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Tractor of the Month - June 2016

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Tractor of the Month Contest

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This months contest will be :

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Show us your tractor set up for and/or doing its spring gardening work.

Contest limited to the first 8 entries.


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All Simplicity and Allis Chalmers Lawn & Garden Tractors as well as all other names made by Simplicity and/or Allis Chalmers id="orange">id="size5">

Please Note:

All pictures submitted to Tractor of the Month contests should be sized to 640x480 to maintain consistency and neatness in presentation

Also: If contest criteria calls for multiple tractors, please put all the tractors in one picture, rather than posting a series of pictures showing individual tractors. Its the only way to get all your winning equipment, for such a contest, in the picture on the Club home page


Tractor of the month contest guidelinesid="size3">

1. For club members and registered users. This also includes all officers, moderators, and administrators.

2. The selection committee will determine each monthly contests criteria. Equipment that does not meet theme criteria will be disqualified by the committee and removed from the submission topic.

3. The tractors submitted can be a restoration, an original, a rescue, a modification, an extensive repair/rebuild - or as specified by the committee.

4. This contest is open for owners to enter their own tractors, or by having someone else nominate them - upon which owner must accept and post entry.

5. The contest is limited to the first 8 entries submitted. This due to the poll system only being able to accommodate 8 entries. Following the 8th entry, the contest topic will be closed to further entries. Votes will be taken in the normal time frame as stated below.

6. Post your entry as a reply to this topic. Narrative and pictures are required - This to tell its story, and to convince voters why it is deserving of being the next Club's tractor of the month.

7. You can enter a tractor/equipment multiple times (months), but it can only win once per year. Once that tractor has won, you cannot submit that tractor again for a year on any subject.

8. Each contest will have a entry submission period beginning the 15th day of each month and lasting to the 15th day of the following month. Once the submission period is over, the current nomination topic will be locked and the next opened.

9.Following each months submission period, a poll topic will then be opened and members will be asked to vote on the nicest tractor listed in the nomination topic. All members and registered users are eligible to vote. Vote will last for a period of two weeks , from the 15th day of month to the last day of each month. The new winner will be declared on the 1st of each month.

10. Wining tractors each month will be posted on the club home page for a period of one month, 1st day of the month to the last day of the month, and a Contest winners hat will be sent to the winner.

11. Please post only entries/nominees in this topic -- any other replies will be deleted.

12. All pictures submitted should be sized to 640x480 to maintain consistency and neatness in presentation. If contest criteria calls for multiple tractors, please put all the tractors in one picture, rather than posting a series of pictures showing individual tractors. Its the only way to get all your winning equipment, for such a contest, in the picture on the Club home page

13. Final vote results will be posted to Poll topic at the time the Poll topic is closed. These posted results are the official, and FINAL results that will determine the winner each month regardless of any further votes cast After the polls have been closed. This is stated because while replies cannot be made after a poll topic is closed, apparently votes can continue to be cast. Its a technical issue that we have to work around at the present time.

14. In the event of a tie, the following procedure will be in effect. The tied winners will share having their pictures posted on the Club home page, each having an equal amount of the months time in the spotlight. There will only be one hat awarded though, and so there will be a run-off vote between the tied members for the hat. This vote will last 2 weeks. The winner of this second run-off vote will receive the winners hat.

If a tied winner has already won a contest and a hat, the hat for the tied contest will automatically be given to other tied winner who has not won one yet.

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Well, my Allis T816 usually is the winter workhorse, but we are done with snow for the year here in Iowa, so the snowblower has come off and is in the summer resting place:


The T816 should be resting in the garage, waiting for the 19.5 h.p. briggs engine transplant planned for sometime this summer. But, I remembered that I had made a promise to the two little munchkins next door (aged 3 and 4) that there would be raspberries for us all to eat later on this summer. So, the tiller had to be mounted:




Now this is a pretty small job, but the only one needing done, so I marked off the spot, and turned lawn sod into raspberry growing garden spot in about 10 minutes:




Tomorrow the plants go in, and with a bit of luck, there will be at least three of us enjoying raspberries later this year. Sure do love the nice job that tiller does!








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Here's our little guy, a 717 from the late 60's. We are the second owners. The tractor is un-restored but in well-maintained condition and runs great. We also have a 36" mowing deck for it, but I seldom mount this. Around the farm we use it mainly for pulling carts with tools or landscaping stuff like plants and soil. In these pics taken last weekend he's pulling a cart of tools and materials for fence repair. (the pic with the headlights on is from last summer) I might add he looks awful cute doing so too.




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No garden for me, so this is my Springtime work. Revitalizer to dethatch the yard, and the trailer to collect the grass. Someday, I'll have a vacuum, and will be able to do it in one pass and without the rake!



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Here is my candidate for Tractor of the Month: This was a rescue operation as you can see from the original craigslist photos.


In case you can't tell, it is a Simplicity 707. The guy wanted $50 but when I hesitated, he said he would throw in a pair of truck ramps worth about $30.The first order of business was to fix the front axle. A previous owner broke the axle and tried to weld it back together. But the camber on the left was way off. So I cut off the spindle , ground the axle back, added a 1/2" steel block and welded it all back together. My son did most of the welding, but I managed to get in my first crack at it.


- - - Still not perfect but hey, this ain't the Daytona 500.I built it for my wife to drive back and forth from the house to the garden (about 1000 yards away). I didn't want her precious little feet to drag on the ground so I made brackets out of 1/4 x2" flat steel to mount running boards which I pirated from a dead Craftsman tractor.Here is the front bracket:

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I tack-welded them together and my son did the final weld.I made my first complete weld on the rear brackets.

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They are not vertical in order to compensate for the narrowing of the frame as it goes from front to rear.Here are the completed running boards:

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Ready to go to work with a used Briggs 190705 8 HP engine. But with all that powder-coating, I'm not sure I want her to get it dirty.



Then I made up a trailer to use with it. The tools are held by 2" PVC pipe.



Thanks for lookingWendell BraggGiven a fool-proof system, nature will provide a dumber fool.










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The vote is now closed. Official results at time of closing were:


steve-wis and his T-816 [50%] 11 votes

WFarm and their 717 [23%] 5 votes

Mike_H and his 7016 [9%] 2 votes

wwbraggand his 707 [18%] 4 votes

Congratulations to steve-wis for having the winning entry this monthdOd

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