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I was just thinking I'd acknowledge the people at Red Power Magazine and the members of this forum for the content of this site. When I first started searching for info on IH tractors this was one of the first sites that I came across. Thanks to some enthusiastic members posts I've even bought an 806. Since I liked that so much I went ahead and bought a 1256. And also priceless experience and mechanical help and info from some very knowledgeable people, who's posts will hopefully be available for as long as anybody needs the info. I've even learned from people that I've had disagreements with. This forum is definitely a bright spot in the otherwise destructive world of social media. 

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26 minutes ago, FarmerFixEmUp said:

You have 2 of the best IH tractors from the 60's there. 

I don't have enough experience with these old tractors to have a confident opinion but my dad does, and after running my 1256 the belief on our farm is 12 is in fact greater than 10 in the power department. There has been a 1066 and later 1086 on the farm since the mid 70s. The 52 and 5488 are a fair amount more tractor than a 1256 in my book though

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After switching from green to red I'm hooked and want more. Being laid up the last 2 years I spent a lot of time on my phone. I'm not into Facebook or anything and seem to find better.......older......wiser help on forums. Searching for ih forums this one came up ALOT. I'm glade I joined too. We all have something to offer on here. We all might have different opinions or not agree on stuff but in the end we're one big red family and all here for the same reason.

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You certainly picked 2 good red ones! 

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12 hours ago, FoxrunFarms02 said:

After switching from green to red I'm hooked and want more. Being laid up the last 2 years I spent a lot of time on my phone. I'm not into Facebook or anything and seem to find better.......older......wiser help on forums. Searching for ih forums this one came up ALOT. I'm glade I joined too. We all have something to offer on here. We all might have different opinions or not agree on stuff but in the end we're one big red family and all here for the same reason.

If you don't mind, I would like to hear about your switch from green to red.

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No problem haha, happy to tell it. I can tell the long version.

 

My grandpa farmed with all IH's.

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In 1986 my grandpa passed away and everything got auctioned off.

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My parents bought the farm. There was a really good case ih dealer close by so my dad continued the red tradition.

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In the early 2000's the farm got sold due to it's size and my dad's health issues.

So I was around red my whole life.

I ended up working for a neighbor Who had all John Deere a 4030, 4630, 6220, and a 7800. I fell in love with those tractors and really liked how comfortable they felt and how they shifted. I even proposed to my wife in the 4630 one fall.

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Fast forward to 2019. My wife and I bought a little hobby farm. Most of the work was done with an atv and ground driven equipment or I'd rent equipment from neighbors.

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  My dad got into fixing and restoring garden tractors at my place. He bought a 1972 Sqaure Fender 110 from our local jd parts guy and the collection grew.

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The garden tractors were a nice back up to have in the garden or food plots, it was simple to work on and didn't take up much space. I decided to buy a 1969 110 round fender. I always liked that model after seeing the movie the " the straight story" about a man who takes his 110 from Iowa to WI to patch things up with his Ill brother.

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I decided to buy a full size tractor to make the tasks around the property a little faster..... and just add to the collection. Of course everything being green that's what I was looking for. I found an older restored 1951 B locally and for a fair price.

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I ended up buying some smaller implements but my favorite task was hayrides during family gatherings.

