Saturday, May 5, 2012

Why ?

I bought a tractor this week.  Not a big tractor.  Not a new tractor.  Not one I have always been pleased with.  But it and I have a history and I have proven it will do what I want and need (as in it has already done it).

I bought Milo and Lenore's old 170 Allis.
Sue was so enthused.

I sent a text saying I had bought it.  Her reply was "Why?"  I figured I wouldn't need the air conditioner when I got home.  She was a little warmer to the idea than I expected.

But I have a history of and with the old *^%. Milo and Lenore bought it after they retired.  It has been pretty much a PTO tractor. V.O.Drum rolled it clear over on it's top one time.  Jim Decker rebuilt it.  That's why there are no decals.  Lenore wouldn't waste the money on them.

I know, I can be quoted every time I work on it saying "Allis Chalmers DESERVED to go broke."  I've looked at the new tractors.  They are worse.

I put new front tires on it one time.  Went to mow roads, hit a culvert just right and ruined a new tire. I was mowing east of Walnut Prairie one time and as I turned you could track me by the fluid squirting out of the failing rear tire.

The heavy duty grill is because Steve was mowing with it one time and the grill fell off.  Dad called a salvage yard to be told "You can't find any of them.  They all fell off and got Bush-Hogged."  Dad agreed that might be possible.

 One of the main uses I have for it is running an auger.  The old 560 will do it, but you are continually climbing over the PTO shaft to start, stop, adjust, shut down ... anything you do puts you in the proximity of the PTO.  I have never liked that.

My original intention was to sell the 3010 I bought at Shannon's sale
(I can't believe I don't have a photo of it. It looks like this without the weights on front)

But I'm kind of talking myself out of it.  We're going to have 3 - 10" augers plus the conveyor this fall.  This gives me a tractor for each one you don't have to climb around the PTO to use.  IF we can get the 3010 to start better.  It has been known to throw a fit and not start until you put a charger or jumper cables on it.  We'll figure that out or it is going down the road.  I have no patience with a tractor that won't start when I'm hauling corn to the bin.

Well our plan was to plant seed production Friday.  But we got rained out again.  One of these days it will happen.

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