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#6361 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted August 26, 2015 - 05:32 PM

That looks like tons of fun! Glad you know what's what!

 

Actually, being only in the 70's today, it was enjoyable.  Far as what's what...this kind of thing comes natural for me.  Occasionally I'll have to look at parts diagrams for a reference though.  The bigger the parts, the easier actually.....except for lifting!  :smilewink:


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Posted August 26, 2015 - 05:38 PM

I wouldn't have a clue where to start!


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Posted August 26, 2015 - 06:41 PM

Man you got them parts cleaned up real good! They look shiny!
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Posted August 27, 2015 - 02:37 AM

Here's a question completely unrelated to anything current.....

How many acres per cow calf unit does your operation need? On the place I grew up on, we needed about 5 acres per unit. Grazing lasted from mid April to mid October in an average year. Took another 4 - 5 acres per unit for feed for the other 6 months a year. Further West, along the Foothills, they get more rain, so they only need about 3.5 - 4 acres per unit with similar area needed for winter feed because their grazing season is 2 - 3 weeks shorter due to higher elevation (our friends ranch out there at 3350' is 600+ feet higher than where I grew up). Along the western border of Saskatchewan, in the semi desert, they need almost 40 acres per cow, but can graze earlier and later in the year.
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Posted August 27, 2015 - 01:54 PM

We have a pretty long grazing season, so besides the 3 to 4 acres grazing it only takes about 2 acres per for enough hay for winter depending on crop. I have enough silage left to supplement for at least 2 winters.
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Posted August 27, 2015 - 05:06 PM

Got the power steering gearbox shaft seal in & front axle lifted onto jack & in place.  Waiting on the front pivot bushing before I can call the front end done.

 

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Also, expensive as oil is, I want to put the oil I drained out of this tractor back in.  But I want to be sure no dirt or other crud got into the oil, plus any accumulated crud that came out of the sump when I drained it.  So I have a small hydraulic pump and a remote oil filter setup and in the next few days if I can round up a good electric motor, I'll build a setup to pump the used oil through a filter, then into the tractor.  I may just end up using the pump we have rigged to pump waste oil into the shop oil furnace  I can put quick attach fittings & easily switch from waste oil hose to the filter setup.  I think while typing I talked myself into the latter.


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Posted August 27, 2015 - 07:19 PM

If you use that pump, be sure to pump some diesel through it first to clean the pump out. Glad you about have the front end fixed. Hows the PTO coming along?



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Posted August 27, 2015 - 07:48 PM

If you use that pump, be sure to pump some diesel through it first to clean the pump out. Glad you about have the front end fixed. Hows the PTO coming along?

 

I thought of the rinse too Brian.  But if I do have a good electric motor, I believe I'll go the route of a dedicated unit for recycling oil.  

  PTO awaits bearings, one of which will arrive tomorrow, but the thrust bearings won't arrive till Wednesday next week.  The PTO will no doubt be fine with the 1/4" narrower bearing.  All the races & gear faces were unscathed.  I will definitely clean the threads of the gear plate mounting bolts very good & apply red Loctite liberally!


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Posted August 28, 2015 - 12:22 PM

Been at the local Southern States Co-op annual meeting.  Used to always be too busy to go to it, but this year Teresa & I made it there for a good Rib-I sandwich meal.  Teresa's name was drawn for a S-States hat.  Picked up a ton of molasses lick tubs and 2 new round bale feeders.  


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Posted August 28, 2015 - 05:58 PM

Sounds like a good time!


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Posted August 28, 2015 - 06:36 PM

Soon as we got home I had to go the the ASCS office to sign some paperwork to do with the crop land being leased out.  I just unloaded the tubs & the bale feeders with my little FEL on my Massey 1655.  Likely take the trailer to Lowes for stuff to repair my son's later lines, plus some insulation batting for the shop ceiling.  I also need to get the 8 pieces of roofing cut soon too, so when my roofer guy gets free, he can redo the 12' section of roof.


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Posted August 29, 2015 - 04:49 PM

Went to get stuff to repair Josh's lateral line & some other needed supplies this morning.  When I got home I put together my oil recycling setup.  Works super, and all done with surplus stuff already here on the farm.  It will make it far easier to return oil back into tractors when servicing, plus filtering the oil it as it returns it.  

 

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Then I put part of the Massey 1100 PTO back together.  I got the one bearing in the mail yesterday which allowed me to install the 540/1000 rpm shafts back into the housing.  Now I have to wait for the 2 thrust bearings before finishing this repair.  They are scheduled for Wednesday delivery.

 

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Then I thought we'd get rain and storms, but it fell apart and just got sprinkles.  It's actually gotten kinda dry the last 2 weeks.

 

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Posted August 29, 2015 - 04:58 PM

I like that setup for recycling oil.


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Posted August 29, 2015 - 05:09 PM

I like that setup for recycling oil.

I love it.  The larger tractors hold 15 to 20 gallons in the trans, so this will make the process so much easier, and I especially like filtering it at the same time.  Now instead of draining the oil into 5 gallon buckets, and using a funnel to put it back in the tractor, sometimes spilling some holding the 5 gallon buckets up high....now it'll be a simple process.  I can dump the oil into old molasses tubs, which one the large ones will hold all the oil any of the tractors hold, then just cover till I'm ready to return it.


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Posted August 29, 2015 - 06:32 PM

Great idea on the pump & filter! Those clouds do look ready to drop some rain!


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