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I work for a tree and lawn care business. 2 years ago I was standing next to my dump truck and skidloader trailer, wearing a vest, hazards on the truck and trailer and cones wrap around around the rig. I was inside the cones with my head down untwisting the chain binder. A 16 year old kid drove through the cones, hit the trailer, actually went up onto the side of it, came down, hit me when I was running away, ran me over with the front wheel, dragged me 10ft, and ran me over with the back wheel. I was awake and remember the whole experience oddly. I spent 2 weeks in a stage 1 trauma center, 6 months in bed, had 3 surgeries, and been off of work for 2 years now........with in the next week or two I should be cleared to do some sort of light duty with perminit restrictions. I have back issues, and hardware in my knee and leg which really limits my range of motion in that leg and activities.  For the last 2 years the farm and hobbies have been on hold.(I don't want to be one of those guys who can't work, but is alright hunting, fishing, etc, and it's hard to live off workers comp vs foreman wages). With my injuries it was really hard to climb up onto the B especially with the hand clutch. Not using the B the last 2 years it started to have issues, seals dried out, and started leaking badly, the tank got rusty, carb was gumming up, wiring got nibbled on. I was in no conditions to be able to work on it, and the days I felt good enough to run it, it was a coin toss of " will it fire up" or " where will it die" it was sad seeing the tractor get to that point, and considering selling it, but it wasn't comfortable running it, it was hard getting on, and we needed extra money. My dad ended up selling his collection too since I couldn't run them, or help him work on them in the shop and he didn't want the samething happening to them as the B.  I sold the B for more than I had in it but really missed it. Each month I'm feeling a little bit better but still with some lasting limitions.  After each follow up I get a little bit more leeway on getting back to a new normal.  I missed the B and was allowed to start doing some activities again.....with in reason so I decided to buy a different tractor. I decided to get an M. It was easier to get on, the platform has more room, no hand clutch in the way and the spring seat helps my back, it also has live hydraulics and power steering.  Buying this tractor it looks and feels like it's home and belongs, I never had that feeling with the B. It also feels like a new beginning for me. I have some ptsd so something new or not from my past helps me not focus on what happened......even though there's no way to completely get rid of it.My dad is also looking to get a cub garden tractor for us to work on together too.  I really like this tractor, how it feels, how it makes me feel, how it operates and when things settle down for me and can start saving money again I'd like to get something with a loader like a 686, 706, 856 etc.

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with my perminit restrictions, and limitions I won't be able to do my old job anymore. Again with my ptsd I'm not sure about staying with my current employer or not. Ironically the John Deere dealer 7 minutes away is looking for a parts person and I had 2 interviews there already( don't band me) . It's just kind of funny to me I feel reborn to red tractors and after selling my green collection I get this opportunity but just need to wait and see.

 

 

 

 

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Good luck on the new job prospects, if successful it can be our little secret that you work for mother deere but bleed red 😁

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On 10/5/2023 at 11:37 AM, iowaboy1965 said:

I hope things work out and your able to fully enjoy your life again and earn an income for your family. So sorry you went thru what you did. 

Thanks. Some days are rough, but figured it's all part of a plan. Just another story in my life's chapter book and got the scares to go along with it. Working with trees you fear the worst is going to happen either falling 100ft out of the bucket, touching a power line, dropping a limb on someone, or falling in the chipper,never unchaining a skidloader.  Having weekly safety meetings you hear stories of other people, other companies and you think "it's never going to be me, I'm safe, I'm smart" but it can be you. I wonder if in another state if a tree company had a safety meeting and said " in WI a tree worker was ran over................"

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38 minutes ago, hardtail said:

Good luck on the new job prospects, if successful it can be our little secret that you work for mother deere but bleed red 😁

Thanks. I feel like I'd be living a double life, or being some kind of snitch ........there's some red tractors on the lot if it helps lol.

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if you took all of those pictures, I think you missed your calling in the parts department. Start making calendars.

 

and tell whoever took all the old ones thanks a bunch. That is awesome history!

 

Remember this: you can quit at any point in time. Why quit now? 

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Thanks. I took a video editing class in high school where we made psa's for the local news channel. We learned about camera angles, lighting and editing effects to set the mood. I guess it just stuck with me.

 

My grandma and mom took all the old pictures. I can go through their photo albums all day. It's a real shame albums don't exist anymore. I remember as a kid dropping film off at walmart, shopko, fleet farm or k mart and waiting 2 weeks to get the pictures.

I'd really like to try something with my photography skills but there's nothing really in my area for that and there's so many different people who quit their jobs to be " professional photographers " and t shirt designers advertising all over facebook then you see them discounting shoots or shirts just to  get some sort of business draw. 

