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  1. 24 points
    First Christmas being Retired and with my first Grandchild. He is 4 months old. Grandma is spoiling Him rotten already. We went to the Christmas Tree farm last Sunday and He picked out His first Tree. A good time was had by all.
  2. 22 points
    I've been waiting for this. Finally we got the first snowfall since we've been back home again. My trusty old 'B'-160 was getting impatient sitting in the garage. We got 4-5" off the lake and it was play time.
  3. 21 points
    When i said i wasnt a Collector, im not, i have 1. But here's what i Wake for every day of my life ! I dont cost Money or Gifts, Just Heart, when they crawled up on Pop Pop i feel great inside, No Big Truck or Tractor makes me feel this Great inside ! I thought id share this Pic at my Sisters home last evening before hooking up my Plow
  4. 20 points
    Its December 7th, 76 years ago today the Japanes bombed Pearl Harbor. 2,403 Americans were killed, 1,178 were wounded. There was no state of war when this attack occured. As many of you know, my father was there, serving aboard the U.S.S. PENNSYLVANIA. It it a day I will never forget, and I think many Amercicans should keep the memory alive of those that died and were wounded. So I started my day with a prayer to honor those there. I will never forget. That day, today, will always be honored by me. Glenn
  5. 19 points
    I retired a little over a year ago but I drove these for a fertilizer and chemical company since 1989. Now I work for these guys.
  6. 18 points
    Seems with winter coming on there have been several threads started to get to know each other better...from other hobbies and interests to how our usernames came up...I thought it might be interesting to see what we all do for a living. I work as a truck driver in the oil fields of Oklahoma. My job consists of hauling the waste drilling fluids from the rig and spread it on nearby pasture or farm ground. We pay the landowner so much per barrel of mud to spread it on his/her land, and it benefits their land as well if done properly. This is one of the rigs we service, and a picture of the mud I speak of And this is the truck I drive every day And if BRF picture wasn't enough to scare everybody here I am geared up and ready for the day
  7. 18 points
    Excerpts from "Reflections on Pearl Harbor" by Admiral Chester Nimitz. Sunday, December 7th, 1941--Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the phone. He told Admiral Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the Pacific Fleet. Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet. He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941. There was such a spirit of despair, dejection and defeat you would have thought the Japanese had already won the war. On Christmas Day, 1941, Adm. Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destruction wrought on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Big sunken battleships and navy vessels cluttered the waters everywhere you looked. As the tour boat returned to dock, the young helmsman of the boat asked, "Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing all this destruction?" Admiral Nimitz's reply shocked everyone within the sound of his voice. Admiral Nimitz said, "The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America. Which do you think it was?" Shocked and surprised, the young helmsman asked, "What do mean by saying the Japanese made the three biggest mistakes an attack force ever made?" Nimitz explained: Mistake number one: The Japanese attacked on Sunday morning. Nine out of every ten crewmen of those ships were ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and been sunk--we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800. Mistake number two: When the Japanese saw all those battleships lined in a row, they got so carried away sinking those battleships, they never once bombed our dry docks opposite those ships. If they had destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to tow every one of those ships to America to be repaired. As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and can be raised. One tug can pull them over to the dry docks, and we can have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to America. And I already have crews ashore anxious to man those ships. Mistake number three; Every drop of fuel in the Pacific theater of war is in top of the ground storage tanks five miles away over that hill. One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and destroyed our fuel supply. That's why I say the Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could make, God was taking care of America. Any way you look at it--Admiral Nimitz was able to see a silver lining in a situation and circumstance where everyone else saw only despair and defeatism. President Roosevelt had chosen the right man for the right job. We desperately needed a leader that could see silver linings in the midst of the clouds of dejection, despair and defeat. Our national motto is, IN GOD WE TRUST, he watched over us in 1941 and continues to do so today. CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY!
