Neil D wrote:Yes Martyn, I helped on the home farm and the uncle had a flock of 130 ewes, manys a time I was roped into helping him wth them- discontented devils would be the understatement of the year more like a "shower of whores bastards". They're one part of farming I dont miss!!!
Richard, thanks for the photos, interesting your comment about the County gearchange, I have driven a lot of modern tractors but I reckon a well used 5or 7000 with the crashbox is as easy to drive.
i sympathise with you on the sheep......I was at home for 4 yrs after leaving school and detested the bl00dy things....always looking to break in to another field or die!......brother is home there now and he's got several more than we did in the mid 80s....we been hit bad with TB so the cattle numbers took a real dive over the last 10 years
Years ago we had a 4000, cost us a bl00dy fortune with the poxy engine as you say snappy little box and lasted well......as i am sure you know the 1174 (and 84) shifters are on the r.h. side, the extra leverage them levers give it will see shift forks (usually 3/7) break quite easily in the hands of a lunatic and this is the problem.....and its not an easy repair to do .....unless they had done a bodge job and cut the shift rail with the 4 inch grinder, replaced the fork and welded the shift rail back togther again
Upshifting say with a full load of corn on from say sixth high dual to seventh then 7th high can be a bit too much of a jump around here on the hills, to get to seventh low you got to be quick on your toes to ease off the smoke pedal, kick the dual power and then back on the smoke pedal again.