Seems kinda like SLOWED down around here lately. Guess most are finished with summer projects? Fall shortening the workshop days? Guess now we get the "Winterizing" posts going for either storage or blade/blower set-ups going on. I'll be done in garage about end of October. Pack it all in tight and leave till spring. I DID get out there some last winter, have heat, but usually no space. Been a little more space this last year. You can't do much painting in winter, maybe some small parts if I run heat. Now with many of my tractors being mostly complete, not as much to work on anyway. Now they are done, and just take up space setting around. Selling always comes to mind......then.....NAHHH! Can't do that! I end up buying parts and stuff I don't need on epay all winter, heh!
Kinda quiet here!
Posted October 01, 2015 - 03:07 PM
I've just started packing all the 'Summer' tractors away and started making room for the ones that get the blades and blowers on them, just packed away my reels today and from now till the last cut of the season I'm back to mowing with the regular 3 bladed decks as there's too many leaves and sticks falling to use the reels this time of year, just got all the restored machines drained and packed for winter, they wont fire again until about mid to late may
Plan to get the blades and blowers on in the next week or so as I hate hitching up stuff when its anything below 50 degrees!
This summer just flew right by me!
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Posted October 01, 2015 - 04:23 PM
Still trying to close out the garden here, the tomatoes and peppers are holding things up. Then on to cutting and tilling, leaf sweeping.... etc. Mount the snow blade and make sure a couple of the workers are ready for the white stuff while the rest go to bed for the winter, the list goes on and on. I dread it and look forward to it at the same time, at least I can plow myself out if need be along with a few of the neighbors.
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Posted October 01, 2015 - 04:43 PM
I been testing antifreeze in vehicles and tractors today. All went well except the one tractor I already knew was straight water.
The 1919 Midwest Utilitor has water only in it so that'll be an easy fix.
Poured some antifreeze in the on-demand sprayer tank. Now I just need to take the 12V jumper box out there to power the pump and circulate some of the green goo into the pump.
Sometime soon I have to go the the local museum and check 3 trucks to make sure they are OK. Then the 6 Moline tractors that I maintain for a widow will be checked but I'm certain they are OK. Last weekend was their once a year outting and the three that needed topped off I used straight antifreeze so no problems anticipated there.
Way too early to de-mower the tractor and put on blade, chains, weights, and heat houser. I may have to mow again - although I doubt the yard will need it the pasture has some places that need run over by the brushcutter. Plus I hope to take in a plow day this fall if things go well enough.
Bought about a dozen more garden tractors this year and have to find a way to get them inside somewhere for the season. The guy that runs his cattle on this place puts his tractor in the big shed for the winter so I'll be losing 1/3 of that shed here real quick. That really puts me in a bind this year.
House only has 32 inch doors
Edited by Gtractor, October 01, 2015 - 07:03 PM.
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Posted October 01, 2015 - 05:17 PM
Have the garden cleared off for the most part. One pile of cuc vines and left overs to haul off yet. Put a load of goat manure over the garden then plow it in yet. Need to mow at least one more time yet and possibly two. Have the blade on the G16 so may just leave it on for the winter. Will drop the deck off the G14 and put the snow caster on it. Change over to the ag tires full of fluid and put the chains on it also. have the wood to get cut, split and in the shed yet. Put it on a tandem trailer and pull it up to the house when the wood supply need restocked. Got the fireplace flu cleaned today. Will clean the inside out and motor the fire brick cracks in the morning. Worked on putting a different motor on the last RAM I got last summer. Picked up the motor yesterday. 3 hp Briggs. Have the nose piece and top cover to put on yet. Wont use the original tank as the Briggs has it's own gas tank and the carb is part of the tank system so can't change it over. Ton of things to get done yet but usually have a decent October to do them in. Started to pick the high apples today. Will get them all picked in the next few days. Then get the cider press out and run a bunch of cider. Had to much rain so often I could not keep them sprayed for the bugs like should have been done. Have a lot of cedar trees around os get that red cedar rust all over the apples. Don't hurt anything, just makes them look dirty. Never know it in the cider this winter.
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Posted October 01, 2015 - 06:06 PM
This is our extremely busy season at work right now and with the wife not working I have been soaking up as many hours as I can. Lots of projects to do and post about, just no time to work on them at the moment.
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Posted October 01, 2015 - 09:19 PM
Water in all the fruit trees
Cut the grass one more time and get Little John cleaned up and put away.
Finish digging spuds, carrots and beets, work garden and clean up Little Red, the Honda tiller and put it away.
Check the heated watering bowls and rebuild the shields so the bull can't push them off the platform.
Fix the corral gate.
Wean calves and haul the shippers to market.
Butcher the last four sheep, cut and wrap.
Rebuild heifer pen.
Haul and stack more wood.
Move some grain from the old bin to the feed bin.
Check sewer outlet.
Get the J.D.4040 winterised and fix the auger on the snow blower.
Order winter fuel.
Of course some of this is more important than the rest---- will it all get done?1 not a chance, but I can always dream. Maybe it'll be an open fall
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Posted October 01, 2015 - 09:47 PM
Meanwhile I have a few projects im trying to finish off.
Seriously, who wants to buy a pile of parts Springfields.... Only way to make complete ones....
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Posted October 02, 2015 - 06:52 AM
Not real busy with mowers at work, a few early fall service jobs, and the occasional broken belt ect. But we are in full "snow" mode getting our plow trucks ready for the coming season. I am rebuilding the 8'6" BOSS straight blade that goes on the shops 1 ton and I need to change the fluid in my old Western on my own truck. MIke
Posted October 03, 2015 - 05:31 PM