Posted January 26, 2011 - 07:49 PM
Posted January 26, 2011 - 07:57 PM
Posted January 26, 2011 - 07:59 PM
Daniel wrote," TD&H.....our "newest" tractor is a 1980, so even it is 31yrs old now. Most things we buy need work right out of the gate, but costs way less in the end, and that's one reason guys like us are still in business. Some days it gets mighty old beating life into old worn "stuff", but other days it's not so bad. Kinda funny though, how I'll work my tail off on an old garden tractor & love every minute of it (most of the time), then when a piece of farm equipment kicks my tail, I get grumpy! LOL
I gotta sit down at the table in a few minutes to do some tax work, then get a shower & early bedtime I hope. I hope tomorrow goes a bit smoother & easier than today, but however it goes, I gotta take it. Just hope finding clutch parts isn't too hard."
I know what you are saying Daniel, Our newest forklift in our little prodution plant is a 1991, that I had to put another crank in last year after a rod bearing fell out from being to thin (wore out) LOL. Gt's and my 2 little girls and 1 big girl are the things that keep me going.
Have good evening and better tomorrow,
Edited by olcowhand, January 27, 2011 - 09:40 AM.
Posted January 26, 2011 - 11:30 PM
I've seen a lot of people struggle a lot because they bought new equipment and had payments to make when money got scarce. Some of them made it, some of them didn't. No matter how scarce money got though, we always had enough to get by because the banker wasn't banging on the door.
Posted January 27, 2011 - 09:42 AM
So where did you learn to use old equipment, Daniel?
Pure necessity! You do with what you can afford IF you want to stay afloat. Gotta get to the shop in a few minutes. My Cat 910 wheeled payloader now has a brake caliper dumping fluid. So after lunch, will head to town for parts for the "Big Dipper", and a caliper rebuild kit for the Cat. Always something!
Posted January 27, 2011 - 09:56 AM
Pure necessity! My Cat 910 wheeled payloader now has a brake caliper dumping fluid. So after lunch, will head to town for parts for the "Big Dipper", and a caliper rebuild kit for the Cat. Always something!
It sure is a good thing that you can do your own repairs Daniel.
Posted January 27, 2011 - 11:17 AM
Posted January 27, 2011 - 11:39 AM
I'm "PROUD TO BE A OLE FARM BOY"
Posted January 27, 2011 - 12:07 PM
While it might be fun being able to buy new tractors, I also wouldn't trade my learning through the repair of old equipment for anything. Learning to repair anything makes you more able to repair most anything else you come upon broken. Besides, new tractors & such are littered with electronics, which when broken, leave you without a clue how to fix. My older tractors can be repaired mostly with common tools. Try that with computer controlled implements of today!
Soon as Teresa gets back from taking my Mom to her Dr's appointment, we'll roll out for all the parts I need.
Posted January 27, 2011 - 06:10 PM
Posted January 27, 2011 - 09:39 PM
Posted January 28, 2011 - 07:14 AM
Daniel, You need to get that guys name that works at the NAPA store and right it down along with the phone number to the store. A knowledgable guy like that is almost impossible to find anymore. I quit going to the local NAPA because all they had for counter people were young kids who if you had all the right info might be able to get you the correct parts.
I know what you mean... I had to get a new Briggs starter clutch for my 900 and the guy just kind of looked confused when I showed him the part I needed. The other mechanic came over and said to him "you probably dont even know what thats for do you" LOL
You just cant find good help these days
Posted January 28, 2011 - 08:30 AM
Posted January 28, 2011 - 09:37 AM
Went into town to get parts today. Local parts store was no help at all with the loader clutch. So went to next town & stopped at NAPA. As I entered the store with box of clutch parts, one parts man was telling a lady he'd been doing parts for 40 years. So I laid the box on the counter & said "then you're the man I wanna talk to". He looked into the box & said..."that's a Ford clutch". The engine in the loader IS a Ford, so I knew I found the right guy! Clutch/pressure plate, throwout bearing, & pilot bushing will either be in tomorrow or Monday. The Cat loader brake schematic was different than I had imagined, so I need to get a closer look to see exactly what I need, as the way it's made, parts will be pricey. Don't wanna order anything I don't actually need. Got my torch oxygen bottle swapped out, and other little items I need. ------------ This is weird.....my font has changed as I've typed this post all on it's own.
Reminds me of trying to buy parts for the Big Green Truck. It was kind of built out of spare parts, but older Chevy small block stuff is pretty interchangeable as long as you know which side the dipstick is on and what the bolt pattern on the starter looks like. The kids at the parts store can really only look things up by computer though, so I was always making up years and saying things like, "Let's pretend it's a 1978."
Posted January 28, 2011 - 04:19 PM