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  1. Thats a nice IH. We are moving the same weights with a 304. Found out just how important a two speed axle is this harvest when this one quit. We were able to set the two speed in high range and work it that way. With a five mile run to work each day didn't want to be screaming along in 4 low. Lucky we did not have soft ground to deal with or it would have been really hard on the clutch taking off loaded in 1 high. Repair kit for the two speed was hard to find and expensive but really good to get it back working with all 8 speeds again.
  2. My nephew got starlink almost a year ago now. It replaced the Sasktel wireless that many use here and from what I hear it is a big improvement. Sasktel wireless is mostly ok for me until I get over my 50gb per month limit and then things slow down quite a bit.
  3. Been running the Loadstar in my profile pic since 1984 with a 4 and 2. The little 304 gets the job done but there is no power to spare with over 300 bushels on it. No complaints on the transmission. Just wish I had a 392 under the hood sometimes.
  4. Thanks for that info. I watched a few videos on it and the process looks simple enough that even I could handle it. Here is a photo of great uncle Karl Hobetzeder with the Barker double barrel. Likely in the 1920s.
  5. Thats pretty much what I have read too. Cheap shotgun sold by Simpsons Sears or maybe Eatons in Canada. I'll probably just keep working on it with steel wool to get the rust off and maybe look at "blueing" it? Protect it from rusting more. I'll try to get a picture on here of great uncle Karl Hobetzeder carrying this shotgun.
  6. And now for something completely different. I've done a little research on this one already but all I can find is about the T Barker company. This old double barrel is just a plain Barker Arms Co. As you might notice it has had some hard use and a little repair. Unfortunately the right side hammer is missing and the shaft it attached to looks the worse for wear. Its just a display model as far as I am concerned and was purchased by a family member probably more than a century ago.
  7. Spam, or the various other 'potted meats" are something I never get tired of. During busy seasons when I'm in the tractor or combine all day I'll live on spam and pickle sandwiches. Or spam and tomato if they are ready to eat. I'll throw in a picture of a stook loader from Canada. Manitoba I think.
  8. We have deep drifts here and highways closed in many locations. This might stay a while. No sign of melting today. Good moisture that we needed but sure is miserable conditions if you have to do much outside or drive anywhere.
  9. I remember the days you could pick one of those out of the Christmas catalogue. The "Johnny Seven" comes to mind. Never did get one but sure did want it. Toy guns everywhere when I was a kid. Guess thats why I turned out so bad. 🙂
  10. As usual I am way behind the times. Last new snow machine I bought had a whopping 32 horsepower and cost me $1500. Might have seen 50 mph out on the lakes ice but thats fast enough for me. 133 mph and I better be in something with wings up in the air. My old Kawasaki sits in the shed and has not run in years. It had it's share of problems and I"m not inspired to do much with it. Back in the days when we had lots of trees and deep powder snow it was good times though.
  11. My nephew got some of his drone video uploaded to youtube showing various views of the 7721 pull type and magnum through harvest.
  12. This was our local IH dealer in the 1950s. Hard to believe that most of the well known farm equipment companies were represented in a little village of just over 500. Now we have none and its 30 miles to a JD dealer and 50 or more to Case-IH.
  13. Nice scenery but I'd have frozen up in these 40 degree temps and wind. Sun finally came out in the afternoon but still cold. Yesterday was the first decent day without much wind since Monday. I heard there was some swath damage to what few fields of canola remained. Still got a few bales to haul. Supposed to warm up by Tuesday.
  14. Sorry to hear of Anson's passing. Seems just a week or so ago we talked a bit on here about drones. Of course over the years we had a few conversations on here about various things including helping him out a bit with his 2090 Case. I had no idea his health was quite that bad though.
  15. Most weeds are looking pretty dead here after those hard frosts. My nephew truck driver shot some drone video through harvest. This was our last day showing the last few canola swaths going into the 7721 combine. Unfortunately the Magnum 7130 is just out of the frame. It has been hitched to the combine for just over a month now. Hoping to pull the pin today and park the combine in the shed.
  16. We sure got that frost overnight. About 17F here this morning. Heater in the Magnum felt pretty good last night by 6:00 pm. Night before I still needed the AC on at 8:00 pm. Drastic change.
  17. I've had the same problem on the magnum 7130 if I happen to stop on an uphill grade and leave it in park. The solution usually involved getting somebody with vise grips on the parking lever down on the right side of the transmission to help out while I try to move the lever out of park in the cab. Best solution is to remember not to put it in park on an uphill grade.
  18. Got back into the last canola field this afternoon after the morning's fog went away. Better today and the straw broke up behind the chopper. Still very heavy going at times. Several times I hit neutral on the 7130 reaching for a lower gear. Only one header auger plug so not bad. Moonlight shot from tonight.
  19. I try to do the same, especially with the pull type combine. My nephew did a great job swathing ahead of me on the spring wheat yesterday. Corners I could follow too. We finished up about 8:00 and then did a truck load of oats. Really tough straw. Had the Magnum down in first gear at times and looking for something slower but didn't plug it. A bit more of that to finish up today and then on to the last field of canola swaths. Here is a pic from yesterday with some IH content in it. Good to have the two speed working again in the Loadstar. Pretty handy to have a heavy duty mechanic as my truck driver some days.
  20. Got a couple more days left on wheat and oats and then on to my last field of canola. Wheat has to be swathed ahead of the pull type JD 7721. Its good and heavy. 21 feet at 2.5 mph is typical speed although I'll gear up on some of the thinner hilltops. Yielding well up in numbers. Probably one of the best. Quality not great as it has Fusarium damage but hope to make a #2. Pics from yesterday. First in the swather, then the Magnum. Hot as summer and some wheat went in the bin at 29C and 13.5 moisture.
  21. Hi Anson. I'm actually on my second drone. First one was the Autel. Not a bad drone but they quit making batteries for it which was the end of my experience with Autel. The DJI Mavic Air 2 is even better being smaller and easier to carry. Camera quality is just amazing. Video detail is so sharp. I used it to count the hay bales on a 40 acre patch this summer. One big don't! Do not fly it into the wall of your house and have it fall in a pail of water. I think I have done some permanent damage to it. Have not had a chance to get into diagnosing. Seems to me mine were in the neighbourhood of $1400 with a carry case and few accessories. I've done several videos on my youtube channel flying mine. I shot this video back in August while the neighbour was swathing oats near my yard.
  22. No harvest here since the weekend. I heard a few guys going late ysterday but I didn't bother starting up as storm clouds were moving in from Southwest and the sample I'd taken of canola at 11:30 was still 11.7. After last year's heating at 11% and nearly losing a bin I'm not going to push my luck with anything over 10%. Rained overnight and mist all day today. Gauge only showed a quarter inch but the roads are still wet this evening. I don't see much happening for a couple of days. Sure doesn't take long to lose a week with this weather.
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    There were a lot of them here in Sask. as well as the other makes. The bigger 7701 and then the later 7721 like mine also sold well. They have good capacity but are better in open country with a lot of straight swaths. I lose a lot of time turning corners with my 7721.
  24. My 71 Loadstar operators manual calls for #50 mineral oil in the T17 transmission. Hard to find mineral oil so I've run 85-90 in it for a while. Then changed to #30 motor oil. It all works and so far no problems. Rear end used 85-90 gear oil. Two speed shift unit takes #10 motor oil. Getting hard to find parts for as I mentioned in my last video.
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    IH Pickup

    Spotted this rather well preserved "survivor" IH pickup today in town. Had to take a picture. IH v8 under the hood.
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