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#1 BillTheTractorMan OFFLINE  

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Posted July 05, 2011 - 12:24 PM

Well, I figured I'd share some of what's going on.

We found out that my Grandfather may have cancer, it looks like it was caught very early though.


I had already planned on helping out on the farm, but so far it looks like I'm requested more than I expected.


So with my hardly posting at all to begin with, this is hampering more...

so far we are staying caught up, some... We got the truck going after sitting for 6yrs, we got our small crop planted, and haying started up. The hay is already taller than me, I'm almost 6ft... Now our hay stack is as big as our hay stack was last year after both cuts. I forgot to mention we're only half done with cut #1.


Grandpa is not slowed too much by this, he's still planning on getting cows. All we have left to do is put the fence up and get the cows.

We'll find out later this week how bad he's got it or if the other tests were false positives.


I guess a small rant too is in my works... The day after I get up here, a lady comes driving up in her fancy SUV, total city woman. Almost runs over our chickens, get's out and makes some goofy faces and says the place stinks... than proceeds to try to sell my grandfather life insurance! Mind you we're trying to get out in the field to finish cutting hay that's already delayed due to a break down... So Grandpa barks at her that he is not interested and climbs on the tractor. Than she's got the nerve to go stand in front of it and start explaining the policies! I finally got her to shut up, told her to come back later, so she left.

exactly an hour later... I was back on the yard working on our baler when she pulls back in. Grandma comes out this time and talks to her so now I had to summon grandpa. I should have said no... she wasted enough time that I finished the baler, went and got the hay rake and finished fixing that, than had enough time to go grab our mowing tractor, refuel it, and get started on the mowing again.

funny part is her opening sentence started with "I know there's a lot of people with cancer in the area", on her map we were the only ones highlighted...

than the kicker, she says "right now we can cover you for heart, and stroke but not cancer. How ever if your tests come back positive for cancer your policy will be canceled"......


Here's some video I have so far from this summer.
Getting the truck running.
YouTube - ‪Resurrecting the 1989 Ford f150‬‏

Hauling the parts truck to it's spot on scrap hill.
YouTube - ‪moving the '86 ford with the 1948 Minneapolis Moline model R tractor‬‏

Getting the last bales from one of our hay fields.
YouTube - ‪picking up hay with the 1948 Minneapolis Moline R tractor‬‏

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Posted July 05, 2011 - 12:38 PM

Sorry to here about your Grandfather. We will keep you family in our prayers.

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Posted July 05, 2011 - 02:47 PM

Tell Grandpa we're pulling for him.

Hope things start getting easier for you too.

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Posted July 05, 2011 - 03:08 PM

Hope things get better.Sorry to hear about your Grandpa.Larry

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Posted July 05, 2011 - 04:37 PM

We are pulling for your grandpa too. I know salespeople gotta make a living too but they irritate me.

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Posted July 05, 2011 - 05:34 PM

Hope things turn around for you.
Tell your Grandpa we are pulling for him

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Posted July 05, 2011 - 07:00 PM

Sorry to hear of the potential bad news Bill! We'll keep you and your Grandpa in our prayers. Hope that the tests come back negative! I think it's great that you're helping your grandparents out. Keep up the good work!

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Posted July 05, 2011 - 07:30 PM

I always get a kick out of the way they treat the travelling salesmen in the begin of the movie Secondhand Lions.
maybe grandpa shoulda sat on the porch waiting like they did in the movie. LOL!!!!!!

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Posted July 05, 2011 - 09:52 PM

Sorry to hear of your troubles, Bill. Hope the tests will come back negative for your grandpa.

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Posted July 05, 2011 - 11:19 PM

Thanks every one!


We did some light work, we hosed out the raccoon trap by noon. Than my uncle showed up and Grandpa got some pep in his step and we ended up almost finish field #3. We have field #1 done and #2 I'm going to start cutting tomorrow (hopefully).

Here's what my uncle and me accomplished behind the baler even though we sheared 4 pins. This stuff is think this year! One pass with the rake and the windrow is too much for the baler in the low spots.0705112119-00.jpg

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Posted July 06, 2011 - 09:03 PM

Well, the good news is Grandpa has a clean bill of health, but he's going in for another check for cancer in 6months.


Bad news, our baler is destroyed. The knotter are completely ruined. something caused a bar that controls two finger shaped things that tie the twine to twist, causing it to jam one of the cams. we got the bar fixed and everything together and adjusted but there's still no go. I'm sick of this baler and it's constant troubles....

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Posted July 07, 2011 - 07:17 AM

Great to hear that he has a clean bill of health! :dancingbanana:

Sorry to hear of your Baler trouble though.......


Keep us updated

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Posted July 07, 2011 - 07:22 AM

Great news on Grandpa! That has to be a heck of a load off everyones minds.
Sorry to hear of your knotter troubles.
What kind of baler is it?

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Posted July 07, 2011 - 08:24 AM

Glad to hear that your grandfather's tests were OK. It sounds like you are having a good crop of hay. Sorry, I can't help you with the bailer.

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Posted July 07, 2011 - 11:27 AM

Those knotters can be a real pain! When I worked in the IH garage in high school there was one mechanic who specialized in rebuilding and timing knotters all summer long. It was a full time job?




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