  8. 16 points
    hi men, several years ago i picked up this bervac blower from another member on here. he said the gearbox leaked. i have been sloooowly refurbishing it for my son-in-law. i had to completely disassemble the blower to get to the gearbox. i split the gearbox and it looked great inside. i made a gasket with permatex. i removed the chute and had it sandblasted and powdwercoated gloss black. i flipped the cutting/scraper edge. i wire brushed the inside of the bucket and gave it 2 coats of POR15, then 2 top coats of rustoleum gloss black. it came with the counterweight kit which you see on the back. i repainted the counterweight kit with rattle cans. i also had to install a new piece of number 40 chain which transfers power from the blower gearbox to the impeller shaft. the chute rotation handle support had a badly cracked rubber grommet type of thing which centered the rotating handle. my buddy harry came up with the idea to use an electrical connector in its place and now the handle rotates nicely. i installed the blower on my 416-8 for my son-in-law to try this winter. i added some wheel weights and chains. i put a new battery in the tractor and did the usual maint as well. hope you all like the pics. best regards mike in mass.
  9. 16 points
    I grew up on a dairy farm doing a little of everything and have have changed occupations several times. Some of them have been: journeyman electrician, hydroponic greenhouse manager, and most recently. nuclear power plant operator. I departed Florida Power and Light a dozen years ago and find that Retirement is the most satisfying occupation yet!
  10. 16 points
    Had to get the beast out and play in the snow!
  11. 16 points
    Here it is... came from fellow forum member Elliot Ness. Many thanks to him for his patience and hanging on to it for four months till I could carve out the time to make it down. As with any old tractor, there are some details to attend to but it seems to run good and strong. Can’t wait to give it a personal once over in the upcoming months...
  12. 15 points
    This all started back in the late 90’s for a Christmas present for my boy when he was around 4yrs old . I wanted a toy gun that would look and feel like the real thing , so copper fittings , pipe and wood was the plan . Most importantly I wanted something that I could teach him gun safety that would last and he could pass down . My first attempt wasn’t the best but it worked for what I wanted . Well me being me I knew I could do better . For the next year I was coming up with ideas in my head how to improve upon the first. That year I made two in two weeks time . I made one for my son and the second just in case I screwed it up . I should mention that these have no moving parts just for toughness. They can use their imagination , heck I was happy with a stick that looked like a gun when I was boy . The first stocks I bedded with die grinders. I then made it easier using a router table. All the stocks were hand shaped on a belt sander . The last gun (#10) I made was back in 2010 before my accident. I’ve since have came up with some ideas to make the bedding process easier. Now I need to pass on my ideas and get someone to build some more Christmas presents . This is #10 that belongs to my little cousin made with Missouri Walnut . There’s almost 40hrs work into this one . Wish the pictures were clearer. Cheek riser and butt stock pad where cut off from a old AG tractor lug and shaped by hand . Hoping to find my sons toy guns in the basement for some more pictures.
  13. 15 points
    I grew up farming and work as a farm hand. After high school I worked as an Auto body Mechanic for 10+yrs. Then I moved on to be a Harley Davidson mechanic for another 10+ yrs, during this time I also did custom painting on bikes as a side job. Wrenching during the day & painting at night led to very long days, some times getting only a few hours sleep each day. For the last 14yrs now I have been working as a test technician on large scale generators. Our facility builds generators from 200Kw - 2,000Kw. A boring test is a good test here but there is enough trouble shooting and repairs to keep me interested in the job. Below is a pic of one of our 2,000Kw units. It has a V16 65.4L diesel engine, holds 145gal of coolant, 190qts of oil. The engine produces 3,050hp at 1800RPMs and sips a mere 150gal of diesel per hour at full load. Full load at 480v is 3007amps at .8 power factor. There is a 20oz Coke bottle sitting on one of the valve covers as a size reference.
