A Working Tractor

July 20, 2010

Yes, The Farmer FINALLY has a working tractor. 

First we towed it to the shop, and he had the tractor repair guy work on the electrical system.  When we picked up, the guy told The Farmer the water pump was bad and could go out soon.  That was an understatement, since he hadn’t been mowing an hour with the tractor until the water pump went totally kaput.

So The Farmer took the old water pump off and ordered a new one. Somehow it got sent to Florida instead of Tennessee.  It took a couple of weeks before it finally got to the right place.

Imagine how bummed The Farmer was after he got a new water pump on… and the tractor still wouldn’t start.  He was afraid, in his words, that he’d have to take the tractor back to the repair guy and “have him lick his calf over.”

Fortunately, he decided to try jumping the tractor with our truck first, to see if the battery might be bad.  It was.

So THEN he went and bought a new battery and put it on, and HOORAH!  The tractor is finally working.

Saturday The Farmer had a mowing frenzy and mowed the back pasture, which hadn’t been done for a couple of years.

Farmer on Allis Chalmers tractor.

Almost done!

The weeds were pretty high, so it took him a while to get that 3-acres mown down.  It’s kind of too bad… the weeds at least made a little bit of screen from seeing all the houses in the subdivision they smacked down on the used-to-be farm behind us.

farmer mowing field

One more round. . .

Then he decided to mow a little around the pond.

mowing pond banks

Don't get too close to the edge Farmer!

I watched while he did that in case he got a little too close to edge and slid into the pond.

Mowing banks of pond.

The bank is a little steep in places.

I was hoping I wouldn’t have to fish him out of the pond, though it would have been a great picture!  Trouble is, he might have got hurt in the process, so I just wanted him to stay safely on the bank.  He didn’t try to get too close to the edge of the pond, however, because he was a little leery of sliding in.

After a few rounds around the pond, he finally called it a day and gave his orange beast and himself a rest!

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.

Nothing Runs Like A Deere

September 25, 2009

Even on the beach, you can’t get away from farm tractors.

John Deere Tractor on beach at Panama City Beach in Florida.

We saw lots of all-terrain type of vehicles, but this was the only type tractor we saw.

Guess even in surf and sand, nothing runs like a Deere!

The Farmer’s (Grand)Daughter

January 26, 2008

We have several grandchildren, and all are special. However, I must admit they’re extra cute when they’re little tykes like our youngest granddaughter shown here:

pic of ellie on tractor

The Farmer’s tractor seems to be great fun!