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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #75 on: December 26, 2017, 08:59:33 AM »
Glad you finally got it in the field.  Hope it is all you expect it to be and more.  I know you put a lot of work into it
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #76 on: December 26, 2017, 10:40:07 AM »
I like the first picture showing the bogey wheels.
That could be a calendar photo because it is so good!
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #77 on: December 26, 2017, 12:27:45 PM »
Better price tracks, I'm betting you love it.

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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #78 on: December 26, 2017, 02:47:07 PM »
Nice work .... that’s the way I’ve always liked to do it ....buy  used at a good price and fix it up nice !


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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #79 on: December 27, 2017, 12:02:46 PM »
Better price tracks, I'm betting you love it.

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I think we will to, after trying to work a 30' field cultivator with a 5088 anything would be nicer.

I think it will really shine while pulling the anhydrous tool bar.

Turned out really nice. It is not a new tractor but they are not the end all either. There are things i like better than my newre tractors. I have no trouble spending a big day in it.

I think it should make for a great machine for us, no its not got a leather heated seat or gps but do we really need....no

For a big machine that will get worked hard for 100 hrs twice a year it should be perfect.

Nice job, that 2nd photo could be in the Cat calendar :-*
I like the first picture showing the bogey wheels.
That could be a calendar photo because it is so good!

I took those with my iphone, I guess I got the lighting right because those where the only pictures that really turned out decent. Low angle sun and snow causes a lot of reflection. If CAT ever makes a antique calendar I have a submission!
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #80 on: December 27, 2017, 12:31:05 PM »
i have a nh branded trimble easy steer with a 250 light bar i could sell ya.  thumbsup2


like new, used one year  maybe 200 hours on it. it was in my 8760 but is just like the one in my 55.   :hooked:
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #81 on: December 27, 2017, 04:59:01 PM »
i have a nh branded trimble easy steer with a 250 light bar i could sell ya.  thumbsup2


like new, used one year  maybe 200 hours on it. it was in my 8760 but is just like the one in my 55.   :hooked:

Thanks for the offer but I just dont think we do enough acres to justify having it. We already removed the auto wheel from the machine and Im thinking its destined for flebay. If we had the long straits like you have out there we might have been talking.
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #82 on: December 28, 2017, 08:47:54 AM »
^^^^I've seen SK's farm.  Long straights is an understatement lolx

He can flick on the auto steer and take a nap in between rows :mr:

It really is topography shock for me to see flat land like that.  I grew up and live in rolling hills.  All contour farming.  Long straight fields just don't exist locally.

That said, auto steer is used here more and more according to my farm customers.  So either the software got better or folks here are finally getting on board.  I would say a little of both,.
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #83 on: December 28, 2017, 10:55:51 PM »
oh phil, come one. my longest round  is only a mile. of course if i lift up 20 feet over the dirt trail it is a mile and a half. :))

all jokes aside. using auto steer i save on seed, chemical and fertilizer. there are no skips, and very little overlap with seeding, spraying or tillage. markers are unneeded for the most part. it saves time, fuel and wear and tear on equipment. i get more done in a day. the biggest advantage which is hard to put a price on is fatigue. i can put in more hours with less stress.

all things i thought were somewhat bullshit until i used one. i have a smaller field that rounds are about 1/4 of a mile and there is always field ends and corners. the auto steer gets used to the very last pass, even if it is only 100 feet or so. it does work on smaller fields and corners
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #84 on: December 29, 2017, 08:55:37 AM »
Given the cost of seed and chemicals, I can see where it is important to be as efficient as possible.  Plus it makes sense that auto steer would be tried and trued on flat land before tackling the hills
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #85 on: May 09, 2018, 11:34:21 PM »
how is the old beast running? you must have some seat time by now!
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #86 on: May 10, 2018, 08:32:22 AM »
Dad has been running it and all sounds good. I am going down this weekend to help him and I will report back Monday.
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #87 on: May 14, 2018, 12:42:14 AM »
The old girl runs great. Rides real smooth in the field and nothing we have will slow it down. Very pleased, did find a few minor things to work out but nothing major.
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #88 on: May 14, 2018, 04:27:49 PM »
^^^That is good news for sure. 
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #89 on: May 14, 2018, 09:55:55 PM »
^^^That is good news for sure.
Only half of it is!


Nothing major wrong is good news.


Having nothing that slows it down is bad news........time for bigger equipment!

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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #89 on: May 14, 2018, 09:55:55 PM »