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    Ballast You guys have much larger rigs than I, but the...

    You guys have much larger rigs than I, but the same principles apply. In my case, my loader has an 850lbs capacity, and my usual ballast is my box blade with some suitcase weights clipped on it for a...
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    Re: Cab or no Cab

    Closest I have to a cab is my removable "hard top convertible" on my little 1510. No AC or heat. I put it on in the fall, right before the snow starts falling. It keeps the snow and wind off very...
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    Re: Fencing for goats?

    Our goats are half Nubian and half who-knows-what? Point is, they are small and friendly. We keep them in a 5' high, 6-strand high tensile electric fence with a very strong fencer. The bottom wire is...
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    Re: moldboard plowing 6530

    I pull 3x14 plow with 40hp, 2WD and a somewhere around 7800lbs, 57 year old, normally aspirated, worn-out tractor. I would think the extra snort of a much newer, modern turbo-diesel engine (65hp) and...
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    Re: TODAYS SEAT TIME

    It's that time of year, again. I took the narrow winter cab off my 1510 to give me more room to operate in the fresh air. I like having what I call a hard top convertible.

    I celebrated by hooking...
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    A bit over 25 years as a custom window builder....

    A bit over 25 years as a custom window builder. We cater to the architects who design stuff nobody else wants to build, and to the people who can actually afford to hire them. The current project is...
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    Re: Old John Deere breaking plow.

    Oops! Meant to add pictures to the above post, but either my phone or the app failed to load them.
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    Did a little work with a wore brush on the right...

    Did a little work with a wore brush on the right angle grinder to remove some rust and get a better look at what's what. Interestingly enough, the plow share appears to be modified. You can see where...
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    Re: lost trigger finger

    DANG! That's the most cringe-worthy thing I've read today.

    Rest well, get better, and keep your other fingers out of the way!
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    Re: Found a great chainsaw sharpener

    Looks like a great tool. I've used an Oregon bar mounted file system for years. It sets the angle, depth, and even levels the rakers. Works good, but maybe not quite as slick as this system.
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    Re: Old John Deere breaking plow.

    No more than 6" difference over 60' total length. I'm connecting the low spot to an existing ditch. A pretty small job, really. In reality, I could do it by hand, but I'm using it as a chance to...
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    Re: Old John Deere breaking plow.

    Not digging anything deep or particularly long, just addressing a couple low spots in a field to help them drain better. I figure I can plow the ditch, then run my tire in the bottom of the furrow...
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    Re: Old John Deere breaking plow.

    Stump plow? Breaking plow? I'm not sure what the difference would be, outside of terminology. I'm still learning. If you fine gentlemen know anything more on the subject, I'd sure love to hear it.
    ...
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    Old John Deere breaking plow.

    My dad and I were walking through the woods behind his house, where some old farm equipment has been sitting for several decades. I was talking about doing some ditching in a field and wondering on...
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    Re: Hi from Wiltshire, England

    Greetings from frozen/swampy northern Minnesota! You've come to the right place, as there is a lot of knowledge to glean from. I'm in the farm renovation stage also, so I can commiserate. Have fun,...
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    Re: O.K. I have officially "Seen It All"

    Clearly a government contract worker who likes to justify his position and exercise his "authority". :duh::thumbsdown:

    Yup. Far too many of them in the system. :muttering:
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    Re: New cutter - catastrophic failure

    That's just scary! :shocked:
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    Re: Pocket knives: number of back springs

    My favorite EDC is my Schrade Uncle Henry 897UH Signature Premium Stock. It's the old, pre-Taylor Group, made in USA, Schrade+ steel original. Three blades and two springs.

    A couple years back...
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    Re: Building a subsoiler

    Nice design and excellent fabrication skills! Can't wait for things to dry up so you can give it a real test.

    When are you going into production? :optimist:
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    Tractor News Re: First Tractor, Tractor Newbie

    Very nice! You'll love it. Now go get it dirty!
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    Re: Bucket Hooks negatives

    First modification to my bucket? Grapple. Second? Hooks. Regrets? None.

    Seriously, hooks are cheap, they can be welded on very quickly, and they really increase the usefulness of your bucket. I...
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    Re: Your most used/valuable attachment?

    Even though it's easily removed, my grapple (the Thumb) never comes off my bucket, as I'm always grabbing things with it. If I'm mowing trails and find a tree across the path, which happens often,...
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    Re: 1946 W4 comes home.

    That's a nice piece of equipment you have! The gold is really unique.

    Mine is in a state of Limbo at the moment, although I'd like to get it running and probably just leave it in its "work...
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    Re: 1946 W4 comes home.

