Today the Surge milking machine worked beautifully, with a modification to allow the bucket to sit on the ground instead of hanging under the belly. We extended the vacuum tubes and milk tubes. Now we know where the term "spider" comes from for the apparatus that attaches to the cow. Anyway it milked her pretty quickly with little problems. When we had it under her belly it was hard to keep everything together so it didn't lose vacuum.
I hope that maybe Farmer Jim will be able to show us some "kung fu" for getting the thing to work while hanging. His father used these milkers for years. Jim's buddy gave us the machine and I scrounged up components to make the vacuum pump and tank needed to make the machine go.
For more information on the history of Surge milking machines, click here: