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3 hours ago, NY1468 said:

I’ve done quite a few for him over the last few years and he hasn’t said anything about magnets falling off. These are 7-8k drums and he said they are $147 a piece. I charge him $25 to turn just the face and he has someone else touch up the pad area. 

These are basically the heaviest grease bearing elc brake dexters.  5/8 studs and 8000 (or 8500?) Axles.  17.5 rims and E Goodyear tires (every other brand dont last at all).  Heck event the GY are 4 of 5 replaced and the last oem one i see yesterday is chunked up so got another $225 one on way.  They gotta wt 100#s.  We've called few online retailers and told them #s and they dont have 5/8 studs and few didnt even list em.  We had 7k ones....bad deal.  16" tires were terrible.  

We avg 1200 to 1500 miles per month not counting local hauling.  Thats just getting springers and bringing weaned ones over.  

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Heeeyyy!!

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Happy 200 pages Troy

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Congrats Troy!

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200 pages , Lets party like it's 1999!!

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Really have enjoyed getting to know you Troy and following your triumphs and challenges. Thanks for taking us along. 

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1999....i honestly recall that   Lamest new years party I've been to!

Did i mention we hate elec brakes?  Just did all 4.  Set like this is luke $10 more than parts......nuts

Cool n dry all the sudden...better make some storage room

Friends 544j....probbhas 20k hrs on it.  Stopped and he qasnt there but the TC was laying next to it.

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So odd dry..and cool..the manure cop rec we start pumping manure.  Normally we are all getting moving.  About 6 weeks to 1st cutting normally so want to feed grass.  This year...crap who knows?  Instead of just hauling to uncles lagoon we're spreading.  Big set backs and extra sense.  We dont have spreader so Marv came with his 2 units.  7300 Nuhn and Houle....they Love the Nuhn vs Houle.  Yes....we got 1/2" of snow on march 6.  Pretty rare.  Finally took covers off out side feed lane..was on for 5 weeks.  Longest ever.  High 40s predicted next week.  Hope for some rain...it equals snow in mtns and they are off from 60 to 100" vs last season.

 

Do operators need this many safety tips?  We put 1000' 6" line at uncles.  Got cost share...will save us a ton of time and hassle irrigating and pumping across creek we now will bore under.  Brothers got it all with rental Kobelco 80 machine.   I kept busy here.  Cost share pays your hr work so if you do work it basically is free!  They fret when we lay manure hose on bridge to field so we got priority for our project...silly but...helps us a bunch.

Cool barn neighbors pulling down..😥

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Hi horn Honker a guy north of me and south of where you got the McCormick went robotic his cows production went up 10 pounds a cow from the gossip I was told ?

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6 hours ago, SJH said:

Hi horn Honker a guy north of me and south of where you got the McCormick went robotic his cows production went up 10 pounds a cow from the gossip I was told ?

I have not heard from the crew he went up that much but he has they say.  Friend was supposed to sit there for 48 hrs to baby sit the first 2 days.  At hr 30 he said bag it and came home.  IN 30 Hr he 'pushed' 1 cow.  They took to it like nothing.  Best start they have seen.  The cows got grain for 10 days+ to get used to it and it worked.

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6 minutes ago, TroyDairy said:

I have not heard from the crew he went up that much but he has they say.  Friend was supposed to sit there for 48 hrs to baby sit the first 2 days.  At hr 30 he said bag it and came home.  IN 30 Hr he 'pushed' 1 cow.  They took to it like nothing.  Best start they have seen.  The cows got grain for 10 days+ to get used to it and it worked.

That does seem unusual, couple farms that I know that put them in wasn’t that easy to start. After the first month or so things get nice. If I was milking, would definitely go that way to save labor.  

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Troy,

  Around here the dairy guys don't has tanks/spreaders nowhere that big and they tear up tractors and spreaders all the time. From hitches/rear end housing on the tractors to hitches on the tank/spreaders. How do you guys handle tanks/spreaders that big? 

A couple of them are trying to find the older Stigers with the pan hitches to pull their tanks/spreaders which I think would solve a lot of the problems.

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13 minutes ago, Finney said:

Troy,

  Around here the dairy guys don't has tanks/spreaders nowhere that big and they tear up tractors and spreaders all the time. From hitches/rear end housing on the tractors to hitches on the tank/spreaders. How do you guys handle tanks/spreaders that big? 

A couple of them are trying to find the older Stigers with the pan hitches to pull their tanks/spreaders which I think would solve a lot of the problems.

