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Re: farming with 2 cylinder stories

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06-07-2020 06:44:10

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BTO I worked for in HS & college had mostly New Generation tractors, pair of '64 4020's,traded for a 4320 & 4020 in spring '69, bought a used gas 4020 with an additional 160 acre farm, bought a very slightly used 4230 with turbo, but always seemed to have some old 2 cylinders around. Ran his #60 quite a bit, then there was a worn-out styled A that was second string on the manure spreaders. His most used tractor was his 520. He planted ALL his corn with it when he used his 494 planter, also planted all his beans with a home-made #690 6-30 planter. He also cultivated everything at least once with the 520, bet it struggled with that 6-30 fry mount cultivator! I never ran it. The guts were blown out of the muffler, I could hear it over a mile UPWIND when he ran it. He used it to haul in when we chopped haylage, sometimes from almost a mile away. He had two of Deere's biggest Chuck Wagons, I'm sure I would have felt much more comfortable with a heavier 4020 pulling those loaded wagons. 520 only had a 10 mph road gear. I could slide an H or M FARMALL from 3rd to 4th to 5th gear on the move without ever clicking a tooth, but could ANYBODY shift a Deere with that gated shift pattern and hand clutch on the fly? I never had enough guts to try it. Our '40 styled B had a 4-speed, 4.5 mph road gear, the R diesel had a 5-speed, 11 mph 5th, it would start on hard surfaces in 5th gear pulling a plow or disk out of the ground. Interesting fact, the Super M-TA we had when we had the R went 11 mph in 5th gear with the TA back. It would easily idle off in low side of 5th too, then let the TA ahead and be hustling down the road at 16-1/2 mph. Dad bought the R with the intent that he was going to get to farm Grandpa's 160 acres that was 20 miles away, almost ALL state highways. I'm actually glad that never happened, running all those miles with our 14 ft disc in tow at 11 mph. Yes, I would have been the one to drive. Dad would wait a half hour to 45 minutes later and take off in the pickup and still beat me there.

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Joel Sanderson

06-08-2020 05:33:45

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 Re: farming with 2 cylinder stories in reply to DR. EVIL, 06-07-2020 06:44:10  
We can shift from 4th to 6th or from 5th to 6th with either the 730 or the 80. Mostly that's just to get a load started on the road.

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Coonie Minnie

06-07-2020 07:29:56

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 Re: farming with 2 cylinder stories in reply to DR. EVIL, 06-07-2020 06:44:10  
Two cylinders, at least the row crops where you can see the belt pulley, are very easy to shift on the go. The ones with a high/low like a G or 70 are easiest.

I've never tried it with a standard tread like an 820.

Maybe I should make a video...

I've yet to figure out how to shift my new to me MM U on the fly yet though.

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06-07-2020 10:21:58

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 Re: farming with 2 cylinder stories in reply to Coonie Minnie, 06-07-2020 07:29:56  
I never drove a G although one neighbor about 4 miles away had one. On the 1936 AR with high/low, first and third were on the low side and second and fourth were on the high side so if you were plowing in third and had to shift down it was easiest to just go from third to first. Just one lever, one movement. But if you were plowing in second and had to shift to first, it required moving two levers which somehow could probably done on the fly but not easily.

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