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#701 IH 1586

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 05:19 AM

Darn smoke. Feel bad for all of you still in it. Looks like it's out of my area for a while. https://hwp-viz.gsd....oke/index.html#

 

Click on Vertically Integrated Smoke

 

3rd cutting progressing unbelievably well. Still no sign of rain for the next 10 days.

 

I have a confession to make.

 

After our much discussed topic on tedders from a previous post I made, decided for as bad as it tedds what harm can come if I move wheels to the opposite end of adjustments. Can't make it worse right. Well, after adjusting and running it, it appears some idiot inadvertently adjusted them in the wrong direction and never realized it. Spent all these years thinking I had adjusted it correctly and complaining what a crappy job it did. My apologies to all on giving it a bad review on its tedding job. As pictures show it makes a nice carpet of hay. I still think it could do a little better on drier hay but as of now it is no longer on the immediate list for replacement and extremely happy I can completely cover a field in hay again. All these years....... 

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#702 Vol

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 05:47 AM

Pretty stand of grass Chris.....and that looks pretty dang good to me on the tedder spread. Not too many tedders will spread dry hay to suit. They either clump or windrow dry hay. I try to spread my dry hay early while still a little damp from the dew. 

 

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 06:58 AM

I may be the odd man out, but I prefer to see a little windrowing when tedding almost dry grass hay! 

 

A tad less exposure to bleaching and also ground moisture, as well as more exposure to air movement!


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#704 Hayman1

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 01:28 PM

I may be the odd man out, but I prefer to see a little windrowing when tedding almost dry grass hay! 

 

A tad less exposure to bleaching and also ground moisture, as well as more exposure to air movement!

Ditto, Sheep, maybe it's just us old guys finally got it figured out just before we croak  :P


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Posted 24 September 2020 - 05:08 AM

9 days..........3rd crop alfalfa,big crop, heavily lodged, cut September 15th. Baled yesterday, bales in the barn by 6:30 last night.........and it's pouring out. What a feeling. We had a 2 week window of no rain . About 7 of those days were heavy smoke , and made for miserable drying conditions. Thank you Kalifornia. So this field was the last acreage for this "cut", with a total of 185 acres made rain free.

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Now an opportunity to catch our breath , do some repairs, and get ready for the next window.
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#706 CowboyRam

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Posted 24 September 2020 - 09:40 PM

Looks like my haying season is coming to a close.  Yesterday I had the fan belt come off my baling tractor, drove 163 miles to the closest Case IH dealer to get a new belt; then notice that the pulley on the engine is out of alignment.  Put the new belt on and drive the tractor back to the shop, to see what I can do with that pulley; by the time I get to the shop the pulley is up against the frame, burn my hand trying to see if the bolts a loose.  I would not have thought it would get that hot in that short of time.  I don't have the tools to remove and replace it, so took the tractor down to have it repaired.  

 

The worse thing about this is that I still have hay to be baled, fortunately the neighbor is going to try to get to it as soon as he can.  At least once I get in the stack yard I will have some extra hay to sell this year.   I am going to be glad to put this year behind me; all three cutting has been a fight with equipment this year.  As they say if I wasn't having bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all.   


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Posted 25 September 2020 - 05:39 AM

I sympathize Cowboy. 

 

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 06:13 AM

He 'works' in the water mains department, seems they farm out most of the shovel work. :o   They just need to 'inspect' and turn the water on/off.  :rolleyes:  So there is a lack of shovels to lean on most of the time.  ;)   He's actually leaving that job this week to go work for a contractor, he told his mom, "I'm to young to stand around, I want to work".  The biggest reason I think has to do with the $$ more per hour, he doesn't completely understand the retirement benefits he giving up. IMHO.

 

BTW, he has learned that stopping while your ahead, unfortunately by experience, not by me telling him. ;)  

 

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I was able to retire at an early age due to my "shovel prop job".  Of course "retire" isn't necessarily true since I'm haying full time. LOL


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Posted 25 September 2020 - 06:24 AM

I was able to retire at an early age due to my "shovel prop job".  Of course "retire" isn't necessarily true since I'm haying full time. LOL

 

Yea, my son didn't like my story I'd tell that goes like this:

 

Couple of DPW guys where driving along the road and the one on the passenger side, starts beating on the truck, hollering 'stop the truck, stop the truck'.  He then jumps out of the truck and grabs a slightly used shovel.  Goes down in the ditch and wildly hitting something.  When he gets back into the truck, his partner askes 'what were you doing?'.  His response was 'knocking a turtle unconscious, for the last 5 miles he kept passing us'.   :D

 

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 10:25 PM

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This new 2250 MF baler just rolled in. Hope it lasts a long time. Still got the old 4755 if someone is looking for a good used 3x3.

how much pto do you need to run the big 3x3? I have a 100hp JD and I do all flat ground.

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 04:21 PM

how much pto do you need to run the big 3x3? I have a 100hp JD and I do all flat ground.

 

From everything I read, you would be happier with 130-140+ HP, weighing in at over 15K+.  Your 100 HP, might weigh in at 11-12K.  Might work, but longevity of your tractor could be a deciding factor.  I personally would not want to work the daylights out of MY tractor. YMMV

 

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Posted Yesterday, 11:09 AM

From everything I read, you would be happier with 130-140+ HP, weighing in at over 15K+. Your 100 HP, might weigh in at 11-12K. Might work, but longevity of your tractor could be a deciding factor. I personally would not want to work the daylights out of MY tractor. YMMV

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It weighs 14k.

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Posted Yesterday, 04:04 PM

It is official, my haying season is all over, kind of.  I borrowed the neighbors tractor and baler and was able to get the hay into the bale.  His tractor is a rough riding piece dang thing; kind of felt all beat up afterwards.  I think it is a CaseIH MXM130, are they all rough riding?  Started hauling hay out of the field today, and lost a wheel on the trailer, ruined some lugs and broke a couple off, now to get the parts tomorrow.  I don't think there is one piece of equipment that we have not worked this year.   



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Posted Yesterday, 06:05 PM

 I don't think there is one piece of equipment that we have not worked this year.   

 

It has been one trying year for many folks. Some have been blessed with a smooth season and many others have been stressed to the max. It has taken awhile, but I have learned somewhat to take the good with the bad. I don't like it one bit, but as it says in the the first Book....".It is better to be a living dog than a dead lion."

 

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Posted Yesterday, 07:22 PM

It is official, my haying season is all over, kind of.  I borrowed the neighbors tractor and baler and was able to get the hay into the bale.  His tractor is a rough riding piece dang thing; kind of felt all beat up afterwards.  I think it is a CaseIH MXM130, are they all rough riding?  Started hauling hay out of the field today, and lost a wheel on the trailer, ruined some lugs and broke a couple off, now to get the parts tomorrow.  I don't think there is one piece of equipment that we have not worked this year.   

Sounds just like a normal year around here. ;)


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