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nice clean H you got !!! thanks for posting cuz I am running low on pictures . here is a W4 I used as an engine donor for one of my i4s. I threw a heat houser on it and chopped about 5 acres of corn stalks to ensure that engine was a keeper

 

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Love the pics Guys. Here's my 46 M doing what she does best.Kent

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2 hours ago, dwillis4 said:

Perhaps the BEST thread I've seen in a good while !!   So, I guess I'll do my part.

The 1942 W-4 is not quite ready for sunlight, while the '50 H has been busy hauling firewood and mowing the yard with a 11'-4" wide cutting path.

 

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Neat pictures! Is that your house in the background in the 4th picture? If so pictures of that and story would be neat.

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Well not really work.  My  42 H w/ #8 little genius, 2/16 at a local plow day,  same H and a friends W4, and the third is of the H and it's room mates.

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1948 H that my Grandfather left me after he passed. It sat with some issues for 3 years before last summer I decided to get it running and usable again.

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seeding with my w-450 diesel serial # 1957, same year i was born. raking hay with my w4. deep tillage with my 650.

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On 2/14/2018 at 6:05 PM, IH Forever said:

It's been several years but I chopped some stalks with my 1941 H before plowing.091.thumb.JPG.b315bbb8b94d87201ee04d3bb23ca8aa.JPG

 

How wide was the flail chopper?   I used to chop all our stalks with the Super H & 6 ft Brillion bushhog taking two 38 inch rows. 3rd gear, 5 mph was a good compromise between getting over the acres fast and chopping the stalks up good, about 3-1/2 acres per hour, 2 gallons of gas an hour.  I could run 4th gear, 6-1/2 mph, 4-1/2, almost 5 acres per hour, but it was a load, and didn't chop the stalks real well.

Looks like your H & flail chopper is doing a real nice job chopping.

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All these pics are making me want to get out there. I broke out the 560 to get my truck out a few weeks back. Now we have two new creeks that I'm going to have to fill in. :)

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This is my son’s H my father gave him, my grandfather purchased it during WWII after being put on a waiting list for over year. This tractor was the beginning of of a lot of red paint to come to the farm and we still find jobs for it when we can. 

Thanks for the thread I’m pretty sure everyone in my family has learned to drive on a letter series. 

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From this weekend.  L-R 1947 Super A, 1950 Super A with fast hitch #120 disk, and 1949 Farmall Cub with A-193 plow.

 

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Great pictures, so nice to see these old units still contributing .. 

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21 hours ago, DOCTOR EVIL said:

How wide was the flail chopper?   I used to chop all our stalks with the Super H & 6 ft Brillion bushhog taking two 38 inch rows. 3rd gear, 5 mph was a good compromise between getting over the acres fast and chopping the stalks up good, about 3-1/2 acres per hour, 2 gallons of gas an hour.  I could run 4th gear, 6-1/2 mph, 4-1/2, almost 5 acres per hour, but it was a load, and didn't chop the stalks real well.

Looks like your H & flail chopper is doing a real nice job chopping.

I’m guessing it’s 6 or 6 1/2’. I’m sure it was designed for 2 x 40” rows. Works good but I’m glad it’s just hobby use.

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54 minutes ago, IH Forever said:

I’m guessing it’s 6 or 6 1/2’. I’m sure it was designed for 2 x 40” rows. Works good but I’m glad it’s just hobby use.

Dad bought a couple Green Choppers, flail mowers with the hoods and spouts to load wagons with green haylage, he cut the spouts off to blow the haylage from his CRP ground back evenly across the swath.  He had the Super H,   '51 M with 4"M&W's, and a nice running stage I Super M at the time. The Super M had it's hands full cutting that same width of cut of CRP growth.  He bought a well used sickle mower off his brother. Used it a year or two, but all that old forage plugged the sickle more and more every year.  The flair wouldn't plug but sure pulled hard.

BTO I worked for bought 160 acres every couple years. One farm was 120 acres on one side of the road, all level, no fences. Last 40 was hilly, divided up into 5-6 odd shaped permanent pastures.  He sent me over there for a couple days to mow the pastures with his big Deere 12 ft rotary mower behind his 4020.  I was down in 1st & 2nd gear some places.

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I’m still using my O-6, C and A. The O-6 gets used to water the younger blocks of trees. The C is used for raking hay and is a handy tractor for just general use. The A see’s lawn mower duty all summer with a Woods 59” belly mower. 

I enjoy each one of these tractors and each works well for the jobs I have for them. They are nearly indestructible and even though they are nearly 70 years old or older I don’t see any of them giving up the ghost any time soon!

 

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My OS4 in its natural habit mowing and setting some trusses with my uncles OS6.

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1 minute ago, SAM86 said:

My OS4 in its natural habit mowing and setting some trusses with my uncles OS6.

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 It’s nice to see other O’s still working in the orchard!

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Here is the same OS6 that SAM86 posted back in 2005 pushing brush out of the pear block

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This is one of the best articles yet!!!!

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Will have to find my other pics. For letter series my wife has an M and an H and I have a Super A Industrial. I got the Super A when I was a kid and it raked a lot of hay and hauled a lot of bale wagons and now has a plow on it to help out with snow plowing duties. The M and H "work" by pulling our church floats in parades and going to play at shows though they will help out of the family farm when they go back for visits. Really can't say they don't have uses anymore; they are great helpers with haying and if I hooked up a remote on the belly pump hydraulics they could still run the haybine or most other equipment. I agree they are one of the greatest tractor series ever and after finally owning and M and H and driving them I see why they sold so well in their day; compared to most tractors of that time they are comfortable, easy to run, and have great power for their weight.

 

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On 2/17/2018 at 7:30 AM, DOCTOR EVIL said:

But some here think the fact the letter series, W and Farmalls, did not incorporate a 3-point hitch into their design relegates them to the scrap heap today, makes them incapable of doing useful work today.

That could explain why I saw three letter series tractors in the scrap yard this past weekend. We took some metal there and I walked around a couple scrapped trash trucks and I saw a farmall M with half a Ford corn picker mounted on it. There was a “H” narrow front and another “M” I think and it was also a narrow front. There was also an old Johnny popper and the front section of another there in the mix too. Plus another row of tractors of different brands on the other side of the yard. Of course everything was in pretty rough shape but there are a few parts that could be salvaged on all of them. 

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3 hours ago, IHhogfarmer said:

That could explain why I saw three letter series tractors in the scrap yard this past weekend. We took some metal there and I walked around a couple scrapped trash trucks and I saw a farmall M with half a Ford corn picker mounted on it. There was a “H” narrow front and another “M” I think and it was also a narrow front. There was also an old Johnny popper and the front section of another there in the mix too. Plus another row of tractors of different brands on the other side of the yard. Of course everything was in pretty rough shape but there are a few parts that could be salvaged on all of them. 

supply and demand plus condition is why they were there.  this is a nice thread that focuses on the little jobs the Letter Series still can do and brings back a lot of memories for many ppl. Lets keep one  thread in a positive light.  Thanks

 btw I really enjoy everyone's pics so I hope we see lots more

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Here is my 1942 H my grandfather bought new, plowing with a no.8 little genius and planting sweet corn with a 249A planter.

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