, for those we each went on line & looked up that coin & placed a value on each coin as to what we each thought it was worth. Then added the total vale of each coin & divided that by the number of siblings, in our case six, that was the value we placed on the coin. Everybody was satisfied, at least as far as I know, and that way we didn't have the cost of having things appraised. Some families will have arguments no matter how it is done. Wife had an aunt by marriage who's mother died. The aunt & her sister fought over ther mother's underwear. Far as I know they haven't spoken to each other since. :~(
  20. Wes, I have read about about the Holland Marsh, the efforts to drain it, the flooding, and subsequent efforts to recover & repair equipment and redrain the swamp. I knew IH had a part in the recovery / repair of equipment but never knew that they had done it at no charge. Thanks for the article boog
  21. I used to coach a girls fast pitch softball team that played tourneys through out IN and so e in IL. We had a couple girls on the team that were somewhat mischeivious. If we played in a larger town that had a small nearby they would super glue quarters to the floor then stand back & laugh at the people who tried to pick the quarter up. It was amazing what some people would do try to pick up the quarter. I've seen people get down on their hands & knees trying to pry up a quarter. Another time they talked a kid into letting them ride his bicycle. One wraps her head with a white bandage smeared with ketchup to look like blood. She gets on the handle bars and the two come riding up to the diamond just prior to the start of the game. One with the bandage on her head laces like she was hurt bad & the other claims that someone hit her over the head with a pop bottle. Everyone was worried about her and one mother went looking for a phone booth, this was before cell phones, to call for an ambulance. I was trying to figure out what to do as she was our 3rd baseman. About that time the head umpire called to start the game. Girl with bandage on her head whips it off, grabs her glove & runs out to 3rd base. I could have killed her on the spot if it hadn't been so funny. Another time we playing in a park that had port-a-pots. Between games the home plate umpire, who happened to be the state ASA commissioner.goes into the outhouse. These same 2 girls run up & start shaking it back & forth with the umpire in it. I thought for sure he would be poed and kick us out of the tourney but he came out laughing, even had toilet paper hanging out of the back of his pants. For several years when were playing in a tournament he was umpiring he would always bring it up & would want to know if those same 2 girls were still on the team.
  22. First option would be the weight bracket if it has one. Otherwise I would hook chain around the frame rail. Have pulled a lot of stuck tractors, both nf & wfe that way. Not familiar with the front pedestal on the nf 06 /56 series tractors but on the "letter" series there's two threaded bolt holes. We made a front hitch plate that bolted into those two holes, that has a hole for a hitch pin plus a brackets to connect a to que to to pull the tractor from bin site to bin site. The hitch pin hole is to hook a wagon to and push into the shed, much easier to see & maneuver than backing the wagon in.
  23. I had a 900 12rn. I had a Kelderman fold kit, outer 2 rows on each side hyd folded forward in front of the main frame for transport, on it when I bought it so didn't have end transport. I tried not to transport with full seed hoppers but that wasn't always possible. Had a lot of wheel bearing problems until we found HD wheel bearings that fit. Still had some bearing issues but not nearly as bad as before. I realize this doesn't directly answer your question but maybe will help.
  24. Doc, I almost bought one until he said he wouldn't guarantee that rock would break it, only that it wouldn't shatter like a tractor rear window would. Figured if I was going to pay over a $1,000 I wanted some type of replacement guarantee if it broke. If that was the case I might as well just buy a rear window as it was under a $1,000, plus ins would help pay part of the rear window.
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