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Broken Hydraulic-powered Loader
That became apparent when I started pricing replacements. It's great for all kinds of jobs, but it really shines at moving snow. The problem with a labor saver is when they don't work, you hate to go back to doing without.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Hydraulic Hoses: What You Need to Know
Let me know if you've had any “special” experiences with hydraulics. However, excessive kinking, stretching or abrasion can cause a hose to fail. Remember, take care of your hydraulics and they will take care of you.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Backyard Embellishments
I thought it was clever for the nursery to enable you to comfortably shop for plants without having to lug them around or push a heavy cart. That's always a sweaty job, to say the least.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
When a Company Goes Away
Meanwhile, if anyone is interested in starting a business to make loaders for ATVs, let me know. He had purchased a used Groundhog (all hydraulic) loader for his ATV. Well, I do have my manual, so I'll do what I can to help him at least identify the parts...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Lost and Found
(That one did tear in two later in the summer). Last year, I lost my best spade. He's very right about that; however, sometimes the right tool just can't be found. Moving a bit more gravel away, my trusty spade was found.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
13 Tractor Terms Every Hobby Farmer Needs To Know
The tractor's hydraulics system allows these implements to be raised or lowered as necessary, useful for attachments such as mowers. The ROPS can be installed in the cab of the tractor if it has one, or it might be a steel bar that curves above the driver's...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
13 Tractor Terms to Help You Buy with Confidence
Horsepower (hp) This is a measurement of a tractor's overall power. Many tractors allow users to switch between 2WD and 4WD via a mechanism on the control panel. As a hobby farmer, buying a tractor might be your first major purchase outside of the land...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Christmas Wish Lists for Hobby Farmers
I don't know about you, but Santa better have something for me in his sleigh, too, or I'll be pouting big-time. For the past several years, we've either had flooding or drought; I want moderation! Ken, on the other hand, would simply like to receive the...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
15 Reasons You Need A Tractor
Vintage tractors, such as my 8N Ford, are available at a reasonable price, but newer tractors with four-wheel-drive, hydrostatic transmissions and heated/air conditioned cabs (stereo optional) are more user-friendly.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Moving Pains
Right now, they're getting used to their new home before we release them, wings clipped, to start roaming the pasture by day. Possible result: Enough resistance to pop the bottom cross-board and side wall off the structure, which is exactly what happened...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Use Your Tractor For Grading Your Driveway
Anyone with a gravel driveway is probably familiar with the way that potholes can form over time, attracting water during rainstorms to form mud puddles that gradually grow larger until your driveway is quite uneven and bumpy.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Rough-cut Mowers
Land Pride even makes a hydraulic-motor-powered cutter that mounts on the loader arms of a skid steer. A 40-horsepower tractor with a 60-inch-wide rotary cutter may only deliver 15 horsepower to the blade.” Mower Safety and Structure Strength of the...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Power Equipment Purchasing Options
The small baler produces net-wrapped, 40- to 60-pound, 23-inch-diameter and 21-inch-long round bales at a rate of one per minute. With that range of power sources to select from, he's confident he can meet a customer's needs, including budgetary, once...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Farm Storehouse: 8 Products to Help You & Your Operation
Kalglo-brand controlled electric infrared stall heaters provide local comfort heat without affecting the temperature of the entire barn. A stall heater, a leaf-and-debris collection system, odor eliminator and transport racks are among items our editors...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Turn A Piece Of Wood Into The World\'s Simplest Wagon
With these holes, you can use hooks, chains, ropes or wires to attach the board to the hitch of your tractor. The wood acts like a sled, distributing the weight of the object and slicing across the ground without digging in and leaving marks.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
4 Tractor Types To Consider For Your Farm
As its name implies, this tractor is chiefly used for mowing lawns and is fairly limited in terms of power, features and expandability through attachments. With special attachments, tractors can even handle digging stumps and drilling fencepost holes—and...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Why Understanding Pig Squeals Matters in Holistic Farming
It's a small farm. Using the tilling example above, you could look into no-till practices, building up your soil rather than ripping it up. The loud vocalization is a good attempt at scaring off predators, too.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
All-Terrain Farming
The ESP, with its push-button shifting through four speeds, is sort of an automatic on steroids, giving you the feel and control of a gearshift without the hassle of clutching. This was what I needed to do my farm work.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Backyard Bees
Someday maybe he'll teach me how and my husband and I can have a hive of our own, too. « More Dirt on Gardening » Tags bee hive , garden , Jessica Walliser , weeds Watching all those bees busy at work on a sunny day was pretty cool.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
8 Things To Consider When Buying A Tractor
This article originally ran in the March/April 2017 issue of Hobby Farms. Hydraulic power-­steering can make turning easier, while hydraulic power is also used for lifting attachments and powering implements such as backhoes and front-end loaders.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Design a Chicken Tractor for Broilers
Securing a strip of repurposed carpet or inner-tubing around the base so that it flares out onto the ground can provide an added deterrent from diggers within and without. Sufficient shelter: Secure it to keep your chickens safe from predators , weather...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Chicken Chat: Chirping Chicks Made Me a Crazy Chicken Lady
Our home at that time had a very small backyard, and we eventually moved to a place with more property. We now had a beautiful flock. Jamie Raper When we got home, we borrowed a stock tank and got the chicks settled into our house.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
The Scents of Building Fence
Bark was stripped, posts loaded and only then did we head for the fence line. Is it any surprise that more than 50 years later fencing still brings back that little boy's wonder and the smells of fresh cut wood and moist dirt?
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
3 Things You Didn\'t Know Your Tractor Can Do
Once you're finished with your road project, take time to check for any buildup in the air filter. Tractor Maintenance Tip All that dust and dirt can take a toll on your tractor. Before and after each use, check and service all implements and equipment.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Don\'t Get Caught in the Cold! Get an Emergency Generator
… They may recognize things you didn't think about.” Once you identify your needs, picking the right generator is relatively easy. “Do you want a solution that is hands-free and ready to go when the power goes out or a portable system you move into...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Getting Attached To Your Equipment: A Primer On Tractor Attachments
They typically hook over the same bar as a loader would on the front of the tractor, and can be installed or removed in a matter of minutes. You can even use forks to carry other tractor attachments.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Testing Poultry Litter Use in Rain Gardens
ARS chemists Isabel Lima and Wayne Marshall (now retired) at the SRRC developed the ARS-patented method for turning agricultural bio-waste into biochar. Rain gardens not only slow down water to give it time to soak into the ground and to be used by plants,...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Metamorphosis of a School Butterfly Garden
The second graders who find a stray toad on the playground at recess immediately think to carry him around the building (with teacher permission, of course!) and set him free in the butterfly garden, where he can find shade and plenty of prey to keep...
California
El Segundo
Can You Afford That Tool?
You can get ballpark figures with comprehensive tools developed by William Lazarus, PhD, professor and extension economist in the University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia