I Know Them Well

All three pieces of equipment are from the early 1990s and still run perfectly. The yellow Front End loader has been used for breaking through deep snow and making trails into the woods in northern lower Michigan, I also used it with the forks instead of the bucket in altering the garage door entrance to a retired horse barn for use as a storage room for a huge motorhome.

The blue Ford tractor is used to pull the very large brush hog to mow the very high field grass when needed among other uses. The smaller Kubota tractor is used for mowing the trails in the woods, there must be two miles of them within the acreage. Good memories, and lots of fun operating these old beasts!

My only trouble with them was hooking up the three-point connection on the back. You must attach it at three points with clevis pins or similar to hold the hog to the tractor, then attach the driveshaft to the PTO (power take-off) shaft on the back of the tractor’s transmission. Not fun, and your hands will be covered with thick black grease! I once ran over an in-ground bees nest with the blue tractor.

The bees came after me so fast that I just reached down and shut the ignition off to the tractor engine and hit the ground running! Such fond memories…πŸ˜‚

8 thoughts on “I Know Them Well

  1. Nice memories of the past πŸ™‚ I have the impression that the bees problem was less worse than mounting the tools to the tractors.

    • Those bees made me run like a mad man! I always had difficulty hooking the hog to the tractor, it took patience.

    • Oh yeah, for a younger me! my body couldn’t handle that kind of work today but I had lots of happy hours operating these tractors. This wasn’t work, it was being paid to play with big machines! πŸ˜‚β€οΈ

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