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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted October 26, 2013 - 09:34 PM

20 years ago this summer, a friend of mine's parents were doing a little downsizing. They called me up and asked if I wanted some of the stuff.

In the pile was the snow blade that I have been using on my GT5000 since I put it into snow removal duties.(red tractor in back)
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It was always a little oversized for the unit, but did a fantastic job. It was great to be able to move that much snow and it was the only plow I had at the time. Over the years, I just kept on using it. Gravel, snow, sand, whatever... It was a brute and nearly indestructible.


FFwd to a couple of weeks ago. The gent looked me up to see if on a chance I still had the plow and would I be willing to sell it back to him. He recently picked up a case 446 and he wanted a heavy snow plow for it. I haven't needed as big a plow since I got the blower, have other blades for other tractors now... So, no I won't sell it... It's yours. He wanted to argue a little, but in the end, he was happy to have it back. I told him it served me well, I was happy it was going back home, and thanks for the 20 year loan.
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Posted October 26, 2013 - 10:06 PM

Wow Alan, heck of a story. After 20 years the old chap looks for just his blade, and finds it. MoSt times you hear of looking for the old tractor, but the implement, that just sounds tougher to find. Great to send it home.

Edited by wvbuzzmaster, October 26, 2013 - 10:06 PM.

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Posted October 27, 2013 - 02:33 AM

I think, that was a beau geste of you, Alan. :thumbs:


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Posted October 27, 2013 - 04:19 AM

Mighty-fine, Alan, Mighty-fine indeed.


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Posted October 27, 2013 - 05:41 AM

Did ya put on new cutting edge on it first? New paint job? Always return borrowed items in better condition than when received.....Remind me not to lend you anything.......20 years? Sheeesh! :wallbanging:


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Posted October 27, 2013 - 05:57 AM

Awesome, Alan! Hard to believe he remembered after all these years!


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Posted October 27, 2013 - 06:55 AM

He must have been a good friend, to hold off his Dad from picking up

his blade, for that long. :D  :poke:


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Posted October 27, 2013 - 07:25 AM

"What goes around comes around", and that saying works with good deeds as well as bad.  Good story Alan...thanks for sharing!


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Posted October 27, 2013 - 07:31 AM

Did ya put on new cutting edge on it first? New paint job? Always return borrowed items in better condition than when received.....Remind me not to lend you anything.......20 years? Sheeesh! :wallbanging:


Hey, CAT... Can I still borrow that ladder?

Cutting edge was still OK, the blade had been sanded and painted, roll-off wings installed. I did torch off the hydraulic cylinders that were on it and move a bracket to work with my tractor's lift.

I didnt mean to tell you guys for kudos or accolades... Just sharing a moment in time.
Maybe I shoulda titled it "Snapshot of a Packrat" :D
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Posted October 27, 2013 - 07:37 AM

Alan, kind of same thing happened many moons ago with my former father in law.  He moved to town, so he gave me his old Sears tiller to use, as he had no spot for a garden.  about 10 years or more passed, and he wasn't my FIL anymore, but he stopped by to visit from time to time after the divorce.  He moved from town & had a place for a garden & came by to ask if he could borrow the tiller.  I said no, you can't borrow your own stuff, and helped him load it up.  Missed the old tiller, but it was time for me to get my own anyway.  He passed away a few years ago....miss the old guy too.


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Posted October 27, 2013 - 07:48 AM

Great story! Good tractor karma at it's best! :thumbs: :thumbs:


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Posted October 27, 2013 - 07:58 AM

Great story Alan.  Nice looking snow duty fleet too.  I'll bet they do a great job together.


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Posted October 27, 2013 - 12:21 PM

Your a man of integrity, great story.


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Posted October 27, 2013 - 02:54 PM

Good for you Alan!  That is the way it should be.



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Posted October 27, 2013 - 03:49 PM

:thumbs: I liked hearing this!







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