Well, I got some major seat time today... first time since last spring when I plowed up a garden for a neighbor lady... today I plowed her garden again to get ready for winter--something's wrong here... aren't we supposed to by riding our machines more often than 2-3 times a year???
Anyway I digress. Some people in our church allowed my neighbor to put her garden on some vacant property they have.... They also told me I could have a garden on their property next year--great deal--free water (liquid gold in the arid West), and good land... what's to lose?
After I finished the neighbor's piece, I started plowing up mine. It had sat as pasture land for 20 or 30 years, so I was concerned about my Sears GT 18 cutting the muster.
I actually was going to enter this in the "Ugly Tractor of the Month" contest, but having seen the other submissions I knew I'd get trounced.. ;o}
I have added some improvements since spring (though I still haven't repaired the grill LOL)--I put RV antifreeze in the front tires, which added over 30 lbs of weight... I also added a 4" diam. x 16" long piece of round steel--hanging about a foot in front of the axle. It adds another 50-60 lbs. I put chains on the rear tires as well...
My, what in improvement!! The tractor nose stays down and it steers, and the chains get good traction as opposed to just the tire. The rear tires were already fluid-filled when I bought the tractor, so I didn't change anything there. Anyway, about 2 hours, and I was done.
I have other gardens to plow yet--my daughter for one. After that I get to try our the tiller on the White 1650 Yard Boss I just got...
This is good therapy... the sound of the Onan purring along, the laughter of the kids in the schoolyard in the next block, the smell of the fresh-plowed earth... a lot cheaper than paying $150 hour to someone with a sheep skin on his wall, but never got his hands dirty...
Edited by Utah Smitty, October 02, 2012 - 06:49 PM.