Bush Hog or Brush Hog if you prefer. These two tractors and I have spent many a sweaty, stinky and bee-stung hour together. The larger tractor is built by Ford, the other, smaller tractor is built by Kubota. I can’t tell ya how many miles of backwood trails I’ve cut with the small tractor, the larger is usually used to mow entire fields and there are several to keep mowed down here.

Before you take off hogging though, it’s a dandy idea to walk or hop on a quad and ride the field first as you don’t know if there are any fawns or other critters bedded down among the tall grasses. I’ve flushed several deer out over the years. You should know where the holes are at as well as rocks protruding from the ground which will do a lot of damage to a bush hog blade.

Before heading out of the barn, always check the tension of the three-point hitch and that the drive shaft is securely attached to the PTO Shaft. Anything getting loose or popping off back there is potentially very dangerous to you! You can see a shadow of Blondie the dog and Dan, the man I worked with here for decades. Cheesy photos. Yeah, I do miss the country life up there but it’s too cold now!

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  1. Great photos John! Hey! I didn’t know that you are good old-fashioned red-neck farmer!

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    • Haha! Not a farmer anyway, I worked at this private estate for many years operating these tractors and many more machines as well as some interstate driving for the boss. Good memories! I’ve been called Redneck though!

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      • I’m impressed! I don’t even know how to drive a Standard!! lol. But I did drive a huge school bus (automatic) for a few years when us and are our 5 kids needed some extra moola to pay for Krapp Dinner. (aka Kraft Dinner)

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        • Good one on the Kraft! They are all different but yet the same if that makes sense. Just as with jumping into two different cars, both with manual transmissions, this carries over to these beasts. Much fun to drive but be sooo careful!

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        • Ha! I guess I’m just not a Kinesthetic Driver with both arms and both feet constantly on the move. I’m more chill – one arm to steer, one foot two pedals. Yawn …

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