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1 hour ago, Finney said:

I have the power Mig 350MP, great welder but very user unfriendly.

To many features that need to work together?

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4 hours ago, AKwelder said:

To many features that need to work together?

Yes, I constantly have to refer to the manual when switching from hard wire - dual shield and aluminum. When you get everything set right its good but my biggest peeve is it will not do what was advertised. It is supposed to weld 18ga. aluminum when using pulse on pulse, 11ga is the best I can do with it and not very good.    

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3 hours ago, Finney said:

Yes, I constantly have to refer to the manual when switching from hard wire - dual shield and aluminum. When you get everything set right its good but my biggest peeve is it will not do what was advertised. It is supposed to weld 18ga. aluminum when using pulse on pulse, 11ga is the best I can do with it and not very good.    

Is that with a spool gun or push/pull?   

 

Mine is very simple, we will see

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Took the boys to the fair, not much different from last year, but we are leaving tonight and it’s only ounce a year.   

 

Saw the mirahanda Jeep. Knock off

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 Nice sticker on the dash

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so the vender is not known for low prices, or giving a crap. He had a price of 20K just for the fair. 

 

A nice diesel, 5 speed manual, rear axle sure looks like a Dana, and leg room.  It isn’t road legal, and didn’t even haven windshield.    I like it a lot better than those side by sides.  

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1 hour ago, new guy said:

Ive got the Power Mig 255 thats pushing 20 years of trouble free use. Hope you get the same with yours.

Thanks.   I sure hope so

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On 8/3/2018 at 12:18 AM, AKwelder said:

I went and looked at this today, kind of rough tin, gas motor, PTO works, shuttle clutch (a forward peddle and a backwards pedal) bucket is about done, seems the pins are fine, new tires, lots of wieghts, seems awkward to sit in

 

whats a fair price?

 

how much will it lift? 

I believe the loader is the same as the 3616 and if so, you need a lot of weights as the hydraulics are very strong. I have yet to attempt to pick up anything it couldn't. Before I put the backhoe on mine it had loaded tires, two sets of wheel weights, and a huge block of steel mounted. Mine has neither 3 point nor PTO as it was built as a loader only. Shuttle shift is excellent for loader work. I've  since put unloaded tires and removed the rear wheel weights and installed two sets of front wheel weights.

Some parts such as brakes are common to the ag tractors so if you have a parts book you can search by P/N.

Mine had never seen a grease gun so it  took lots of time re-bushing the brakes, replacing king pins, re-bushing and generally repairing the shuttle shift linkage but in the end it's a reliable machine.

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23 hours ago, BOBSIH856 said:

I read this article today and it reminded me of your post. Do you know this guy or live nearby?

http://nrcs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=a0b40c00a9044d90916ced7584f0f86c

Nice article.  I don’t know him but he looks familiar 

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18 hours ago, AKwelder said:

Is that with a spool gun or push/pull?   

 

Mine is very simple, we will see

That would be with push/pull running 3/64- 5356.

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36 minutes ago, Finney said:

That would be with push/pull running 3/64- 5356.

Ok.  I have heard people mumbling about that set up, I haven’t been on the trigger myself.  Have you tried it with a spool gun?

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Welder-----

Tell us again how and where you will be marketing your "peonies".

Will the bush/plant bloom out all over as the season progresses (how many flowers per plant???)

At lunch today---------somehow my wife brought up the subject of peonies.  I showed her your picture from a few posts back.  She was impressed.

Uhhhhh--------I told her I was more impressed with  artificial flowers.  Need no water--------and they would be Round-Up safe for easy grass/weed control!!!??

 

DD

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4 hours ago, Delta Dirt said:

Welder-----

Tell us again how and where you will be marketing your "peonies".

Will the bush/plant bloom out all over as the season progresses (how many flowers per plant???)

At lunch today---------somehow my wife brought up the subject of peonies.  I showed her your picture from a few posts back.  She was impressed.

