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11 hours ago, ernest_t_bass said:

This thread needs more talk.  

I'm not an every day farmer, so I don't use the tractor as much as I want.  But I take advantage of any use I can get, be it hauling, moving, landscaping, tilling.  Tilled up our paddock today, just to get the machine out.

Launch/recover your boat...

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1 hour ago, G650 said:

I'll lend you a real tractor.

 

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I'll PM you an address where you can drop it off.  I'll need it for about a month or so.     

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Speaking of dozers,  anyone got source for an equipment mechanic that has experience working on a JD 350C dozer?    

This is my dads old dozer, a 1977 350C, 6 way blade, with 1350 hrs that has sat 10 years with engine periodically run. Last time dozer ran, dozer stopped moving in F and would only move with reverser in R.   Engine starts and runs good, hyd system is good except for a few hoses, has new sprockets and pins and bushings. Rest of U/C looks good and no cracks in frame or supports. Could use a little paint and new seat but mechanically in pretty good shape.

I started messing with it recently and it looks like one of the reverser clutches has seized up.    Its a great little machine for brush clearing and light dirt work and I would like to get it back up running.  Its about an hour south of Dallas.

 

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Just now, davidg said:

Speaking of dozers,  anyone got source for an equipment mechanic that has experience working on a JD 350C dozer?    

This is my dads old dozer, a 1977 350C, 6 way blade, with 1350 hrs that has sat 10 years with engine periodically run. Last time dozer ran, dozer stopped moving in F and would only move with reverser in R.   Engine starts and runs good, hyd system is good except for a few hoses, has new sprockets and pins and bushings. Rest of U/C looks good and no cracks in frame or supports. Could use a little paint and new seat but mechanically in pretty good shape.

I started messing with it recently and it looks like one of the reverser clutches has seized up.    Its a great little machine for brush clearing and light dirt work and I would like to get it back up running.  Its about an hour south of Dallas.

 

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I've got three mechanics on staff, but unfortunately they are here in Virginia.

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Just now, G650 said:

I've got three mechanics on staff, but unfortunately they are here in Virginia.

I'm finding out most of the guys who had experience on these are either long retired or dead.

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Nothing like crawling under a D6 on an oil field location with a few five gallon buckets to change the oil. If you are lucky you will get there before they get running and it won't be too hot. Or maybe the track hoe will dig a hole for the dozer so you will have a bit more room under there. This was my first summer in college.

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I need a new 31s battery after the 12 year old one in the Deere finally pooped out. Replacement options out there seem pretty lame.

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13 hours ago, NotActuallyALonghorn said:

Nothing like crawling under a D6 on an oil field location with a few five gallon buckets to change the oil. If you are lucky you will get there before they get running and it won't be too hot. Or maybe the track hoe will dig a hole for the dozer so you will have a bit more room under there. This was my first summer in college.

 

We once had this mechanic (briefly) who tried to change the oil in a D5 literally as soon as it stopped moving. Dude did like ten laps around the machine screaming after the oil hit him.

 

10 hours ago, Spaulding Smails said:

@davidg call RDO Equipment in Irving.  They're the Deere dealer for the Dallas area.  They probably won't work on it, but they'll be a good source for a local mechanic who may take a look for you.

They 100% should work on it. If not I'd call Deere and raise hell.

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On October 20, 2018 at 7:56 AM, G650 said:

 

We once had this mechanic (briefly) who tried to change the oil in a D5 literally as soon as it stopped moving. Dude did like ten laps around the machine screaming after the oil hit him.

 

They 100% should work on it. If not I'd call Deere and raise hell.

Good to know.  Had no idea if dealers had a cut-off on age of machine that they would work on or if they had the flexibility to decline work on older machines.

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On 10/19/2018 at 7:31 AM, G650 said:

I'll lend you a real tractor.

 

Used-Cat-D6m-XL-Bulldozer-Caterpillar-D5

Oh, gud lawd...that's Powerball/Mega Millions purchase #1.  I'd be a mesquite murdering, stock tank digging whore!  

