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Farming with my Fords

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Destroked 450

10-20-2016 13:00:32




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Mowing with the 5000 and Kuhn disc mower back in the spring

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6610 with my NH BR7070 baler
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4000 with the 601 mounted picker I dug out of a barn after being there over thirty years, gravity beds on a Oliver running gear.
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Used the 4000SU to haul the corn to the shed
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Used the 881 with box blade to level bedding in the poultry barns just to give it a little exercise, other wise it's retired.
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No pic of the 4500 that's in the shop getting a Farm Hand loader conversion and all weather cab installed for winter live stock feeding. The loader was all busted up and patch welded, with my Posi Track RC85 skid loader to do the heavy loader work, I didn't need a heavy loader weighing down the front off the 4500. Adding three point hitch and lower draw bar makes it a good tractor for moving and feeding round bales.

One of the small stock ponds that dried up this year so I used the skid loader to clean it out third party image

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Destroked 450

10-23-2016 20:45:10




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
Good solid level ground is the trick to mounting a 601.

This one when on super easy because it was in a shed with a concrete floor, working with a 601 for over 50 years also helps a little.



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Ultradog MN

10-22-2016 19:06:25




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
Great post.
Makes me glad to hang around with this bunch that is into this stuff.
Nice to see small scale harvesting equipment being kept up.
Lots of tillage equipment around yet but harvesting is a big part of a crop too.



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Shetland Sheepdog

10-22-2016 18:28:58




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
I'm running 7.50x16s & 18.4x30s on my '82 5610, and 7.50x18s & 15.5x38s on my '89 5610-2. Both tractors look to sit level, but the 10-2 is about 1" taller. I guess to think either was weird would kinda be nit picking! When I bought the 5610 it had 16.9x38s on it, and the seller wanted to keep them for his replacement tractor. I thought they were too much tire, so I was willing to swap for the 18.4x30s that were on his replacement tractor, an '85 5610 with cab.

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David G

10-22-2016 19:31:58




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Shetland Sheepdog, 10-22-2016 18:28:58  
I am running 11L on the front, really give good flotation for loader



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Shetland Sheepdog

10-22-2016 13:13:17




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
18.4x30s will be a tad shorter than your 15.5x38s and 18.4x34s a tad taller. I'm guessing that 16.9x34s are going to be the closest to 15.5x38s in height. After researching, I found that the 15.5x38s had the same rolling circumference as the 16.9x34s.

HTH, Dave



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David G

10-22-2016 17:55:47




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Shetland Sheepdog, 10-22-2016 13:13:17  
Kind of like goldilocks and the three bears, one too short, one too tall, maybe one just right.

I appreciate all the help.



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Destroked 450

10-22-2016 09:23:02




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
18.4x30's, wish it had 34's to get the draw bar a little higher off the ground.



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David G

10-22-2016 09:27:36




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-22-2016 09:23:02  
I have the 15.5 x 38's on mine with cast centers and spinouts, want to go wider but not higher or lower, so will change out to 30's or 34's.

The deal fell through for the 18.4 x 34's I was looking at.



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David G

10-22-2016 09:03:06




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
What size rear tires on the 6610?



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Destroked 450

10-22-2016 08:41:21




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
I've had a Claas WM30 8ft trailed drum mower for years and still use it, but their not made any more, I've run a couple of mounted disc mowers and hated everything about them so I was determined to get another trailed mower I could use with my 4000.

I went to the Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky and looked at every mower there. Several companies now make a trailed mower based off of their 10ft mower/conditioners that need a 65+hp tractor to operate.

Only Kuhn and Vermeer make a smaller 9ft model for tractors like mine, local JD dealer sells Kuhn, nearest Vermeer dealer is 45 miles away so I bought the Kuhn, price was the same and is close to what a 8ft mounted disc mower on a caddy would cost.

I also like the gyro tongue on the Kuhn, it lets you turn 90+ degrees in both directions, most other brands allow sharp right turns but not much more than 60 degree left turns, even less in transport mode.

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showcrop

10-22-2016 04:31:35




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
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Ha! I should have read all of the posts before submitting mine. That explains it. The only trailed disc mower that I have ever seen was in the mid-west while traveling. Here in the East if it is trailed it is almost always a Moco.



