Safety in the Shop–Kids and Pets

IMG_2696In my upcoming Wrenching with Rachel video, I talk about some important things you can do to keep yourself safe while working in the shop. If your shop is anything like mine, though, it’s not enough just to keep yourself safe – you need to think of others too! Having visitors in the shop is a lot of fun, but it can also be a danger. Especially when your visitors are children or pets, you’ll want to think through some things before you welcome them into your shop.

 

First, tidy up your workspace. Clear wide walkways, put away open pans of oil and antifreeze, and stabilize anything that might fall. It’s easy to grow blind to the dangers in our own shops, but try to look with new eyes for things that need to be tidied up before you welcome a young guest or family pet into your shop.

 

Second, plan what your visitor will do. A dog might need to be accompanied for a tour of the shop, then given a comfortable place to lay down. An older, well-trained dog may be trusted to stay out of trouble at your command, but a more curious pet will need a leash. Be sure to have water available for your pet, especially on a hot day. IH-Bruce

 

Children need things to do as well. My post on kids in the shop give some ideas of useful things young visitors can do. As a child, I really enjoyed riding my tricycle around and delivering floor-dry and tools to my dad. Whatever you come up with, have a plan and make your expectations clear. Take the time to model good safety habits to your young visitors, too. Having a pair of child-sized safety glasses and work gloves just for them can make things fun!

 

Finally, know when it is time for your visitors to leave. There are some things you will do in the shop that aren’t for children or pets. Welding is a good example – dogs can get welder’s flash too! So send your visitors away when you are doing something that is unsafe for them to observe, or when you need to devote your entire attention to what you are working on.

 

It’s worthwhile to have visitors in your shop, both for your own sake and in order to teach the next generation the joys of old iron. I hope you and your loved ones have a fun and safe time!

 

Catalog Photo Contest Ends in 3 Days!

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This is your last chanc to see your tractor in the 2016 Steiner Tractor Parts 12-month wall calendar. Upload your photo(s) using Facebook or our website. Each photo chosen for the 2016 calendar will receive a $25 STP gift card and a calendar. Grab your camera today – the contest ends Monday, August 31, 2015! Winners will be announced Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Good luck and thank you for participating. Enter now >>

Repair the loose steering on your Ford tractor

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Does the steering on your Ford tractor need repairing? Watch this free instructional video demonstrating a complete steering gearbox replacement on a Ford 8N. The same technique can be used on a Ford Jubilee, NAA, 600, 800, 2000 4-cyl., and 4000 4-cyl. In this newest series of tractor repair videos offered online at SteinerTractor.TV Rachel takes you step by step to disassemble your dash and to install the new steering gearbox and drag links. She also shares helpful tips along the way to achieve straight steering. Start watching today >>

How to Determine Your Tractor’s Value

How much is this tractor worth? It’s a question I’m asked a lot. Determining the value of an antique tractor can be a tricky thing, especially if the tractor is rare or in an unusual condition. Whether you want to sell your tractor, insure it, or are just plain curious, these tips can help you determine the tractor’s value.

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My prefered method to determine a tractor’s value is to see what similar tractors have sold for in the area. You can find recent selling prices by looking at:

  • Auction results. Many auction companies will publish the results of their auction sales. In my opinion, this is the absolute best way to determine fair market value.
  • Ebay. Don’t just look through the current “for sale” ads, though – that will tell you what people are asking for their tractors, but not what they are selling for. Instead, use an advanced search option (in the left menu bar) to search only for the sold listings.
  • Classified ad websites like Craigslist or Tractorhouse.com. These contain listings from many areas, but you’ll need to use caution. The sites will give an idea of what people are asking for, but some sellers ask for unrealistic amounts. Balance these findings with the more reliable results from auction sales and sold listings on Ebay.

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If your tractor is rather common, these methods can usually give you a good picture of your tractor’s value. Just be sure that you account for your tractor’s condition (which could be better or worse than the comparable ones you find) and your location – prices can vary across the nation.

 

If you don’t find good results from online listings, though, there are some more options to consider:

  • A tractor value book (commonly called a Blue Book) will probably have your model listed. You may be able to get one from your local library, or you can buy a copy for yourself. Just be sure the book is rather recent – prices can change a lot over the years. My friend Machinery Pete publishes a tractor value book, which you can purchase from him here.
  • Get a professional appraisal. This is particularly useful if you want  to insure or donate (and claim a tax deduction for) your tractor.

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But perhaps you have a really special tractor – something very rare. If you can’t find sale results and your model isn’t listed in a tractor value book, you’ll have to make an educated guess on the value of your tractor. You may be able to consult collectors’ books to determine how many of your model tractor were manufactured (fewer built = higher value). Then, you might be able to find out what equally rare models of tractor from that same brand have sold for, which can give good insight into the market. When in doubt,sell it at a national collectors’ auction.

The Triple A Farmall

Here’s a neat find – a Triple A Farmall, custom fabricated by Buddy Woodson from Eagleville, Tenessee.

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I caught up with Buddy at the Red Power Round-Up in Missouri and got the inside scoop on how his AAA works.
 
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You can run the tractor with just one engine or all three. If Buddy starts just one engine, he puts that engine’s transmission in gear and the other two in neutral. If all three engines are running, then he puts all three transmissions in the same gear.
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Buddy drives the tractor from the center seat, which has three pedals. One pedal controls the center tractor’s clutch. The next petal controls the other two tractor’s clutch plates – this allows him to drive the tractor with all three transmissions engaged (and change gears). The third petal controls all of the brakes (because this is a show tractor, Buddy goes without turning brakes). All the other pedals on the tractor are dummies.
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The tractor shares one electrical system and one battery. The center tractor’s dash contains a start/kill switch for each engine and a choke lever for each engine as well.
Thanks for sharing, Buddy!

InFrame Overhaul on an International

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Does your tractor’s engine hiss or do you have water in the engine oil? These are all signs that you need to replace your head gasket. Watch this free instructional video demonstrating a head gasket replacement turned inframe engine rebuild on an International 756. In this newest series of tractor repair videos offered online at SteinerTractor.TV Rachel takes you step by step to disassemble the tractor and install new sleeves, pistons, rings, rods, head gasket and more. Tips will be shared that will ease your next engine overhaul. Start watching today >>