Old Allis Chalmers Tractor

June 15, 2010

The Farmer has an old Allis Chalmers tractor.  It was out of commission the last couple of years, and he decided he needed to get it fixed so he could mow the fields this year.

So two or three weeks ago, he hooked it up to the truck with a tow rope, and I pulled him and the tractor to the repair shop.  (For some odd reason he wouldn’t let me get over 7mph before he was making frantic hand signals for me to SLOW DOWN!)

Anyway, he told the guy to “get it running”.  The repair guy called last week and said it was ready, so this past Saturday we drove to the repair shop and The Farmer drove the tractor home.

Even the tractor looks happy to be coming home!

I thought the repair bill didn’t seem too bad, and the tractor was finallly running again.  The Farmer went out to mow the main pasture.

He was happily mowing away…

It lasted ONE hour until the tractor broke down again.

Yeah, it seems the repair idio… uh, man… told The Farmer the water pump was bad, and he needed to replace it soon because it would likely go out soon.

To me, this begs the question, WHY didn’t the repair guy call The Farmer and ask if he wanted him to replace the water pump? I mean, the idea was to get the tractor running, yes, but for only an hour?

At that rate, I figure The Farmer paid about $2 a minute for the use of the tractor.

Suddenly, that repair bill doesn’t seem so reasonable any more.

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