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#1 Tallbald OFFLINE  

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Posted April 03, 2016 - 09:11 AM

It's been on loan for 8 years to my father in law. Doused with a healthy application of Mean Green degreaser and pressure sprayed off it doesn't look too bad for a 36 year old 1550 hour tractor. I know of a need for new steering gear bushings, front bumper,and some sheet metal repair. An off-chassis repaint is planned. I'll have to have lots of understanding help from family because of my physical limits  from a spinal injury/surgery.. Sure happy to have the old girl lovingly named "Orange Crush" home. Her clattering diesel twin is music to my ears, and the last snapshot shows how her return makes me feel. My best to everyone here. Don

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Posted April 03, 2016 - 09:26 AM

Pace yourself and learn to use machines to do any lifting work. I hope that it ends up being good occupational therapy for you and that you recover completely. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted April 03, 2016 - 09:47 AM

Boyscout862 thank you for the good thoughts. Surgeon says it's a downward degenerative spiral though until a complete lumbar fusion can be done. Is what it is and I've had to become OK with it. But I sure don't have to surrender and like it.

 Anyway, she's a good looking tractor. No use for her really except as a reminder of days past, my Dad and his new (then) 1976 B6100 Kubota. There's actually satisfaction for me in hearing my tractor run. Just listening to her is great entertainment for this man. Don


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Posted April 03, 2016 - 10:09 AM

GREAT little tractor, both of them.  I have a B7100 which is about the same as the B6100 and love it.  Has a 60" deck on it.  Don't need the mowing unit but sure could use a loader.  Looking to sell this on and find one with a loader.  Enjoy Orange Crush as you will probably never wear it out.


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Posted April 03, 2016 - 11:29 AM

Nice tractor..looks well cared for. Spinal fusion,,,I'm just recovering from lumbar fusion L4 L5 S1 and have no back pain,,,actually feel normal if that's possible.


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Posted April 03, 2016 - 02:40 PM

Nice tractor.   :thumbs:       Good luck on your recovery.     

 

By the way in your picture you don't look that tall... :D           Rick  ​


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#7 Tallbald OFFLINE  

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Posted April 04, 2016 - 11:44 AM

Thank you everyone for the kind words. I must take restoration slowly and over a good while. My tractor looks much smaller with me on it than without. I'm 6 feet 5 inches and 300 pounds (302 before I started shaving my head). I'll post progress pictures as time goes by. Don.


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