I remember when.............

I remember when we first had quick fit snap connectors on the silage trailer tipping pipe, replacing the Dowty screw on unions. They seemed to save no end of time when doing maybe 20 + trips in a day.

And when Dad welded a three foot piece of steel rod onto the top of the drawbar pin so you could hook/unhook without getting out of the cab.
 
Wait ‘til you discover Monster Tape, Shoe Goo and polyurethane bonder 👍

However, in the spirit of the thread, I remember Dad buying his first fore end loader for The Mighty 165 around 1982 when I was 12.

It was a revelation. My younger brother loved it and has been a loader wizard ever since. I hated it. The steering was heavy enough without it.

The revelation for me was driving my first JCB Loadall aged 16.
 

Kidds

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Horticulture
I still think powershifts are like magic. Which they are when you grew up driving Fordson Majors, MF35s and assorted Leylands.

'You mean I push this lever while going along, and the tractor just speeds up or slows down? What kind of sorcery is it?'
I grew up on those kinds of tractors but even back then we had an IH 523 that had a magic lever on it.
 

delilah

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I remember when we put a new second hand non bent axle on the MF 65 so you could actually steer it to the left and didn't have to hold the steering tight all the time or it would go right all the time

I was always fascinated by the magic MF trick whereby you could set off down a straight road with the logo on the steering wheel the right way up and you hadn't gone far before the logo was upside down, knowing nothing about the mechanics of tractor steering mechanisms it still seems a cool trick.
 

Henarar

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Livestock Farmer
I was always fascinated by the magic MF trick whereby you could set off down a straight road with the logo on the steering wheel the right way up and you hadn't gone far before the logo was upside down, knowing nothing about the mechanics of tractor steering mechanisms it still seems a cool trick.
that happens when they use a single ended ram on tractors with full power steering
 

yellowbelly

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Livestock Farmer
Location
N.Lincs
I remember when..............


..................silage film was invented............
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........and we no longer had to pull on thousands of bags and tie all the necks up 🎆
 

Henarar

Member
Livestock Farmer
I remember when..............


..................silage film was invented............
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........and we no longer had to pull on thousands of bags and tie all the necks up 🎆
I actually met the first person to wrap a bale

Dad bought a new Volac/KV wrapper and we had never seen one and didn't really know how they worked, thought it was wonderful, then a few years later we got a remote controlled wrapper and that was like magic
 

Lowland1

Member
Mixed Farmer
Waterproofs that were actually waterproof for more than 5 minutes, oh the joy.
Second hand goretex ex army waterproofs made such a difference when cutting cabbages from September to May.
My Grandfather had a couple of factories making waterproof clothing and sometime in the '70's he started making spraysuits for use when mixing and spraying agrochemicals unfortunately gortex wasn't available so he had just invented a sauna you could wear. He wasn't best pleased when when my Dad would rather mix DNBP in his shorts rather than risking the spraysuit he'd been given.
 

yellowbelly

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
N.Lincs
I remember thinking that wrapper looks well dodgy without a guard over that sprocket and chain.
:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
That was the very first bale we ever wrapped. Note the muck on my overalls from crawling underneath to do 'a few technical adjustments'.

After spending a week building it, and everybody telling us, "It'll never work", the last thing we had on our minds was a few 'incidentals' like guards :facepalm:

We did, however, give her a set of guards and a paint job once we'd proved the idea was a goer......
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I still think powershifts are like magic. Which they are when you grew up driving Fordson Majors, MF35s and assorted Leylands.

'You mean I push this lever while going along, and the tractor just speeds up or slows down? What kind of sorcery is it?'
And then there was wonderful Multipower, and if you were in LO. there was no engine braking at all. My 188 in the early 70's used to loose hydraulics, PTO and Hi Multipower on a regular basis which could be quite exciting at times. The SOS 5000 was quite a tool but you needed to brace for the upshift from 8th to 9th. 7000 Dual Power was superb.

Moving on, DB Hydrashift - wonderful, then came the JD 4040 with Quadrange and the Case 2090 with 3 powershifts in 4 ranges. What progress!
 

Goweresque

Member
Location
North Wilts
I actually met the first person to wrap a bale

Dad bought a new Volac/KV wrapper and we had never seen one and didn't really know how they worked, thought it was wonderful, then a few years later we got a remote controlled wrapper and that was like magic

I've got an Volac bale wrapper hidden away in a shed, one of the original blue ones, before they tied up with KV. Dad bought it new in about 1985/86 I think. It never did much work as we moved farm in 1987 and went over to arable instead of suckler cows.
 

LIVE - DEFRA SFI Janet Hughes “ask me anything” 19:00-20:00 20th September (Today)

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Hello, I’m Janet Hughes. I’m the Programme Director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme in Defra – the programme that’s phasing out the Common Agricultural Policy and introducing new schemes and services for farmers.



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