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  • #16
    It takes over 40 acres of soybean to run this machine per day and the 9870 sts takes about 40 acres of soy to run a day. A test performed with Cargill and Pioneer using biodesel. Now the Combine running the 32' bean head can only cut about 90 acres in a 14-16 hour day. Now those #'s don't change alot when everything is running good. BUT and this is a BIG BUTT on dry years like this you have to cut 180 acres to get the same yeild or bushels per acre and in some fields its worse. Insurance is picking a big tab up this year. Some fields will just be turned over because the yield is so low. What will America's stupid greenies do then when there's no ethanol to burn because of a dry year???? And you are correct up there when you say " if the whole US was a farm it could only produce enough ethanol to run 90% of New York ONLY!!!!!! Whats the rest of the peple gonna do????? All you hear are the loud mouth B'''''ches on the news anymore. All the movie stars an politicians Know whats best for us, yet I noticed they can't even run their own lives correctly let alone tell us how to do it.

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    • #17
      I think ethanol is just a stop gap, the real solution, is solar/wind and hydogen fuel cells. that combined with increased efficiency . Solar has a long way to go yet, they are only 20% efficient, but 80% efficient panels are on the way. If there were a federal regulation stating that a certain % of all roof area be covered with solar on new construction or commercial buildings we could make a huge dent. The govt. could subsidize and reclaim the loss on the lack of military expenses in the mid east that would follow.

      It has been demonstrated that you can run a home on solar/hydrogen alone, Why aren't we trying?? Oh yeah, thats right, all our leaders (both sides) are in bed with old oil money.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Conrad_Turbo View Post
        Edit: A Cutmaster 51 goes for around $1300USD in the US...while as at my local Acklands it's $2600CAD...
        Let me know when you want a Cutmaster 51. I can get an unused "Demo" for pretty close that US cost. So you'd be looking at the GST only, no sales tax either.

        Jeff

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        • #19
          Inflation is in check, life is good ............. as long as you don't eat, drive, or heat/cool your home.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by glockdoc View Post
            Inflation is in check, life is good ............. as long as you don't eat, drive, or heat/cool your home.
            LOL couldn't have said it better myself.

            I agree, solar & hydrogen are the way of the future, at least it appears so at this point, but who knows what might be discovered to change all that? One issue with hydrogen is that it takes a lot of energy with current technology to extract it, from water at least. I know they are working on it, but the other thing is the infrastructure (pipelines, fueling stations, local transportation of it, etc.) converting from oil to hydrogen is going to cost Billions & Billions (sheesh, I sound like Carl Sagan... ), I'm sure the industry is going to look to the govt for a good chunk of the $ to do it. It's going to be an interesting next 20-30 years, that's for sure.

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            • #21
              For those folks that believe or are concerned that oil/gas is a finite, nonrenewable, resource I suggest you google "Peak Oil". It basically sez that global oil production, over time, follows a bell-shaped curve. A lot of people believe that the globe is at the peak of this production curve and it's slowly downhill from here. The problem is that the global demand curve keeps going up. It gets ugly when these two curves get far enough apart.

              One of the more reputable websites out there seems to be http://www.TheOilDrum.com There are many other good ones out there.

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              • #22
                hydrogen doesn't have to be expensive or difficult, you go to a distributed model, it is produced at its point of consumption, in other words you make your own. No pipe lines, no grid upgrades. If it costs 50,000 to set up your home you finance it and don't pay electric or heating bills anymore (or gasoline)
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by cruizer View Post
                  Let me know when you want a Cutmaster 51. I can get an unused "Demo" for pretty close that US cost. So you'd be looking at the GST only, no sales tax either.

                  Jeff
                  Seems I've been quite a bit of an anti-Ackland's rant as of lately (the catalog was right next to me on my desk for a few days...). I'll definately be posting on the board when I begin the debate of the "best" plasma cutter in the $1000-2000 range. If the Cutmaster 51 is the one on my list I'll be sure to let you know. I appreciate the heads up.
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Laiky View Post
                    hydrogen doesn't have to be expensive or difficult, you go to a distributed model, it is produced at its point of consumption, in other words you make your own. No pipe lines, no grid upgrades. If it costs 50,000 to set up your home you finance it and don't pay electric or heating bills anymore (or gasoline)
                    Produced how, from H20? Interesting concept, heard it discussed years ago, each person has their own little utility in a box in their back yard, generates power, heat, etc. 50K is going to be a bit steep for many many ppl, the return on investment is going to be in decades, and many ppl won't bite. I suppose if you can siphon off enough people away from the grid, the rest can live for the time being on the current infrastructure, until the economies of scale get that 50K down to 5-10K, where the majority of the population can easily afford it.

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