I dont know Finney.  7300g on a mfd is normal custom (few dairymen) setup.  The JD on Houle is a 8130 with 10ks of hrs.  Never heard him say rears get broke.  The JCB is ok till 5k he says then gremlins show up.  But he'll keep them till 10k.  One has 9430/9450R (whatevers)  jds on 9000g spreaders.  Big load but slow going up rd at all.  He always says he trains his guys that brakes are cheap trans aint.  Use brakes not gears to stop then.  Other hauler is opposite and i know has ruined some R series JD trans b/c of agessive down shifting.

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Happy 200 pages Troy!

5500 is about it on MFWDs around here. Occasionally see a 7300 but usually behind an articulate. Very little roading of loaded spreaders here, it is hard on everything. Nurse the tanks with trucks for most part. Try to truck spread as much as possible. We have not used a spreader in 11 months. Truck spread everything 

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A horse for every course.  Common to run 7300s behind MFDs here, tractors as small as 7140s.  Some guys are running 9500s on something like a Magnum 305, also a few guys running 10500s behind big Massey MFDs.  Also common to road a fair bit with tractor and tank.  Some flat, some rolling ground here.  

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11 hours ago, Finney said:

Troy,

  Around here the dairy guys don't has tanks/spreaders nowhere that big and they tear up tractors and spreaders all the time. From hitches/rear end housing on the tractors to hitches on the tank/spreaders. How do you guys handle tanks/spreaders that big? 

A couple of them are trying to find the older Stigers with the pan hitches to pull their tanks/spreaders which I think would solve a lot of the problems.

We had two 6300 tanks and only have a 4500 now as we traded the triaxle tanks for the drag hose. The 6300 pull as easily as the 4500 does because the steering on the triaxle makes it easier. The tandem is without steering and will push you around sooner . We have not broken any hitches on the tractors. Pulled by Magnums 7240-8950 size. Here is a picture of the hitch stiffener we add . The drawbar is slid out to drain the transmission. Essentially it just about tripples the drawbar at the support area

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Right hitch arm lower link retainer..........is that an update?

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49 minutes ago, CIHTECH said:

Right hitch arm lower link retainer..........is that an update?

Yes locking tab cracked off, finished the season this way. We have an extremely heavy 3 PT 30' homemade disk mower that we back through the field with. It's hard on the three point. Have a front 3 PT with a 4600 lb weight and 16.9-30 with beet juice to try to keep it down up front

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Dang DD and FL..could've thought oil filter placement out a little better...  This is my 2 year ago auction buy.  Figured we should give her a once over.  Actually seems quite good for old silage truck.  Did this most of day.  Moving from main dairy to uncle old farm lagoon.  Ol gal is LONG and bit tight backing into alley we dump into but getting it done.  Brothers got the free to us Houle load set up all going Tuesday and seems good so far.  Pump needed seals and all but 2m flat for 8300g just off idle.

Prices...improvement showing.  We got refi done but that aint years worth for sure.  Manure guy who tanked last week said Be thankful you could b/c i have guys who did over a year ago and cant.....and now have 0 options left to pay.  See heifer # dropping quick and slaughter is way up for dairy cows.  Local small guy..50 60...suddenly passed away friday.  Wife has sever MS and he quit his part time to help her.  Now dont know whats gonna happen.  Sold cows at sale barn yesterday.  Couldnt of been pretty deal.  Few guys say they are for sale officially now.  No kids following and tired.  Totally get it.

Just sad.

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Wow wnet from freezing to 60 in week!  Man i see pics from NE so hard to see and what can you even do? 

Pumping and spreading all over area.

 

I asked and she provided.  Hot Stuff went and picked up bale wrap and tarp plastic....all over dang place.  40 mph s winds the 65 mph n winds made a mess!

 

Brothers got old freestall barn down we got across block.  Stacking trusses up here.  Same as out dry cow barn.  Gon a make little longer for bedding storage.

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Ace begging for treat at bank

 

Waiting for bus, quick stopped to well wish and say prayer

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Overheating...?  Stats stuck...little lines cracked...h2o low.  Got leaks fixed and stats replaced then see the res tank is issue.  Hairline crack at bolt.  Thing always is low on water and we scratched heads.  65 for new one so should be Good for another 18k hour.

Then everything else i touched last few days needs servicing.  Mixer, mfd tractor axles and hubs, hydro filters etc...etc

 

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Ha! I’ve replaced a Magnum coolant recovery tank for the same reason.  I think I put a smaller OD washer on the bolts to try to prevent a repeat.

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We mounted ours up where the coolant recovery bottle is on her 8950 that way it sucks it back to the tank a little easier. We had made a little bit of a bracket and a little bit of custom exhaust and have a newer style Muffler just like the 89s on our 7140 which opened up the hood area

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