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My new to me IH 71 three wire baler arrived !

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13 hours ago, nepoweshiekfarmalls said:

Wow, that baler is so smooth and quiet in those videos!  That hay just vanishes in front of it,  and the ground is nice and clean after it passes.  Excellent work,  Tony!

Any Herb updates soon?

Herb updates ! I am wanting them also ,lol.

  I have had couple conversations with them recently.  They tell me the cab and other sheet metal is at the painters and they thought they were two weeks off of actual paint, They assure me that all components are repaired and ready for final installation when painters are done.

     I have learned that between my restorations , the red truck restoration, and Herb restoration; DONT HOLD YOUR BREATH ! Days turn to weeks , weeks to months , months to years .

    End of August will be two years  that I took it to them , in my mind I am thinking another year.  Hope its sooner .

      I worry about fires up in their area of Grass Valley, That Plumas County fire raging now is as close to Grass Valley as I can be comfortable with .


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wanted one more shot at baler shake down 

Eddie had another field ready to go this evening . 
He raked it this AM and we were waiting for first sign of softness which happened around 8:30 pm . 
she , our #71 , did beautiful , no missed ties , feeding just perfect , I think she is dialed in .

some California sunset and alfalfa field photos!

our wife’s came out to help us wait for dew , should of brought chairs and beer , darn it , oh well live and learn .

the two John Deere’s and Freeman balers  are Eddie’s and they will be doing the real work on this field tonight .

Note ; the windrows ,Eddie grows #1 Dairy and Horse Hay ! His hay bales make our balers look good ! Lol . Still in August he manages to keep the green looking bale , usually the dews have the windrows bleached .

its 10:30 Pacific time now , Dont want to wake anybody up , like I did Sledgehammer one time , tomorrow I will sent BJ some videos to post .

thanks Guys , I think the old #71 will go on show girl status now . However , if I find a nice field that wants wire instead of twine I would be tempted to baled it ! Lol 















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Now I see why the lights, summer daylight is long up here, normal summer you would be cutting in the morning and rake or bale when the dew is off, not many days when we would be baling in the dark, that is a nice flat field, just picked up a 10 bale stooker on Sunday, between the moles and the hills sometimes you are sliding sideways and piling bales on deck waiting for a spot to drop, a little rodeo with baling 

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Absolutely love that second to last picture! Simply gorgeous!! Glad to hear everything worked out for you. Does the 71 keep up with the Freeman?


P.S. If you get lost between the field & the shed.... I'd love some three wire bales. ;v)

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32 minutes ago, Absent Minded Farmer said:

Absolutely love that second to last picture! Simply gorgeous!! Glad to hear everything worked out for you. Does the 71 keep up with the Freeman?


P.S. If you get lost between the field & the shed.... I'd love some three wire bales. ;v)

That’s one race we have not run yet ! Lol 

all in all  the Freeman would out bale the IH .

well the way I been lately , very well May get lost ! Lol 


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Here’s the the latest video!


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On 8/10/2021 at 6:46 PM, FarmallFan said:

Here’s the the latest video!


Thanks for hosting & posting it.


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Just amazing Tony.  I'm truly in awe of the time and detail that you folks put into your equipment.  Just amazing how smooth it put out bales.  Really hoping my project turns out half that nice.  Thank you for sharing your journey with us as I know that takes a lot of time too.  

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John , Sal , and I worked Re arraigning tractors so 71 baler could claim her place as shed queen.

she has showed us that she can bale and tie , so now relegated to tell stories of her history .

I had to buy a lift in order to keep everything inside . 
today was our first arrangement , I am sure not the last . 
pictures of our arrangement today .

806 LP is in balers stall and next up to find out her noisy problem ! 
Red kid has found its spot , probably will need to cover it but for now want to enjoy it .

next week we start Almond harvest and for sure it will need covering , harvest is very dusty .

last pic my work Pu now fits in same stall with red kid and la case 









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3 hours ago, TroyDairy said:

I wish I had the $ and space to help you male room by buying that 350 Reverse loader.  Just love that thing. 

Thank you , I fell in love when AKWelder posted a picture of it on RP coffee shop that he had come across , it was for sale in MN from the Estate of the fella that built it and operated it till he passed . He used it to feed his beef cattle and reversed the loader to gain more traction in snow winter feeding

    it’s pretty unique and fun to drive . Always draws people with lots of questions and positive comments .

its going to get moved into toy shed here shortly to make more room in shop .

I had it in shop doing little odds and ends to it during baler project dry spells , lol 

still have more things I want todo but it’s fine for now. It’s a work in progress when I need a fill in . Three things I want done is replace exterior engine gaskets the are seeping from age , paint steering pedestal , ( I built this pedestal because he had gauges and switches mounted on top of propane tank, a no no imho ) go through front steering bolster , I think it needs bushings , and contemplating changing out aftermarket front wheel and fork for the factory fork and 16 “ wheel and tire . 

I put new rims and tires last fall and change the wheels because of welding and cracks on old ones 








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