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    Cooking Mice

    I had a similar experience with mice and the side-exit exhaust of my old JD 110 lawn mower. It had been in a shed at my parents' house for many years before I got it. They had put mouse poison in the shed, and at some point the mice collected the poison and rolled it into balls about the size of...
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    Baling wire options for farm use

    Galvanized electric fence wire is going to be the closest thing out there to baling wire. A 1/4 mile roll of the stuff lasts a long time if you are not putting it up for electric fencing. I use it for the tension wires on fence braces and corners so I always have some around. I do make small...
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    Disking up an old field

    Discing up a grassy/weedy field to broadcast-seed a grass pasture doesn't have to be very aggressive or deep. You basically just need to scratch up the surface a little to expose some soil, you do not need to bury residue like you would if you were planting row crops. If you get an inch or so...
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    Can all tractors flip over easy?

    The Ford 8N was largely designed around pulling a 2-14 plow, and a lot of them did just that back in the day. Plowing is why the 3 point hitch was originally designed, before that, if a plow hit a stump or a tough patch of soil, the front wheels were coming off the ground. The first tractor...
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    To upgrade or not

    If the 8N works for what you are using it for, keep it. If not, get a different one. My guess is it won't be too happy running a 6' rotary cutter unless you are just knocking down some weeds, a 5'er was a better size for that 8N. You have very little money in the 8N, it is easy to work on, and...
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    What Does Horsepower Really Mean

    I have no idea if Mahindra will sell tractors in Nebraska or not. I live hundreds of miles from Nebraska and the few people I know that live up there no longer farm, so I have no clue what the locals there think of Mahindra tractors. I can see Mahindra has not tested any of their tractors in...
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    radial tires and liquid ballast

    That was true back in the days when calcium chloride in water was what tires were filled with. Most of what is used today is methanol and water and a tube is generally only used if the tire requires one. I have seen a bunch of moderate and slow leaks, thorns will certainly do that.
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    SICKLE MOWER VS FLAIL

    A rotary boom mower would be ideal, and there are some that are 3 point mount so they are easy to remove. I don't know if a Kubota L3800 would be heavy enough to handle one. A sickle will cut some twiggy stuff but it is really made for cutting hay. Same with a disc mower, although if you break a...
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    Mowing anthills

    Lead spray works well. I got the couple of them that got into a little dirt-floor shed I had a few years ago using that method. Yeah, people would occasionally do that to the town fountain when I was growing up too. That was all fun and games until once the soap broke the fountain's pump...
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    What Does Horsepower Really Mean

    The University of Nebraska's tests are very useful but only performed on some tractors, and generally not the ones most people here are looking at. The University of Nebraska currently only does its full set of tests on tractors of over 100 PTO HP that are to be sold in Nebraska, per state law...
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    Tractor Sizing Tractor for small hobby farm

    Almost all of the compacts today are MFWD with non-adjustable axles, the Kubotas you mentioned are the few exceptions that are still available in 2WD. Usually you have to get a full-sized utility tractor for 2WD to be an option. Any adjustment in an MFWD front wheel spacing is due to being able...
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    Tractor Sizing Tractor for small hobby farm

    If you want to make hay someday, you will want a noticeably larger tractor than any of the ones you listed. However, unless you get some very used/abused and inexpensive old hay equipment and fix it up, you will spend a fortune on equipment to hay only 7 acres. A small square baler doesn't take...
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    Big Bud Tractors Resurrected

    Tractor engines generally don't exceed 2/3 HP per cubic inch (40 HP/L) at the present time, and it is generally only the highest-tuned four-valve engines with something more complicated than a single fixed-vane mechanically-wastegated turbocharger and a single aftercooler. An engine with a...
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    Please educate me about ultra low sulfur diesel

    The sulfur in diesel fuel did give some lubrication to the fuel system. However, there are lubricity tests in the ASTM D975 diesel fuel standard and the fuel companies simply add lubricity additives if needed to their ULSD so it passes the standard. As far as I am aware, the lubricity standards...
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    6' Tiller

    The only rototillers that can go to 8" or deeper are the largest and heaviest ones made, which weigh around a ton, are 8-10' wide, and usually cost in excess of $10,000 new. They are very uncommon to find used. A 6' King Kutter or similar rototillers that only cost a few grand new only till...
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    Haying changes next year ?

    I take it that you are spreading manure then? I used to see a lot of people spreading manure as a kid, and my family certainly did too, but that was when many people still had both livestock (beef cattle, dairy cattle, and hogs, sometimes chickens) and crops. The people back in the day were...
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    Haying changes next year ?

    Everybody else must be doing that too, as both of the local places that do liming are booked out until forever from now due to not having enough lime trucks to get through the backlog of customers.
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    Haying changes next year ?

