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Big Bud guy

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  1. Only guys around here that run one combine cut about 1000 acres or less. You can't screw around with small grains and malt barley getting rained on. The 1688 more often then not makes it through the harvest without breaking down vs the 8230. Right now the 8230 is in the shop getting the CVT drive worked on. I would say out of the other combines, the 2388 was the best of the lot. The 21s had some teething issues and a neighbor of mine who we seed for has had more trouble with his 2588 then the 2388 it replaced. Only one 7088 in the neighborhood and its been a good combine.
  2. Off that piece itself, forever. Off of the other 5,000 or more acres the farmer owns (if a farmer bought it) maybe as little as 5-10 years. Land quit paying for itself around here probably 50 years ago. Doesn’t stop people including us from buying it.
  3. Not completely the same but my cousin prefers his 1688 over his other combine which is a 8230. No joke. I've heard from a lot the 66/88 was the most bullet proof AF made before and especially since. They run that 1688 along side the 8230 from start to finish every year.
  4. Neighbors to the north of us who sold out in the early 90s ended their farming with a C2 Gleaner and gas 7700. They cut around 2,000 acres. My uncle worked for them for a short time. His first job was to put the C2 back together. When he started on it, you could stand in front of it and look all the way through it. My cousins ended with the 7700 after the auction. They thought they were getting a good deal for $3,000. They overhauled everything on it but it was still a POS. That combine was so wore out, the grain tank was sagging and rubbing on some of the pulleys. At the time they were still running a pair of 105s. They sent the 7700 on its way and ran the 105s for a few more years.
  5. A 3300 is almost exactly half the size of a 7700. 28 3/4" width vs 55". Guys out here in MT didn't even know JD made a combine that small.
  6. 45ft flex headers are pretty much the norm now no matter what brand and what color of combine. Course JD now has a few 50 footers floating around with that X9.
  7. Your dad was smart to get the 4420 for even a tenth of those acres. 3300s are smaller then a 55. Not by much but certainly wouldn't keep up to a late 55. 3300s were probably a nice combine for someone moving up from a PT 6ft-7ft combine or 45.
  8. Not any 20 series but I’ve seen 7700s parked over that issue.
  9. Likewise out here we couldn’t figure out how anybody made a living with a little 4420. Guys running two 8820s weren’t not uncommon. Only thing we had comparable to a 4420/4400 was the IH 715.
  10. Big Bud guy


    Nice. Would love to own a 6601 but down here nobody ran PT combines like that. 6601s came out a year before the rest of the 00 series.
  11. My uncle had two WD-9s hooked together. He pulled a 24ft chisel duck foot plow with the tandem and replaced it a IH 1256 and pulled the same plow. I think the way he did it was similar to your step dad's setup. From researching it looks like you could get real fancy hooking two tractors together and make them operate as one or chain them together and herd them across the field. Some of the simple conversations like my uncle's or your step dads, they leave the front axle on the front tractor and just use that for steering instead of making up a hydraulic pivot point.
  12. I have an account here, NAT, Youtube, ytmag, FB which I never post but always look because I’m in various groups like Steiger and Big Bud.
  13. It’s still probably half green yet but turning fast. There won’t be much there because the grasshoppers got into it and messed up the pollination. Some cobs are fine, others I’m finding very few kernels in them. I’ll have to watch that next year
  14. I assumed thats what they were doing and I hope everybody else on here did too. It is a Bigtractorpower video. Run that setup through a thousand acres and I bet that 3020 wouldn’t last. And you kinda lost me on the cost because the whole reason for PT combines is they were substantially cheaper then their SP counterparts. In todays world I don’t know if rare PT combines bring a premium or not. I would bet they didn’t spend a whole lot to get that 9501. It’s modern enough anyway you can make a living with it just like Rusty does with his 7721
  15. Nice. I have a IH header like that one. Course its just a rusty relic now but I think everything is there.
  16. It steers like any real 4 wheel drive tractor with a hydraulic cylinder pinned between both tractors. If you look in the picture, you can see a pump mounted on the flywheel on the R that runs the steering. I never thought to look that part over real good because Rs never had any type of power steering from the factory. So the farmer must have used some Charlynn type power steer motor mounted up under the hood because it steers like a normal tractor meaning you make full complete revolutions of the steering wheel. That is unlike my neighbor's late 50s 4 wheel drive Wagner that used just a hydraulic valve for steering. It had a steering wheel but all you did was bump it left or right like a hydraulic lever and it moved the cylinder rod just like if you were raising/lowering a plow. Far as the connection is, the articulation joint is somewhat similar to what JD uses. There is a ~8" pipe slid under the 9 that goes back to the front of the R. To get the oscillation, the pipe slides into another pipe that is about a foot long which is welded to a bracket that has the bearing. This bracket of course is bolted in place of the front axle on the R. There is also a non running tandem set of Case 500s that use the same type of method of connecting the tractors.
  17. If you go look at the Nebraska tests and compare the gears, they are actually pretty close to each other. To the point I think all you had to do was adjust the throttle a little on one or the other. Both tractors were 5 speeds and only the last gear in each one had a huge gap.
  18. We got rained out with a day left of harvest so I made a run down the nearest antique tractor threshing bee. Haven't been there in years. The have had this JD R/WD-9 tandem for a long time and I even posted a few pics of it long time ago. But today they needed someone to drive it so one of the members who knows me asked if I would do it so I did. Now both tractors were running but only the R was in gear. The guy who created this contraption used a cable master/slave cylinder to run the clutch on the WD-9 and the club member told me it can be finicky at times. So when they run it on the show grounds where there is lots of things to run into they leave the 9 out of gear so whoever is driving it can stop in a hurry. This is the first time I run a tandem tractor like this. Maybe anybody who has run a 2+2 can sympathize but this thing if you aren't paying attention you can get into trouble with it fast. I was hesitant to drive it out of the lineup because I didn't know how it was going to handle. And before anybody says anything, the reason I was steering back and forth so much was to show how good and tight it steers. It was not sloppy or wore out.
  19. If I could somehow make a living farming the homestead or even 600 acres I would definitely do something along those lines. I mean no disrespect to the guys on here who farm with cabless tractors . But I spend way way way too much time in a tractor in all 4 seasons of the year to no want at least a cab with heat/AC.
  20. If I only farmed our homestead I would use nothing but 1960s equipment. Even no gps.
  21. That’s how it was here until good cabs like the SGB came along. We fought the cold as much as the summer heat. Froze your ass off in the spring and late fall but could open the windows in the summer to get a breeze flowing through.
  22. You can add the JD 106 to the rare list. Came out for the 1967 season and was replaced a year later with the 6601. Which begs the question why even bother to make it only to replace it with a totally new combine a year later. Replacing the 7701 after one year was not an big deal since the 7721 was pretty similar.
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