 

Before my accident I worked on my employers facebook page, took pictures, made videos, and hiring slideshows for job fairs. I noticed the new generation take interest in jobs off youtube or tik tok videos vs seeing something on indeed. My boss mentioned 1 time about maybe me doing that full time.

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Sorry for what happened to you. I run heavy equiptment for a company out of the cities. I mostly run quadtracs pulling scrapers but do a little of everything throughout the year. Many times theres been close calls. Ill pray for your healing and welcome back to the red power advantage!

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WOW, I loved all you pictures and your story! Stay strong, God has a plan for you! For me it helps a lot praying and reading the Bible and really get into the word. You begin to find a path. This is what I’ve really trying to work on since I’ll be graduating in May and going out into the real world. I’ve been seeing some progress in trusting in Him and His plan for me. Just thought I’d share a little of what I’ve been doing.

I also like taking pictures and editing them. I really like the communications side of things…… in Ag. 

Good luck in your journey. Here’s a few of my favorites.

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This was not one I took but I did some editing to make it look better than the 1971/1972 original. This was my great grandpas Gleaner F and 1957 IH A-160 truck. 

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This is my 1992 GMC 1500.

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This is my 1948 Farmall Cub

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On 05/10/2023 at 02:38, FoxrunFarms02 said:

Après être passé du vert au rouge, je suis accro et j'en veux plus. Étant au chômage ces 2 dernières années, j'ai passé beaucoup de temps sur mon téléphone. Je ne suis pas dans Facebook ou quoi que ce soit et il semble que je trouve une aide meilleure... plus ancienne... plus sage sur les forums. En recherchant sur les forums ih, celui-ci est apparu BEAUCOUP. Je suis content d'avoir rejoint aussi. Nous avons tous quelque chose à offrir ici. Nous pouvons tous avoir des opinions différentes ou ne pas être d'accord sur des choses, mais en fin de compte, nous sommes une grande famille rouge et tous ici pour la même raison.

I too am not on Facebook, but I like to share with you on this forum my passion for IH and CASE IH tractors and agricultural machines without forgetting very varied subjects which make us forget our machines for a few moments red 974250.gif.
Thank you  for the members of the forum

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On 10/5/2023 at 5:20 PM, zleinenbach said:

listen to your boss 

i think the man upstairs was dropping you a hint

Not once did I ever ask the big guy, cow, 8 armed Egyptian,or whatever the right God is why. I figured it was all a big plan and sadly it took this for me to open my eyes to be a better husband and father lots of life lessons learned.

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On 10/5/2023 at 9:32 PM, 660 driver said:

Sorry for what happened to you. I run heavy equiptment for a company out of the cities. I mostly run quadtracs pulling scrapers but do a little of everything throughout the year. Many times theres been close calls. Ill pray for your healing and welcome back to the red power advantage!

Thank you. Yes you always hear about close calls but never think, you, your son, your father, your company, your town. It's always someone else who wasn't being safe....... nope it can happen to anyone of us.

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On 10/5/2023 at 11:47 PM, IHhogfarmer said:

WOW, I loved all you pictures and your story! Stay strong, God has a plan for you! For me it helps a lot a lot praying and reading the Bible and really get into the word. You begin to find a path. This is what I’ve really trying to work on since I’ll be graduating in May and going out into the real world. I’ve been seeing some progress in trusting in Him and His plan for me. Just thought I’d share a little of what I’ve been doing.

I also like taking pictures and editing them. I really like the communications side of things…… in Ag. 

Good luck in your journey. Here’s a few of my favorites.

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This was not one I took but I did some editing to make it look better than the 1971/1972 original. This was my great grandpas Gleaner F and 1957 IH A-160 truck. 

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This is my 1992 GMC 1500.

