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Posted March 18, 2013 - 07:51 PM

You don't wanna be lighting up a cigarette when that gas is escaping!!!!!  And no, I truly don't know that from experience. 

Would be one way to BBQ a cow


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Posted March 18, 2013 - 07:51 PM

Did you have to stitch up where you put the tube or does it heal naturally?

 

It will close on it's own.  Likely already sealed itself.


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Posted March 19, 2013 - 08:44 AM

#288, the bloated cow from last night looks AOK today.  She is time to go dry ahead of calving, so it's critical whatever may be her issue that the vet figures it out.  Harder to keep an eye on cows when in the dry field.



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Posted March 19, 2013 - 05:44 PM

Vet check went pretty good, with several more cows confirmed pregnant.  The bloat cow is fine and calf still fine as well, and it's dry off time for her.  Vet gave her magnesium bolus to prevent more gas bloat.  

  Then my son calls & his truck died....appears fuel pump quit, or the relay to it.  So off to pick him up & have my AAA card ready to get it towed home.  Afternoon half shot.  

  So after we and Josh's truck get home, I have Josh swap tractors out on the silage wagon......snafu'd again by the tranny.  Guess Josh is off the hook, as it locked up yet again!  This time the gear I pried out isn't the culprit.  All forks align at neutral, but trans is locked still.  All forks are moving their respective rails, so now I am afraid we are destined to split the tractor as nothing that can cause this can be repaired without splitting it.  This MF285 has given more grief than it's worth!  Of course the last blown head gasket was our own fault I figure.

  So back on the wagon went the MF1100 and she'll be doing that duty for a few weeks.  Manure pit is near overflowing, so if the ground will ever dry enough that HAS to be dealt with, tractor to be repaired, shop to finish, parlor needing repairs, free stalls needing major repairs, calf barn needing 2 new support beams put in place.......... wish I had more things to do!  :wallbanging:    BUT, I have a job, and I'm not starving, so I still have a lot to be thankful for!  :thumbs:


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Posted March 19, 2013 - 06:00 PM

Always something isn't it?

 

Just think after you get the trans fixed it will be like a new tractor



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Posted March 19, 2013 - 06:21 PM

Always something isn't it?

 

Just think after you get the trans fixed it will be like a new tractor

 

 

Only if we pull the rear end out to replace the badly worn pto coupling shaft also.  Yes, it is always something.  The work is one thing, but I am dealing with aging parents battling betwixt themselves too, and that is more than I can deal with all by itself.  Hard to make one pull themselves out of bed in the morning, and that's with a good back!



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Posted March 19, 2013 - 06:26 PM

Sorry for all the troubles, Daniel! Sometimes they come in swarms!



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Posted March 19, 2013 - 07:02 PM

My wife has threatened to put a crane in the bedroom to get me out of bed when my back hurts. I wouldn't put it past her either.



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Posted March 19, 2013 - 08:07 PM

wish I had more things to do!   :wallbanging:    BUT, I have a job, and I'm not starving, so I still have a lot to be thankful for!   :thumbs:

That statement (and a 1/2) says a whole bunch about the kind of person you are my friend :thumbs: .  Hope things mellow out for you soon.


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Posted March 19, 2013 - 08:17 PM

Your next day off you should take the scoot out for a ride.  It will make you feel a whole lot better even if it just a short ride.



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Posted March 20, 2013 - 10:54 AM

Milked the cows, plus dry treated the udders of 10 cows that must go dry before calving.  Then Dad & I broke the MF285 in half at the clutch line.  This afternoon we'll remove the transmission section.  Once we got the transmission top plate off, we found 2 mating gears with partially sheared teeth.  By end of day we should know all we need to replace.  Try to get some pics later on.


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Posted March 20, 2013 - 03:59 PM

Daniel, Your having quite a time on the farm. I hope you don't need much in parts to get the 285 back on her feet. Glad to see the cow is doing better also. It will get better I have to believe, it's the only way get up each day.



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Posted March 20, 2013 - 05:58 PM

I didn't get pics taken today, but I'll try to get them tomorrow.  We have to replace the countershaft, 1st/REV slider gear, 2nd gear on the countershaft, and maybe the reverse idler.  We'll also need new trans gaskets, and maybe new gear retainer clips.  Found Abaline Machine has all the gears & shaft and the price is super!  Around $320 plus shipping for all including the reverse idler.  Sounds almost too good to be true, so I will double check & triple check before I order.  I may do a phone order so they can double check for me also.

  I can tell from markings on the broken teeth that the mating teeth tried to mate right in the middle of the broken teeth, and that was hanging everything up.


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Posted March 20, 2013 - 06:10 PM

Glad it wasn't any worse, Daniel! The first job I had was breaking apart the little Fords at the clutch line. God that was a long time ago!



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Posted March 20, 2013 - 07:55 PM

Glad it wasn't any worse, Daniel! The first job I had was breaking apart the little Fords at the clutch line. God that was a long time ago!

What "little Fords"?






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