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    Default Re: Eat yer heart out, tractor man.....

    Excellent , I bet she lifts more than my little Kubota, I just had to use encouraging language to make it lift one end of the tree I felled this am.
    Need more tractor.

    In case there's wondering, that one had to come down so tree B ,(the one over the driveway) can come down. K thinks its moving and if you think you should reef you should reef.
    There's a nice 20-30 year old Nikau palm right under the way that bent one wants to go , so its a mission ahead to ensure that does not happen. Ideally it has to go 120 degrees off its desired trajectory, thats quite a bit.

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    Hay magnet on the wee tractor.

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    Seems like an extravagant luxury but I think of it as an investment in my health.


    Made possible by the installation of a diverter valve and rearranging some plumbing for the front loader.

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    That all went pretty well -- only two trips to the hose shop -- no leaks, everything functioning as planned. But I was a bit shocked at the cost of hydraulic fittings. Ouch.
    Just need to tidy up the electric solenoid cable.

    And build a hay shed. Not sure thatís going to happen this year.

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    Default Re: Eat yer heart out, tractor man.....

    oh dang, jp. i want.

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    Hay magnet, ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    oh dang, jp. i want.
    Doesnít one of your tractors have third function for a grapple? That would save on cost.

    Iíd really like to have a brushing grapple for dealing with downed tree limbs. Starting to ponder ways to maybe cobble up a brush grabber with this hay grapple ...?

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    Post a pic of the empty hay grapple.
    Loose brush is lighter than baled hay,so as long as you are gentle,a couple of bolt on fangs shouldn't hurt anything.
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    I've never regretted getting that backhoe option on my little unit, it gets used for grabbing logs and rocks as much or more than digging. Not so great grabbing brush but does work.
    Towing is hilarious, using the swing function to steer the trailer.
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    Do you have flame trees, they grow from the wood so every branch has to be removed from the ground, poisoned chipped or burnt .... they have thorns. I got one jab through the glove a few days ago, dug it out but infected every time.
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    It looks like this Ron. (Shown with skid steer style mount. Others mounts are available but I went with SS thinking it might be better for resale if it didn't work out for me.)

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    Doesnít show well in the pic, but on the right side there is a side rail thatís useful for accumulating bales in the field. I only need to stack/unstack trailer and shed so I took the side rail off. This grapple can do 4-5 bales and is the smallest I could find.

    For brushing, yeah, a couple fangs, or maybe a series of teeth to get smaller stuff.

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    Yesterday I thought it might be drying out enough to move some stuff around with the old loader- pushed up a pile of wood chips and broke through and sunk as soon as I put it in reverse. My neighbour who collects old tractors thought it was a great opportunity to fire up one of his old Chamberlains and dragged me out with no problem. Just about to begin two more days of rain here so we shall twiddle our thumbs for another couple of weeks. Grrrr. The loader came with a rusty old slasher with a broken blade, and which had a big Samsonia vice (seized) bolted on top. I've removed the blades and ordered more and bought a piece of three inch by 3/8 flat bar to replace one of the skids. Removed the big vice, soaked it in WD40 and waited half an hour and it works perfectly- even the quick release. And it's in mint condition other than a bit of surface rust. Might paint it pretty just because.
    I'm a long time follower of Matt Jackson who lives on a big cropping place a few hundred k's north of me. If you like big toys and big workshops you'll like this. Apart from all the nice farming toys, they have three D11 dozers- look at the video intros to see the power of them! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsH5D0tkBBk JayInOz

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    Pretty slick.

    Maybe look for some scrap forklift tines like this
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    Hang them maybe a foot in front of the lower frame so they can pivot upwards, driven by the existing ( with a new mount) cylinder.
    With the cylinder contracted, the back of the fork should contact the quick attach frame to avoid cylinder damage if things get rowdy.
    An old manure bucket would also give a good starting point.
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    There's a bit going on here.
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    That is a serious winch! Any idea what it was used for JB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayInOz View Post
    That is a serious winch! Any idea what it was used for JB?
    Its a boatyard winch Jay. I have a better photo but used the sundog one because art/rebellion.

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    Hay day. Unloading.

    Luvín the little 4-pack bale grapple that I set up on the little tractor.

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    Hay producer rancher guy loads my trailer in the field with an 8-pack bale grapple, lickety-split, while I just standby until heís done.
    Then we strap down the load and shoot the chit for a while. I always enjoy conversations with him. He works a lot of land and animals.

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    We just had another three and a half inches of rain. Roads closed, evacuations, bridges out. I got a roof on the little shed I'm building for my old loader, and now I'm using old treated pine vineyard posts to lay a corduroy floor in there to support the weight of the machine. It'll be a few days before I attempt to move it into its new lodgings. JayInOz

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    Quote Originally Posted by J P View Post
    Hay day. Unloading.

