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Posted March 28, 2014 - 12:10 PM

Went to put a spare on the poo tank and found out an "OOPS".........we don't have any spare left!  Just got off the phone from Gensco tires.  Ordered three 42x15x16 used aircraft tires mounted on new rims.  There goes $922!!  Their Alabama store was out of my size, so cost me an extra $78 ordering them from their Texas location.

 

Looked up price for brand new implement tire only (no rim)....anywhere from $430 to over $600 each!   


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Posted March 28, 2014 - 12:32 PM

Aircraft tires, Cool!. Now the poo fling can really take off.


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Posted March 28, 2014 - 01:23 PM

it just goes to show you , that everybody wants a piece of the farmers pie.
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Posted March 28, 2014 - 06:14 PM

I have been struggling with investing in 23" ags at $100 each! Hope the new shoes last a long time for you.



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Posted March 28, 2014 - 06:34 PM

These aircraft tires are 10 ply & have been doing great.  This blowout wouldn't have happened except we bought just the tire & put it on an old rim we already had.  The rim caused the failure.  The last 3 or 4 we bought mounted on brand new rims.  Not had a problem with any of them yet.  I'm going with new rims until all 8 have newer rims, then I might buy just the tires.  We usually have one flat per year on one or the other wagon.  And when you have a flat with the kind of weight in these poo wagons, it almost always ruins the tire.

  $300 for batteries just the other day, now over $900 for tires.  Oh well, cost of doing business, and I don't have a problem with that, but the issue is not having much left over.   :(   But I have a job that eeks out a living.  Gotta be thankful for that!


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Posted March 28, 2014 - 07:34 PM

Daniel, I have been reading this blog on and off all day. I grew up on a farm but I was young at the time. Sometimes I day dream about the simple times, but reading this blog reminds me it wasn't so simple. You are an excellent mechanic and great at animal husbandry. Keep up the good work and Gods grace be with you.


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Posted March 31, 2014 - 04:41 PM

Getting ready to start staying busy all the time here on the farm.  That time of year.  Need to pull soil samples in the next 2 days in 8 fields.  Have lots of cows needing hoof trimming, milk parlor needs new head rails put in, silage wagon needs MAJOR repair, and last on the list is pulling the Cat loader's engine to put in a new torque converter seal.  Inbetween all this is corn planting time, rolling wheat hay, and lots lots more.  Today was kinda slow, as it became clear I had a lower GI issue going on.  I did get to feeling better by noon, so I bush hogged a pasture field that didn't get a fall cleanup.  Tomorrow I gotta get to town to pick up a front tire for one of the Massey 2745's, pick up soil sampling bags, and pick up some broccoli plants.  Cow free stalls need bedding tomorrow too, as well as grinding a load of feed for the calves.  Have some fencing that needs done in the next couple days too.


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Posted March 31, 2014 - 05:16 PM

 If you want to get rid of a tractor up here just drive it into a field!! Holy MUDD !!! can't even walk near my garden nevermind  in it ! total soup.



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Posted April 01, 2014 - 02:26 PM

Milked this am, took soil samples from 8 fields, then ran them to town.  Picked up $1,080 worth of alfalfa & orchard grass seed, picked up a new tire for the front of the MF2745 ($368), stopped by the local greenhouses & got cabbage, broccoli, & cauliflower plants, plus a huge potted "Goliath" tomato plant with 3 green tomato's already set.  One is 2" across.  Gonna have earlier maters this year!   Then picked up a couple grocery items, filled the truck tanks ($112).  I really need to balance the farm checkbook soon, but I know it still has extra, but it's going out quick as of late.  Came home, unloaded the truck, then ground a load of calf feed, now I'm here typing to you.  Hve a calf in the field to bring in, then silage to feed & my day is done.


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Posted April 01, 2014 - 02:45 PM

A little to muddy and frozen up here to take soil samples.  I hope to be out there in 10 days to 2 weeks then its a full time job try to cover 3-400 acres a day maybe more, depending on the grid size etc.  
Its that time of year.

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Posted April 01, 2014 - 07:22 PM

And I was complaining about the seed I bought for my garden. Wow.
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Posted April 02, 2014 - 10:40 AM

Milked cows, then welded up some stress cracks in one of the poo tanks.  Eating a bite of lunch, then spreading 9,000lbs of fertilizer onto pasture fields.  My knees sure don't like welding stuff down low!


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Posted April 02, 2014 - 10:46 AM

Milked cows, then welded up some stress cracks in one of the poo tanks.  Eating a bite of lunch, then spreading 9,000lbs of fertilizer onto pasture fields.  My knees sure don't like welding stuff down low!

 

Welding poo tanks and eating lunch all in one paragraph just doesn't sound right! :poke:


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Posted April 02, 2014 - 11:18 AM

Welding poo tanks and eating lunch all in one paragraph just doesn't sound right! :poke:

 

On a farm, you learn to eat when you're hungry.....barring all circumstances!   :smilewink:


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Posted April 02, 2014 - 12:09 PM

It cost money to make money....True statement there. 

 

As long as the profit out weighs the expenses you are ok. 






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