First One! My 350C

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jsmforgod
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First One! My 350C

Post by jsmforgod » Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:10 am

Bought this because I have a steep driveway in NW Montana and my 58 Fordson Major Diesel tried to kill me plowing last winter. Excited to use this critter instead, as well as use it for other projects around the property. Manuals coming in the mail next week. Anything interesting you notice about it, those of you that know what you’re looking at??

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Re: First One! My 350C

Post by B Town » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:07 pm

Hello,

Looks like a nice and competent machine. Sweeps, winch, fairleads.....

Ice caulks for frozen/icy ground. You can be sideways, speeding down hills and turned over very quickly.

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Re: First One! My 350C

Post by Lavoy » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:30 pm

Yeah, if you are running that on steep hills in icy conditions, I would look at doing something for ice traction before I would even confider using it. Lots more mass than your Fordson, and they toboggan sideways like crazy on ice.
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Stan Disbrow
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Re: First One! My 350C

Post by Stan Disbrow » Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:24 am

Hi,

Anyone still make Ice Caulk bolts for the pads? I have a set on my 420c. Didn't have a set on my 350. Back when I lived in NY state I was on quite a hill and got the 350 sideways plowing and I suddenly had 30 ice skates attached to a dozer! Dad's 420 never slid sideways like that! Because he had Ice Caulks.

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B Town
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Re: First One! My 350C

Post by B Town » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:30 am

Stan,

I have been looking for years, I have not found a source. About 12 yrs ago, Mother Deere had several hundred available at ~$10/piece. So I started saving my money to buy a “set”. After I have the cash (1year), I go back to the dealer. None available, what the heck! More checking with Deere, they sold their obsolete inventory to “Vintage Deere”. My Dealer contacts Vintage, yes, we have that part number available. At ~$125/piece. I check back about once a year, as you can imagine the part(s) are still available at Vintage.

This has left a pretty bad taste in my mouth. Deere and the regional manager are unable to help in any way. This is a classic example of a new up start over pricing their inventory to expand their base, helping with valuations and bank relations/borrowing.

I sure would like some caulks

Bruce

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Re: First One! My 350C

Post by Jim B » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:46 am

I have been looking also. The only thing so far has been some outfits selling clips from 2 to 6 inch long of grouser bar to weld on the two - one pattern on the existing grousers. They help a bit but they are still skates. I have welded cheap bolts and nuts on before as caulks and that helped.

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