    Looks to be in pretty good shape. I'm familiar with the D and DC, but never heard of the Dex. Is it an Australia/New Zealand model?
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    Re: My Version of a 3pt Boom

    Nicely done. You obviously put a lot of thought into your design.
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    Re: What type Muck Boots?

    The 16" Muck Chore boots I have are comfortable enough... to a point. They feel good on my feet, they're warm enough for daily chores, although I need something heavier for extended time in sub-zero...
  27. Our house was built by my wife's grandfather a...

    Our house was built by my wife's grandfather a little over 100 years ago and has been in her family the whole time. Naturally, there are old things tucked away all over the place. The biggest old...
  28. Re: Why do blowers do better on a full load tham when half filled?

    Something like that, I ease into very slowly, so I don't pop a shear bolt. I let the auger break it up and chew it a little at a time. At that point, I don't care how far it's throwing the snow. I...
  29. Re: Not Haying but How to Deal with Strewn Hay

    I use an old dump rake to gather it all up in a big pile, then haul it off to the rotting hay pile with the FEL grapple. Eventually, the rotted hay will be mixed with manure and compost. I work...
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    Re: Grapple lever down to open?

    I use a third lever for my grapple also. I plumbed mine to mimic the direction of travel I see when operating the grapple, i.e., Pull the lever toward me, the jaw opens and pivots toward me. Push...
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    Re: Ford 1510 Temperature Guage question

    I've been threatening to install a temperature gauge on my 1510 also. I'm very curious to see what you end up doing. Pics, please?
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    Re: Hello from Manitoba

    Welcome from Minnesota! I'm just south of you.
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    Re: Snowblower pictures

    You look like you're having way too much fun! Don't count out that old equipment. Much of it was well made and should have many more years service left.
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    Re: New trailer finally

    Ooh! Aluminum. Nice and light! Looks good. What brand is is, and what size?
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    Re: sway chains.. What have I got wrong?i

    A quick google image search netted a couple pics. Looks like everything is hooked up right... just too long of a chain. :confused3:
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    $1.74 as of 1/25 in northern Minnesota. Way...

    $1.74 as of 1/25 in northern Minnesota. Way lower than this time last year.

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    We like doing things differently on Minnesota...

    We like doing things differently on Minnesota Hill. ;)

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    A typical canning cycle for venison is 10 psi for...

    A typical canning cycle for venison is 10 psi for 75 min., but it also takes time to get up to temperature, then the cool down. We like to have a good 3 hours minimum for the whole cycle. Yes, it...
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    Unplugged Canning

    I know it seems like an odd time to be canning venison, but we were busy right after deer season, so we had everything deboned, bagged, and frozen until we could devote the time for a proper canning...
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    Re: Pallets in fields

    Just doing my part, good sir.
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    Re: Pallets in fields

    The pallets are thread generators. By the looks of things, they work quite well, as this thread has now managed to regenerate itself far beyond the allotted lifespan of any sane, decent thread.
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    "All things cometh to he who hath a basement." ~...

    "All things cometh to he who hath a basement." ~ Gustav Nordvall: farmer, preacher, folk musician, son of Swedish pioneers, and my wife's father.

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    Thanks! Sent from my XT907 using TractorByNet

    Thanks!

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    Re: Tractors in the suburbs vs acreage

    We've been having our fair share of -15 to -25 the last couple of weeks. This time of year, the tractor is a bear to start, but it's just relegated to snow removal and hauling firewood on the warmer...
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    Re: Tractors in the suburbs vs acreage

    I'm a fairly new acreage owner. We live on my wife's family homestead, or at least the 120 acres that are left. We rent out roughly 60 acres to a local commercial farmer, leave about 40 acres of...
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    Re: Puncturing tires after bush hogging

    This is exactly why I never sharpen my blades. The dull, rounded, nasty looking edges leave relatively soft, paintbrush-like tops on the stubs, which I'd imagine this also helps the offending...
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    Re: My heater and LEDs

    What kind of heater is it? I'd like to add one to my cab someday.
  48. Re: 7 Million Keurig Mini Plus Recalled Due to Burn Hazard!

    Same here! We roast our beans twice a week for maximum freshness, grind daily, and use cheap, Mr. Coffee brewers. I'd rather put my money into the beans, rather than a more expensive way to make...
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    Re: Appreciative of the forum

    Welcome from the frozen wastes of northern Minnesota!
  50. Re: Things to do with old tractor tires or whatever.

    Even if it's not your particular cup of tea, you've got to admit, he's got lots of talent and skill. I'm impressed!

    Joe
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    Re: Diesel prices in your area?