  14. 15 points
    I am a Millwright (Industrial mechanic) and work for DuPont. We make Freon 123 which is for large commercial chillers. Unfortunately we can't make it after next year because of environmental concerns so plant is shut down at the end of next year. There are two mechanics at our plant (including me) and our main ingredients are Hydrofluoric acid and PCE (basically like a dry cleaning fluid). Raw materials come in on rail cars. They are mixed together and heated with a catalyst at 500 PSI and the end result is freon 123 and HCL. The HCL is separated out in distillation columns and basically given away as it is a waste stream. HCL is loaded onto rail cars, 123 is loaded onto rail cars, tanker trucks, and ISO containers. My job is to do all maintenance required to keep the plant running including the rebuild of valves, pumps, piping systems, columns etc. I also maintain the company vehicles and snow removal equipment. Also maintenance hooks up the rail cars and makes sure they are safe to send out on the rails. Because of the toxic nature of the materials (especially the Hydrofluoric acid, a lot of the work is done in a fully encapsulated acid suit with breathing air. That is not a lot of fun at -20 when all you have on your hands is 2 layers of rubber gloves and your face mask fogs and sometimes frosts up so you can't see. Because of the breathing air or respirators that require a good seal to your face, you must be clean shaven at all times. Cleat
  15. 15 points
    From 1972 to 2007 I was in the office equipment sales and service business, owning my own copier company from 1991 to 2007. Then I sold out and went into home improvement, which led me into Radon Mitigation just like @wallfish . I'm now retired, but feed my tractor addiction by buying and selling Wheel Horses and parts, and making and selling brake band linings for the horses.
  16. 15 points
    I am a retired Indiana State Trooper..got done with that and worked in construction for a few years and went to trade school for welding - then went to work for Kaiser Aluminum as a maintenance welder - worked my way up to line foreman, then maintenance foreman and eventually plant superintendent...retired 21 years ago and love every minute of retirement...due to my age, I can't physically work with stuff like I used to....sure would like to tho.....that's why I like following the work you guys do..living vicariously...
  17. 15 points
    I was an electrician from 1986 to 2010. Then like many of you I made a career change at 44 years old. I now work for a defense contractor as a project manager installing submarine trainers for the Navy. Its a great job with quite a bit of travel to any naval base that has subs. My farthest trip was to Guam to install a navigation trainer. The last few years I have also been involved in building security systems for submarine training buildings on bases, both intrusion and access control. Talk about a mess of rules!! I still keep my Connecticut electrical license up to date....just in case .
  18. 15 points
    I was a communication contractor (Voice, data, satellite, CATV, CCTV, WIFI, Ect. Ect.) since 1988. Basically if it had a wire going to it, we installed it on everything from 600' towers to complete underground systems. Then completely changed careers at 53 years old just recently back in May '17, which was quite a bit scary because of risking EVERYTHING we had and then some, but things are going very well so far. I bought a small Radon Mitigation company and now install those systems in Central MA. The website which needs updating is massradon.com . Wearing every hat involved with a new business doesn't leave much time for anything else.
  19. 15 points
    I don't have any photos, but I am an industrial waste water treatment operator at Jasper Engines & Transmissions in Jasper Indiana. We use a hydroxide precipitation treatment process to get the solids out of the cleaning process waste water. We also have oil skimmers to remove the oil that is cleaned off of and out of the drive line components. Our discharged water goes to the city for additional treatment before it is discharged to the Patoka River.
