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Big Bud guy

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  1. Here is our story. We left IH but sort of stayed IH. From the late 40s to the late 50s our tractors consisted of a TD 14, TD 14A, W9, WD-9, 600, and a Farmall M all bought new. I believe the W9 which was a distillate burner was our first IH and it was bought in the 40s. Last IH tractor we bought was a 240U in 1960 also new. The switch came in 1959 when grandpa bought a used JD R to go with his TD 14A. Didn't trade anything in. Then the next year great grandpa traded in his 600 for a JD 830. Sounds like it might be the only documented example of someone trading an IH in for a 2 cylinder. Then in 64' grandpa bought a new JD 5010 to replace the TD 14A. And from there on into the 70s we were JD until we went Massey for awhile then back to JD and Versatile. Thing is though, we kept the TD 14A, the M, and 240U because we still used them occasionally and it wasn't until the late 90s when all three were retired. Still have them. I don't know of one single farm around here that has stuck with one brand forever like some of you guys. Some maybe for 20 or 30 years but that's it. Machinery today is mostly the same overpriced electronic crap that is really nice to drive and they all do the job. But 40 years ago or more there was major differences between the brands and not everybody had the best all the time.
  2. This is the backside of the Series 4 Steiger brochure. I really like this one because on the bottom it shows their lineup. Never understood why they built the series 4 and the 1000 series at the same time. Couldn’t have helped their bottom line.
  3. No doubt they are a rare tractor. This brochure is the closest I will ever get to own one.
  4. There is no number on it but its a regular articulated Steiger.
  5. For me anyway. Neighbor is semi retiring and starting to dump his stuff off on various friends. He gave me a bunch a brochures and these are the highlights.
  6. I could care less about the rowcrops as it sounds like they have a cheap finish to them but I don’t know why you don’t see more of the 4x4s around here. I’d say they are the underrated tractor of the quad tracks. Only problem is when you buy Versatile you are padding Putin’s pockets. The one i really want is one of these. https://62a3995d-d788-4a36-93e3-3e430b92008c.filesusr.com/ugd/b61e2a_ac13e380481c4e3c85cbe03918b723ba.pdf
  7. No but we have relatives that farm in Canada. They are only about 30 miles north of us and some of their land runs up to the line. I did have a neighbor that farmed in Canada. Leased about 1,000 acres but when it came up for sale he wasn’t able to buy it. Pretty much cut his farm in half. Far as land values go, land is twice as much right across the line vs here. And it’s all because of Hutterites. And I think it’s been that way for awhile.
  8. Our farmstead is 8 miles from the border and some of our land comes within 3 miles of the line. Can see into Canada.
  9. That’s neat. The 4100s were popular around here and my great uncle had one. But the 4156/66/86 were non existent. I wonder how that price compares to the 4366. It came out about the same time as the 4166 course it was bigger so I assume it cost more.
  10. Come on now I thought they didn’t need ether😁
  11. That was the sprayer we had at the time. We had the biggest factory tires I think 710s. Our current sprayer has IF 800s. Haven’t gotten stuck yet with those 3 years now.
  12. Not really. Even out here in our dry arid climate the ground could look dry and be dry for the first 6”. But if you break through that then you are done. Back in 2013 we had a really wet summer. We were custom spraying for a neighbor and was spraying out a half section of CRP that was gently rolling. We had sprayed it once in mid June and that when we were getting all the rain. Had no issues getting stuck. Next time we sprayed the field it was mid July and hadn’t rained for 3 weeks. Again it hadn’t rained for 3 weeks. We were going through one low spot right next to the tracks we made the previous time and just buried the sprayer all 4 tires right up to the frame. It took our JD 9560R and the neighbors Versatile 435 to pull it out. Only thing we could figure out is all the rain we got in June infiltrated through the soil down into the low spots in the field. That happened a few more times that year. Spots we had no trouble spraying earlier in the year we were getting stuck in later on even when it was dry.
  13. Agco Terragators also used funk trannies along with JD engines for time. Should have painted them half green.
  14. I have a Ford book and there is a story on how a farmer took his V8 powered 8n and won a national plowing contest with it.
  15. There is that too. The gudgeon started out as steel I think then they switched over to cast. There are bushings and maybe bearings on the newer ones. I don’t know when they are suppose to be serviced. Probably depends on what you are using the tractor for. We have a 9420 with over 5,000 hrs and shows no signs of needing attention.
  16. I guess I understand that but I’ve always made sure the tractor was full throttle or close to it before dropping the plow. Didn’t matter what brand nor what engine. Only exception would have been our Steiger only because of the Allison. Still when I borrowed the neighbor’s 9 shank ripper to work on some trails I made sure she was roaring before dropping the ripper. That thing would stall the tractor at times.
  17. Isn’t the damper suppose to be replaced at 5,000 hrs too. If so I know that doesn’t get done very often. We had one of the very first 9400s. We ran it up to almost 4,000 hrs. Only things we had to replace was a u-joint, oil pan gasket, and the fan clutch was updated to a quieter one.
  18. There are Hutterite colonies around here that have run those JD engines 12.5s past 20,000 hrs with no issues other then the normal overhaul and the water pump replacement.
  19. Whats this fascination with how long it takes an engine to get wound up? Cummins 855s were a lot snappier then a Cat 3406 of the same vintage but they sure as heck wouldn't pull like one either once it lost some rpms. I believe 8820s were rated at 225 hp which would be same as the 8440/50. Last year we ran our 8820 we put a JD 36ft draper header on it and the combine handled the bigger heavier header just fine. Only time we ran out of power was going up hills. Our 4640 didn't lack any power either for its size and being a 2 wheel drive tractor.
  20. Our mixer is a 1,200 cubic ft and it will make the 8300 work depending on the type of hay being processed. So that's why I didn't want to go backwards on the hp. We had an 8440 for short time. It did alright but we treated it like it almost was a 2 wheel drive tractor when it came to the drawbar loads. You can't compare the 466 in a 4 wheel drive tractor with the gold standard of the time which was the Versaitle 835 with the 855. Even later on the Cat 3306 and L10s still had the upper hand. JD should have stuck with the 531/619 in the 84 series and then have a bigger engine in the 86s. Those newer big block 60/70 series tractors would do it but definitely not justifiable financially. It was just a hair brained idea to buy that 8630.
  21. Does it have a gate on the bottom like semi grain trailers?
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