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Grapple bucket is a life saver for Hurricane Michael clean up. We have hardwoods laid down everywhere at the deer lease. Running a 48hp Kubota. 4700 I think is the model number.

Two guys run saws and cut everything to about 8-10' then the tractor makes quick work of getting the pieces out to the road for FEMA pickup.

Our crew could do this routine for months at the deer lease and still have work to do. Here's the only Pic that I could dig out of my phone. This is us loading up a few years ago to put in food plots. 9c0cafd7d14a4dd55526a78c99370273.jpg

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On 10/18/2018 at 9:51 PM, davidg said:

Seems like that would take more horsepower that the compact and small utility tractors that everyone has posted. I don't see a HP requirement on the mfr website

 

On 10/19/2018 at 7:12 AM, Lat22 said:

Yeah, I’m not sure our 58 hp tractor could drag that root plow. 

There is a limit on how big of a root it will cut depending on the size of the tractor, but 4 inch tree was no problem for our 35hp Massey 235. It pulls easily and doesn't have hardly any drag until you hit the root. Hit it in 2nd high range and keep on trucking. Wish I knew where that thing wandered off to.

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How deep would you cut? We have an old MF 230 that you had to run in low range 2nd gear to pull a single shank subsoiler about 18" deep. Seems like that would take more HP to pull that horizontal blade deep enough to kill the root

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On 10/14/2018 at 2:09 PM, davidg said:

The rear first, then the front is a bold move Cotton.

Is your MX a HST or gear?

Why do you say this?

Asking because I always load a bale on the back first, then on front with the grapple.  Bale on back helps balance the tractor.

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OP,

Have you used that tractor saw yet?  I read a bit more and watched a few more videos and think that would be just the ticket for some additional clearing on our place where I don't want to bugger up the ground with a dozer.

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On 11/1/2018 at 11:51 AM, davidg said:

OP,

Have you used that tractor saw yet?  I read a bit more and watched a few more videos and think that would be just the ticket for some additional clearing on our place where I don't want to bugger up the ground with a dozer.

I'll have to defer to my tractor partner/brother Cosimo de' Medici.  He's logged quite a bit of time whacking mesquites and other invasive vegetation.  I hope to log some time this weekend.

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On 10/24/2018 at 7:49 PM, davidg said:

How deep would you cut? We have an old MF 230 that you had to run in low range 2nd gear to pull a single shank subsoiler about 18" deep. Seems like that would take more HP to pull that horizontal blade deep enough to kill the root

18 -24" or so. It wasn't very hard to pull because you weren't turning the soil like a plow. You only lower it for a few feet as you cross the tree and cut the root, then pick it back up. Keep your momentum up.

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Not exactly tractor, but we are closing one of the main arteries in the southern part of Virginia Beach today to lay new storm drain across. Got big play in the news this week, stormwater us a huge hot button issue here.

 

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Awesome, I would appreciate it if you could drop that track hoe off at the same time as the D6. Got an emergency spillway on our lake that has about a 1500 yd^3 washout hole that needs filling in. Could use a sheepsfoot roller too

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Brand new Kubota at the deer lease.

This grapple attachment is a pure game changer when it comes to moving downed trees. Conservative estimate: I saw this thing move 50 tons of hardwood out of logging roads this week. Still cleaning out roads following Hurricane Michael. Then, when we break-through to the food plots, it just starts disking them up.

Hard to even articulate how much this machine saves chainsaw chains and guys' backs. I am happy to run the saw or spread 10-10-10 / seed around it. (My buddies don't let me drive her). b3ac78a67a2de68515a6b032815bbd3f.jpg

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Also this POS spreader from TS failed on us the second time out. Weld busted right where the tongue connects. Do not purchase.

