Dang, it's miserable out. Just finished going over the GMC 2 ton. Oils topped up, all grease points greased, ready to go. And I got the crack in the hoist cylinder welded up this morning, and is holding fine. I put the pressure to it for several seconds, several times, and no leaks. This time I lifted it half way, blocked the bed, then took off the lift pressure line, and finished lifting it full height with the Cat payloader. Re-blocked, plus left the Cat's bucket under for extra safety. Lifting it with the line off dropped the oil level way below the weld area. After grinding off the railed weld, I took my torch & heated the area well to cook any oil from the crack, then cleaned with strong cleaner. All the old weld held except the end of the weld, where built up pressure from welding blew a tiny hole in the molten metal. It held a couple days till the slag blew out. With pressure line off, I feel like this weld will hold.
Sprayed all the young calves for flies too.
It's so hot out, I might wait till morning to clean up the Massey. Heat index well over 100, and sweat is driving me insane.
2 more calves born last night. Josh & Case got them in. One of our milking cow's 2 water tanks is out of order, so I think I'll go fix it in a few. Right now that's more important than cleaning a tractor anyway.