Month: January 2007

( SILVER SPADE ) Getting Torched this week !!

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( SILVER SPADE ) Getting Torched this week !!
 

( SILVER SPADE ) Getting Torched this week !!

Here is the last picture Steve Netta took last year of the working Silver Spade. A couple months later it broke down and Consol Energy decided to pull the plug and scrap it.
Steve is a member of the ( HCRHP), Harrison Coal Reclamation and Historical Park . They have restored several old mining machines over the years. They tried to buy the Silver Spade and the bank approved the funds for just under 3/4 of a million dollars. But Consol Energy came back and decided the reclamation of the ground around it and the scrap value of the steel was $2.5 Million.
They did get to buy the 105 yd bucket and they think they will get to buy the cab. Hopefully they will also get to buy one of the crawlers.

The first of this week the demolition crew cut the 105 yard bucket off it. By the end of this week they are supposed to use explosives on the gantry and bring down the massive boom. Steve said they did their best to try to purchase it and said it is very sad to see it get cut up. If Steve sends any pics of it being scrapped , I will post them on my webpage. There is a second picture of the Silver Spade that Steve sent on the ( Misl. ) section. Thanks Steve for the update.
HENDRICKSON PULL TRUCK- I got the cab wall windows all cut out and filed smooth. I got the floor and the roof made this morning. This afternoon I will start building the dash, seat, steering wheel, seat and console.

RANDY HILL, A Christian S. Georgia Peanut Farmer

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RANDY HILL, A Christian S. Georgia Peanut Farmer


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RANDY HILL, A Christian S. Georgia Peanut Farmer

This is a picture Randy sent me a few weeks ago of him standing in one of his peanut fields in Southern Georgia. Randy E-mailed me asking me how to go about building a model of his peanut picking machine. He said he would send me some fresh peanuts ,and a few days ago we got a package in the mail with 6 lbs. of Georgia Peanuts in it. After Deb and I saw how much it cost him to ship them to Northern Michigan, I felt guilty . Now instead of just giving him free advice on building the peanut picker, I should just build him the picker myself, ha,ha. Thanks again Randy,
That’s pretty cool you sent them. We will try a few different ways to use them up.
The picture below this one shows me holding the peanuts in our backyard this morning in the snow. Did I mention we got some snow now, ha,ha.
HENDRICKSON PULL TRUCK PROGRESS- I got the two side cab doors attached with hinges and I am working on the front and rear walls of the cab next.

Me holding 6 lbs. of fresh Georgia Peanuts from Randy Hill, a S. Georgia Peanut Farmer

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Me holding 6 lbs. of fresh Georgia Peanuts from Randy Hill, a S. Georgia Peanut Farmer

Me holding 6 lbs. of fresh Georgia Peanuts from Randy Hill, a S. Georgia Peanut Farmer

Here is a picture of me that Deb took this morning standing in our backyard by our stagecoach. I would like to thank Randy Hill , a S. Georgia Peanut Farmer for sending me 6 lbs. of fresh Georgia Peanuts.

( KENTUCKY RAIN) Video , Jason Hasert, Steph, and me by three, one thousand bushel grain carts.

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( KENTUCKY RAIN) Video , Jason Hasert, Steph, and me by three, one thousand bushel grain carts.

( KENTUCKY RAIN) Video , Jason Hasert, Steph, and me by three, one thousand bushel grain carts.

(KENTUCKY RAIN ) Video- Today we posted the video clip from our visit to the largest farm in Ky. Even though it was 100 degrees at noon , it was great fun. A little Kentucky Rain would have felt good. Our friends Jason Hasert and his wife Steph were great tour guides. I was very impressed with the volume of machinery they had . I love big farms with big machinery. This picture shows us standing by three massive grain carts that could carry 1000 bushels ea. They had four huge planters, two of them were 60 foot wide. They also had a quite a variety of heavy-duty tillage equipment all folded up and put away in the shed. To help in the fall harvest , they used 6 of John Deeres largest combines. Their dryer/ storage bin system holds just under 1 million bushels. I thought that would take a few people to run all this equipment and I was right. Jason said they have 60 workers during the busy times of the year.
Hendrickson Heavy Puller Truck Progress- I am cutting out the first window openings with the plasma cutter this morning. I should get the doors cut out and the hinges mounted on the sides of the cab this afternoon.
Thanks for all the nice e-mails about the new video section. It’s pretty cool we can share more than still pictures now on the webpage.
Tomorrow I will post a picture of a peanut farmer from Georgia in his peanut field and the gift he sent me in the mail today.