So what started your itch for lawn and garden tractors?
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Posted July 03, 2012 - 10:40 PM
Cut to "New Life" in '06... and in '04 Wifey sez "Why don't we go down the street and look at JD's?" She still gets big SMOOCHIES for that one! New GX335 and I'm still lovin' the 4 season symptoms of the disease! It's so bad that now that I've been getting symptoms of "SCUT-osis". That's my story, please don't try to cure me!
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Posted July 03, 2012 - 11:17 PM
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Posted July 16, 2012 - 01:18 PM
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Posted July 24, 2012 - 12:34 AM
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Posted July 31, 2012 - 12:07 AM
In 1992, Mom and Dad were in the states and were thinking of their retirement, set for 1998. They bought a house about 1 hour from me, set it up as a rental, and asked me to check on it from time to time. The house had 2.5 acres of land attached, but it turned out that the tenants only took care of the acre closest to the house. The remaining land began growing pines, briars, and weeds. I didn't check personally on the house for several years, trusting our rental agent to take care of the details, and soon that extra land was pretty overgrown. In 1996 I became more closely involved in the management of the house ( Fired the rental agent!) and wanted to clean it up. I made the decision to purchase a Gravely, and it was sort of all down hill from there. Yes, the Gravely bush hog will cut down anything you can push over, though since I thought Dad might want to have a garden I pulled many of the 6-7 ft pines out by the roots, rather than leave even a small stump. Then I wanted a rotary plow, and that led to the purchase of another Gravely tractor, which I pulled apart, rebuilt and restored. I stored the tractors for several years at Dad's house, and when he returned to the states in 1997 he began using them for his lawn and garden needs. I found and purchased a Com 10 in Florida, and Dad picked it up and brought it back when he was in that area. Dad found an electric start LI in southern Virginia, and we picked that up together. Sometime in 2007 I bought a pair of 5000 series Gravelys in the Atlanta area with a number of attachments. I left the electric start model for Dad, and kept the pull start model for myself. Dad kept using his Gravelys until about 4 months before his death in September of 2010. He suffered from a mental disorder which was originally diagnosed as Alzheimers in October of 2009. I found a photo from April of 2010 with him giving a trailer ride to his two youngest grandaughters. I remember around this time that he could no longer follow the cut line, so I would either walk beside him or ride behind him in the trailer so that I could keep him focused on the task. He was also unsteady on his feet and knew it, so when he wanted his garden plowed he led me out to the shed, then sat nearby in a chair to watch me as I plowed with the Gravely.
After his death, I became aware of the Massey series of garden tractors and wanted one as an echo of the time in my youth when we had our first Massey and Dad would let me drive it. I am training my kids in the use of these old tractors too.
Edited by HowardsMF155, July 31, 2012 - 12:49 AM.
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Posted July 31, 2012 - 10:04 AM
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Posted August 14, 2012 - 11:17 AM
But, to bring it up to the present, when I first worked at the tollway, we had a Wheel Horse C series we used to mow the yard at the oasis. I thought that was a really good mower. Much better than the other brands we got over the years. Then after I retired, my wife and oldest daughter got it in their fool heads that I shouldn't push mow any more, I was going to have a heart attack or something. Okay, get me a Wheel Horse. You all know the rest of it. If you have one, more is better. And so, it gets out of hand.
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