    Some of the local equipment dealers are dealers for Bale Bandit and Bale Baron but I've never seen one of those bale banders actually being used or seen anybody hauling or selling banded small squares around here. There is a Krone dealer locally but the only Krone baler I've ever seen there was...
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    I see Deere is following the others with a DOC

    No, it is a Deere engine, the 3029. They just changed from no EGR and a combination DOC/DPF to EGR and a DPF-less DOC for MY2023. Deere did actually use a few of the 3.4 FPT engines in the 5G specialty tractors, but those were the only FPT-engined Deeres out there. As far as I can tell, Deere...
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    Haying changes next year ?

    Yes, the 1022 is the single-axle version. That size was selected as it will pick up exactly two swaths from a 10'-10 1/2' cutter which is what we use. The fields are somewhat bumpy, generally I can't go faster than about 5-6 MPH when cutting. This rake seems pretty solid, we've had it about 10...
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    Haying changes next year ?

    Yes, changing the windrow width on that rake does change the raking width. There is a pair of hydraulic cylinders just behind the lift arm that changes the wing angle to narrow or widen the windrow, and they move the other end of the wing in the opposite direction due to how the wings pivot on...
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    baler recommendations

    It won't be easy to get usable hay equipment with a budget of $15k for a round baler, cutter, and rake. A 4x5 or 4x6 round baler that's not broken or completely worn out generally starts at $15k around here, although you might get one for closer to $10k if it's a twine only model as nearly...
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    From tubed to tubeless tires?

    It depends on the rim. There are some differences between tube-type and tubeless rims, but mostly if the rim isn't airtight (generally due to how the rim was welded together), you must run a tube. If the rim is airtight, you would need to put in the correct size of valve stem and then you could...
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    45-60 hp attachments

    There are multiple types of cultivators but I suspect you are probably talking about a row crop cultivator if you mention also needing a planter. These are bought by number of rows they cover and the spacing between the rows (e.g. a four-row planter with 30" row spacing) rather than overall...
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    Compact Hay Equipment

    The person on top of the hay in the back of the truck looks to be about 80 years old and thin enough a stiff breeze would blow them away.
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    Compact Hay Equipment

    I'd offer her wages of a pair of boots for a day of work. In all seriousness, it does show that it is still actually possible to do things the way people did in the old days. It also shows how much work they did and how much they got done as well.
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    Compact Hay Equipment

    I was discussing just the baling process and maintaining a round vs square baler, as the person I replied to was making small round bales that have to be handled manually and stored in a hay barn. Thus, the advantages of handling and storing large rounds vs. small squares do not apply and the...
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    Mowing Max Bush Hog for Deere 3033r

    It depends on what you are cutting and how fast you want to go. Generally a 5' cutter is recommended for that size of tractor but you could use a light duty 6' unit if you are cutting grassy weeds that are not several feet tall. Do not get anything other than a light duty 6' cutter as it will be...
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    Compact Hay Equipment

    Rakes and sickle mowers take pretty much no power or tractor weight to run. About the only issue you might run into is the really small tractors don't have much ground clearance and they might not do very well wading through uncut hay when cutting, or going over the cut swath when raking. The...
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    How can I hook this up to my tractor

    Longer-shank balls are pretty easy to find if you have a trailer supply place nearby. I got mine at one. Here's a ball for you, its shank would easily go through a 2" drawbar and has a 24000 pound weight rating. I think the guy above was talking about backing into the side of the tongue of a...
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    How can I hook this up to my tractor

    There are a lot of ag implements attached by a 3 point hitch. Around where I am is a big hay and cattle area. There are a lot of 3 point mounted disc mowers used to cut hay around here. I see more of them than there are drawn caddy-mounted mowers, trailed mowers, or mower-conditioners. Many of...
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    Tractor Guard

    I've never seen this in particular but I've seen a lot of broken cab glass. Lots of people break the rear window and right door glass around here as using a 3 point mounted disc mower is the most common way to cut hay. Those will break cab glass if you run the cutterbar too low so you kick up a...
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    Trying to find a good used Tractor

    A little more information would be helpful, such as how much you intend to till and why you are tilling it, what and how much you are mowing, and how large of logs you intend to handle. In general though, running some PTO-driven implement like a rototiller or mower with a tractor like the 3043D...
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    The next guy that claims "green (or orange) paint doubles the price"

    The other knock that I hear a lot about JD's QAs is that you can't find any attachments for them or that if you do, they are a lot more expensive than skid loader attachments. I have not found that to be true at all unless you are talking about JD's earliest QA they used on the 265 loader or...
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    Post puller….