    Filled up today. Road winter blend is $3.79. I also use it in the tractors during the winter, as I've seen what -30 or worse does to the red stuff. :cold:

    Joe
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    Re: Hello from Canada

    Greetings from Minnesota!
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    Re: TV "remodeler" shows

    I pretty much loathe and despise all remodel shows, starting waaay back with Bob "You can do anything I can with a crew of highly trained craftsmen, custom fabrication shops, and a Disney Budget"...
  54. Re: cab tractor hands down I did not even get wet !!!!! wet slushy crap northeast!!!!

    I guess I'll be the odd man out. My tractor is a convertible. Open air in the spring, summer and fall, cab in the winter. Of course, the cab doesn't have heat, but it does keep me dry and out of...
  55. Re: Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    At least the pesky electrical connections are safely coiled back on the trailer so they don't get tangled up in the hitch. Who needs lights or breaks? :rolleyes:

    Joe
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    Re: I finally got it! M7060 with pic

    That's a beast of a machine! Color me jealous! :cool: Post more pics when you get 'er dirty.

    Joe
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    Oil & Fuel Re: water in diesel fuel - M5400DT

    None of my tractors are stored inside, so I'm no stranger to water in the fuel. Bad caps and condensation can be tricky to pin down. Meanwhile, drain what you can, bleed your lines until you think...
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    Re: Thumb grapple install need help

    I'm not going to address the hydraulics issue, as that's not one of my strong points. The height of your thumb, OTOH, looks pretty good. I like the tip of the thumb to meet the cutting edge of my...
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    From NFL to farming.

    Feel good story of the week. Ex-NFL great leaves his career behind to take up farming for the needy. This man has a heart of gold.

    Why a star football player traded NFL career for a tractor -...
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    Re: What should I plant?

    Yikes! Agreed that the renter needs to leave. There are good renters out there, but this guy doesn't sound like one. Our renter has been fantastic! He's graded ditches, maintained the culverts,...
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    Re: Educate me on electric fencing

    The typical mistake most people make with fencing is too little of a charger. Most solar chargers just can't deliver like 120v. My main pasture is high tensile wire with a Patriot P20. Really...
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    Snow Attachments Re: Snowblowers vs PTO HP

    Just calls 'em as I sees 'em! :D
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    Snow Attachments Re: Snowblowers vs PTO HP

    AMEN! I also have to push down on the clutch in the deep, heavy stuff in 1R (out of 4). 98% of the time. it's just fine, and it operates in places I'd never dream of taking a larger tractor.

    Joe
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    Snow Attachments Re: Snowblowers vs PTO HP

    60" blower with 19-20-ish hp on my 1510. Seems silly to have a snow blower narrower than the tractor. :cool:

    Joe
  65. Rear Blade Re: Broken box blade - worth fixing? and if not what to get?

    You guys have it all wrong. The box blade is just fine... the tractor's too big! Ship that 574 bad boy up to northern Minnesota and get yourself a nice, safe, compact. It'l be much easier on your...
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    Re: Old tractors

    My newest tractor is an '85 Ford 1510. It may not technically be "old iron", but it's still kind of reminiscent to the older stuff, compared to what's being sold now. It's my modern "Swiss Army...
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    Re: Wolfsnout atv dust mask

    Great product! I bought three sets for the family. I've used mine when cleaning out the goat shed and mowing the firebreak. Much easier to breathe. I got it too late for haying season, but next...
  68. Thread: Deer fight

    by Marveltone
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    Re: Deer fight

    Great captures!

    Joe
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    Re: Is a sickle mower appropriate for....

    With good sharp guards and serrated teeth, some woody plants like blackberries and small saplings up to maybe 1/2" diameter shouldn't pose too much of a problem. My hay field has the occasional...
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    Re: Dusty nose question?

    I got Wolfsnouts for my wife, my daughter, and myself about a month ago. So far, the product has done exactly as advertised. Tractor work in dusty conditions is much more enjoyable, and it even...
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    Welcome from the extreme north end of the state....

    Welcome from the extreme north end of the state.

    Joe

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  72. Re: Fordson Major transmission bearing replacement. (Lots of pics!)

    More progress! Now that we have the bearings, we can start assembling. The races are installed with a bearing installer and the gaskets are cut and punched.
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    Next, we install...
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    Re: Having the correct tool

    Interesting. I may have to look into this. Probably more efficient than a Vise Grip.
    Thanks for the tip!

    Joe
  74. The old Hoffmann R325L V3 bearing is on the left....

    The old Hoffmann R325L V3 bearing is on the left. Not much left, to say the least. The new replacement FAG NU305E.M1.C3 is on the right. We'll carefully clean the galling from the shaft on the...
  75. Re: Fordson Major transmission bearing replacement. (Lots of pics!)

