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#5266 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted March 17, 2015 - 05:31 PM

Today I went to town to get stuff for repairing the tractor, and was going to pick up a 1 ton pallet of molasses lick tubs.  They were out of tubs.  

 Nobody in town could expand 3 1/2" pipe to repair my tractor's exhaust tube, so I came home & made one by splitting  3 1/2" pipe, welding in a strip to make it large enough to just slip over the 3 1/2" pipe still on the tractor, then taking 4" pipe, which fits the exhaust stack, peening one end inward till the other piece of pipe slid tight into it, and welded together.  It should last a long time. 

  I have all the gasket surfaces cleaned & ready.  Have to run my water pump to my Massey dealer tomorrow to have them ship to their rebuilder.  I was going to just order a kit, but I was putting a lot of pressure trying to press out the shaft, and it didn't budge.  I don't want to bust this housing, so I'll let pro's do it.  The rebuilder didn't have any housings like mine, that's why I have to ship mine to them, otherwise I'd have just picked up a reman, and turned mine in as a core.

  Dropped alternator off today to get it checked out & any needed repairs.

 

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This afternoon I had problems feeding silage, as the Massey 1100 quit turning over just as it almost fired.  I think it's in the battery cable connections.  I cleaned them best I could without my good terminal cleaning tool (which I've lost track of) but it still wouldn't crank, so put my jump box on it & got the feeding done.  I'll deal with it tomorrow.

 


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Posted March 17, 2015 - 06:04 PM

Sounds like a good repair on the exhaust. Hope it doesn't take too long on the water pump.


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Posted March 18, 2015 - 04:31 PM

Got the water pump to my Massey dealer to send off & be rebuilt.  At TSC I ended up forgetting the sack with my new battery cable for the Massey 1100, but I have the old cable working for now till I can go fetch the stuff I forgot.  Had a battery to take back for exchange, and got oil, so that took my mind off the bag.  Oh well, too much going on inside my head.  Then once I got home, I found the Massey dealer gave me the wrong seal for my 1100 steering.  I'll call tomorrow & have them order the correct one if they don't have it in stock.  Wasn't going to put the seal in just yet anyway.

  Then when I got home, Josh said the Massey 283's 3 point lift quit.  This is my cousin's tractor.  We bought another of his 283's, but hadn't had time to put 3pt lift arms on it yet.  He told us to keep using this one as long as we needed, but he warned us the hydraulics had issues many times over the years when he used it for mowing interstates.  The one without lift arms never used the 3pt or pto, as it had a boom mower on it, plus very low hours.  So we took the lift arms off the faulty 283 & put on the other one, so it's ready for scraping poo now.

  Now I'm whooped.  Nothing wears me out like driving here & there for stuff.  I'd rather be working hard all day at home.


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Posted March 18, 2015 - 04:41 PM

Playing 'go-fer' does that!


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Posted March 18, 2015 - 04:49 PM

I also picked up a new oil pressure cutoff switch today for the MF 1100.  It shuts off the electrics when oil pressure drops after killing the engine.  But the switch went bad a few years ago, so Dad just wired up a key switch.  Bad thing is, when Dad feeds silage in mornings, most of the time he forgets to turn off the key, so I end up with a low battery.  I got the oil switch put in & wires rerouted to it so it automatically cuts the power after pulling the kill lever.  No more low battery! 


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Posted March 18, 2015 - 05:01 PM

Boy, your just a busy guy today!


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Posted March 19, 2015 - 11:32 AM

Got into my Hobart Tigwave 250 welder today to find what broke in the AC/DC/RVDC selector drum switch.  Well, the little part in the pic below was broken.  It might be 4" across & this little part costs $76.39!  Ouch that hurts!  I'll need to get it ordered asap.

 

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Posted March 19, 2015 - 11:38 AM

Good, ie expensive, things come in small packages, lol.
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Posted March 19, 2015 - 11:58 AM

Glad it's repairable! Cost a lot more than that to replace the welder! That will pay for itself many times over!


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Posted March 19, 2015 - 02:00 PM

Next time you are out you might want to swing by the music store and pick up some Moooosic

 

 

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Posted March 20, 2015 - 08:10 AM

Taking forever to finish the last group of cows. Cow 351 evidently stepped on her own teat getting up, as it's definitely been mashed. Swelling has the test orifice pinched off, so forever milking her out. Need to sawdust stalls today. Off tomorrow and gonna be sunny and 70f!
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Posted March 20, 2015 - 08:50 AM

Sounds like a nice day off to go for a bike ride, that would do you some good for sure.
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Posted March 20, 2015 - 11:20 AM

Sounds like a nice day off to go for a bike ride, that would do you some good for sure.

 

I might get it out for a small ride.  I have new tires on order (current tires dry cracked), so just a slow neighborhood ride would be all I'd wanna do.  Teresa will be gone to her niece's Birthday party all day.  My leg doesn't feel up to going to the party, as it's a 5+ hour round trip.  Gets to aching past just 30 minutes, sometimes less.  Gonna plinker around with some GT's some tomorrow too.


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Posted March 20, 2015 - 11:23 AM

Just got back from E-town a little while ago.  I finally went & got a condenser fan motor for the one milk cooler unit.  With ambient temps rising, I needed the right fan as the rigged window fan doesn't flow enough air to keep high limit pressure switch from shutting it all down.  Just got it installed & all working fine.   :thumbs:


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Posted March 20, 2015 - 12:38 PM

I hope you get to enjoy the day off.


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