Most industrial use ladders are 1AA rated at 375 lbs. or 1A at 300
Most Commercial grade ladders are grade1 at 250 lb, while most heavy
duty home ladders are grade 2, rated at 225 lb while budget ladders
are grade1 with a weight rating of only 200 lb.
The whole inspection sticker thing started with ISO9000
certification, and then spread from there with the requirement to have
workplace health and safety committees and procedure manuals
indicating how you were ensuring safe workplace practices were put in
place and monitored.
Totally useless as they are generally inplemented - as you say, a
monkey could do the inspection as long as he knows which side of the
sticker is the sticky side.
I'll be they were all half- or third- of my age, too!!! 30 yr ago I'd
had no problem still doing that roof, either; even 20 would have been
possible. Now, it's just not in the cards w/o the crutch of the lift as
a backstop if nothing else.
On 11/05/2015 6:38 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Not that big actually as compared to a modern tractor or combine...most
of that weight is in the counterweight--at 40-ft, there's a sizable
moment arm you got's to counteract...
The JD 8400 is just under 20,000; the 9660STS combine is 30,000+ w/o the
header (that part on the front that does the actual cutting) plus 250 bu
wheat when the bin is full is 15000 lb if it's only test weight of 60
lb/bu; it often runs test weights greater than that.
So, the lift is pretty small stuff in the overall scheme of things... :)
I knew those combines were heavy, but never imagined they weighed that
much. Today's farm equipment is so darn big compared to the older stuff.
I often wonder if they really need such big equipment, but I know they
are doing many acres and need to do it quickly. How they can afford that
stuff is another matter????
I live on a small farm, and most of what I do is just small scale
compared to these modern farms. Since I'm retired, I dont intend to
expand. I have 2 old tractors. A Farmall M and an Allis D17. Small
tractors compared to the modern stuff, but in their day, they were top
of the line and did all the work for a whole farm. But back then most
farms were less than 100 acres. Yet, I can bale hay with what old
machinery I have and that's really all I do as far as crops. It's just
feed for my own animals.
On 11/06/2015 5:59 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I did thousands of acres of row crop (milo grain sorghum) w/ an Allis
D17 and 4-row lister(*) back in those days...we were farming just over
1000 A then but during farming season with brother and myself and a
hired and plus Dad we were never caught up...that was about average for
out here then; it takes much more than that now to have a chance.
The size is mandatory now; for commodity crops such as the small grains
that are what are suitable for the area it takes a lot of volume to make
a viable operation and the size is the only way to have the capacity to
cover that much ground. "Farming without a profit motive is gardening." :)
(*) Geezer alert: We planted as above with 4-row, knifed 6 and
harvested 5; you had to drive straight and even rows or the loss in the
next step was unacceptable. No GPS then, either!!! :) The tool bar on
the lister was so short I one time by chance came out at the end of the
row by the power line pole such that I was able to just kiss one side
and turn around and set the next row right in line w/o any veering
around the pole. On Sundays on way home after church Dad would
generally drive around the section checking on work; that day we drove
by that field had just finished planting and I was waiting for the
reaction...Nothing!!! Then the car stops, backs up and he says--how'd
you do that??!!! :)
On 11/06/2015 5:59 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Already mentioned the Allis; there was a time we used M's as well but I
was still just young enough didn't do much more with them than take the
manure spreader from one spot to another--most of the time I was filling
From the days of mules, grandfather's first tractor was a Twin City
10-20; the original manual and sales ticket is still around. In the
late '20s and early '30s prior to the Dust Bowl era was a very good
weather cycle and he expanded significantly. They transitioned to using
Caterpillar Model 22's for all the row crop work pulling a three-row JD
lister and cultivator. These were the cutest little things; 22 drawbar
horsepower, about mid-chest tall and 8" tracks. Big, solid cast iron
radiator housing and the flat fenders; looked just like an early large
Cat that had been left out in the rain and shrank! :)
We still had one of them thru my high school days that had been
converted to have a bucket on it. Dad ended up selling it to a fella'
in town who's son is now in WY and has it fully restored. I'd looked a
time or two to find one but haven't ever bit the bullet...
Anyway, from there transitioned to the M's; at one time I think they
had as many as four of them; I remember two plus a later Twin City
wheatland tractor as a young 'un. Grandfather bought the first Allis, a
WD-45 as he got where was uncomfortable trying to handle the Farmalls
but wanted to keep on working as much as could; it was smaller and
easier to get on/off of. He passed in '57 and Dad took over the
operation and it was then we did the aforementioned renovations to the
barn, moved from the registered shorthorn milking breeding cowherd to a
heifer stocker/feeder operation and built the new silo and the feedlot.
At that time had a Farmall 400 as well. '58 brought the first really
good wheat crop in quite a long time and was the impetus for finally
"going modern". Traded the 400 up to a 560 and the WD-45 for the D-17
(only kept it because had a full line of the snap-coupler toolbar
attachments that had very little resale value; there were only a couple
other Allis users in the whole county. Bought a new Case 930 wheatland
for the flat ground work. Unfortunately, the 560 was a dud but shortly
after Deere introduced the first of the inline six 4000 series, and the
rest is, as they say, history--neither dad nor grandpa would ever have
the Johnny-poppers' they did not want to have to listen to them all day
every day. The first 4010 was such a step forward in comparison to
everything else was on the market at the time it was within two or three
years we had it, another 4020, then a 5000 series wheatland to replace
the Case. From there went to the 4200 series, and then 4440, 4640, and
progressed to the FWA and finally the full 4WD of today...
The Allis was converted to the loader tractor (a _very_ nice little
loader albeit short reach) w/ the wide stance and low cockpit and
relegated to utility use around the place with a little Fordson mower
and the like. (I keep my eyes out for a nice clean D17, too, just for
nostalgia). I've a small JD 955 utility w/ bucket and mower deck that
fits the bill for most small stuff, but on occasion it would still be
nice for something between it and the 4440 that kept for the hay fork
and bucket and use with the batwing mower, etc.
All the rowcrop work went to the Deeres as we moved from the 4-row to 6,
8, 12 and eventually 24 w/ GPS and air seeders, ... Dad sold the Allis
and all the attachments at auction; by then there were some small
"city-farmers" beginning to have some small tracts for hobby farming.
I farmed with a Massey Harris 44 and a 540 Cockshutt back in the
late sixties. Both were wide front - the 540 had a trip loader on it -
a USELESS loader tractor even with a barrel of solid concrete on the 3
point. No power steering and almost impossible to turn with the bucket
over half full. Useless on a plough too. About the only thing it was
good for was the mower, hay conditioner (crimper) or baler - and
hauling wagons. The old massey would pull like a mule, and in "road
gear" would really move wagons (it would do about 33MPH)
The 540 was replaced with a David Brown after I left the farm.
My brother has a D17 and an old IH B414 at his plase up at Parry Sound
/ Huntsville. The D17 is a decent tractor and the 414 is a hunk of
junk - even worse than it was when new. It does have an industrial
loader - the only reason he keeps it around.
Put a couple of 100 watt light bulbs on each side of the 240V lines to neut
ral. Measure the voltages, they should each be about 1/2 of the 240 line t
o line voltage. Then turn off one of the four bulbs, so that you still have
a load on each side, but one is twice the load of the other. Measure the
voltages again. The voltage across the single bulb should be well over 120V
, and the voltage across the two paralleled bulbs should be well under 120V
. Do this quickly as the single bulb may burn out very quickly due to the
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