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Renee- why not get a tractor?
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Mike D.    Posted 03-02-2003 at 20:02:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
You said that there were 3 pieces of equipment in the weeds that you might like to sell, or work.
Have you looked into to this more since you answered my post about pull type combines?

Several people on this forum can help you narrow your search if you let them know what you have for ground, and what kind of budget you have to work with, etc. Lots of opinions, but many good natured folks with years of 'tractorin' under their seat.

You'll want to mow your field at least twice a year. There are several small tractors that would fit the bill for that. If you buy a well maintained one you should get years of use out of it, plus the satisfaction of doing your own work.

Renee    Posted 03-03-2003 at 04:18:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mike, it was tempting, to look for an older tractor, after your first post. I talked to my sister who used to have old tractors and she said that they are awfully hard on your shoulders and wrists.

You see, I'm 71, and a widow, which doesn't stop me, but I do have to be careful. And I do have a problem with my shoulders and wrists, if I overdo.
I talked to my son, he said that I needed a small tractor, a little bigger than a riding lawn mower.
About 18 or 20 horsepower.

I have about 2 and 1/2 acres of pasture and chicken yard. I want to range feed, or grass feed a couple goats, a calf, a pig or two, and some chickens. Also a yard to mow and a garden.

I was going to try to do things the easist way. Ruth Stout's method of gardening. I did that once on another place, best garden I ever had.
And turn the goats in the pastures and chicken yard. Let them eat down the weeds and grass and then take them off so the chickens could get the fresh grass growin up.
But still I know that there would be times when I would need a tractor.

The price? That's one of the problems.
And what kind is best? That's the other. But I'm going to keep my eyes open.
Thanks for the suggestions

Tom A    Posted 03-03-2003 at 07:24:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]

My hat is off to you ma'am. You sound very much like my own Mom--she's slightly older than you and has been widowed almost 9 years now. Prefers to do it all herself, and can work many "young folks" into the ground. Help she needs from me most times is stuff like "how do I break the bolt on the mower blade, since I don't have enough 'ooomph'?" Usually I can come up with something to help; sometimes it'll involve a visit to strong-arm something big and heavy, but that's pretty rare.

The folks here are very smart, and have lots of experience. I've been learning to do exactly what you're planning to do, although I don't have the problem with physical strength yet.

But knowing what you want and your situation, I can just about guarantee if you just ask questions somebody here will be able to help.

Welcome to the board, and good luck to you!
Tom A

Mike D-    Posted 03-03-2003 at 07:11:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Renee,
Some folks are able to use the same small tractor for everything from finish mowing around the house and buildings to turning over the garden. Some of those small tractors steer pretty good also. The problem I see for you is in taking off and on implements. A 4 foot bushog mower would be plenty for your pasture. As for the cost, well that is up to what you are willing to spend. We don't buy new here, I don't think I would buy new if I could afford to.
We have owned large farm tractors that have steered better than some of our riding mowers. And they did not have power steering!
Good luck on what you decide to do. I'll look forward to reading about your experiences. Regards- Mike D.

Cindi    Posted 03-03-2003 at 04:37:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whooo hooo! Go Renee! If you don't mind my asking, I'm assuming you're retired, what did you do for a living beofre?

Renee    Posted 03-03-2003 at 05:42:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Cindi,
Well I've always been a homemaker. Had 4 children.
My husband worked at Chrysler. We were married 53 yrs before he passed away 3 yrs. ago.
I bought this 3 acres last September. Some people say, "At your age?"

I guess what I really need is a good old born-again Christian farmer, LOL
Thanks for asking

Stan ETenn    Posted 03-03-2003 at 04:55:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do you have any neighbors who have tractors? If you don't intend to use one regularly it's better to pay someone to mow or plow.

Renee    Posted 03-03-2003 at 05:50:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Stan, Yes I have a very good neighbor with a tractor. I guess it is, I'd rather do it myself.
But, yes, I had him till my garden last fall. And he has a post hole digger on his tractor, which I will probably get him to use.
I just hate to depend on other people.

Cindi    Posted 03-03-2003 at 06:43:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know how you feel. It always feels like an imposition even if it's not. My husband is gone a lot and it's either learn to do it or do without it. I will impose on a neighbor as far as instructions but try very hard not to ask for physical help.

This really happened. I was digging a post hole for a fence at ten oclock at night to replace a post that my immediate neighbor's bull had broken. I chased the bull back in the pasture and was digging the hole when he came out to see what was up.

"Ahh, that's not the way you do that! You're workin' with a toy there, (standard post hole digger) Wait here, I'll show you how it's done!"
Mumble, grumble, off he went, clearly irritated, cussing his way across the pasture. I was trying to help.

Well like I said it was ten p.m. and I was quite content doing it but for some reason that just ticked me off no end. I'd already been out there thirty minutes digging up the old post, searching my shed for a new one and starting the hole. It may have been an awkward attempt at chivalry, but it felt like a smack, and he was sidesteppin' drunk anyway, so I just went in the house while he was gone and left him to it.

Renee    Posted 03-03-2003 at 07:34:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi, sounds like you're a do it yourself farm gal too. But then most farm women are. If they like what they're doing.

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