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terry wrote on Saturday, January 25, 2003 (PST):
  • Are you sure the baler was a New-Idea and not a New Holland? I never knew New-Idea mad balers
    david scooter taylor wrote on Sunday, February 09, 2003 (PST):
  • I got a kick out of reading your story.
    bill wrote on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 (PST):
  • Job well done. THANX injoyed the story. Yes as you already know "new-idea" produced many balers. THANX again. Bill
    Eli Gingerich wrote on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 (PST):
  • What a great story, this is what it's all about. I'm just done restoring my dad's old 1939 J D B and am I proud of it. Thanks for a great story Eli
    Josh wrote on Thursday, March 13, 2003 (PST):
  • Shows you what a Johnny Popper can do. We have a 630 though, an' every time we run it on our 270 New Holland baler(runs on a PTO),it'tle shake you off the seat,not to mention makin' the hole in the drawbar expand.Anyway, great story. Josh from south GA.
    Deas Plant wrote on Saturday, March 15, 2003 (PST):
  • Re Josh's comment about his JD 630 shaking him off the seat while running the PTO on his baler; This may or may not be the problem. For a standard double-universal-jointed PTO to run smoothly, the centre of the shaft between the two universal joints needs to be directly over the drawbar pin. This equalises the amount of flex for each universal joint which helps to reduce vibration. Hope this helps. You have a wonderful day. Best wishes. Deas Plant.
    roger wrote on Tuesday, September 02, 2003 (PDT):
  • Great story. This is why they made the horizontal 2 cyl well into the 50s. With any of them, gas or diesel, you are barely below torque peak when you are loaded down to 1/3 of the rated speed. Almost no other engine design has such a long, flat torque curve. Add to that the possiblitiy of getting 50 HP out of 2 gallons per hour (oh, that was just the diesels) r
    ken wrote on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 (PST):
  • JOHN DEERE forever,,can t beat a johnny popper john deere says I GOTCHA I GOTCHA I GOTCHA GOTCHA
    Kirk J, Hoefer wrote on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 (PST):
  • My friend, there must have been nothing sweeter to accomplish than that great feet that day. NOW WHO WAS SMILING BRODDER? Great trutale. I thoroughly enjoyed that. Thanks. Safe journy's Kirk
    Ron Hejlik wrote on Friday, February 20, 2004 (PST):
  • Enjoyed your article. Reminded me of growing up on a farm with some hills in the 50's. I didn't know New Idea ever made a hay baler??
    Nels Jensen wrote on Thursday, December 16, 2004 (PST):
  • Grew up in Sheridan, Michigan on a dairy farm, went to school in Greenville, and we always had Oliver tractors. When I was a kid, I always liked the Farmalls because of their sound and exaust, now live in Calif. and would`nt have nothing but an Oliver. We only had one neighbor with a John-Deere, and it never showed me anything other than being a noisy workone self to death machine. But different strokes for different folks. Nothing against John Deere, but I don`t need one. Thanks.
    Nels Jensen wrote on Thursday, December 16, 2004 (PST):
  • Sorry, forgot my e-mail address
    lee wrote on Thursday, December 16, 2004 (PST):
  • Well, that's a good story because it had a good outcome. It could have been entirely different. If that tractor had not made the summit it is near certain a tragic accident would have followed in short order. I can hardly imagine that B stopping a loaded wagon and baler rolling backwards. A jacknife and rollover would have been unavoidable. People don't often realize the danger that lurks with dares and challenges such as this one. All in all a good story but not one others should attempt to duplicate. Never attempt a steep incline if you have any reason to think your machine cannot make it. A double no no with equipment in tow. It's arguably one of the most dangerous predicaments. One can willingly drive right into disaster. Once that tractor stops there is almost nothing you can do but jump.
    Matt wrote on Tuesday, January 04, 2005 (PST):
  • quite an accomplishment for a B talk about 2 cylinder power
    Maureen O'Hara wrote on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (PDT):
  • I really enjoyed the article as it reminded me of the childrens story the Little Engine That Could. It would make a wonderful childrens story for little boys. Good luck and it was also good writing.
    dlovett wrote on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 (PDT):
  • I am a Farmall guy and I even liked that story. You are a fine writer I could imagin myself there.