    Lacking a proper bearing puller, we used a Dremel with a cut-off wheel to remove the old bearing races.
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    I was then able to cross reference the numbers stamped on the races, as well...
  76. Re: Fordson Major transmission bearing replacement. (Lots of pics!)

    We quickly discovered it wouldn't budge. Someone had previously worked on the transmission and put it back together using blue RTV silicone instead of a gasket. The piece sits so deep we can't get...
  77. Fordson Major transmission bearing replacement. (Lots of pics!)

    With haying all done and the loaner tractor returned, it's time to tear into the Fordson and replace the failed lower shaft bearing. I have never split a tractor before and neither has my dad, but...
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    Re: Bought my first 8n

    I've always thought the N series were some of the most iconic utility tractors to ever come out of Highland Park. Look forward to your progress.

    Joe
  79. Thread: I liked it

    by Marveltone
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    Re: I liked it

    Colorful and fun!

    Joe
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    Re: Theft hits home.

    UPDATE!

    Today, we were transferring goats to a newly enclosed pasture. The old one has been pretty much browsed over and drying up due to lack of rain. The new one is on lower, damper ground...
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    Re: Theft hits home.

    At least we're protected from Manitoba!
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    Re: Theft hits home.

    Just flagged down a Border Patrol vehicle to inform the officer of the theft. He wrote down my name and phone number and said he'd spread the word. Up here, the Border Patrol is the only regular...
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    Oh, trust me, if I catch whoever it is, it will...

    Oh, trust me, if I catch whoever it is, it will take all I have to NOT bag & tag the vermin. I just finished stringing a cable and padlock across the entrance. If I get the chance, I'm going to buy...
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    Theft hits home.

    Aaarrrrgh! I've been borrowing a tractor from my uncle to finish haying (long story) while I gather parts and equipment to fix mine. He lent me his Allis Chalmers D14, which had a quick hitch...
  85. I use zip-strips and bungees... But then again,...

    I use zip-strips and bungees... But then again, I'm cheap!

    Joe

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    Re: Dusty nose question?

    Just ordered three Wolfsnouts for me and my family. I'll give my report once they've arrived.

    Joe
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    Re: Low Acreage Haying

    I fall in the crazy hobbyist category. This year I put up 230 square bales, which is way more than I'll need for my goats. Most of it's what we call wild hay; grass, clover and weeds. The goats...
  88. Codename: Firebrand. Sent from my XT907 using...

    Codename: Firebrand.

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    Evening mowing. 385277 Sent from my XT907...

    Evening mowing.


    385277

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    No funding by any agency. This is just a hobby...

    No funding by any agency. This is just a hobby and educational experience. I'm currently just working with a two acre plot, as it's small enough to fail without hurting too much. I have an...
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    I wonder how that would work for plowing? Sent...

    I wonder how that would work for plowing?

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    Re: Duals... Opinions?

    No can do. The previous owner put the wheel weights on the inside of the wheels. They are way too heavy for me to budge... way past the capacity for my loader. I'd have to drain the fluid first.
    ...
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    I will have to check the disc a bit closer. My...

    I will have to check the disc a bit closer. My rear tires are 16.9-30 bias, filled with calcium chloride and inflated to 7psi.

    Joe

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    That's last year's photo after a test run right...

    That's last year's photo after a test run right after a rain shower, but shows part of the problem. Most of the field I'm fighting with is just fine. One end is heavy, rich and moist, the other end...
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    Re: Duals... Opinions?

    Ryan, no offense taken at all. I'm not worried so much with this year's crops, as it's too late to plant anything by now. I'm just knocking down weeds at this point. I am more concerned with...
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    Re: Duals... Opinions?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnQD-2FRFkg
    Now this looks promising. The question is where to get them stateside?

    Joe
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    Re: Duals... Opinions?

    Any idea what a good, slightly smaller companion size to my current 16.9-30 set-up would be?

    Joe
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    Re: Duals... Opinions?

    They're R1. Pretty beefy too!384296
    R3 are next to useless in high-traction applications. They'd never lock up good enough to pull a 12' disc through less than ideal conditions. Add any moisture...
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    Re: First pair of bibs!

    I feel extremely fortunate that my 17 year-old daughter loves shopping in the thrift store. She loves walking out proclaiming that she got two "new" outfits for under $2.00!

    Joe
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    Duals... Opinions?

    Okay, here's the deal...

    My Fordson Major Diesel is my main (biggest) tractor for ground engaging work, such as plowing, discing, planting, etc... and as such, it's ballasted accordingly with...
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