Would you expect anything less than big in Fargo in the Red River Valley, home to the legendary (and failed) bonanza farms? And better yet, the show is free, so what gearhead could resist?ImageJust in case you need to plant or spray a hundred foot plus wide swath o’ the prairie in one swoop. That’s just the OEM stuff from New Holland, here’s the aftermarket upgrade:ImageAnd of course wherever manure is spread, CAT will be there:ImageA mere $170k with 13 liter Navistar engine, no sleeper, single frame, and IIRC that pusher axle goes for less than $10k. Might as well go to the local Navistar dealer and buy the same truck for $50k less, before “please take this failed emissions solution off our hands” rebates. I suspect the “CAT” emblem can be found on FleeBay for $20 or so… 

ImageOfficial Apologists for the Bakken oil boom, the North Dakota Petroleum Council, making an early exit. Even there BS ain’t selling east o’ the Missouri- Talking to some NoDaks a couple days later, seems like the oil boom has worn out it’s welcome.Image2000 bushel hopper… This thing best not show up on city or township roads, loaded or empty. IIRC, it’s 37,000 pounds empty and 147,000 pounds loaded, a very gross weight that normally requires at least 8 axles, not 12 feet of tracks!

Gleaning through the BS, a few potential factoids were found: One fleet of Volvo automated manuals has made it to 500k miles with no major failures, talk to us at a million miles and then we’ll decide if Volvo’s got a real truck transmission or not. Paccar is indeed relegating their classic long hood trucks to “vocational” markets, sorry teabagger truckers, but it’s about time you got a half MPG better and made $10k more a year. Daimler is offering an “SD” vocational tractor with a full 15 liter engine and an emissions system that works for $120k, and they’ll be happy to cut and weld the frame of your brand new truck to make space for that $10k pusher axle.

But I’ll save the real load of manure for the next post…

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