I love this site. It is the one of two sites that I pay to be a member of - the other site I make a lot of money buying and selling on. The members here are mostly great. However, there is one thing I have noticed that drive my bonkers.
Anytime someone post a "I want to build a tractor" thread (there have been several in the last year or so) there is a dog pile of posts stating that they shouldn't, instead of posts encouraging them to do it. I don't understand that.
I recently posted a question about hydraulics. Most of the answers I got were to buy a front end loader or Skid steer. Somehow wanting to build a tractor or a similar mechanism is met with the same response I would expect if I was asking how to build a nuclear device. Namely "you will hurt yourself".
I just don't understand the negativity directed towards someone wanting to creativity solve a problem rather than throw money at it.
I am sure that a lot of others are in the same boat I am. I don't have 10 grand to drop on a used skid steer. I live on a partial disability (thanks to a 96 year old man who was still driving) and whatever I can make with scrap metal. What I do have is a lot of metal and parts that I could build something useful out of.
SO please, If someone asks about building something, give them advice. Just because you would go buy something doesn't mean we all can. If you can't offer advice wish them good luck and wait and see if they succeed.
Think of it like someone saying they want to build a house. Don't tell them they should just buy one because the roof will fall in if they try. Offer them advice on how to keep the roof up.
Anyhow. I love this site.