    Luvín the little 4-pack bale grapple that I set up on the little tractor.

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    Hay producer rancher guy loads my trailer in the field with an 8-pack bale grapple, lickety-split, while I just standby until heís done.
    Then we strap down the load and shoot the chit for a while. I always enjoy conversations with him. He works a lot of land and animals.
    That looks like a win to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayInOz View Post
    We just had another three and a half inches of rain. Roads closed, evacuations, bridges out. I got a roof on the little shed I'm building for my old loader, and now I'm using old treated pine vineyard posts to lay a corduroy floor in there to support the weight of the machine. It'll be a few days before I attempt to move it into its new lodgings. JayInOz
    Yet another cunning plan. Corduroy floor eh, I've seen it but never heard a name.

    Meanwhile in baby tractor land , I have a flat.
    Fortunately the thing comes with its own jacks, like a race car. I make VVVVVF vvvvf air tool noises while reaching for the 19mm socket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Yet another cunning plan. Corduroy floor eh, I've seen it but never heard a name.

    Meanwhile in baby tractor land , I have a flat.
    Fortunately the thing comes with its own jacks, like a race car. I make VVVVVF vvvvf air tool noises while reaching for the 19mm socket.
    The road into my old place was corduroy. 3-4" x 10' logs (if 3 or 4" rates the term "log") laid across the road & 4-6" of gravel on top. I had to dig up a section of it 50+ years after it was laid & they were all still solid & the road was pretty darn good. Sure was a PITA to dig up & then redo though...
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    Raked some woodchips over the top to level it. Posts are pretty weak- they call them "perfects" for use in vineyards, but I think they're just three inch cores left after cutting ply wood laminations. I'll screw down a couple layers of old roofing iron on top before I drive on it. We used to have a section of corduroy roadway about fifty yards long through a swamp. Bigger hardwood posts and in some places covered with long slabs of stringy bark- the bark was at least two inches thick and lasted for years. JayInOz

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    Yet another to add to ' the stone boat' vocab.
    Which, by the way is looking decidedly beat up and worn down with age and work.
    The holes are still good though.

    Gonna just leave that here.

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    Experiments with free surface effect, if only I was baffled.
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    60 or 80 litres for a new planting.
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    What?
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    Working off ladders aint safe y'know.

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    Pruning ladders are pretty safe

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    You broke your roll bar! Just kidding...

    I spent a couple of hours riding around on a platform mounted on a friend's tractor trimming branches so my boat could get out his road without getting scratched to $%#&, He started to move with me up in the air & I hollered! Happy to be on it moving at 3 ft - not so much at 8-9. I will give him credit for having the pallet strapped onto forks & a railing around it.

    Damn tall boat, even up on the platform I was using a pole chainsaw to get high enough.
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    I hope the base of the ladder was tied to the bucket Jake!
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    I like that, safety fast.
    I only go up a couple of metres if that, ratchet strapped pallet makes a nice platform, and me being so light and nimble an all.......
    I'd use my pole saw only I busted it yesterday by mistake.
    It's terminal.
    Took a few of these down yesterday, they seem to be about 50 or so ft high .. I might have a solid day's work chipping I think.
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    Not my rig, I would have used c-clamps

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    The Swiss army knife little tractor that could did quite a lot.
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    And today helping out my neighbour with his new 2 post lift.
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    The whole lot is 750 kg , so I imagine each post is about 250 to 300 kg. Maxed out anyway.
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    nice use of the mano de chango, as some call it, john.

    i have broken out the cork screw. fencing in 8 acres, "the north forty" as i refer to it. gonna be about 50 posts in holes. hand tamped.

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    When I fell a tree now I tend to hook up a bough or 5 and drag it to a chipper spot, break it up a bit more and make the chip pile there. So reaching over and grabbing with a spectra loop seems to work best, and holds the bough ends up so they don't dig or chop up the grass.
    I never did buy an auger and dont know if I will. There seems to be a lot of rocks in the ground here and coincidentally they're always where I think a hole would be nice. It's like they're out to get me.
    How come you need to fence this North 40, it's an old established farrum ...change of use of I assume?. ( Townie eye view of arcane agricultural mysteries)
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    wanting to graze my cows on it, john. i have staked them out on it a few times with temporary fence, but it takes a half day or more to put up each time, and then it is not really secure, and causes me anxiety. some of my neighbors have really nice lawns.

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    Since cattle beasts will mow and fertilize your neighbours lawns,you could charge them a fee for the service and save on fencing.
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    I knew it'd be some arcane agricultural thing.
    Jay wuz going to dig some holes at his place too but every time he started it was like a oil field gusher, only it was water and a mice wave came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Williamson View Post
    Since cattle beasts will mow and fertilize your nieghbours lawns,you could charge them a fee for the service and save on fencing.
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