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#2776 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted April 11, 2014 - 06:07 PM

Did you get a chance to clean up the Buzzard droppings left in the yard?

 

I just turned my pygmy goats loose....they cleaned it all up!   :smilewink:


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Posted April 11, 2014 - 08:30 PM

I just turned my pygmy goats loose....they cleaned it all up!   :smilewink:

That's funny right there lol.


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 03:04 PM

Kind of a nutty day.  During morning milking, I see the front holding pen gate chain was off & gate open just a bit.  I had only milked one group of 12, so went & counted....14, so had 2 escapees.  Got them in.  Later, went to let a group into the parlor & found #273 flopped down in the poo.  Found out why when she went into the parlor....she took to riding a cow INSIDE the parlor!  Yep, she's in heat! Then a couple groups later, either something startled her (#267) or her bad foot did something, as she hit the deck.  Luckily she had already finished milking, so I got the last milker off that group, and opened the gate.  She got up easily.   Then I took the MF1100 with the 10' Woods bush hog to mow down the last of the corn stalks up at Josh's house.  3 hours later & done.  I hear grandson Case hollering, so pull up there to see him.  He got to playing on our bed today & hit his head on the headboard, got himself a big old knot & a little cut.  So he wanted his Daddy, so Teresa called Josh & he took him home.  He's fine, but if he had a dollar for every time he hit his head, he'd be a rich little boy!  THEN, while we're talking at Josh's, I turn around to see #293 slam on her brakes as she came around Josh's shed & seen me.  COWS OUT!  Luckily only 8, and extremely lucky I happened to be there.  They took off back from where they came, as they knew the gig was up when they saw me.  Drove the MF1100 down behind them , then parked it & finished walking them in the woods back through the down fence.  Tree limb took it down.  Josh & Case had the 4 wheeler in the cow pasture by then & got the cows into the barn area.  I'll patch the fence in the morning after milking.

  Just gotta check the water in the MF285's radiator, top it off if needed, feed silage, then my day is done.  A kinda wild day, but nothing too unusual as things go on a dairy.  At least everything is now under control....I hope!  All in all, not a bad day, just hectic, and did get some things done.


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 04:08 PM

Well, day ended with yet another problem.  The MF285 has yet AGAIN blown a head gasket.   :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:   Filled her up with antifreeze blend, and as soon as I started her BIG bubbles, forcing water out the radiator neck.  I fed silage with it, but likely half the water gone.  Parked it by the parlor so I can fill it with plain water in the morning to feed, then she comes off the wagon & the MF1100 goes onto it for now.  The last head gasket has only lasted about 14 months, and we did everything by shop tech's recommendations.  Head was surfaced, deck checked flat as could be.  I am about ready to get rid of this dang tractor!  It has the same engine as the MF Super 90, and it too has blown many gaskets over the years.  Bad design, as cylinders are way too close for the compression of a diesel.  Maybe 3/8"+  between cylinders.  It would have been nice for it to have lasted till after planting time.  The MF1100 is my planter tractor.  I may have to use the MF1130.  It too has issues, but nothing like a blown gasket.


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 04:19 PM

Sorry to hear you lost the 285 again, I agree it's time to find another loader/feed tractor.


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 04:53 PM

Right now I just can't afford to buy another tractor unless I come across a great deal.  This one will have to be repaired no matter if we keep or sell it, so in the shop it will go soon.  I am going to look around for another tractor though, but NOT one with a Perkins 318!


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 05:58 PM

Put a Chevy 350 in it. She will run forever.


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 06:03 PM

So the cows saw the warden and decided to end their breakout? Sorry about the head gasket issues! Just weld that head on there!


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 06:05 PM

Sorry to hear that Dan.

That sure isn't a very long run, 14 mths.

Is there maybe better quality gaskets out there?



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Posted April 16, 2014 - 06:23 PM

Sorry to hear that Dan.

That sure isn't a very long run, 14 mths.

Is there maybe better quality gaskets out there?

 

Gonna find out ALL that I can before getting into it again.  I got my gasket from my Massey dealer, but it was aftermarket.  I have found out Massey is supposed to have upgraded the gasket, so this time I want OEM for sure.  I am also going to be scouting for another tractor.


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 06:37 PM

Good luck!


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 07:07 PM

Good luck!

 

I'm gonna need it.  Already enough on my plate without another tractor down.  It's always something though, so just part of doing business.



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Posted April 16, 2014 - 09:57 PM

I'm not a gasket expert, but would it be possible for you to get a gasket made entirely out of a soft metal like copper?  



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Posted April 17, 2014 - 05:38 AM

Sorry to hear your doing the head gasket again . Would O-ringing the head be an option a machine shop could do on this head ? I heard they do that to some of the  diesels  when up the  boost and HP

 

 (Howard's post made me think of that )


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Posted April 17, 2014 - 07:47 AM

May go tomorrow to look at a Massey 393.  It's at a dealer, but spoke to the former owner.  He said it was a great tractor, he just decided after this winter he needed a cab tractor.  Can't blame him there!  


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