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#7621 toomanytoys84 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 27, 2016 - 09:03 PM

Don't beat yourself up. From reading your posts the last few years you are used to going 100mph all the time. Slow down to speed limit and enjoy it!

No matter how hard we work or how much we do there is always more to do! Relax a bit. We are all allowed to get sick and miss a days work and recuperate. We are also allowed to slow down as we get older.

Sounds to me like you still would work out most guys!
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Posted March 28, 2016 - 09:49 AM

Don,t worry about old age. They tell me it doesn't last that long. I say this as I,m scheduled to get my gall bladder out on Apr 29. Who knows what's next?

Had mine done emergency surgery (it ruptured like a appendix) 16 years ago on Y2K, ya power went off in the hospital 4 times that night. Dr's were in panic mode (I was out cold)

 

Was great after about a week. But I need to be near facilities if I eat salad ever since...Good luck on yours, some guys tell me they go back to work in a day !


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Posted March 30, 2016 - 06:22 PM

I changed this threads title again to "on & off" the Farm.  Today was mostly just delivering buggy loads of fertilize and fetching empty buggies.  I did deliver some spray materials 20 miles with a 2 ton flat bed also.  11hrs 15 minutes today, and was good to be back to work.


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Posted March 30, 2016 - 06:27 PM

Glad you're feeling better We're gonna have some fun this weekend!


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Posted March 30, 2016 - 07:21 PM

Must be feeling better! Glad to hear it!
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Posted March 30, 2016 - 07:25 PM

Glad to hear you are feeling better and had a good day at work.


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Posted April 04, 2016 - 07:33 PM

Hauled a full fertilize load over 50 miles to a very remote set of fields later in this morning, and didn't get out of there till 3pm.Then the tractor tired "Vector 300" fertilizer spreader had a major breakdown today, just after I put 11,000lbs of fertilizer into it.  Both lower front diff link arms broke their pins, letting the front diff rock forward, sending the front universal joint through the bottom of the hydrostatic trans,  and splaying the link arm frame mounts.  One of our spreader drivers in also in serious condition in the hospital with double pneumonia.  They have him in an induced coma in a special bed to rotate him to help remove the fluid in his lungs.  He improved some today, but he almost died before he got admitted.  Crazy as it's been at home, now it's getting rough at work.  Please say a prayer for Dane.  He's a great guy who I hope gets healed up soon.  Likely no matter what, he'll be out for the season.


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Posted April 04, 2016 - 07:53 PM

Wow that sounds like a bad Monday for sure. 


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Posted April 05, 2016 - 05:49 AM

Dane & Family have prayers from here! Not a good way to start the week!


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Posted April 05, 2016 - 07:32 PM

Today started ok, but didn't stay that way.  I took 3 fertilizer loads with the transfer truck to a nearby farm, then they sent me with a load to Leitchfield.  Waited & waited for the spreader truck where he was to meet me.  Finally got a call he was having issues.  He had been stuck, but got out ok.  Then his PTO wouldn't kick in  I drove on to where he was.  I first thought maybe it was electrically actuated, but once I crawled underneath, I saw it was air operated.  Plus he had shut off the truck and it wouldn't restart.  Boss said it likely had a pair of bad batteries, so he sent Mike on up with 4 new batteries and some tools.  We put them in and no start.  It was only the small "kicker" solenoid piggyback on the starter that would click.  Pretty sure there is a bad solder joint going into the starter drive solenoid, as when we pushed on it with a screwdriver, she fired right up.   So then we had plenty of air to trace the PTO problem.  I traced the air hose from the cab down to the tank.  It attached to a small air regulator that was blocked.  Called around and NAPA said they had one.  Got there and they didn't.  So we bought a small Campbell Hausfield air compressor regulator and a couple fittings and got the PTO going again.  What should have taken 3 hours max took almost 7, but hey, I'm paid hourly.  Got back to my truck, filled it's tanks, grabbed some McDonalds for supper being it was late, then came home, ate fast, then got out to feed silage tonight.  Tossed my heavy duty solder gun into my truck so we can fix the electrical joint tomorrow.


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Posted April 05, 2016 - 09:03 PM

Sounds like they're getting a bargain hiring you! At this rate, they are likely to make a full-time offer.


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Posted April 05, 2016 - 10:07 PM

I don't know how you stayed awake with all the boredom  :smilewink:


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Posted April 06, 2016 - 09:19 PM

Today was just one truckload of fertilize to about 40 miles away.  Then thew wind picked up, and scattered rain, so fertilize spreading ceased.  Spent the rest of the day in the shop trying to finish up rebuilding another fertilize buggy.  Got it near complete, and tomorrow should have it wrapped up I hope.  I asked my boss Dewey if he wanted me to order the correct air valve for the spreader truck, and he said yes, so I ordered one off Ebay tonight.  Anything I buy for them I am instantly reimbursed for.  I love working here, as they make us feel a real part of the business, or at least they make me feel that way.

  Insurance will pay for the majority of the Vector spreader repair.  A business that specializes in their repair will be dropping off a loaner Vector tomorrow, then loading up the busted one to go be rebuilt.


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Posted April 06, 2016 - 09:37 PM

Sounds like they are pretty good to work for.

A lot can be said for feeling like being part of the business. Makes a fella feel more dedicated.
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Posted April 06, 2016 - 10:12 PM

glad you are enjoying working. I am sure they are glad to have someone they can rely on. 


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