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Think somebody was trying to tell me something
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New-Gen    Posted 07-03-2004 at 21:59:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Today I started out with great intentions.
Had a wagon load of wheat from last night, headed to the elevator.
Travelin right along about 20mph when KERPOW!!
Then that whopitywhop sound that can only mean one thing. Got on the cell phone, called the local tire shop, their service truck had just come in, had a man out there in 15 minutes. By the time he got there I had the wheel off, all ready for the new tire. But--wrong tube! The valvestem was short and straight, I needed long and crooked. So-back to the shop. Mounted it up, headed back to the wagon, gues what? It had fallen off the jack!
After about 45 minutes of work with 3 jacks and a lot of words not acceptable in all company, we managed to get the wagon up and the wheel on.
Off we go-for another two miles. Heard a grinding noise, looked ithe rearview mirror just in time to see the left front wheel come off. Followed it's path as it tryed to not only pass me but take out a piece of running board in the process. But the running board was saved as the wheel veered off, jumped the gaurdrail and went down a 10' embankment. And of course this had to happen on a bridge on the busiest road in the township!
Luckily two different friends of mine happened along, so we could all stand there for a few minutes scratching our heads wondering what to do and enjoyint all th eone fingered salutes from the people passing by at a high rate of speed.
Between the three of us we came to the conclusion that the best thing to do was to call a wrecker.
Of course, at the precise moment the wrecker arrived, the sky opened up upon all of us raincoatless souls! {You know Columbo might not have been too far offbase by running around in that raincoat all the time}
Of course by the time we got done having all this fun the elevator was closed, so we towed the wagon to the local implement dealer, as I knew they had an open sided shed to park it under.
So, I don't know what who was trying to tell me, but whatever it was it got my attention!
But all in all I wouldn't trade places with anybody in the whole world! I mean really---how many people get to have that much fun and still get paid??

Jimbob    Posted 07-04-2004 at 07:49:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good grief! I have had days like that, but hopefully your 'bad day quota' is done for the year.

Alias    Posted 07-04-2004 at 07:00:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Might I just make a suggestion? Why not concentrate more effort on your writing? This was a good a piece as I've read in a while. The way in which you described the events, and your own unique style made this a very enjoyable story.

I don't wish any more bad luck with your equipment, but, if any other incidences like this occur, please tell us about them.

Oh, BTW, God gave Farmers winter so they could repair and service their equipment. LOL.......gfp

Willy-N    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:05:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe he was telling you to check the bearings and tires? That is the thing I worry about the most my tires and bearings being servised. I can't afford to lose a tire at 50-60 mph with a load of water in the mountians with the drop offs!! Mark H.

New-Gen    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:18:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do maintain my equipment. I'm especially fussy about tire presure. I'm thnking what might have happened was I scuffed it against the door guide on the way out of the shed. As fot the bearing, there are grease fittings on the hub caps, and I DO keep them greased.And the inner bearing was intact and had grease, and the grease had to go through the outer one to get there, so that bearing must have just got tired of living and gave up the ghost at a rather inoppurune time.

Willy-N    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:23:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have to worry about the Sharp Rocks on the dozer trails ripping up my tires. So far no flats but knock on wood!! Mark H.

New-Gen    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:26:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can believe that. I noticed the spare on the side of your truck. Have you had to use it?

Willy-N    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:33:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not yet but one of the other Tenders had a flat on the way to the fire and on the fire! My tires are real good ones steel belted radial and high ply ratings. The truck is also ran with 6,000 lbs less then it is rated for (loaded 25,800 lbs gross)I will be putting 6 new tires on in a few months just part of the job. You are required to carry a spare too. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:36:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
wanna try hauling logs down out of the rockies, tough on tires , some days you spend more time changing tires than log

Willy-N    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:40:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have heard that from the Loggers befor. Must be a pain to keep chainging tires all the time. I check the tread and side walls often but it only takes one sharp rock to pop it! Mark H.

toolman    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:44:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup and theres lots of sharp rocks on the bush roads, trailers are the worst.

deadcarp    Posted 07-04-2004 at 07:05:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
My buddy has a logging operation and he recently decided to snake a few big old trees outa some lowland now that it's dry. Well i hope they brought money cuz his skidder tore a tire sidewall hopping off a stump. Now that skidder has low-pressure tires taller than me and 3 feet wide. The tire guy came out, finally got the thing demounted with a little help from the Hahn's pincers, clamped a rig on the thing and vulcanized a patch in the hole. It took most of the day, that cost $500 and that afternoon he punched a stick thru another one. Then the Hahn spun a pump. Glad i only have to remember chainsaw gas & oil. :)

Clod    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:12:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Im trying to figure this thing out. New Gen must pull a four wheel wagon behind a truck?? You never see that on the roads here hauling rice.They use two ton trucks with a dump bed.

Clod, yer right    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:23:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's what it is. In Illinios the license is so expensive on trucke that a lot of farmers have gone to pulling a wagon behind a 4X4 pickup, or sometimes a farm tractor. Keep in mind, most of this is done on lightly travelled back roads.
The guys that have to travel the highways use either 2 tons of tractor/trailers.

toolman    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:10:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
you probably missed bob did you mark? he should of called me this morin and i could of passed your message onto him.

Willy-N    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:21:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes I missed Bob by 3 1/2 hours today! He stopped by and had a good chat with the family tho and left me a couple of neat T-Shirts. I will wear one of them tomorrow on the fire. It would have been nice to talk to him but the fires won't let you off. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:31:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup thats understandable, he was here yesterday , hooked up his scantool to my truck and we took a drive up the ski hill road, did a good check on it figured out what was going on with it, none of the garages here could figure it out , i will fix it tomorrow , easy fix, might look into a scantool sure are handy.

Clod    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:14:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bob needs a laptop PC with a satlite dish,

toolman    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:16:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
not sure he would want a dish stapled to the top of that big fancy lincon car of his though

Clod    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:31:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh//Big Lincoln huh? I thought he told me he drove an old clunker.

toolman    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:43:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
ya thats what i thought too haha. i was behind him comming into town yesterday, said to the wife ,that looks like an interesting car in the front of the line up, when we got into town he pulled off as i went by and i kinda thought the lady looked kinda familiar( i had seen pictures of judy before) anyway i get halfway out on our road and the cell phone rings , wife answeres and it,s bob, i turn and go back to where the big linclon had pulled off and here he was standing in the parking lot beside the car, my wife said see i told you that was probably them in that big fancy car.

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