  20. 14 points
    Worked for quite a few years at several different shops turning wrenches on everything from small cars to diesel trucks and trailers and even some welding . Worked in a custom cabinet shop for a few years until they ran it into the ground and moved on to being a Utilities Locator running 5 counties and 5 different utility companies we contracted for - then they sold out the company . Figured out real quick that was a dead end industry with too many changes so I went in the Laborer's Union - almost got 20yrs in now as a Journeyman . Mostly heavy highway and used to do a lot of the local Nukes and other power plants . Will probably retire out at the end of next year and move on once again - depends upon the politicians and if they actually ever put any money into our crumbling roads . Last range of years since '09 has been really lean with a lot of time off so been doing as many others have in the Trades a lot of side work with welding and repairs to keep us afloat . Might go to a local small welding shop that always needs help but my eye sight is going to keep me limited to basically a shop rat - I guess it could be worse . Doubt I'll ever really retire as our pension funds have taken such a bad hit over the years and our membership is dwindling - but who knows ....I'm sure ready for it . Sarge
  21. 14 points
    I think we all put projects on the burner that we could do when the weather turns to nasty. I collect Chess sets and I have had one that my brother in law bought me some years ago. He bought it in Mexico...maybe 30 years ago...Onyx. I had stored it in a bad spot through the years...under the sink in the bar. A Coke had leaked on it ...and Coke will eat stone, it made a mess of things and it has been some years that I wanted to fix this. Took a while to figure out what I wanted to do. The Onyx was mounted on like a concrete backing. It had some disintegration with the concrete and the Onyx. Pictures might help here...... This is what it looked like apart. I cut a piece of 1/2" plywood that was 3/8" larger then the square of the Onyx and used Liquid Nails to glue the pieces together. I then took the table saw and cut pieces to set on the edge of the wood out-cropping to make a frame. I used the table saw to cut the grooves and 45ed the edges to give it a nice feel. I then used polyurethane to fill and hide the cracks. I am bye no means an excellent wood worker, but I am satisfied with what I did to save this Chess Set. Thanks for looking. This is what the trim looked like (on end) after cutting on the table saw. finished product after 3 coats of finish. If you have projects like this...please add them. One thing I need to do during the winter...change fishing line on my poles...sharpen hooks. Pictures of this to follow.
  22. 14 points
    Finally got to plow with wedge plow on the 400! Worked outstandingly!!!
  23. 14 points
    We had a big snow storm the other day here in erie, pa and the 416h didn't miss a beat! Cleared about 10-12 inches of wet heavy snow. Also, thanks to the person that gave the great idea of using my 4 wheeler helmet and goggles. Great way to keep warm and keeping the snow out of my face!
  24. 14 points
    When I got home from work today got the 1054 out to play in the snow. The ole Work Horse does a great job.
  25. 13 points
    Spent 28 years in the Army. Most of the time managing Health Care dollars. But some of my favorite times were in field units playing with trucks... Been retired a long time now (no kids). Started out playing with an M-37 and an M-274. Went on to full size old tractors Case DC, VAC and Farmall M. Then Picked up on the wheel Horses starting with my fathers L107. To tie back to first post I live on a dirt road in the Marcellus Shale gas fields. last winter 800-1000 of those tri-axle water truck were going up and down it. Had to be careful pulling out of the driveway making sure you were in the convoy serial going the right way. Road was narrow in parts they had a 24/7 guy in a pick up truck batching up the tankers sending them through in serials.
  26. 13 points
    Electric or manual will work. Just make sure it has long horizontal hand rails.
  27. 13 points
    Take LOTS of photos so you will know how it goes back together. Label bolts in bags or put them back into the holes they come out of so you don't loose them. Threaded holes you can insert them into the thread about 2 turns when you paint and then they get painted too and you don't have to hold them.
  28. 12 points
    I got snow here today for the first time that needed plowed. I had to go to work early to plow snow but none to be had as the flurries missed us in the AM. I'm about 25 miles north of where I work and on the way home it was waiting for me. This is the first time using this tractor and considering I have no wheel weights it did great. I know I'm pushing my luck( no pun intended) but if it becomes an issue I can switch back to the turfs and put a set of 105 lbers along with a set of 80 lbers stacked on top. Did anyone else get their tractors out today? Better than snowmobiling! I have a horseshoe shaped drive and it takes some time.
  29. 12 points
    With my Wheel Horse 1054 offline from snow plow duty temporarily I got out one of my "other" tractors. The Allis Chalmers 912H with the 42" snow thrower did a great job filling in.
  30. 12 points
    I'm an Architect with IBM Cloud specializing in SAP applications, but I take care of a website here and there for kicks.
  31. 12 points
    Going to pick up my new sublimated mugs tomorrow. s.