    Nope, I just put on the forks, put the tree trunk between the forks, wrap a log chain around the forks and a few wraps around the tree trunk, and lift up. I do the same thing for fence posts. Fence posts are a lot easier than trees to pull out. The thing I see this tool doing for you is that it...
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    First Time Wheat Cultivation

    There are a few ways to do it. If you no-till, you spray nonselective herbicide on the field to kill it, then use a no-till drill to plant the wheat. You can often rent a no-till drill from many co-ops, ASCS offices, and sometimes the state DNR or University extension. Conventional tillage...
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    Gasoline Tractors are they coming Back ?

    Taxes on fuel in Europe is a lot different than in the U.S. and heavily distort the market. At least where I live, taxes are about the same on diesel vs. gasoline per gallon and are about 10-15% of the total as-purchased fuel price. You can buy (K-1 heating fuel) kerosene over here at the pump...
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    Gasoline Tractors are they coming Back ?

    Heavy-duty and off-road large-displacement gasoline engines went away during the 1970s when fuel prices really went up, and diesel was noticeably less expensive per gallon than gasoline. Those gassers were all old carbureted engines, so noticeably less efficient than a modern EFI engine. There...
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    Gasoline Tractors are they coming Back ?

    The issues I can see revolve around getting the same power out of the same size/weight engine reliably and inexpensively with a gasser as with a modern common-rail turbodiesel. A modern EFI gasoline engine is pretty close to the same efficiency in HP-hr/lb as a current Tier 4 diesel. Gasoline...
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    Looking for tractor FEL with 1500lbs lift, recommendations?

    That dimension is rarely if ever listed but it can be calculated by looking at multiple sources. Manufacturers often list the reach of the loader on the ground, which is the distance from the cutting edge of the standard bucket to the front axle centerline. They also commonly list the wheelbase...
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    The next guy that claims "green (or orange) paint doubles the price"

    There are a lot of CNH and their predecessors' tractors around. CNH tractors are no less expensive than Deeres or Kubotas. I am not aware of anybody that wouldn't consider CNH to be one of the major tractor manufacturers. The makers that have less expensive units rarely offer anything larger...
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    The next guy that claims "green (or orange) paint doubles the price"

    I had to look up TYM as apart from a rare mention on this forum, I had never heard of them. I had never seen one for sale in this region on any dealer lot, any of the big equipment classified websites, or even at farm sales or consigment sales. The company has only been selling tractors in the...
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    6 Lug to 8 Lug Wheel Adaptors

    The 12.25x19.5 rims that a 15-19.5 tire takes come with 8x8" bolt patterns. If you wanted to fit one on a 2WD 4210, you would either need to have a custom wheel made with a 6x6" bolt pattern or have a machine shop make you one. The stock industrial tire size for a 4210 is 14-17.5 on a 10x17.5"...
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    The next guy that claims "green (or orange) paint doubles the price"

    I am curious to see what machines the people who say that there is a "green tax" are comparing a Deere to. The other major equipment manufacturers (CNH and Kubota) have similar to often somewhat higher prices for comparable machines. I'll even throw AGCO in here although they are a poor shadow...
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    Thoughts On Lining Up Bucket to Front End Loader

    The skid loader QA is not easy to see on a tractor, standing up may help so you can look down at it. It is really easy to see on a skid loader though, it's right there in front of you. I've used loader attachments on skid loader QA, Global/Euro, and JDQA. The latter two are much easier to get...
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    How old a tractor would you go if you require a front end loader?

    I would feel comfortable using about any wide front end tractor made in the last 60 years or so as you would have live hydraulics on the tractor and two bucket cylinders rather than a trip bucket on the loader or a single bucket cylinder. At least to me, the real rinky dink-looking loaders were...
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    New Tractor prices, how fast have things escalated?

    A couple years ago I was looking for the same size of tractor for many of the same uses you are- primarily haying, but also cutting field edges and ditches with a cutter, and general miscellaneous utility work. I was also looking for a used machine but anything remotely like what I was looking...
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    Preserving diesel fuel in transfer tank

    The diesel engines in the Massey-Ferguson and Kioti are both mechanically-injected diesel engines and thus should be pretty similar in sensitivity fuel cleanliness. I wouldn't worry about the tank if you had no issues with the Massey-Ferguson. I probably would have recommended draining the tank...
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    Making Fuel from Carbon Dioxide, the perfect answer??

    I have good news for you, we already are turning atmospheric carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels, and this is already being done in nearly every country in the world. Even better, essentially all of the fuels we burn are already were made from atmospheric carbon dioxide! You do realize that...
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    E85 Fuel

    Yep, I've burned thousands of gallons of the stuff. I live in the Midwest and E85 is less expensive than 87 octane gasoline and at the present time, it's $1.00/gallon less than the 87 octane which has 10% ethanol. My truck can technically run on 87 octane regular but isn't happy doing so...
 
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