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#1 Utah Smitty OFFLINE  

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Posted October 02, 2012 - 06:42 PM

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.

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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}

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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...

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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.

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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...

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Edited by Utah Smitty, October 02, 2012 - 06:49 PM.

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Posted October 02, 2012 - 07:39 PM

The last picture says it all...
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Posted October 02, 2012 - 07:51 PM

Looks like you had a good time, cool photos with mountains in the back ground :thumbs:
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Posted October 02, 2012 - 07:53 PM

Glad you had some fun . One thing I noticed is the rocks or lack of , do you wants some lol , Al
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Posted October 02, 2012 - 09:40 PM

Nice, thanks for sharing. I'd say you've got a powerful machine there, just need to get it purdy again.
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Posted October 02, 2012 - 09:48 PM

Looks like the Sears is doing a great job, nice deep furrows and like Alc said above, no rocks.

Glad to see some seat time for you. BTW, good deal :thumbs: on the garden plot.
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Posted October 02, 2012 - 11:45 PM

That sounds like fun! Glad you got the seat time. Thanks for the great pics!
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Posted October 02, 2012 - 11:59 PM

Glad you had some fun . One thing I noticed is the rocks or lack of , do you wants some lol , Al


LOL!! No Thanks!!

Salt Lake City and neighboring towns lies on the bed of an ancient lake--Lake Bonneville--also gives its name to the Bonneville Salt Flats. You can dig down hundreds of feet and hit nothing more than sand or small gravel... or you might dig a foot and hit "hard pan" clay, known as "caliche" to some.... it's like digging through concrete when it's dry, and is oily and sticks to your shoes like glue when it's wet... I've lost many a boot trying to cross a field with standing water because it takes forever to seep past the clay... Actually, I think it's clay monsters--they just reach up and suck your boot right off your foot...

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Posted October 03, 2012 - 12:01 AM

Nice, thanks for sharing. I'd say you've got a powerful machine there, just need to get it purdy again.


Yeah, it's on the list... I just need to quit fixing tractors that need engines, etc., so I can dress them up a little...

Oh well!!!!!

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Posted October 03, 2012 - 05:57 AM

Very nice thanks for sharing looks like nice day for plowing and enjoying the outdoors.
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Posted October 03, 2012 - 06:14 PM

Nice pics, the GT looks real good. Im jealous of that electric 3pt hitch! Do you have a nose cone for it?
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Posted October 03, 2012 - 10:31 PM

Nice pics, the GT looks real good. Im jealous of that electric 3pt hitch! Do you have a nose cone for it?


I don't have the cap for the top of it... I need to get one... my mom's GT 18/6 also has electric lift and it's just a rubber slip on cap... but I haven't found one that's a snug fit, yet.

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Posted October 03, 2012 - 10:48 PM

Thanks for the photos. Your soil looks like it would be black like ours. One of these days I'm going to run across a plow and join the ranks of the sod turners.
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