Uhhhhh--------I told her I was more impressed with  artificial flowers.  Need no water--------and they would be Round-Up safe for easy grass/weed control!!!??

 

DD

We cut the flower stem at 22 inches while the bud is still a tight ball (as ripe as possible so it is as big as it gets for as much money as it can bring without it starting to open) then we cool them.  The cooled flowers go to a pack house that keeps them in a chiller and fills orders from the coop as the make sales to wholesale houses.  If you have the cut buds in the refrigerator they keep a long time, we still have some next to the milk.

You only cut half the flowers on the plants so they can continue thier lifecycle and these are what you see in my pictures.  The plants live decades and get bigger every year and will reach a point where you can market 10 to 15 stems off a single plant as they mature and grow.  We planted our plants 2 foot apart in raised rows and in the years to come it will become one huge entangled row of root stock with a large bush growing the whole length of the row

the florist buyers want large buds, with long strong stems starting in June but mainly we market in July-September.  Since the plants in the lower 48 and Europe bloom earlier there is less stems on the market during this time when our plants are in bloom.

Our coop is selling to floral wholesalers across the states, and some to Asia and Europe.  We are still a bit of a novelty but gaining market as a product 

quite the ramble.  Let me know if this answers your questions, or if I fell down a rabbbit hole and we need to re-group

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Thanks for your comments-----all interesting.  So------there must be a growing number of producers if ya'll have a co-op. 

Glad to see you be able to use your cold weather (late season) as a marketing niche.

Oh------and my wife keeps explaining to me that it is pronounced "pe-o-nies".  

I was saying "pe-onies".

 

DD

 

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23 hours ago, AKwelder said:

Ok.  I have heard people mumbling about that set up, I haven’t been on the trigger myself.  Have you tried it with a spool gun?

No spool gun for that welder, I have a MIller 30A I run of the engine drives.

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Stopped at a local farmers market here in MN and bought sweet corn, oh yeah. 

We get supermarket corn in Alaska, old and not picked at its best.  And corn won’t grow in Alaska so it was a real treat. 

 

Helping dad dad get his shop moved, they are returning to the farm and building a house.

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1 hour ago, AKwelder said:

Stopped at a local farmers market here in MN and bought sweet corn, oh yeah. 

We get supermarket corn in Alaska, old and not picked at its best.  And corn won’t grow in Alaska so it was a real treat. 

 

Helping dad dad get his shop moved, they are returning to the farm and building a house.

There is your next opportunity. Green house grown fresh veggies. 

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On 8/9/2018 at 10:54 AM, new guy said:

There is your next opportunity. Green house grown fresh veggies. 

Uh.  No thank you

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We have been in Minnesota the last week

Dad and my little guy

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they are working on thier thier new house 

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with a pond the boys had to try out, they floated around so long they looked like prunes

 

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we pulled the paddle boat out of the pond so it’s at the new olace

 

 

 

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And we stopped to to pay our respects to a good friend

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a very good man who died young.  Yes that is a super C 

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Took some steel down to the lower lot for our cabin project

 

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set the beams, but the rain picked up so I called it a day. I don’t think the cops would have been happy seeing that load on the road.  My neighbors just wave and shake thier heads. 

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Headed north for a new project today

 

Leaves are changing, 

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one of our guys went off the road, I would guess he is now an ex employee 

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more fall colors

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found one of a Troy’s milk crates about 50 miles North of the arctic circle

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And it is snowing north of Atigun pass

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more to comeover the next next few days, I get to drive the entire length of the line in the next 60 days. 

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Woke up yesterday morning on the north side of the brooks range.  19* outside.  25ED82C9-3BE0-474A-9DF4-A9FEF0678E25.thumb.jpeg.f36809cbf54f4836967369496b0f9da9.jpegWe got out on the line for work, sun came up and started burning the snow off

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Traveled north

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Great pics as usual AK!    19* huh? Given the stinking hot 90+ degree weather we have had in these parts I think I might come for a visit!  But only a visit the thought of snow by Labor day kinda scares me.....B)

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