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Rock bucket

Post in 'The Gear' started by Cowboy Billy, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Flatbedford

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    Flatbedford is there from time to time.
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  2. MasterMech

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    I used to run an International 82 PTO (50's vintage pull-behind) combine that had a Scour-Kleen attachment on it. Was easy to set-up for harvesting small grains. We used it in barley, wheat, rye, and oats. The grain was so clean that the guys running much newer ($$$) machines were jealous. 'course it only cut 5' at a time but for quality over quantity, it was a tough machine to beat.

    We ran it with a Farmall MD for the first year just to complete the blast from the past. ;) Come in for lunch, re-fuel the tractor and pour 2 qt's of oil in it. Repeat in the AM. ;lol Got some wicked forearms from driving that beast!
  3. MasterMech

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    Somebody on this forum posted pics of a JD (forage harvester or a windrower, not sure which) with a snowblower mounted and damn was that the blower to rule all other blowers. Damned if I can find that thread now....
  4. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I think he also had it as his avatar.
  5. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I remember that too. But can't think of the key words to search for that.
  6. Cowboy Billy

    Cowboy Billy Minister of Fire

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    Howdy MM

    We've never ran a combine before and the manual was very general as to how to set it up. It said something about conclave distance but didn't tell how or where. Then set drum speed and and were somewhat specific on how fast to set it. But once again didn't say where and how to set it. The air speed is a flap that you bolt in place in graduations from shut to open. The did'nt have a listing for rye. So I went with winter wheat as its close to the same size and weight. But for air speed they said to set it fairly open.

    Billy
  7. ISeeDeadBTUs

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    So Billy, are you happy with the 3" spacing? I have been debating for a year about picking up a rock bucket for thinning out the boulders from some fresh ground. I'm wondering if the compaction from running the machine on the ground is worth the rock removal. Seems like I'll need to re-plow due to compaction, which will inevit-a-billy bring um new stones.
  8. Lewiston

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    Nicely done and bow season is only a few weeks away!
  9. Cowboy Billy

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    Isee

    A 3" rock is still a big rock, Bigger than I though it would be. 2" spacing would have been nicer but then comes the question of how much harder would it be to shake the dirt out.

    Lewiston

    I can't hit the broad side of a barn with a bow and arrow. I know this as I was shooting at hay bales in front of the barn missed the bales the arrow went between the boards and ended up inside the barn. At which point I quit shooting them.

    Billy
  10. MasterMech

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    If you were closer I'd be tempted to come out and play! ;)
  11. Cowboy Billy

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    MM

    If ya ever end up out this way. You are more than welcome to come over and play!

    Billy
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    In checking out the pic's I see what your problem was. You planted rye seed that had to much rock seed in it and it over powered the rye. I have the same problem just not so bad.
    I built a rock bucket using alot of old scrap and car axles for tines. I only made it 4ft wide and it should of been 6 but it is the handiest tool I have . It really levels clay piles and moves brush also.
    Isn't it fun to play in the dirt.
    leaddog
  13. Lewiston

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    The question then becomes how do you entice the deer into the barn? ;)
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  14. Cowboy Billy

    Cowboy Billy Minister of Fire

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    LeadDog

    I'll have to make sure I have clean seed next year!! I get withdrawal symptoms when I don't get to the farm to play with the toys for a while.

    Lewiston

    Just leave the doors open! My cousin has a three sided shelter he stores his hay in and has had a few years the deer camped out in it all winter.

    Billy
  15. Lewiston

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    Shooting deer in a barn would be analogous to fish in a barrel.
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    Really, cool pics! Man your property is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing with us!
  17. Cowboy Billy

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    That it would Lewiston. But I'd be afraid of being run over by them on the way out.

    Thanks Certified

    I'm proud of my place and like to share it. And give others some ideas for their places.

    Billy
  18. Cowboy Billy

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    The rock field is growing [​IMG] I didn't get many pictures as it was still dark. We got to the farm late saturday evening and left before 7 am sunday and it was overcast.

    It has been so dry up there the seed couldn't germinate until about a week before the picture. Then it rained so hard it washed trenches in the field. And washed a lot of seed off the field and into the road.

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    My nephew Robby checking out the pumpkins I planted along side the sugar beet field trying to find the biggest one.

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    The reason I was at the farm for such a short time was to see my Niece Lauren start a week tour with the Girl Scouts. Ft Mackinaw Honor Gard on Mackinaw Island.

    Lauren marching with the Girl Scout Honor Gard. To raise flags at Fort Mackinaw.

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    My Niece at her first post in Ft Mackinaw. Explaining how troops lived in the fort.

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    My sister getting things ready at the Girl Scout camp at Ft Mackinaw sunday morning

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    Mackinaw Island in Lake Huron in Michigan is great. The only two motorized vehicles allowed on the island are a fire truck and a ambulance I believe. Its really cool crossing the street and not have to worry about getting hit by a car. But you have to watch for the horse carriages and bikes.

    My BIL Bob, Sister and nephew Robby.

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    Horse and Carriage leaving the fort after delivering supplies.

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    From the top of Ft Mackinaw. You can just barely see Mackinaw Bridge in the background.

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    Fort Mackinaw as seen from the ferry.

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    Billy
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    Cool pics of the island . . . looks like a really neat place to visit. Thanks for sharing Billy.
  20. Cowboy Billy

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    Thanks Jake

    I wish I had had more time to walk around the island. It was a lot of fun.

    Billy
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    Wow. That's a lot of rock.
    You probably don't grow terribly straight carrots there. :)
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  22. Cowboy Billy

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    Bill id imagine that if I tried carrots they'd try to grow up out of the ground.

    Billy
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    Like! Like! Like! I hope to see pics of venison on the ground this fall.
  25. Jags

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    Yep - dats da one. Bigger than what I would want for personal use, but super cool.

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