My daughter got some garden tractor seat time the other day.
Posted May 28, 2011 - 08:56 PM
Last weekend when I got back from the Little Guys Show she wanted to help unload the tractors and also drive one. We were unloading the Bolens Ride-A-Matic and it started on the second pull like it always does unless it sits for an extended period of time. I got it off of the trailer and then had her get on it. I walked beside her the whole way in the garage and my wife of course was taking pictures.
Once we got the trailer unloaded then she drove the Massey MF12H for a little while. Fast forward to Tuesday night, I needed to get the Snapper 1655 in the garage so I could fix the driveshaft belts and it needed to be towed in. So I fired up the Massey MF12H and had my little helper pull it into the garage. It wasn't without a mishap though. The little one did great and she is good at using the hydro lever to control her speed and stopping and going. We got close to the garage and I was trying to tell my wife to get on the right side of the tractor just in case so she could grab the lever.
Well till she finally figured out what I was saying and Lilly was confused my wife grabbed the lever and did the rubber band effect. Causing it to back in to the Snapper and then hitting the garage LOL. No damage to the garage, dented the rear fender on the 12H and I could care less about the Snapper which it didn't do anything to anyway
Lilly was a little shell shocked at first but within a minute or so she was all about driving again. She pulled the Snapper the rest of the way into the garage and then I helped her back out of the garage after we unhooked. Then she went out to the front yard and drove around some more.
I also chased her around the trees a couple times with the 12G.
Here are some pics in no specific order:
Posted May 28, 2011 - 09:05 PM
I myself had a mishap in my shop with the Case 444 which prompted me to fix the return to neutral spring. I was bumping it over to get it in range and low and behold, I WAS MOVING!! I ended up shoving a pile of stuff on the floor between the Case 222 and 444 so the hoods luckily never touched, but that Kohler was lugging down good enough, I finally just turned the key off.
Posted May 28, 2011 - 09:41 PM
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Posted May 28, 2011 - 09:47 PM
You use ear protection?!? I must be behind on the times, I thought that was what mufflers were for lol.
I gotta save the 40% I have left. Sucks when you don't always hear what your little one is saying or what your wife might be saying, although my wife blames me not hearing her as selective hearing.
Posted May 28, 2011 - 10:03 PM
Posted May 28, 2011 - 10:24 PM
I bet I'll see Lilly plowing at next years PA Plow Days !!
I have twin boys, Ayden & Cameron who are just over 6 years old. I can't wait til they start going to the plow days with me. Well I hope they will want to go, I am pretty sure that Ayden will want to as he seems to enjoy the tractors more that Cameron.
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Posted May 29, 2011 - 06:58 AM
Looks like she had a blast!
BTW....... Nice Bolens sign
Posted May 29, 2011 - 07:36 AM
George......... that's a beautiful piece of property you have and along with a very cute daughter. Takes me back to when my own daughter was her age and I taught her how to drive my 446 Case at the time. Treasure these moments, George. They are all too fleeting because the kids grow up far too fast.
You are absolutely right they do grow too fast. Faster then weeds it seems. She told me she wants to start doing the garden tractors pulls so we will have a winter project to work on together. Good thing is she likes to turn wrenches also and not just seat time.