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#1 Bmerf OFFLINE  

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Posted November 13, 2014 - 08:11 PM

Well tomorrow @ 0800 the journey begins.

 

A few of you may remember the ST/10 I picked up this summer. http://gardentractor...tor-attachment/

 

The original plan was to keep the vacuum and flip the tractor in the spring. Now I find myself buying parts off EBay.

 

Waiting for me just down the road is a snow plow and 3 point hitch setup. Only real issue is the hitch is 3 1/2 hours away and the plow is three hours from that, but at least (kind of) on the way home.

 

Should be an adventure: first tractor parts trip, Wife is going with me, 8+ hours, mostly 2 lane roads through uncharted territory in Northern Indiana. She is worried about the weather, Snow "flurries" predicted, which at the bottom of Lake Michigan is code for a dusting to ? Almost an inch on the ground already.

 

I must be addicted, wish me luck. 

 

 


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Posted November 13, 2014 - 08:30 PM

You may find lots more along the way. Let your wife drive so you can affectively scan back yards and driveways.She will get control of the radio channel of coarse. Good Luck
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Posted November 13, 2014 - 08:30 PM

Road trip for tractor stuff, with the wife..Sounds like a good way to

spend the day.

Have a safe trip.


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Posted November 13, 2014 - 08:47 PM

It's not just a road trip for tractor parts. I find myself meeting other like minded people, and some of the views along the way are great, too. I just hope the road conditions aren't too bad for you.

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Posted November 13, 2014 - 09:22 PM

Have a safe trip!

 

Remember, you get better traction with more weight, right?  :wave: Maybe you ought to pick up a tractor for ballast?

 

Ben W.


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Posted November 13, 2014 - 09:42 PM

Just got caught up on your purchase nice find. Looking forward to your pics of your new stuff. My wife has gone with me before & we had a lot of fun.
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Posted November 13, 2014 - 09:53 PM

My wife might ride along, but have zero interest in the purpose of the trip... Just in the drive time... As long as she can play candy crush
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Posted November 13, 2014 - 09:59 PM

My last trip for a tractor was about 1100 miles round trip non stop. Not much fun when you are by yourself.


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Posted November 13, 2014 - 11:50 PM

Sounds like you better take a garden tractor with a blade with you in case you get stuck :thumbs:

I'm not much of a traveler, the furthest I went for a garden tractor was about 50 miles, I picked up a John Deere 140 with loader and push blade. :dancingbanana:

My other "best garden tractor buy" was 4 miles away :rocker2: (Bolens HT23) :D.

 

Good luck on your trip and stay out of the white fluffy drifts :driving_tbucket:


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Posted November 14, 2014 - 12:05 AM

Nothing like a good road trip for tractor goodies :D :D :D

 

I've done a lot of them, and it's an extremely rare one in which the wife (and now the cat) isn't with me.

 

We have the advantage of being retired and owning a decent motorhome, so we don't have to make our road trips a 'mad dash' and can slow down and appreciate the scenery.


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Posted November 14, 2014 - 06:05 AM

Do a little Internet research and find a neat mom and pop restaurant along the way. Squeezing in a little "date night" time is huge when taking the Mrs on a tractor hunt.
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Posted November 14, 2014 - 07:31 AM

We will be slowing down a little today. As predicted there is a dusting/inch of snow on the ground at home. The first leg of the journey, all interstate highway, takes us through South Bend, IN. The TV says they got 9-12". From there on looks like smooth sailing.

I'll be doing the driving, wife is navigator, that way if we get lost it is her fault. This will be an all day event, including a few stops along the way.

Thanks for all the comments.

Brian


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Posted November 14, 2014 - 02:15 PM

I hope your trip was more productive than my last one. I drove 75 miles and arrived at the agreed upon time. Man was not home, received excuse after excuse over the phone that kept me hanging around. I went to eat lunch for awhile. Came back, still no man. Waited. Waited. Finally last excuse was he was heading to hospital after a bee sting. I left. I still want that little tractor he has though!


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Posted November 14, 2014 - 08:14 PM

An we're off. We left promptly at 0800 0810.

 

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After about twenty miles, caught myself wondering if this addiction really needs to be cured.

 

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Another twenty-five miles, weather finally cleared. The rest of the trip was pretty uneventful.

Except when one of these decided it needed our lane.

 

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Beautiful sunset on the way home.

 

 

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Stopping where it all started, 6:38 pm.

 

 

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All in all a beautiful day with the wife. I have been working a lot of crazy hours; on nights, 4 on/1 off, 12 hours per day, for 36+ days.(lost count)  Much needed us time.

 

The totals:

10 1/2 hours

367 miles (I knew we would have to turn around at least once)

35 MPH average (I could have sworn the speedometer read twice that for most of the trip)

Cost: Fuel/3 square meals/parts ~$1 a mile

The words she spoke as we turned into the drive; "I feel as if your sneaking me home late from our first date." Priceless.


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Posted November 14, 2014 - 08:16 PM

Oh and the parts:

 

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Better pictures tomorrow, may even get installed.

 


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