  32. 12 points
    Self Employed Medical Equipment Repair Technician Specializing in Table Top Autoclaves
  33. 12 points
    I put the 3/12 to work this afternoon pushing the first snow this winter. Also first winter at our new house. Last year I ran it with the cast iron wheel weights and chains on turfs. This year I have the ags on it and no chains. I'd like to keep it that way since I just put that drive way in a month ago. I have a 2" hitch that I made and a hanger that goes into it. I have 6 44' suitcase weights that I can load on if I need more traction but it pushed the snow up hill no problem today without them. Was too easy plowing my drive so I did most of the culdesac sidewalk and one neighbors driveway
  34. 12 points
    Well after 3 years of having this project on the back burner, it's finally back on four wheels in who knows how long! Now it's time to see if I can get that ol' tecumseh to run again.
  35. 12 points
    If you are going to use a spray can I highly recommend Premium Decor Fiesta Red from True Value. It goes on really flat and glossy. It dries very quickly and very hard. When I inherited Dad’s 161 it needed some touch up and this was a perfect match. The best part is it’s only $3.50/can. Here are are some before and after pics plus some items I added later and painted to match.
  36. 12 points
    First time in 18 Years Whew, I was almost afraid to open this.
  37. 11 points
    I worked for a company call Buzzi Unicem . They are a company out of Italy. We produced and sold cement to contractors and the oil field.. I retired after 30 years seven years ago. I now make jig heads and sinkers when I am not fishing. This is my hobby.
  38. 11 points
    I have been a mechanic for the Mouse for the last 30 years. I've worked on landscape equipment, heavy equipment, vehicles, a couple of attractions for about a year and now work in a golf cart shop. Still kickin' it. Hope to be North Carolina bound in 3-4 years. I'll find something up there to do to make some tractor money. 😁
  39. 11 points
    I work for an electrical contractor. Same field for 37 years. Worked my way through from apprentice to master electrician with 6 contractors. I was field superitendant for my current company for 5 years then changed to safety director and quality control. I've been doing this for 8 years and have been with this company for 19 years.
  40. 11 points
    and I quote "most interesting or different snow removal rig you've ever had or seen" Hang on EB lemme go see if I got any good pics of my wife with a shovel..... you left yourself wide open for that one!
  41. 11 points
    As the Christmas season is upon us it's time to be thinking about 1 thing and 1 thing only: THE BIG SHOW IN PA!!! Yes it's cold out and there's no snow to plow (unless your at Bob's or Richard's house) but it's time to start planning on where our night tailgating bull sessions are going to be. Some of may not know but the Comfort Inn we stayed at for years was switched to a Super 8 shortly before last years show. Needless to say it was not nearly as nice as before. The good news is, the new Comfort Inn is across the street from the MCdonalds on the corner. Last year "The Big Guy" sent me on a recon mission on Saturday to the new motel. It was under construction but the girl said it was going to be "just like the old Inn" They will even have waffles for breakfast. Looks like a nice big drive up roof for when we're out in the rain at 10:30 at night. I'm including a link and a few pics. Looking for opinions @stevasaurus @Racinbob @Vinylguy @857 horse @JPWH @stratostar250 @953 nut @Aldon @ACman I usually make my resi around the first of the year so I don't spend my money on foolish things like taxes, health care, toothpaste soap ect. https://www.choicehotels.com/pennsylvania/chambersburg/comfort-inn-hotels/pa785?brand=CI
  42. 10 points
    I grew up working on farms and helping dad part time farm a couple of acres. went to work in factories, then moved into warehousing and working on trucking docks. In the mid 90's I realized that there was no real future in that, so I went back to school for HVAC working for various residential and commercial companies. In 09 when the economy tanked I took a job in Maintenance at a school district as the plumber / refrigeration mechanic. took a $ 3.00 an hr pay cut and lead to believe that I could get most of it back eventually. Well after 6 year only got less then $ 1.00 back. In 2015 got hires on through the pipe fitters union and went to work with Johnson Controls as a service tech. That went okay till earlier this year when we slowed down on the commercial side that I was