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Contact Dave Rotigel, never saw him on the forums but he posts occasionaly on the tractor mailing list

ATIS General Tractor Discussion / Roll Call
« on: January 14, 2011, 08:47:21 PM »
You're getting emails from the lists?
Quote from: Gene Dotson;1407
I'm here. The email list is back online. I check most days.


ATIS General Tractor Discussion / Roll Call
« on: January 13, 2011, 11:39:17 PM »
Curious as to how many folks from the mailing list have been checking the forum for activity since the server crashed. How about it gang, sign in (or sign up if need be) and reply to this post so we can see who is here.

ATIS General Tractor Discussion / 1948 Empire tractor
« on: December 01, 2010, 09:21:30 PM »
Those are some pretty neat tractors. A friend of mine once owned one. Speaking of Willys Jeeps, those are some pretty interesting machines to use for farmwork. I had an uncle that worked on a farm that used one to pull a hammermill and for some fieldwork. I once got to see one plowing at a tractor show.

John Deere / JD 40 Crawler
« on: October 22, 2010, 11:31:36 PM »
For a "winter" project you can take the left over parts adn build another one! Are you going to put a blade on it?

'round the pot-bellied stove / Hillside Harvesters
« on: September 09, 2010, 08:11:55 PM »
You must have never choked that combine down with a 6 cylinder. Ours has a 4 cylinder John Deere power unit and it does pretty good on power. I always enjoyed using ours when cutting wheat. Soybeans were a different story.

'round the pot-bellied stove / Hillside Harvesters
« on: September 06, 2010, 07:30:07 AM »
Quote from: DaveErnst;1313
The header came off easily and the machine and header were stored inside a barn. The canvass drapers were taken off and rolled up. I actually pulled a machine like this a JD model 30 hillside machine with a Cat diesel 50 crawler. It took a heavy tractor to hold it when going down a slight down hill. I still have the book for the JD machine.

Was that the same basic combine as a 30 from the 1950's?

'round the pot-bellied stove / Hillside Harvesters
« on: September 06, 2010, 07:28:02 AM »
I can't imagine burning straw in a mobile application. Seems to me it would take an unbelievable amount of straw as opposed to wood or coal. I'm with you on the sparks--very dangerous! I've always heard there was a big danger of fire when pulling a thresher. That would be nothing compared to being out in the middle of a wheat field!

ATIS General Tractor Discussion / Hi speed road gear
« on: September 05, 2010, 07:35:22 AM »
Thats way too fast for me! The fastest tractor we have is a IH 454, it will do about 22. I drove a 674 once that seemed to go even faster. It was set up to straddle 2 rows and the font end had seen better days so needless to say I didn't hold it full speed long!

'round the pot-bellied stove / Hillside Harvesters
« on: September 05, 2010, 07:31:25 AM »
Great pics Dave! Do you have any recollection of the horse drawn machine? I can't imagine trying to move that contraption down the road. I would guess most of them were stored outdoors due to their size and had a very short life-span.

John Deere / The Letter e and Snow
« on: March 07, 2010, 07:30:49 AM »
Yep, "Cabin Fever" has got you.  Only cure is shop time, and lots of it!

Tools, Trades and Engineering / Well equipped shop?
« on: January 31, 2010, 10:35:29 AM »
I wish I had a regular sized Bridgeport instead of the lightweight mill I have. Problem is I don't have room to put it anywhere. A nicer lathe would be great but I manage with what I have. An over-head bridge crane would be nice as well. 10 more feet added to the length of the shop would be most helpful.

'round the pot-bellied stove / 2010
« on: January 13, 2010, 09:35:56 PM »
Quote from: RG8800;1061
Mattias, 3 point hitch was a rarity to find on a tractor up til maybe 20 years ago when the newer models of utility tractors started showing up with it. Up til then the only ones I saw were the little Ford 8 and 9Ns. When my Dad bought the McKee snowblower we looked long and unsuccessfully for a suitable tractor with three point and ended up building one to fit the Cockshutt 40 we already had in the shed. No cab of course but we dress up warm and if its really bad out there, just wait for it to warm up.
The 2010 in the picture did not come with factory 3 point. The owner built his own from various parts and it worked just fine.

Ralph, why is the right rear tire mounted backwards?

IHC / Continental power unit
« on: December 19, 2009, 08:07:15 AM »
The New Holland baler that dad had 50 years ago had a 4 cylinder Wisconsin. I don't now how good of a machine that was, as all the stories I have ever heard about it dealt with problems.
We've got a Deere 30 pull type combine. It has a 4 cylinder JD power unit (HA92?). It uses a rope to engage the clutch. I was running it one day and noticed every time I turned a corner the combine seemed to be slowing down--the rope had gotten hung up in the 3pt hitch and was causing the clutch to slip while I was turning around!
We've also got a 6 cylinder IH power unit off of a silage cutter. It has its own clutch. We bought it to pull a grain dryer with. Basically it is a truck engine. It ran the dryer enough to completely wear out the augers. We replaced them and then ran it several more years. Prior to all that it had worn out the silage cutter it came with.

ATIS General Tractor Discussion / First tractor YOU bought
« on: December 19, 2009, 07:57:09 AM »
At first I was going to post my 26 Faramll Regular, but then I remembered the Cub I bought when I was about 14 or 15. I bought it with intent to fix it up and re-sell it. It came off the farm next door to us. That farms owner left the farm to a non-profit organization when she died. I had to deal with the trust dept. of a bank in order to buy it. I got my sister to write a letter to submit my offer. It seemed to take a couple months for them to get around to accepting my offer---the selling of that tractor was pretty much small potatoes to them. Finally they made me a counter-offer which I took. The tractor hadn't been used in over 20 years so I had to take one of the 4020's and clear a path back to the garage it was kept under. Me and dad worked on it for a few months and then sold it. Pretty much it only needed a set of rings, painting, and one rear rim. With dad volunteering his labor, I made enough to pay my tuitition at tech school. Somewhere I have a couple photos of it, and I think I even saved all my bills--it would be intereting to see how much the parts have gone up in 25 years.

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