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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    Fillmore California
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    Truck & Trailer ideas to tow 14,000 and be under 26,000 pounds

    But, again, farmers fall under different rules unless hauling for hire. Here is an example from Colorado. The same for Texas and most states.
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    Truck & Trailer ideas to tow 14,000 and be under 26,000 pounds

    Rules for farmers are different than rules for commercial haulers.
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    Truck & Trailer ideas to tow 14,000 and be under 26,000 pounds

    All true. My point was to address Eddie’s concern about loading his machines on a deck over trailer. Each machine has its own unique properties. In the oil patch, we loaded and unloaded backhoes often, sometimes several times a day. Confidence grows with experience.
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    Truck & Trailer ideas to tow 14,000 and be under 26,000 pounds

    I know you’re talking about a backhoe, but this is my Oliver, which compares in size, but not weight. The deck on the trailer is 102” and the rear tires on the tractor are set at 96”. As far as loading, it’s not bad at all - just get lined up square and use lowest gear. Same unloading - low...
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    Novice wants a MIG, advise ?

    If I didn’t already have: Lincoln 225 stick Lincoln 140 MIG Lincoln 256 MIG Lincoln Squarewave 200, I’d give this a serious look. The first link is to Lincoln Electric and the second is an overview on YouTube. POWER MIG® 211i MIG Welder
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    New (used) IH 7500 Dump Truck purchase, modification & fix up

    The red knob is connected to the valve, which is not present. That valve is actually the trailer air supply, which charges the reserve tank on the trailer. It is clearly marked “not for parking” and the trailer brakes will only stay applied if they are spring brakes.
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    New (used) IH 7500 Dump Truck purchase, modification & fix up

    When trucks are made, they are manufactured as a “truck” or as a “tractor” and yours appears to have been manufactured as a truck, not a tractor. Meaning, there is no provision for trailer brakes. The trolly handle gives you hand control of your truck’s brakes. When I worked in the oil patch, it...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    There’s a difference between a family farm and a commercial farming business. Different rules and laws for each. Tank endorsement for non-hazardous is not required until total volume exceeds 1,000 gallons. I agree it should be secured, no matter the size.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    In Missouri, no special license is required for farm operation as long as the truck is owned by the farm, hauling their grain, and operating within a 150 mile radius of home. I do possess a CDL, but have an exemption on my DOT physical because I have a farm address, which means I can drive for a...
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    GOAT (Greatest of All-Time) John Deere Tractor?

    I keep my 4440 in the machine shed. It’s in pristine shape for its age. I can’t count the number of times someone has said, “If you ever decide to sell it…” Same with my 2000 Dodge CTD. Pristine shape, many offers “if I ever decide to sell it.”
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    Why no Ecoboost in the F250?

    GM 5.7L and 6.2L were boat anchors. 6.5 L not much better.
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    Why no Ecoboost in the F250?

    And no reason to pull the head unless exhibiting symptoms of a problem.
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    Why no Ecoboost in the F250?

    Clessie was still alive and kicking then, but no longer affiliated with Cummins Engine Company.
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    Need opinions 2016 Chevrolet 2500HD

    Yes, the back of the seat folds up, just like our F-150 and my 2000 Dodge CTD. What I was referring to was the console with the shifter in it that is not movable. I prefer his setup.
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    Need opinions 2016 Chevrolet 2500HD

    Nice front seat! I’m personally not a fan of consoles with the shift lever in a pickup. Plus, you never know when you’ll need to seat six. But, that’s just me. My kids all love them.
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    2004 Mazda B3000 V6 3.0 should I change water pump after storage at 83,000 miles

    We’ll, shoot! Sorry they didn’t work out for you.
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    2004 Mazda B3000 V6 3.0 should I change water pump after storage at 83,000 miles

    It’s kind of hard to get good pictures, but these clamps were difficult to access. The pliers are offset and reversible so you can get the side you need in the right place and also has a little ratcheting mechanism to help hold the clamp open. Sometimes, it’s still a tussle, but I have been...
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    2004 Mazda B3000 V6 3.0 should I change water pump after storage at 83,000 miles

    Yes. I’ll take a couple of pictures in a bit.
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    2004 Mazda B3000 V6 3.0 should I change water pump after storage at 83,000 miles

    I have and use these: Lisle LC17100 Flat Band Hose Clamp Pliers
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    Need help with purchase of weight distribution hitch

    Nick, When harvest starts, I’ll get some pictures for you. When the header is placed on the trailer, it puts almost all of the weight directly over the axles. There are sliding brackets that allow for some adjustment. Some weight does get transferred to the dolly, but no hitch weight is added...
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    Burned Up Trailer Wiring

    Replacement smoke is getting harder to come by…
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    Will this hold or crack over time? Do more passes?

