Category Archives: Farm tools

Hop yard

Hops poles are in!  After going through lots of plan changes, I finally decided on my strategy.  I had originally planned to use metal poles to get the hops trellis 20 feet up (requiring a 24′ pole) but I’ve elected to try out some wooden poles first.  The benefit of...
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and so it goes

It seems the stars have recently aligned unfavorably.  I had just put the mowers back together to start the summer mowing.  The Cub needed a couple of minor parts to reattach the deck while the John Deere deck needed a complete overhaul.  I had to weld reinforcement steel onto the...
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hmmm…

So, yes, I bought another tractor. No, I didn’t get this: Instead, I bought a 1977 Kubota. It’s a good little tractor, but it sure is a shock to go from the 2001 JD to this old one! When we went to take a look at it, Atlanta kept asking: why...
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Annual equipment maintenance

Each Fall we try to get the farm work wrapped up and get the equipment tucked away for a short winter nap.  In the midst of my final mow of the property, my heavy duty John Deere rotary cutter broke.  The two inch steel shaft that holds the blades on...
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Bio diesel

So, it seems that no one has noticed that I’ve been running the tractor on straight up soy bean oil all summer.  Here’s my tank that I have stored in the barn — meaning that I have to go to the fuel station a lot less often.  I got B100...
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New tool!

Check this baby out!  I’m very excited to try out my new tractor mounted, three point hitch pallet forks.  So many things around the farm are just too heavy for one person to move around very well, like that pallet of fertilizer that I just relocated.  The real reason, though,...
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