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#1 OldBuzzard ONLINE  

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Posted October 30, 2013 - 11:26 PM

I figured today warranted a thread of it's own.

 

It has been a very interesting and eventful day :D

 

Once we got close to Grafton, we took a VERY scenic route to make the final 'push' to Grafton.  It followed the Mississippi and was a nice drive.

 

We got to Grafton around 4:00 this afternoon (EDST), and following the seller's advice, we parked in front of the Grafton Winery, and unloaded the HDT.  To do that however, we had to unload the hydro angle plow as well.

 

The seller had been down to St. Louis for an appointment, and pulled up just after we got the tractor off the trailer, so everyone's timing was just right.

 

When he told me that it was up a hill, and behind the house, I wasn't expecting the hill to be as steep as it was!  Nor, was I expecting the other slope that I was going to have  to navigate that went behind the house to where the  Earthcavator was sitting.  It was steeper that the street was, and was wet grass too boot. You will see how steep in the pics and vid I'll be posting.

 

When I saw the Earthcavator, I knew we had a problem!  The seller wasn't real knowledgable about GTs, and he said it was a 3-pt.  It isn't.

 

It mounts with pins and has a lift arm.  I'm HOPING that it will fit the tube frames.  If not I'll just list it on eBay.  I really hope I don't have to do that as this one is in REALLY nice original condition.

 

Anyway, we now had the problem of how to get it down to the trailer as it wasn't just a matter of connecting it to the 3-pt.  We managed to 'hang' it on the 3-pt lift arms with #2 son's helping to keep it from rubbing on the tires, I backed up the wet  steep, grassy hill,  and then proceeded to the street and then down the hill, where we dropped it, loaded it, the tractor, and the front blade and got it all tied down.

 

I gotta say, I'm DANGED glad that I had the Anclas, the Rim Guard, and the BIG wheel weights, or it would have never climbed that grassy hill.  As it was, I just backed up with absolutely no wheel slippage at all.  I had it in low range and that worked perfectly.

 

After all the 'excitement' of getting up and down the hill, we were ready to head out.  We had decided to stay in an actual campground tonight, and the seller recommended a State Park that was just a couple of miles up the road.  Off we went, only to find that it was a very nice place, but unfortunately, it didn't have pull through sites. So, we searched for an alternate, found one and plugged in it's location on the GPS and set off.

 

Now this GPS is designed for motorhomes and trucks, and it stores your length, width, height, weight, and even takes into consideration a trailer and it's length, and routes you accordingly.  It won't send you to an over pass that you can't fit under, or over a bridge that has a load restriction, etc.

 

Much to our consternation, it was routing us to a FERRY!  Well, we decided to trust it, and when we got there found that it had a 30 TON weight limit and we are nowhere near that heavy  :D :D

 

So we drove on, and waited for them to collect the fare, and they didn't. Evidently that particular ferry is run by the State of Il.  Anyway by the time we started crossing, it was almost dark and there was fog forming over the river. Really a neat trip.

 

Once we got to the other side, it turned out that we had to drive to ANOTHER ferry, which crossed the Mississippi.  The drive to it was on narrow roads with no markings.  Not to mention that it was full dark by this time, and misting rain.  It was quite the adventure.

 

Now the problems happened.  Somehow the GPS and MS Streets and trips could not find the campground.  We eventually gave up, and we are now in, you guessed it, yet another Wal Mart parking lot in O'Fallon Mo.

 

One good thing though is that I just pumped 65 gallons of gas at... $2.83/Gal :dancingbanana:

 

Ok, now that I've bored you with the details here are a LOT of pics that the boys took while I was on the tractor.  I'll post the vids after they get uploaded.  I'll note that on the way up, I had it in low range and the hydro pedal to the floor.  That's max speed in low range :D :D :D

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Edited by OldBuzzard, October 31, 2013 - 12:24 AM.

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Posted October 31, 2013 - 12:16 AM

Those streets sure remind me of the Hancock, Houghton area of Michigan.

How many more stops are you making on this trip?


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Posted October 31, 2013 - 12:55 AM

Three more.  One in Cincinnati to drop off the boys.  Then up to the Columbus area plow day on Saturday, and then to Philo. Oh to trade the hydro angle blade for a Whirly Rake.
 
After that it will be off to the homestead  :D :D :D
 
Anyway here are the two vids, one short and the other a bit longer.
 
I'm not so sure about #1 son's estimate of 25 deg, but it was danged steep. Steeper that it looks, as he had the camera tilted a bit when he was taking the side view.
 
I was in low range with the engine at about 2750 according to the tach.




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Posted October 31, 2013 - 01:03 AM

Looks like you had a great time. What diesel motor is in that? Im very curious :D


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Posted October 31, 2013 - 04:55 AM

looks like tat earthcavator fits a tube frame... thats a great looking one for sure
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Posted October 31, 2013 - 05:56 AM

Glad you had enough ballast to keep footing.

Neat photos, thanks for sharing.
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Posted October 31, 2013 - 06:37 AM

Great story!  I love the adventures that accompany tractor-chases, and you definitely have some good ones!  I found myself battling similar terrain alongside the Mississippi north of LeClaire, IA when I chased down my Ground Saw.  'Cept it was February, I had no help and the dang thing weighed something like 400#.


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Posted October 31, 2013 - 06:48 AM

I thought that it might be for a tube frame too. That is in such good shape that it is a keeper. Just find a tractor to fit it. My earthcavator is rusty not nice like yours. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted October 31, 2013 - 08:51 AM

... What diesel motor is in that? Im very curious :D

 

It's a Mitsubishi K3D-61BG.  It's 3-cyl, water cooled, and rated at 22 Hp.  It's 979 CC , so you can call it a 1 liter engine.

 

Toro used the K3D in some of their big mowers.


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Posted October 31, 2013 - 09:01 AM

The GT is great and that's a nice attachment but I want the HAT.


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Posted October 31, 2013 - 10:39 AM

Pardon my ignorance, but what is an Earthcavator?  It looks like a back blade type of attachment...

 

Whatever it is, it looks like it's in really nice shape.  Nice tractor and write up!  Thanks for the photos.


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Posted October 31, 2013 - 11:33 AM

Pardon my ignorance, but what is an Earthcavator?  ...

 
It's a 3 in one attachment.  Gannon made them in all sorts of sizes.
 
It will scarify, scoop, and level dirt.
 
Here's a vid on one working.


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Posted October 31, 2013 - 12:00 PM

That's a good video of one in use. 


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Posted October 31, 2013 - 12:06 PM

That looks like a handy attachment for landscaping.  Thanks for posting the video.


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Posted October 31, 2013 - 01:52 PM

It's a Mitsubishi K3D-61BG.  It's 3-cyl, water cooled, and rated at 22 Hp.  It's 979 CC , so you can call it a 1 liter engine.

 

Toro used the K3D in some of their big mowers.

That's what is in my Toro GroundsMaster.


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