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#1 middleageddeere OFFLINE  

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Posted June 05, 2011 - 07:27 AM

A little less than a year ago I had terrible sleeping problems, took me forever to fall asleep and if I woke up I would not be able to fall back asleep. My wife and I have had a rough couple years and the worries were building. Anyhow, just recently my wife says, "You have been sleeping a lot better lately." We talked about it for a while and best we can figure out about the time I got my first real GT and started tinkering with them, I started sleeping better. I guess ColdOne's signature is right, "Tractor therapy, cheaper than a shrink."

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Posted June 05, 2011 - 07:45 AM

There's more truth to this than most people would believe.
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Posted June 05, 2011 - 07:57 AM

I think the garden tractors are great therapy. Whether it is to do mechanical work on the, painting or any other tinkering you might be doing. I think using them is the greatest therapy. Cruise around mowing the grass and you can almost feel yourself escaping from the everyday world.
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Posted June 05, 2011 - 08:28 AM

There's more truth to this than most people would believe.


So VERY true! And I am dead serious about it being great for the psyche!
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Posted June 05, 2011 - 08:50 AM

I think the garden tractors are great therapy. Whether it is to do mechanical work on the, painting or any other tinkering you might be doing. I think using them is the greatest therapy. Cruise around mowing the grass and you can almost feel yourself escaping from the everyday world.


I've been doing this for years now.Its more relaxing then one realizes,we'd better not let it be know just how relaxing this is otherwise more people will start doing this and then look out it'll be very hard to find and buy more for us to relax with.LOL Larry
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Posted June 05, 2011 - 09:25 AM

Everyone needs a "get out of your head" hobby. I'm glad that Gt's are mine and thousands of others. Thats why I love this forum. I can work on my tractors and forget for awhile, everything that is weighing heavy on me.
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Posted June 05, 2011 - 09:44 AM

Before my newest addiction, we had had a few issues here. Never been one with super deep pockets, but someone had "short-sheeted" them. Found myself surly all the time. Now it's a lot better! Kids can still drive me up the wall, but that's part of their charm. My wife's only real complaint right now is how much time I spend with the tractors versus her. LOL... You'd think she'd be grateful for that :laughingteeth:
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Posted June 05, 2011 - 12:49 PM

If the tractors is good for sleeping, than why am I up half the night lol. I like the hobby on it's good days, but when it has it's rough days, I go crazy... Hobbies are great, but when they go bad, they go worse... I have the Caterpillar apart from when my better (the joys of running new wires) went bad (fried the magneto when I went to start it). See what I mean, 2 steps forward, 6 steps back! The part of the hobby that makes it all worth it is... the people. If it weren't for great people like you guys, I wouldn't continue this hobby in the magnitude I am in, well ok, mabey I'm lying about the magnitude lol.
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Posted June 05, 2011 - 01:15 PM

I see can your point Casey and I have had those moments, but for me at least, they are few and far between. For the most part I love fixing, tinkering, inventing, cleaning, using and just plain admiring all of the time.

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Posted June 05, 2011 - 01:33 PM

I said those not to discourage anyone from enjoying the hobby, cause we all have those moments. Last year I had so many of them I was about to sell 'em all and buy a brand new Kubota! The three most enjoyable parts of the hobby for me are as follows: The buying, the tinkering, and the using. It's the repairing the when they break down I don't care for... One year I had 6 functioning tractors, within a month I had only 2 left, because every week one would break down... and those times push me to my limits where I yell and scream and throw tools down (never throw them up or across). I have to step away from the tractors for a few days sometimes just to regain my passion. I always go back for one thing though, the social element. Without the show and tell part or the BS sessions the hobby would not be very enjoyable for me, and I wouldn't take the bad times with the good.
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Posted June 05, 2011 - 01:34 PM

Casey, once you have it fixed correctly, you'll be very happy. I have unusual sleep habits. If I wake in the middle of the night, my mind goes to thinking what I am going to do once daylight gets here. Hard to get back to sleep then.
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Posted June 05, 2011 - 01:44 PM

You always think that, but it always needs something. I am considering taking George up on one of his offers though, drop the Case 444 off at his shop one of these days for a tune up. :D If I have to do the tune up it will never get done with my list of other tractors I have to get working. I really have to get my projects done, I keep buying the tires for them but I never get them mounted up until a year later lol. You would think the man with the tire obsession (me) would be better about that lol.
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Posted June 05, 2011 - 07:10 PM

Now I have 3 GTs, 1 full size MF, and 2 Gravely Ls, all of them need work to some degree. I am happy with my herd now, I am not cruzing CL and ebay for the next "greta score". I am cruzing for parts. I am going to focus on getting them "right" over the next couple of years. It is nice to have a big herd, but when they all need someting done to them it just isnt worth trying to find another broken one. I have one GT that i can jump and go with (1855), and One gravely that is like I want it. All of them will move under their own power but none are working correctly. I believe that i am going to focus on the D160 and get it usable, then get it working correctly, then possably a restore. It will be the same with the new 1650. There is no hurry at this time, I will do it at my pace and not become over loaded. Its easy to have too many irons in the fire and not enjoy the hobby.
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Posted June 05, 2011 - 07:19 PM

There's more truth to this than most people would believe.


My shrink has been calling, and asking where she can buy a Gt.:D

But seriously, I find it very relaxing, and satisfying to have this hobby.
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Posted June 05, 2011 - 08:05 PM

Casey, I feel your pain Brother, I have a restore project in the wings just waiting for me to devote all my resources into, but everytime I get ready to get on it, something on my working tractor needs attention. My philosophy is that I HAVE to have ONE good running machine at all times, it can't let me down.

The restores and the fixer uppers have to take a back seat to that one machine being ready to go when I need it. Even though it means having to completely re-outfit and set it up for different duties a few times a week, example Mow, then drop the deck, hang the front weights, install the sleeve hitch, turn ground with the moldboard, switch out the tiller, plumb that hydraulic lines for the tiller, work the garden soil, undo everything, and rehang the mower deck in time to catch up with the fast growing lawn.....then do it all over again when a neighbor asks for help on their garden plot. The only fun time is seat time when it gets that hectic.

Eventually I will have a dedicated machine for every job, but I have to keep that one running no matter what.
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