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#1 farmerall OFFLINE  

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Posted September 06, 2013 - 05:44 PM

During the summer I work at a local golf course and this year one of my jobs was to mow all of the areas that aren't mowed regularly. They are normally mowed once a year in the fall but it had been two years since they were mowed. The tractor I used was an International 504 utility that is pretty much my personal tractor there since I brought it back to life after it set for at least 4-5 years. I did a pretty good job considering I had never mowed any of the areas before and didn't know what may have been in the weeds. I did have a few surprises though. I found a few holes, one was an old bunker and the other was a drainage ditch. I also had a close call when I hit an electrical box with the tractor. Luckily I felt the front of the tractor jump up and I stopped or else I probably wouldn't be here today considering the lines in the box are 480V. I also had some fun too when I cased two ground hogs through one field and as I was mowing the hawks would watch me and come down to grab a mouse or baby rabbit for lunch.

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Posted September 06, 2013 - 05:55 PM

Looks like an enjoyable day. Nice tractor to spend the day with.


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Posted September 06, 2013 - 05:58 PM

Glad the electrical box did not get fully run over :-)

 

Looks like you had a fun time !


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Posted September 06, 2013 - 06:08 PM

Looks like an enjoyable day. Nice tractor to spend the day with.

It was fun but it did get boring after awhile. I had to spend at least 30 hrs mowing. A lot of it was a new section of the golf course that was never completed and then just left to grow weeds


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Posted September 06, 2013 - 06:34 PM

payed seat time = priceless :thumbs:


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Posted September 06, 2013 - 07:25 PM

Very nice tractor to spend the day with. Glad you didn't take out the electrical box and you are still here to tell us about it. That is some pretty tall weeds but looks like it did a good job with them. Too bad bailed weeds don't bring a lot of money :D


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Posted September 06, 2013 - 09:31 PM

Is that the clubhouse in the background or a state penitentiary?


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 06:21 AM

Looks like really nice countryside where you work. Your boss should have warned you about those hazards before letting you loose to mow. 


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 07:40 AM

Reminds me of a typical day mowing at the Illinois Tollway. You never knew when a wheel split ring would jump up to get you!


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 07:44 AM

Glad you had a good time. I worked a job where we chased dozens of woochucks out of a dam embankment we were clearing. Atleast three red shoulder hawks watched us and feasted for 3 weeks. It was neat to watch. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted September 08, 2013 - 01:31 AM

Matt, it looks like you had a good time and the 504 was earning it's keep. :thumbs:


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Posted September 09, 2013 - 07:35 PM

Is that the clubhouse in the background or a state penitentiary?

That's the clubhouse lol



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Posted September 10, 2013 - 01:00 AM

If you were using a brush hog in weeds that high it could have been pretty slow going.  You have 46hp. to the PTO on what, a 6' mower? Could be a bit of a grunt in that heavy cover. Diesel or gas? They come either way.

Pretty country you have there. 


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Posted September 10, 2013 - 09:35 AM

If you were using a brush hog in weeds that high it could have been pretty slow going.  You have 46hp. to the PTO on what, a 6' mower? Could be a bit of a grunt in that heavy cover. Diesel or gas? They come either way.

Pretty country you have there. 

I think the mower is 5ft. It was thick stuff and most of the time I was in 2nd low or 2nd high, sometimes 3rd low if the weeds were thin. IT has a gas engine.


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Posted September 10, 2013 - 10:30 AM

Just a suggestion if you haven't done so already, sharpen the blades. It makes a huge difference in how well it cuts. I've found this to be true with mine anyway. 






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