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  1. Two Tone

    Hay making 2022

    I see you are not using the side bar on your flat 8 grab. I find it helps crowd the pack together and prevents the likelihood of the stack collapsing sideways and any gaps between each pack. It’s real advantage is in the field when loading trailers, but also help when stacking. However, I do...
  2. Two Tone

    Disco D4 engine breaking in a new engine

    There is a guy who lives in my village who was a Director of JLR (now retired in his 50’s!) who would dress up as a JLR worker to see what was going on on the shop floor. His task was to find out why some of the Lion 6 engines were giving problems with Big-end Shells rotating causing engine...
  3. Two Tone

    Disco D4 engine breaking in a new engine

    The reason why your crank split is that some idiot at the factory over stressed it, when straightening it after it had been ground. The culprit was eventually discovered and sacked on the spot! He had been using 2 & 1/2 times more pressure that he was told to, thinking he was doing LR a favour...
  4. Two Tone

    Hay making 2022

    I like both Winter Barley and Winter Linseed because 2/3rds of Harvest is done in July before its starts pissing it down in August for the wheat. I also like the idea that @le bon paysan can usually take most of August off for holiday time. August is/used to be so busy that I never actually...
  5. Two Tone

    It's not a cost of living crisis, it's the solution to the climate crisis

    Wouldn’t it be Poetic Justice if the Bar-stewards moaning about Climate Change can’t afford enough food or fuel any longer to keep protesting? Coz the media are either too thick to see the Irony of it all, or they don’t like a good news story. I’m getting so pee'd off hearing the News, that...
  6. Two Tone

    Hay making 2022

    Good idea. Here are mine: Bit of a bugger getting by that Staunton! Far too many times when the weather hasn’t been good in June, so hay making time happens in July, I have jumped off the hay baler, straight onto the Combine.
  7. Two Tone

    Hay making 2022

    It does amuse me why they feel the need to ‘Steam’ perfectly good hay. But it does seems a fashion trend these days!
  8. Two Tone

    It's not a cost of living crisis, it's the solution to the climate crisis

    As peoples wages rise, they spend more and their standard of living goes up. Just like moving into a bigger house encourages everyone to fill it with even more junk. However, it comes as a shock when the cost of living goes up and they suddenly can’t afford thier former lifestyle. I agree with...
  9. Two Tone

    Hay making 2022

    I would have preferred anther dry day before baling, but ‘Needs must when the Devil drives’ the weather/weather forecasters. If I was feeding it to Dairy Cows, I think you could see the milk run out of the bales!
  10. Two Tone

    Hay making 2022

    I was thinking to myself “Thank God somebody else’s hay looks as green as mine does!” After reading the ‘Green hay - what to do?’ thread.
  11. Two Tone

    Hay making 2022

    In 1972, L E Tuckwell’s of Worlingworth, Suffolk sold my father a Farmhand Flat 8 bale system. The sledge was driven by a hydraulic pump on the PTO of the baler. We had a Farmhand F11 loader and flat 8 grab on a MF 175 working at the stack yard end and a Quickie loader with another flat 8 grab...
  12. Two Tone

    Hay making 2022

    I heard you!!
  13. Two Tone

    Hay making 2022

    Just edited to add that a articulated telescopic loader really helps too.
  14. Two Tone

    Hay making 2022

    I’m 62 and I’ve been doing it since I was 14. I suppose I’m used to it. Those bales might look green, but they are good and dry and happily cope with being stacked 12 high. I just criss-cross the end bales on the right so they bind in better. It also helps having an articulated telescopes...
  15. Two Tone

    Hay making 2022

    Monumental push to get the conventionally bales in today. Even had Mrs Two Tone helping. I’ve just baled the last field in Rounds to get in done. Hopefully they won’t need wrapping. But some of my customers are going to have to get used to Rounds this year. Showers on and off this morning and...
  16. Two Tone

    Grain drying 2022

    Typo surely? At least 10 times that.
  17. Two Tone

    Today at work

    No such problems here. Been running like a sewing machine all day. Only one broken bale, being the third one from stating this morning. All the other 2,000 or so were fine. Just stoped for some grub. Then back out there to cart and stack them so as to be done before the thunderstorms...
  18. Two Tone

    Today at work

    The program is set in the 50’s. It is afternoon TV here, but Prime time viewing in the USA and Australia. The actors cloths are very smart, especially the women’s. They cannot buy women’s stockings with the seem at the back any more, so they paint a line down the back of their legs. There’s...
  19. Two Tone

    Defra fears lack of trust will undermine ELMs uptake

    The damage DEFRA has done for themselves by coming out with an over-complicated, half arse heap of nonsense to start with has done them no favours whatsoever. The Land Agents thought they’d be rubbing their hands with glee at all the money they were going to make out of us. They both need to...
  20. Two Tone

    Defra fears lack of trust will undermine ELMs uptake

    Me too. Straight into File 13.
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