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    Strike at Deere plants in the US, more supply chain shortage to come

    The strike is because of a labor shortage. The union smells opportunity to raise wages (or to stick it to Deere?) and is going to. Timing and administration is on their side. I wish them poorly, higher prices will just push more offshore purchases. As for Deere, after record commodity prices...
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    Advertised loader lift capacities?

    My previous tractor was a Case 990 with a Case 65 loader. That loader was typically used on bigger tractors and it was WAY to much loader for the 990. It was perfect if you were careful. My M7060 by comparison has a puny loader (LA1154). I tried to unload a partial pallet of 50 each 60# bags...
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    What tires are on your truck?

    On my F150's (last four pickups have been F150's) I had problems through the 90's with Goodyear tires being fine until about 50K then no wet traction at all. One day they were fine, next day they were sliding everywhere. Changed to Michelin LTX A/Ts and have great traction, great handling...
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    My Thoughts On Modern Day Tractors

    If I didn't want a loader, 4wd, or hydrostatic I wouldn't consider any modern tractor. I'd pick up a bargain, maybe have some expenses (tires? fluids? belts/hoses) and buy a 60's or 70's workhorse like the Ford or MF (my previous tractor was a great Case 990 from the late 70's) preferrably with...
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    Alternative to EA 55 Inch Wicked Root Rake Grapple ?

    I have a wonderful Woods/Alitech grapple on a 70HP tractor that I have constantly abused for 7 year and even the paint is still good. But 3 years ago I bought the EA grapple for my 3046R. I've been just as rough on it (given the tractor weight difference) and like it even better. Particularly...
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    My lucky day

    Yeah, grew up at a small sawmill, in the woods bad things happen at speed of gravity or spring speeds, like limbs bent backwards or barber chairs. IF you see it, gravity can almost always be avoided (unless you trip, have a tiny operator station, etc.), springs don't matter if you see them or...
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    PTO connection tip for 3R tractors

    My 3046R has a mid- and rear- PTO with a shift selector for one, the other or both. Also the PTO is either engaged or braked meaning the shaft doesn't turn freely if PTO is engaged or not. This caused me considerable frustration hooking up implements that I couldn't just turn the shaft by...
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    Deere 3r (and maybe others) PTO valve

    One my 3046R the PTO stopped working. It is activated by a switch, passing several interlocks, to a solenoid hydraulic valve, to a hydraulically actuated clutch, through some gears, to the rear- and mid- PTO shafts. I verified it was powering the solenoid so the next step was the solenoid...
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    Vibrator for pulling out bush honeysuckle?

    I'm covered up in bush honeysuckle, especially along the creeks, roads, and edges of fields. It dominates the understory and doesn't let new trees grow through it. I've sprayed, cut, pulled by hand, even bought a Fransgard V5000 logging winch to pull them out. But everything is a lot of work...
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    How to pull all four tires from John Deere 3R tractor

    I was going to take all four tires off to have them loaded. The wheel covers the axle almost to the differential. The only good place to jack in the back is in the middle under the drawbar mount. But bottom of the differential is a thin casting and semi-flat with nowhere to put a jackstand...
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    Upgrade (or downgrade?) to 3046R

    I grew up around a small sawmill in the south. We skidded with horses, then a 3200# 28HP John Deere 420, then a MF65. Dad had a G John Deere. Worked for a farmer with a Ford 841 Powermaster and a MF1085. Then life and kids and work happened for 35 years and I bought 40 acres and a '70s Case...
 
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