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#6301 massey driver OFFLINE  

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Posted August 19, 2015 - 04:44 PM

That would be tough to have to go work out someplace after having made your living on the farm.


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Posted August 19, 2015 - 04:58 PM

That would be tough to have to go work out someplace after having made your living on the farm.

Yes it would, having never worked anywhere else my whole life other than putting up hay and tobacco for other farmers.
Over 30 years ago I did motorcycle/ATV repair on the side, but with dairy it burned me out. Things are different now, so a repair business might fly. I never had much of a shop back then either.
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Posted August 19, 2015 - 05:56 PM

With this shop, the possibilities are endless!


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Posted August 19, 2015 - 06:30 PM

Good money in doing repairs . Lot of my repairs are Chinese knockoff because no else will work on them
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Posted August 20, 2015 - 11:08 AM

Today is all about fence repairs.  I have about 20 heifers needing turned into the back pasture with the bull, but have to go over the fence first.  Found several spots needing repairs, and got a few done this morning.  Have to load up about a dozen or so steel posts to drive into the fence line where old steel posts have rusted off at the ground.  The Kubota sure makes the job easier, as it holds all I need without things falling off like with the Honda 4-Trax.  Lots of walking still due to much of the fence where only feet can take you.  

  Here is where the pasture meets the crop fields.  Soybeans are looking good.

 

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Gonna be tired at the end of this day, but then I was yesterday!  


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Posted August 20, 2015 - 11:54 AM

Beans are really looking good, should do very well for you.


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Posted August 20, 2015 - 12:00 PM

They do look good don't they!
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Posted August 20, 2015 - 02:00 PM

Got all the fence repairs done faster than expected.  But talk about being out of shape!  The one steep hill next to a gully, I had to walk down and back up several times.   My legs felt like jelly, but I worked through it.  The weeds have gotten so thick that I'd like to get it bush hogged back there before turning in any more heifers.  So now I have to get the batwing mower bent back & welded up where the cylinder lifts the left wing.  Hope to get it ready tomorrow.


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Posted August 20, 2015 - 05:43 PM

That is a very nice looking crop of beans!


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Posted August 20, 2015 - 05:49 PM

Unhooked the oil leaking Massey 1100 from the 10' bush hog.  Pressure washed the rear where I'll have to pull the entire PTO housing out of the diff.  Got it pulled into the shop.  Then put the Massey 1130 on the 10' bush hog after parking the hay tedder that was hooked to it, topped all fluids & greased things up.  One field in back is across a drain can only be accessed with the 10' hog.

  Moved the 2 bottom plow from Will's (speaking of Will from Canada...where is he?) so I can get the Massey 2745 hooked to the 15' batwing tomorrow.  Then I unloaded a grinder load of calf feed into their self feeder.  Afterward,  I noticed the yard looked scruffy, so got that mowed today too.  I am done for the day.  Just ate a big bowl of chili and gonna get some rest.


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Posted August 20, 2015 - 06:16 PM

Glad you got that done! I have been wondering about Will for some time now!


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Posted August 21, 2015 - 03:31 PM

I got the welding done on the batwing lift arm connection this morning.  More welding repairs to be done on a wing hinge later, but is strong enough to get some much needed hogging done this afternoon.  I got about 25 acres mowed down, and man does it look so much better.  Sorry, I forgot to take any pics, but there's plenty more to mow, so I'll get some "before & after" pics.  I have a good 60 acres more to mow.  In some places, I'd not have been able to even find large heifers in as it's so bad.  I can only mow these hills in the afternoon as dew makes it extremely dangerous.    It sure makes me feel better to see the place looking better!  

  Got to make a run tonight to TSC for more hyd/tran oil, 80/90 gear oil, and some other supplies.  Then to Sonic for some supper.  :thumbs:


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Posted August 21, 2015 - 05:01 PM

Enjoy
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Posted August 21, 2015 - 05:16 PM

Enjoy

I did enjoy TSC.....had a 10% off entire purchase coupon and 15% off a few shirts and a pair of Carhart jeans. Still spent $387, but got 10gl motor oil, 20gl trans oil, and more. Now to Kroger then Sonic.
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Posted August 21, 2015 - 06:59 PM

Best day I've had in a while now.   Back home now after a great burger & fries at Sonic.  I just realized (been so busy today) that my neck & shoulders haven't been aching like they have been.  And last night I fell asleep almost as soon as my head hit the pillow.  I should have, as the night before I was up waaay late for lack of being able to sleep.  Being busy is good for the wasteline too, as I was under 200lb tonight!  I sure hope I feel as good tomorrow.  Lack of sleep has been a problem, and sleeping pills didn't do anything, so I dropped them.

  So after morning coffee, I'll top off the trans fluid in the tractor and grease everything, then as soon as the dew dries completely, I'll go hogging again.  It'll take 2 to 3 days to finish, but things will look so good when done.  The blades on the batwing are shot, and what was left was rounded with no hint of an edge.  So this morning I took my plasma cutter & cut an edge on them.  Rough looking edge, but man did it improve the cut!  Got to get new blades for both bush hogs this winter.  The 10'er needs one gearbox rebuilt, as it leaks so bad I have to use straight grease in it instead of 80/90wt.


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