    Clay Dickerson wrote on Friday, January 26, 2007 (PST):
  • The first tractor I ever operated was a 1948 JD model BO orchard . My dad set up the first round or two with a plow and then put the tractor in 2 low and turned it over to me. I plowed for hours. At times I thought the engine would die, but it just kept on chugging along. I don t know all the ends and outs of this model, but we ran our s from 1948 to 1964. It had a 2 speed main and a two speed over/under giving 4 speeds forward.
    Jim W wrote on Friday, January 26, 2007 (PST):
  • Hi Neil, that was an interesting story. I would like to talk to you about your old NI baler that you guys had. Yes NI did make some balers. I have one that is a W6 wire tie 1953 model.
    Stephen Atkins wrote on Saturday, January 26, 2008 (PST):
  • Neighbor had put new oversize tires on his B. He had a full load on his bundle wagon when he started up a steep hill to pick up some more bundles. He walked that old B all the way to the top to finish off his load. So,Ya an old B can suprise you sometimes. steveormary steveormary
    Cathy Williams-Taylor wrote on Saturday, January 26, 2008 (PST):
  • Mr. Campbell--I very much enjoyed your article! Did you by chance live on a gravel road just off of Chippewa Lake Road east of Big Rapids? I was born and raised in Big Rapids many, many years ago, and I remember a family named Campbell whose children rode my school bus. Could that be you? What a small world!!
    Mike wrote on Monday, January 26, 2009 (PST):
  • I really enjoyed your story.Reminds me of things we used to try when we were kids.
    Neil Campbell wrote on Monday, March 23, 2009 (PDT):
  • Dear Cathy Williams. Yes, I certain that I am the Campbell you knew in Big Rapids. I wrote this story a long time ago and never in the world would have imagined that one day I would be working for John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa building tractors! I work there as a Quality Engineer, but will never forget the old times baling hay with the Johnny Poppers! Send me an Email on CampbellNeilH@JohnDeere.com
    Graham (from New Zealand) (Now in Aust) wrote on Sunday, August 23, 2009 (PDT):
  • I enjoyed the article, but was horrified at the possible consequenses if the tractor didn't quite make it. I have driven a variety of tractors and loads over some pretty funny (dangerous, really) country and lived to tell the story, but cringed at the thought of the old JD not making it. With a rolling load I'm sure the brakes wouldn't hold and the result would be a complete reverse jack knife and likely rollover and probably fatalities, including the kids on the trailer. Likely there was no ROP. I wonder if the Case tractor was not so much incapable of towing the load up the hill as Dad being prudent and exoerienced enough to realise that 'discretion is the better part of valour' and unhooked BEFORE a likely accident. I noticed a post on YT of a newspaper report of a guy killed using a vintage(I think) tractor and loader, a dangerous combination, and again ROP frame?? Tractors are very useful and great fun too, but like fire and water, dangerous and lethal in the wrong or inexperienced hands. Keep safe!!!! and stay alive and uninjured for your wife and kids.
    buck eye al wrote on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 (PST):
  • Knew a guy that was owner of an IH dealership. Said he never worried a bit when taking an M out to demonstrate against an A but he always said "gotta be careful about them B's. You take an H out to demonstrate against a B... well you just better know the place & the owner. Them B's are tough!"
    allan wooden wrote on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 (PST):
  • I am 62 years old and am still living on the 80 acre farm I grew up on. I know the proud feeling this gentleman feels . every time I grind feed for the cattle or plow the small acreage I hobby farm, I pat my old girls on the hood and say" that'l do. beats all that my 430, 530, 730 & 830 do everything all the newer tractors do with half the fuel consumption. I love the old john pops
    bill teachout wrote on Friday, October 01, 2010 (PDT):
  • Nice Story, Neil!
    John Orth wrote on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 (PST):
  • I know those balers were heavy. I think you might be referring to the NH-77? I saw how they would shake a M Farmall too many times, as I think they weighed like 4k lbs.I always look to buy one in Ohio but I guess many of them are long gone. We called it the big baler! They had a sound of their own once the stuck valves were free from sitting all winter. In the low spots where damp hay was it would kill a young kid with the weight of those bales.
    Danny in Daketown wrote on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 (PDT):
  • dude you need to write books. had me sittin on the edge of my seat
    louvanleeuwen sr wrote on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (PDT):
  • must have been a light load&a light baler
    Wayne Schrage wrote on Friday, March 29, 2013 (PDT):
  • thats right john deere!
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