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This is my 1948 Farmall Cub

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Thank you. I was brought up super super religious. Church and Sunday School every Sunday, confirmation class 2 hours twice a week. As I got older I lost my way........more so the church itself. I feel like I can talk to whoever is up there by just sitting on my atv over looking my wetlands and soaking it in. When this 1st happened I couldn't beleive the out pour of support from the community, total strangers, or long lost friends stopping in checking, asking to help with farm tasks or just calling. For 3 days at the hospital I was in a dark place. Playing what if's " another sip of coffee in the truck", " not moving some garbage cans I blocked" but you can't think like that. What was done was done. I was worried on being the old me after being told I'd never work again or bend my leg and how I'd support the family. I asked to talk to someone. 3 day's later 2 ladies come in. 1 hides behind the door taking notes and the other is asking me questions if I'd go on a man hunt after the kid.......nothing even close that I wanted to talk about. I was kind of mad at my employer too cause I was one of the few guys who had a cdl no one else got pushed to get one or docked in pay for losing theirs after dui's. So I got switched from being a landscape foreman to an operating on trees without being asked and my boss was kind of upset when he heard about my anger. The hard part was no one understood my emotions or experience. It's real easy to say something but no one can relate to it feel it like you. I found a forum of suviours from traumatic events and it helped so so much reading other peoples stories, knowing I'm not alone and it's okay to be mad, sad, worried, or upset but not to let it control your life.

6 months ago the wife's cousin got into a bad car wreck. She's okay now but was pretty banged it. She talked to me ALOT and it made her feel good to talk to someone who could relate or give her advice. It's funny how everything has an effect or rhythm and reason.

Very cool pictures also btw!

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28 minutes ago, FoxrunFarms02 said:

Thank you. I was brought up super super religious. Church and Sunday School every Sunday, confirmation class 2 hours twice a week. As I got older I lost my way........more so the church itself. I feel like I can talk to whoever is up there by just sitting on my atv over looking my wetlands and soaking it in. When this 1st happened I couldn't beleive the out pour of support from the community, total strangers, or long lost friends stopping in checking, asking to help with farm tasks or just calling. For 3 days at the hospital I was in a dark place. Playing what if's " another sip of coffee in the truck", " not moving some garbage cans I blocked" but you can't think like that. What was done was done. I was worried on being the old me after being told I'd never work again or bend my leg and how I'd support the family. I asked to talk to someone. 3 day's later 2 ladies come in. 1 hides behind the door taking notes and the other is asking me questions if I'd go on a man hunt after the kid.......nothing even close that I wanted to talk about. I was kind of mad at my employer too cause I was one of the few guys who had a cdl no one else got pushed to get one or docked in pay for losing theirs after dui's. So I got switched from being a landscape foreman to an operating on trees without being asked and my boss was kind of upset when he heard about my anger. The hard part was no one understood my emotions or experience. It's real easy to say something but no one can relate to it feel it like you. I found a forum of suviours from traumatic events and it helped so so much reading other peoples stories, knowing I'm not alone and it's okay to be mad, sad, worried, or upset but not to let it control your life.

6 months ago the wife's cousin got into a bad car wreck. She's okay now but was pretty banged it. She talked to me ALOT and it made her feel good to talk to someone who could relate or give her advice. It's funny how everything has an effect or rhythm and reason.

Very cool pictures also btw!

...very good summary of a very difficult situation....and I for one am very pleased you have come out on top of those travails.....

...I appreciate your issues...never damaged the family saloon....but managed to about destroy the pictured Mack and myself along with it..

...an experience I could have done without...but, none the less, something to give one a great insight into doing things a little more carefully and in a little less hurry...

Mike

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Having faith in a higher power can give a real lift in deair circumstances.

I had major gallbladder problems, had a new kind of "inner inspection". My body being abnormal set off a case pancreatis. Which caused dehydration, asked the surgeon who was to remove gallbladder  what was going on.  His diagnoses was pancreatic cancer, let me send you to the University Hospital for new experiments because you have less than 6 month.

 

Well if that doesn't give you a bad feeling your tougher than me. But the dehydration sent me to emergency room. By the end of the day they had information from the "inspection" and where a biopsy was taken no cancer. The gallbladder still took me out for 3 months, with way to much hospital time. 

 

Thank you for joining our group here and sharing with us. Really enjoying your photos.

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