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Heat houser??

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Former gopher

11-25-2005 03:15:51

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Now that the cold weather has hit (and a ton of "lake effect" snow has dropped in northwest PA) I'm reminded of a contraption we had on my dad's Farmall M back in Minnesota in my boyhood days.

It was not a cab, but something that I remember being called something like a "heat houser" or "heat housing" or something like that. (Hey, I was a kid and didn't always pay attention like I should have done). It was a heavy, canvas or tarp kind of "windshield" attached somehow around in front of the steering wheel as kind of a protective shield that kept off some of the wind and, I assume, trapped some of the heat from the tractor to keep the driver a little bit warmer (or, at least, give the impression of being a little warmer). Minnesota has many sub-zero days.

I'm not trying to buy or build one of these, just having a pleasant childhood memory brought on by the onset of winter. Does anybody remember what I'm talking about, used to have one of these, or perhaps still uses one?

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11-25-2005 23:32:41

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 Re: Heat houser?? in reply to Former gopher, 11-25-2005 03:15:51  

I just put this on our 1855 last year, and it really helps. I got this one from my Oliver/Agco dealer made by FEMCO. We also have one for our Massey 285, sold by MF w/ their logo on. Turns out it was originally made by Femco as well. They aren't the cheapest, but they are custom fit for YOUR tractor model, not a "will fit" that is 4" too short over the engine and you have to cobble something together to fit the operator station properly (atleast some-what properly)....
Donovan from Wisconsin

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11-25-2005 08:54:00

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 Re: Heat houser?? in reply to Former gopher, 11-25-2005 03:15:51  
My memories include plowing into the wind and sweating only to turn and go with the wind and freezing on the trip back across the field.Or in a cross wind and having snow pelt you in the face all day.Nothing like a Sound Gard cab today.

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11-25-2005 17:40:57

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 Re: Heat houser?? in reply to msb, 11-25-2005 08:54:00  
Kinda reminds me of the Saturday night bath by the wood stove, Broiled on one side frostbite on the other. Aahh for the good old days(or nights).

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11-25-2005 07:56:31

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 Re: Heat houser?? in reply to Former gopher, 11-25-2005 03:15:51  
This site probably seels them and if they don't vaule bilt sells them. The custom ones made just for what ever tractor you have sell for $239.99 plus shipping.

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Jimmy King

11-25-2005 06:34:59

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 Re: Heat houser?? in reply to Former gopher, 11-25-2005 03:15:51  
Comfort Front was a another name was used, they had side curtons over the engine that could be removed, or left in place, they brought heat right back on the driver. My Dad went throught several of them on an H and Super A, over several years.

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M Nut

11-25-2005 04:47:51

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 Re: Heat houser?? in reply to Former gopher, 11-25-2005 03:15:51  
Yes, I still use one on my 170 Allis Chalmers that I use feeding hay. Several neighbores use them as well. I live in east central mn, and yes they do help a lot in breaking the cold winds.

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11-25-2005 04:01:17

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 Re: Heat houser?? in reply to Former gopher, 11-25-2005 03:15:51  
My parents had one on their M. Made a big difference in the winter. I used a Massey with one and in my mind, they made a big difference.

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11-25-2005 03:56:39

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 Re: Heat houser?? in reply to Former gopher, 11-25-2005 03:15:51  
got two of them make a big difference when it is cold out. Oliver 1650, 66

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Glenn in Mi

11-25-2005 03:39:51

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 Re: Heat houser?? in reply to Former gopher, 11-25-2005 03:15:51  
I bought a brand new one through Tractor Supply a couple of years ago. They are wonderful when you need to plow snow with an open station tractor in zero weather, with the wind blowing. TSC advertises theirs as Heater Cabs. I've also seen them called weatherbreaks. I think Heat Houser was a brand name, because I also remember that name from years ago.

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Former gopher

11-25-2005 04:33:22

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 Re: Heat houser?? in reply to Glenn in Mi, 11-25-2005 03:39:51  
Thanks guys! I knew you would know the answer. :)

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Princeton Bill

11-25-2005 05:07:20

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 Re: Heat houser?? in reply to Former gopher, 11-25-2005 04:33:22  
Heat Houser was a brand name. Probably the best brand that was made. They were and are still in Fort Dodge Iowa. You can still buy a Heat Houser. They have a website.

Dad would put them on all the tractors that he used in the winter. He even rigged one up to put on a 77 and later a 770 Oliver when they had mounted corn pickers on them. It made quite a difference when you were running the picker.

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11-25-2005 07:57:05

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 Re: Heat houser?? in reply to Princeton Bill, 11-25-2005 05:07:20  
I spent many hours behind one in the cold Iowa winters. Had one on the H and one on the Super M and later on the 400. We had windshields but that plastic got pretty blame brittle when it got down to zero. I remember dad getting so mad when us boys put a crack in one while we were trying to hurry the manure hauling process along. Then I remember him taking off the windshield and rolling back the engine cover portions when it was time to do some early spring plowing. Oh yes it all comes back to me now. Migraine

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