working and they laid me off in Oct. took a couple of weeks off and worked on projects that have been laying around for far to long, didn't get all done but made some progress. Then went to work through the union hall, as a pipe fitter, at a local gas fired power plant that they are building real close to where I grew up, might say in my back woods. They don't want me mentioning the name on social media so I can't tell you exactly where but if you live by me you know. I was working 5 ten hour days, next week going to 5 nine's. showed up for work this morning and punched in and they told us to go home becuase of the 1" snow fall last night. the contractor in charge is 100 % over budget and we are going on over 24 months into the original 18 month project and still have supposedly 18 more months to go, they are having major lay offs now. not sure if I'll get it or not since this is my hall's job, and they still have to finish the plant. A lot of guy's get layoff and turn right around and come back through the gate wearing a different color hard hat. Been hearing rumors from the guy's that there is big money to be made in NJ and Philadelphia, was planing riding this job out to hopefully near spring and getting back into service work now not sure what I'm going to do. Guess I'll have to wait and see what comes up. eric j
  43. 10 points
    i've seen some fire pits for sale at a tractor show last summer and thought hey i can make that too. so today i fired solidworks back up, had to get used to it again since i haven't used it in a while and was a tad rusty. but now 3 hours later i've got results! BEHOLD THE WHEEL HORSE FIRE PIT! this was the first rendering i did, look good but it didn't quite fit the look i was going for second one, better in blackish, still not completely right and the third at last, really happy with this one, now to find out how much it would cost and if a plasma cutter can do the details(i can have it cnc plasma cut at my saturday job) if nothing else i'd have it laser cut somewhere tadaaaa i also made some blank sides so i can put other logo's on it if need be(might start selling them if they're cheapish enough to produce) Koen
  44. 10 points
    Thanks Bob. All, I have attached a couple of pictures. I still have a few things to do on it. This wheel horse was the victim of a fallen tree years ago but it's been a fun journey restoring it. Drill........
  45. 10 points
    Like many others on this site I decided Sunday it was time to install the New / Used Cab I bought in spring with the help of my brother. I never had it installed so was not sure what I was in for but it was assembled when I received it. First Picture was install rear frame under seat. It was at this point I went to RedSquare and downloaded the manual and printed it out for reference. Next install front of frame. Had to remove some brackets that mounted to the dash and drill a hole one each side of foot boards to mount the inside brace. That is a forward swept axle and tires you see sitting in the shed. Next spring project to mount that on the old C-160. Also I will change the way the lights are mounted on the hardtop. And finally the finished product. I was surprised at how well it fit and how easy it was to install. Let it Snow, Let it snow , Let it snow!
  46. 10 points
    Relaxing today with an adult beverage in my new Wheel Horse mug while working on my WH puzzle. It's a tough one
  47. 10 points
    So my son had some fun taking pictures of my grandson Jeremy and some of my tractors this past weekend. I though it would be fulno do a "Caption This: thread with them, so I'll start and ya;ll have fun. I didn't do it Grandpa I know you're hiding a Big Block Kohler around here somewhere! I won't tell Grandma how many you have! Ya, I can fit it, just watch Let me show you how to fix this tranny Let's get some red on!
  48. 9 points
    Most of my work life I worked as a purchasing agent in the following fields ,retail grocery, banking, health insurance ( I really hated that 18 months) and spent 18 years at a Law Firm as the Head of Purchasing . I like spending other peoples money Retired in 2006 when a ladder slipped from under me when coming off my roof. Now I collect my drunk neighbor's beer cans and sell for scrap. Collect my Social Security and check out Red Square daily.
  49. 9 points
    Just got them home. 2 sizes 12 and 16 oz. I think She is working on the infrastructure for a wheel horse gifts site so we'll see what happens. The logos are from 2 different era's I like them both. The logo's are sublimated on both sides of the mugs.
  50. 9 points
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