    When I bought my 256 about six years ago, I needed something bigger than my Lincoln 140 to use in the shop. I still have my Lincoln tombstone that I bought 50 years ago and use it for certain jobs, but wanted something that I could use on new material and not have as much cleanup as a stick...
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    Will this hold or crack over time? Do more passes?

    The machines commercial manufacturers use are much more capable than the machines in most home workshops. I doubt you’ll find too many MIG machines rated more than 180-200 amps in home shops. I have a Lincoln PowerMig 256 that is 300 amp and capable of welding 1/2” in one pass, provided you use...
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    Will this hold or crack over time? Do more passes?

    Post 23 addresses doing a root weld with 6010 and a cap with 7018. Any time using thicker stock, say 1/4”+, it’s important to bevel. 6010 will “punch in” for deep penetration and 7018 cap fills and gives a nice appearance. What amperage are you using? For 1/8” rod, 125 amps is a good starting...
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    new ranger review?

    My wife fell in love with the Bronco Sport and ordered one in January of 2021. It took until May to get it because of a couple of supply issues. She has almost 30,000 miles on it with no issues. Delivers over 30 MPG. I looked at one of the full-size Broncos, but she wanted the Sport. She’s five...
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    new ranger review?

    Are you talking about the full size Bronco or the Bronco Sport?
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    But there is not a clear line of sight in the direction the train came from. As I said, the pictures don’t give a true representation of the crossing. There is a pretty good climb coming up to the tracks. You don’t get a good look down the tracks until you were right at them. This is the main...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I’ll bet when the lawyers get done, the crossing will be fixed. My son said the next crossing after that is worse. He said they can run 70 MPH with a stack train through there. Amtrak can run 90 MPH.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I went over to the site of the Amtrak wreck and looked it over. Pictures don’t reflect the grade very well - it’s steeper than it looks. The road comes in at an angle and turns abruptly and has a steep approach. Not good for a loaded truck, as you climb all the way to the tracks and it would be...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Nick, A lot of it depends on who is using it - private farmer or custom/for hire, and the state in which they operate. We retired to Missouri to my wife's family farm and I work part time for some farmers. They have two combines and a corn head and draper head for each. They farm a little over...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    That is the scene. I assume it’s similar to this
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    My son sent this to me. I don’t know who he got it from.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    My son said Amtrak runs 90 MPH through there.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    My son made the run from Galesburg to KC today. He said that crossing is elevated about twenty feet and visibly is pretty bad, both from the road and the rails.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    This is about fifteen miles from our farm. Very sad event. That crossing was slated for upgrade, but it hadn’t happened, yet. My son is a BNSF engineer and runs KC to Galesburg. It’s the main line from KC to Chicago. One track is open.
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    I got these pics from the Missouri Highway Patrol Facebook page. It is not where I thought.
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    Well, it doesn’t show it very well in the picture, but it is a very blind crossing and then it straightens out. There are a lot of trees just before the crossing, unless I have my wires crossed. But, from what my son told me, I think I know exactly where it is. And yes, that is the main line...
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    This is the only picture I have. It looks like the truck driver and two from the train died. Someone had posted a video of the crossing a couple of weeks ago, showing how hard it was to see trains and saying crossing arms were needed. That’s about all I know right now. Still not home and service...
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    I don’t have good service right now. I have a picture, but can’t get it to post. My son is a BNSF engineer and runs that line.
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    Tragedy in Missouri. Amtrak train collision with gravel truck. Several fatalities and many hurt. All seven cars laid over. This is just a few miles from my farm. It’s the main line from KC to Chicago.
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    Trailer surge brake bleeding

    When moisture laden brake fluid is put under pressure (brakes applied), the water turns to steam, which can be compressed, leading to brake fade.
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    Trailer surge brake bleeding

    Yes. Flushing is a complete change.
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    Trailer surge brake bleeding

    I flush the brakes on my vehicles every five years. Brake fluid tends to attract moisture.
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    Trailer Purchasing Advise

    Just agree to disagree, already… Sheesh!
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    Trailer Purchasing Advise

    Looks like this horse has been beaten to death...
 
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