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Posted August 26, 2014 - 05:28 PM

That lift should do you well. Boy the 8000 sounds like it would have been a great truck for the farm, but I understand it not being in the budget.


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Posted August 26, 2014 - 05:32 PM

That lift should do you well. Boy the 8000 sounds like it would have been a great truck for the farm, but I understand it not being in the budget.

 

I didn't even look, but I doubt the truck had AC.  If it did, and worked, I'd go get it tomorrow!   I went back out & got a hole drilled through each side to mount the base to the frame.  Once I get the old brackets cut off, I'll drill a couple holes up there & mount everything up for a test lift to check bed angles. I figure to take most of tomorrow to get this done right.  


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Posted August 26, 2014 - 07:23 PM

Reading your stories is bitter sweet, Daniel... Hate to have equipment break down for you, but I sure enjoy hearing how you fix things. You're a man of many talents!
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Posted August 27, 2014 - 10:44 AM

Got all the offending metal parts cut off, then ground smooth.  Bad hoses off so we can get some made after lunch.  I need to trim just a little more metal from the bed rails for proper fit to the upper lift mounts.  Then once I get the new hoses installed, I can lower the bed to mount the upper lift mounts to the bed rails.  Gonna take all day, and maybe tomorrow morning to complete.

  Humidity level is making this job 3 times harder than it normally would feel like.


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Posted August 27, 2014 - 05:26 PM

Well, I didn't finish today, as I figured, as most of the grease fittings were plugged and had to replace some, which meant drilling & tapping, as it had the drive-in style.   I also got the new hoses on, and man have they gone sky high due to the cost of the fittings.  I had 4 hoses not even a foot long, and one 6' long.....$190!!  Just the four 90* fittings were $80+ alone.

But I did get the bed set down onto the lift in the lowered the lowered position.  Tomorrow I weld another plate to the upper lift plate, then drill a single bolt hole in each through the bed rails, then do a test lift.  I'm hoping where it sits will work, but if not, being it all will only be held in place with 4 bolts, I can slide the unit fore & aft till I find the sweet spot, then drill more holes for bolts, and do some welding at the bed rails.  It's been 13hrs and hot as hades, so I have to call it a day.


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Posted August 27, 2014 - 07:45 PM

I got cooled down, so mowed my yard.  Then I decided to mow around the milk parlor & manure pit, as it's gotten away from me.  A foot high in most places.  Then I looked up & Josh had come down & was weed eating!  I mowed longer than I intended once I seen I had help....it gave me more energy.  Just finished, so finally getting some supper.


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Posted August 27, 2014 - 08:02 PM

Later supper! Glad you got some grass cut.
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Posted August 27, 2014 - 08:19 PM

I'm just now eating too, Daniel! Glad more progress has been made!



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Posted August 27, 2014 - 08:22 PM

I am hoping we get to chop a few loads after lunchtime tomorrow, but we'll just have to wait & see.  Should make that timetable unless some unfortunate surprise comes up.


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Posted August 27, 2014 - 08:49 PM

Finished with hay today, i got rake duty, 8 hours straight, eat on the go, Ryan could haul ass all day with the baler seeing as i set him up good.

 

We are talking about chopping ensilage soon at work, i guess i better pull out the chopper and look/prep it in the coming weeks.

 

What kind/brand is yours Dainel ?


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Posted August 27, 2014 - 08:55 PM

Sounds like another very busy day. Glad to hear Josh came down to give you a hand with mowing around the place.


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Posted August 27, 2014 - 09:11 PM

 We are talking about chopping ensilage soon at work, i guess i better pull out the chopper and look/prep it in the coming weeks.

 

What kind/brand is yours Dainel ?

 

New Holland 790 two row.  Had a lot of problems the first days after we got it.  The PTO driveline ate itself.  Factory rep with a mechanic came to our place & put in a complete new shaft system, as the one that came with it was defective....all out of alignment.  Then we had to reinforce the feed roll bearing brackets, as they broke in pieces due to being too lightly built.  They don't build them nearly as tough as they used to, but when it's chopping, it'll eat some corn!


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Posted August 27, 2014 - 09:28 PM

Sad to hear of the problems, so soon too, NH is about the best we can get right now for attachments, i wish you the best with the chopping.

 

I think ours is the old JD # 38 or little newer, two row head.


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Posted August 27, 2014 - 10:00 PM

Hope the heat and humidity eases off for you soon. It sure makes a person's energy level get used up fast!

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Posted August 28, 2014 - 07:38 AM

Hope the heat and humidity eases off for you soon. It sure makes a person's energy level get used up fast!

 

 

The heat drains me fast, but one just has to do the best you can.  One thing good is I've lost weight with all this hard work.  Several years now I've been over 200lbs, having gotten to 230 which required coming up for air a couple times just to tie my boots!  I also developed diabetes due to that.  But I dropped about 20lbs & my numbers have been good since.  Now I am smack on 200lbs, having lost 8 or so pounds in just the last few weeks.  Not been below 200 for a long long time, and it's a good feeling losing some of my gut.


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