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  1. I was over finishing up the last hay of the season for my FIL yesterday. I was using his big baler (New Holland BR7060) and with about 2 bales to go I popped the shear pin. The hay was really dry so there was some build up behind the belts and it popped the shear pin when I was restarting the PTO after dropping a bale. Anyway, I noticed that there were NO new shear pins on the baler and I was a couple of miles from the main farm with only the baler tractor. I decided to go check out an old relic New Holland square baler (model 68 maybe) that is in a fence row to see if I could rob the shear pin out of that. It was a 1/4 mile walk. When I got there I was going to pull the shear pin out of the flywheel, but decided to check the tool box. Sure enough there was a plastic bottle LOADED with spare shear pins. Maybe 20 or 25 brand new, NH stamped shear pins. And since they were in the plastic bottle they were in pristine condition. AWESOME find. I grabbed about 5 of them, installed 1, put the other 4 in the holder on the baler tongue, and made a mental note to go back and scavenge the tool boxes on all the old relics when I have more time this fall. Amazing that ag companies have not changed the shear pin for something like 60+ years.
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