Sunday and today I've been helping out a local farmer friend who raises 5,000 hogs at a time. His feed grinder guy had a heart attack Thursday, and he didn't know of anyone that could help him for a few days except me. He said he knew I had experience grinding feed, but after I had ground a few loads, he said "yep, you've ground a lot of feed, and it shows"! Yesterday I ground 11 loads, and ground 12 today. I sure hope he doesn't need me very long, cause this is HURTING! Looking up to keep an eye on the auger atop the tall feed bins is killing me, plus getting in & out of the tractor like 4 to 5 times for each load takes it's toll. I have to pull up, get in & out at 3 different ingredient bins, then in & out to grind the corn, then in and out to unload. I'm not sure how long I can keep this up, but I have Dr's appointments Wednesday, so a break coming. I'm gonna help a friend when he needs it, but my body does not like this, and it's telling me so.
The guy had 2 stints put in Friday and is doing great. Not sure how long before he can return to his job. He's 55. Fortunately he had NO heart muscle damage.
One great thing about this grinder is it has hydraulic auger lift & swing. If it didn't have that, I'd do good to get 5 loads a day if I could even stand hand cranking one, which I doubt I could.
At least the tractor is red, different shade from my Massey's, but older to where I can know how to operate it. Besides old Farmalls, this is the first IH I've driven. This old 1086 is a pretty good tractor!
He had 13 loads on the agenda for today, but his grain bin we grind from stopped flowing and barely finished the 12th. He had to be gone today, so I texted him and he said to just call it a day and he'd auger transfer more corn into this bin in the morning. Tomorrow I should get all the bins topped off good for the next couple days, which call for rain anyway. Grinding in the open in the rain isn't good, as the moisture will cause the fine ground feed to jam up the feed bins and flex augers into his pig barns.
I gotta say, I was shot when I got home last night at 8:30. Slept bad from pain, and was really hard getting going this morning. I got home around 6:20 tonight.
I just looked it up, and for stints, no lifting over 20lbs for 1 to 2 weeks. 1 week I can handle....not sure about 2. Like I say, I will always help my friends out, but my body clearly has limits now. Just have to see how it goes I guess.