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#1 antiquetractors OFFLINE  

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Posted April 16, 2012 - 10:17 AM

Well I got the old ride a matic out and did some plowing out in the garden. It is tough cutting through the sod especially since it hasn't been plowed before. The tractor struggled some but it did do pretty good for the most part. I had wheel weights on the back which helped but I think this set up is best used in a seasoned garden. It's raining now but I will try and do some more plowing and make a video. These are pictures before I started plowing and only had one wheel weight on...

ride plow 2.jpg ride plow.jpg ride plow1.jpg

Edited by antiquetractors, April 16, 2012 - 10:18 AM.

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Posted April 16, 2012 - 03:40 PM

Thanks for the pictures, Its always nice to see an older Bolens in action :thumbs:
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Posted April 16, 2012 - 04:58 PM

Your Bolens looks ready for some work. Thanks for the pics!
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Posted April 16, 2012 - 05:38 PM

It sure looks great for it's age. Good luck tomorrow. Looking forward to the video.
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Posted April 16, 2012 - 06:00 PM

Nice old RAM. Give her some time and she'll get the job done! That's how old folks are!
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Posted April 17, 2012 - 12:44 AM

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Posted April 17, 2012 - 12:48 AM

Nice old RAM. Give her some time and she'll get the job done! That's how old folks are!

It sure looks great for it's age.



Ouch! Remember, dear, you're as young as you feel.

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Posted April 17, 2012 - 12:26 PM

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No problem.

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Posted April 17, 2012 - 03:41 PM

Like the folks have said, thanks for the pics and good looking Bolens. I'm also anxious to see some video.
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Posted April 17, 2012 - 06:47 PM

I was going through the garden again and then this happened...garden.jpg

garden1.jpg garden2.jpg

I didn't get to make a video. I will fix the fuel line and try again later. I want the garden to be bigger and was really just playing with the tractor lol

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Posted April 17, 2012 - 08:40 PM

I'm sorry to see that you had problems, but it should be a quick fix and you will be plowing again soon.What you have posted so far looks great. I would love to have that ground for our garden plot.
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Posted April 18, 2012 - 12:31 AM

Well I would say that with so few ponies under the hood that your little bolens did a fine job!!!
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Posted April 18, 2012 - 08:40 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind words. This little tractor still has some life left in her. The biggest problem I see with it is traction. Even with wheel weights it gets caught up and starts to spin. I cleaned and polished the plow before I started, It will dig in great but keeping it going is the hard part. Any suggestions on how to get better traction or should I just keep cutting at the sod little by little?

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Posted April 18, 2012 - 08:00 PM

The tractor is doing a very good job. Turning sod is pretty tough. I don't have a lot of plowing experience with the GT's but hopefully some of our more seasoned plowing folks will add some advice. Last year at the PA Plow Day there was a Ride A Matic plowing and he was able to do a good job. But that was in ground that was previously plowed. Keep us updated and good luck.

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Posted April 19, 2012 - 11:33 AM

I think that a good set of chains would help the tractor grab the ground a bit better.




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