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Destroked 450

10-21-2016 20:10:11




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
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Cut width is 8' 10" it weighs a little over 2500lbs

My 4000 handled it fine never lugging down, no problem pulling or stopping, on my ground I mow in 6th gear at around 6.5 mph and when making turns at the end of the field the mower wanted to push the front of the tractor into the uncut grass sliding the front tires as I was straightening out.

With the 5000's heavier four cylinder engine and front axle this wasn't a issue but a tractor with the lighter swept back axle like my SU or a 3000 it could be a big issue that would force one to slow down to make turns or mow in a lower gear.

I mow hay on 4 small farms totaling 120 acres of hay, dropping from sixth gear to fifth would take another half day or more to finish mowing.

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Destroked 450

10-21-2016 19:09:57




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When I got the tractor it had the 7.50x16 fronts already on it with 15.5x38 power adjust on the rear, but the back rims where rusted so bad half the bead was about to break off. I got the 18.4x30's from my nephew when he took them off of a 7200 he'd bought and put on the correct 18.4x34's, not sure what I'm going to do with the 38's yet, tires are good but rims will need a lot of work. My MIL's 5600 is on 38's and will need tires in a few years so there is that option.

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showcrop

10-21-2016 16:10:14




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
How big is that Kuhn?



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Shetland Sheepdog

10-21-2016 14:32:18




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
Thanks for the reply!

I noticed, also, that the 5000 got a wheel upgrade!
Same wheels as on my 5610, which was originally on 7.50x18 and 15.5x38, but I did a swap with the original owner for the rears, and purchased 16" wheels for the fronts.



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Destroked 450

10-21-2016 13:42:29




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
It's a Kuhn GMD2850TL trailed disc mower, no conditioner with 8ft 10in cut, it's rated for 40 hp. I've pulled it with my 52hp 4000 and it handled it just fine but I feel on a smaller 3000 chassis the weight of the mower could become a issue on hilly ground.



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Shetland Sheepdog

10-21-2016 11:19:46




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
450, is the Kuhn disc mower pictured with your 5000 just a mower, or is it a mower/conditioner?

Also, what is the width of cut?

Thanks, Dave

PS: Nice looking fleet



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Benj R

10-21-2016 09:03:04




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
Hey, thanks so much for the pictures of your working Fords. I wish more people posted pictures of Fords doing what they were built to do.



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Destroked 450

10-20-2016 22:34:37




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
No that's the original exhaust and precleaner that came on the tractor and is correct for that year model with the diesel engine.



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Greg1959

10-20-2016 21:46:40




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
Destroked 450= I'm just curious? Was the next to the last pic of the hundred series ford with the exhaust and intake up so high, for dring in deep water????



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Destroked 450

10-20-2016 21:20:05




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Thanks!

Picker just has a cross conveyor, my old one has a husking bed that I could swap onto this one but probably wont.

I don't shell the corn, I grind cob and all for my beef cattle so a little shuck and fodder is just added filler.



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Texasmark1

10-20-2016 18:49:17




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
Nice



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Stevob671

10-20-2016 18:38:25




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
Nice tractors all, especially like the picker. Very sharp! Didn't look like the husking bed version. Seems to pick clean enough though.



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ford9000puller

10-20-2016 17:04:10




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
Nice pictures. That picker looks to be in great shape.



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Tracto-man

10-20-2016 16:06:15




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
Nice pics! Always good to see 'em still working.



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Sean in PA

10-20-2016 14:22:43




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Destroked 450, 10-20-2016 13:00:32  
Thanks for the pictures. Nice to see all those old Fords still going strong.



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sweep

10-23-2016 11:44:25




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to Sean in PA, 10-20-2016 14:22:43  
My uncle who had a 601 picker always said it took 7 men and a boy to hook it up.



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DEAN C

10-23-2016 19:38:28




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 Re: Farming with my Fords in reply to sweep, 10-23-2016 11:44:25  
MY 601 CAN BE MOUNTED IN LESS THAN 1/2 HOUR BUY MYSELF--GOT TO BE ON LEVEL GROUND



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