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#31 Texas Deere and Horse OFFLINE  

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Posted March 16, 2014 - 09:38 PM

Hey Guys, Last November I made a short trip to the N.E. to pick up and drop off GT's. It was just under 5,000 miles and here is the route I took with all the stops.

 

http://www.mapquest....mbed?hk=1867FBX

 

Here is the thread on the trip, I had a great time traveling and do 2,500 to 3,500 mile trip a few times a year.

 

http://gardentractor...the-north-east/


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 07:06 AM

Anything within a 2-3 hour drive from home is always on the table.  Further, and it needs to be real good.  I've gone 300, 400, 500 miles from home to fetch stuff, but have begun having most things shipped.  I now quote freight for even trips that would take me 2 hours from home...if freight is cheaper than gas, I ship it.  Time is tough to carve out for tractor chasing, though I do love the road trips.  I also book as many stops as I can, to make the drive worthwhile.

 

Last March I gambled on the weather, and logged over 800 miles in one day.  I left home around 4a, and was in bed by 9p.  My stops were quick (one kinda freaky stop in the dark, in a Chicago Suburb, around 5am their time), and I even made a barn find at a house overlooking the Mississippi in Iowa, and litterally 'dug' out this gem.  I had no info or pictures on it before going, other than a phone call where the seller told me "it's a big old saw that fit on the back of an Allis Chalmers".

 

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Posted March 17, 2014 - 09:34 AM

I will take the 5th on this one. My wife may read this and find out what I really do on these trips. :D  But lets say I have gone too far to get some of my BH's, and all of the trips have been fun (some times very tiring) to do. Meeting members and talking to  the sellers/owners has been great fun.

I will just say, "local to me" is anything with in a 2 hour drive.


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Posted March 18, 2014 - 01:22 AM

300 miles round trip to get my dual stick 1650. For me being in a chair, it was about as far as I would care to go again, maybe :oh_shucks:


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Posted March 18, 2014 - 11:28 AM

Last year I drove 450 mile round trip to pick up 5 Bolens 1886's along with 5 mower decks, 3 tillers, 1 snow blower, 1 sickle bar mower, 1 power angle plow and a lot of spare parts. I would have gone further if needed.


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Posted March 18, 2014 - 01:57 PM

1500 miles round trip to pick up a Bolens Groundskeeper, 1760 miles round trip to pick up a Danuser CD-1 post hole digger, and 980 miles round trip to pick up a Bolens 1455 w/Johnson forklift conversion and a Brantly backhoe for a Bolens Large Frame.
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Posted March 21, 2014 - 10:50 AM

Wow guys, I'm thinking some of you must stock in a petroleum company.  Just kidding, I know the fever.  Mines lower than anyone except BTS.

 

132 miles round trip for the one with the snowblower and 180 miles round trip for the one with the 3 point.

 

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Posted March 21, 2014 - 03:04 PM

I went 100-ish miles with my dad to pick up a complete Allis Chalmers B-series grader for $50.


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Posted March 21, 2014 - 05:01 PM

I went over 900 miles round trip, for a fully optioned 982 IH cub cadet with 3pt implements. Its getting restored!


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 10:41 PM

I wish I could go farther than I can for machines, but time doesn't leave me much wiggle room for road trips.  I'm sort of tied to Mount Solon with a full time job and Old Paths Equipment. 

 

And of course everything I want is just out of a two hour range.  *sigh*

 

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Posted March 23, 2014 - 06:19 AM

I went over 900 miles round trip, for a fully optioned 982 IH cub cadet with 3pt implements. Its getting restored!

 

NICE!   I want one!



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Posted March 23, 2014 - 06:38 AM

Once went about an hour outside of Dubuqe, IA into Wisconsin for this JD cab:

 

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Around six hour drive each way, we just mad a two day trip out of it.  I'm not much of a traveler!  ~~  Lowell


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 09:33 AM

483 miles yesterday...7 stops including transport for other folks that paid some of my fuel. Delivered 2 attachments I sold, and brought home 2 tractors and a pile of other items. Spent a few hours at a Simplicity/Allis annual collector's gathering and even made a dealer purchase. In all, another wonderful trip =]
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Posted March 23, 2014 - 10:07 AM

483 miles yesterday...7 stops including transport for other folks that paid some of my fuel. Delivered 2 attachments I sold, and brought home 2 tractors and a pile of other items. Spent a few hours at a Simplicity/Allis annual collector's gathering and even made a dealer purchase. In all, another wonderful trip =]

 

Where's all the photos of your haul, you know you can't post a trip like that without photos!! :thumbs: :rolling:


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 10:10 AM

Where's all the photos of your haul, you know you can't post a trip like that without photos!! :thumbs: :rolling:

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