GroundWork Tow-Behind Spreader with Rain Cover, 200 lb. Capacity at Tractor Supply Co.
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/groundwork-tow-behind-spreader-wrain-cover-200-lb-capacity

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Looking to plant a little food plot (2-3 AC.) for dove hunting this year south of Austin. Never planted anything more than a few tomatoes and jalapeños in my home garden.  Thinking of trying Sesame as the deer might not eat much of it. Have a tractor and plow, but no real seeder, any way I can get things seeded without some kind of seeder/drill/whatever? Any help is appreciated.

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Put a bunch of kids in the back of your pickup.  Give them each $5 and buy them all pizza for throwing the seed out as you drive around the food plot.

I wouldn't recommend buying a seeder just for this plot.  See if you can rent/borrow one from a friend, or contact your local USDA conservation office.  Ours has a small drill that it rents very cheaply.

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Along the same lines, I've considered tilling up part of my pasture and starting fresh.  It has a lot of weeds in it, and I'd like to start over with thick grass and alfalfa.  Is it necessary to plant these with a planter, or would a grass seed spreader work fine?

Size is about 1-1.5 acre.

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5 hours ago, Kennythetiger said:

Put a bunch of kids in the back of your pickup.  Give them each $5 and buy them all pizza for throwing the seed out as you drive around the food plot.

I wouldn't recommend buying a seeder just for this plot.  See if you can rent/borrow one from a friend, or contact your local USDA conservation office.  Ours has a small drill that it rents very cheaply.

My friends dad drank alot, as in never without an Old Milwaukee in his hand.  When I was about 12, I went to their deer lease and help spread seed for a food plot by hand over about  half an acre.  Ikey was pretty well lit by the time we were  done spreading the seed and we rode in the back of his El Camino while he did donuts to cover up the seed.   I can hear the sound of  a mildly hotrodded Chevy 350 resonating through glasspacks and Ikey hollering out  "One of you boys hand Ikey another beer"  like it was yesterday. 

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On 1/3/2019 at 1:50 PM, ernest_t_bass said:

Along the same lines, I've considered tilling up part of my pasture and starting fresh.  It has a lot of weeds in it, and I'd like to start over with thick grass and alfalfa.  Is it necessary to plant these with a planter, or would a grass seed spreader work fine?

Size is about 1-1.5 acre.

Would be better if you could disc it first to break up the ground a little bit. I'm going to be planting some clover next week on my 16 acres and the first thing I'm going to do is drag my disc harrow around.  

Ultimately it depends on what you mean by "planter". A seed drill would definitely work but those are expensive, especially just for one pasture. 

But I think just spreading seeds without doing anything to the ground won't work as well as you'd like, especially if it's already covered with vegetation. 

 

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2 hours ago, crimsonlonghorn said:

But I think just spreading seeds without doing anything to the ground won't work as well as you'd like, especially if it's already covered with vegetation. 

 

If I did this, I would kill what is there first, then till up.

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On 1/3/2019 at 7:59 AM, fluff said:

Looking to plant a little food plot (2-3 AC.) for dove hunting this year south of Austin. Never planted anything more than a few tomatoes and jalapeños in my home garden.  Thinking of trying Sesame as the deer might not eat much of it. Have a tractor and plow, but no real seeder, any way I can get things seeded without some kind of seeder/drill/whatever? Any help is appreciated.

for that little bit of area you can definitely just disc it real good. I would make sure you mow what ever grass you have as low as possible then disc several times. get you a big spreader from atwoods if you dont have one already.  i would do all this when you know rain is coming. i would mix in some fertilizer in it like triple 13 or whatever.

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If I did this, I would kill what is there first, then till up.



Yep. Mix a hot batch of glyphosate and light it up or else you’ll still be fighting it all year.

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First big snow of the season, and finally got to use the tractor to plow the driveway.  I just have a regular bucket, but it worked like a charm.  Hopefully the driveway isn't in pieces come spring, but it beats shoveling! 

 

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New PTO woodchopper finally arrived today. Given the lousy weather coming this weekend, I'm going to leave it wrapped up for now, but then we're going to start in on these brush piles making compost and bedding for the brooder box. 

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