Farmer Roy's Random Thoughts - I never said it was easy.

Henarar

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Livestock Farmer
good idea, although I dropped all non essential insurance a couple of years ago to save money

was also planning on replacing this tractor about 3 years ago, but the last few years haven’t been conducive to much spending . . .
Would the one you could have bought been any better
Seen plenty with only a few hours or a couple years on them in the dealer's in hundreds of bits and seen plenty older than me still out giving good service
 
Would the one you could have bought been any better
Seen plenty with only a few hours or a couple years on them in the dealer's in hundreds of bits and seen plenty older than me still out giving good service
Dunno ?
what I do know is I’ve never had problems with a new tractor & have always had problems once they get over about 8000 hours . . .
Hence my theory / plan / desire to turn them over at about that age.

having said that, I’m currently thinking an old Case 7140 Magnum or JD 8400 might be the next tractor
 

Kiwi Pete

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Livestock Farmer
Some of the older tubs can be pretty bloody reliable if you make them "like new again" in the rubber department - stuff like fuel and hydraulic lines, pretty cheap insurance in its own right. Alternator, starter, clutch, by the time you've gone around those they're good for another 10,000

As said there is fudge all to some of the older gear, those Cases always seem to have the warning light flashing on the dash but you'd miss its company if it wasn't there
 

Kiwi Pete

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Livestock Farmer
some new stuff tends to suffer from down time rather than cost of repair
One contactor I know ran about 8 newish tractors had to change from a certain brand because they wouldn't keep going, stupid little faults a lot of them but they still stop you from working
Pretty bloody annoying when something like the clutch pedal switch goes bung and you can't even start the machine because it doesn't know you've got your foot on the clutch 🤬🤬🤬 generally that's when you bridge the starter with a ringspanner but never admit to it on the 'net
 

Kiwi Pete

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Livestock Farmer
Ever been in one that locks the hydraulics up because the sensor under the seat is buggered and it doesn’t think you’re in it?

Flattering and annoying at the same time.
The skidsteer was great for that, actually its owner bust a few ribs because of it.
Was going flat chat across a wheat paddock with 3 bales on the forks and hit a tramline - arse left seat - hydraulics went solid - 22 stone hit the safety bar at enough velocity to blow his ribs

of course if he hadn't had his cellphone wedged under his jowl all day he may have been a little more aware of his surroundings, but he blamed the safety device. Just one of those "tw@ts" we hear so much about.

He also managed to pull the power feed to the workshop down with the loader because his phone helped him forget he was lifting the loader, accelerating, and his delusions of adequacy sealed the deal
 

Blaithin

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Alberta, Canada
See, that’s what happens when you buy new stuff. Grew up in old skidsteers, you need two hands to drive. Can’t use a phone if you wanted too.

Although the newer joystick models are much easier for women to operate. It’s a sure sign a willy man developed something when it takes two hands to operate.
 

Kiwi Pete

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Livestock Farmer
See, that’s what happens when you buy new stuff. Grew up in old skidsteers, you need two hands to drive. Can’t use a phone if you wanted too.

Although the newer joystick models are much easier for women to operate. It’s a sure sign a willy man developed something when it takes two hands to operate.
No phone at all would be the best option, it seems to be a big part of contracting these days.

Imagine life before cellphones, when the things you were doing had your full attention and plans were made for the whole day!!
 

Blaithin

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Alberta, Canada
Are you sure you’ve worked in ag for years?

Even before cells I can remember plans changing at the drop of a hat. There were plans A through V for the day and you’d end up doing a few of them. Just if you didn’t have a CB or a Walky talky or you were out of range, you all had to drive around and find each other to get sh!t done :ROFLMAO:
 

Karliboy

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Livestock Farmer
Location
West Yorkshire
My new Case is a pain in the butt for the above with the seat sensor. Was rowing up other day and was that steep reversing down into a corner all my weight (11.5stone wet through) comes of seat when I press brakes and transfers onto the rear backrest of the seat so it won’t let me engage forwards to set off again. Result is a proper handbrake hill start pulling myself down into the seat 😂😂
 

holwellcourtfarm

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Livestock Farmer
Some of the older tubs can be pretty bloody reliable if you make them "like new again" in the rubber department - stuff like fuel and hydraulic lines, pretty cheap insurance in its own right. Alternator, starter, clutch, by the time you've gone around those they're good for another 10,000

As said there is fudge all to some of the older gear, those Cases always seem to have the warning light flashing on the dash but you'd miss its company if it wasn't there
My view too. I WILL fully refurb the JCB 3CX when we move. It's done 9500 hours but is totally reliable, just some play in the pins and a few oil leaks. Talking to a hire company a few years ago they said the new 3CX Eco's are lovely to drive, with everything electric, but become uneconomic to hire out after 3 years due to minor faults (all of which stop the machine dead because of all the safety interlinks).
 
See, that’s what happens when you buy new stuff. Grew up in old skidsteers, you need two hands to drive. Can’t use a phone if you wanted too.

Although the newer joystick models are much easier for women to operate. It’s a sure sign a willy man developed something when it takes two hands to operate.
That must mean that lane departure, 2 thousand cameras engulfing the vehicle, 95 cup holders , and automatic parking must have been developed by a woman. So she could keep taking selfies and posting to her insta.......
 

Blaithin

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Alberta, Canada
That must mean that lane departure, 2 thousand cameras engulfing the vehicle, 95 cup holders , and automatic parking must have been developed by a woman. So she could keep taking selfies and posting to her insta.......
You’re being much to negative about why a woman would need a free hand.

We just need something to hold our boobs when it’s bumpy!! As skidsteers and loaders inevitably are. Even quads have poor moments.
 

Hard Graft

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Mixed Farmer
Location
British Isles
I wish! Cost £85 just for customs clearance!

I struggle to find good quality rugby tops these days, they've become a "fashion" item rather than one fit to play a man's game in. :facepalm:
Where did you get them as I would happily order a few as fed up with poor quality ones
My view too. I WILL fully refurb the JCB 3CX when we move. It's done 9500 hours but is totally reliable, just some play in the pins and a few oil leaks. Talking to a hire company a few years ago they said the new 3CX Eco's are lovely to drive, with everything electric, but become uneconomic to hire out after 3 years due to minor faults (all of which stop the machine dead because of all the safety interlinks).
no I buy it off you 😉
The pin and come is brilliant on it but there more value in attachments than the digger now
I just had to do the engine up in mine as it broke a piston ring in January but ours is doing 600hrs as a loader mainly a year still but not sure what to replace it with
 

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