Project Xerion.

At long last I’ve made a tentative start on the Xerion.

It’s been a long story of hassle and hold ups since I bought it in September and that shows no sign of letting up. Parts are desperately slow to arrive and to date, after ordering everything in early February the only things I’ve received are a tool box catch and a pair of headlights.

More bad news today, after being told the cab subframe would be here last week they are now saying mid May. That’s going to be cutting it very fine for me because I really need it mostly done by mid June before we start walking thousands of acres of standing crop.

Anyway, trying to keep on the up side, I’ve done a few bits and bobs. Had the new wheels and tyres fitted a while back. The old silver wheels and tyres are for sale if anybody wants a pair or one for a spare. Quite good tyres, easily capable of holding up a corner and keeping a tractor working for a day or two in the event of a tyre disaster. They are 710/60/42. I think! :D

Master plan David is to shove the cab out front and lash the Bredal body on the back and go chucking dust up.

Simples. If I can get parts.

No real reasons why the delay, just desperately dragging their feet. I have a feeling somebody doesn't want me to show how easy it is to do.

Anyhow.............I have my people onto it. ;);)
Been looking forward to this thread.

What reason are they giving for the parts hold ups?

And the ratchet straps holding the steps up?

Ratchet straps holding steps temporarily because I removed the top plate to have a look see and didn't want the bother of replacing it just to go a few miles and get the tyres. The top plate braces the fuel tank.
No. Engine access looks a bit of a faff. But it won’t ever break down. :LOL::rolleyes:

Job for today, get the front and rear linkages off. Front links took twenty minutes. Christ, I’m good at this. Rear linkage taken 5 hrs so far and still not done!

These pins are seized in tight. No grease points anywhere.

Had to make an extraction tool. Old knife coulter and a bit of tube. Luckily, the pins are the type with a threaded hole down the middle. They took some shifting but they did yield to my superior skills in the end.

Linked the hydraulic pipes together to create a circuit.

Top pins won’t have it at all. Next job will be to take the whole top shaft off with rams attached. Bugger the pins.


Quids in already. Found this spanner lurking on the top of the rear axle. View attachment 789184

Front links all gone. Planning on a nice stainless tool box here somewhere.
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Losing the linkages to lose weight. I reckon over a quarter of a tonne easy.
Sounds like quite a simple frame to mount the cab then if no tipping involved will off been mear peanuts of claas I bet:whistle::D

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...