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Use Caution When Moving Farm Machinery In Spring
When the ground is soft and wet, it's easy to leave deep ruts that damage the ground and are difficult to clean up or repair. But I haven't forgotten. In fact, you might say I'm overly cautious now, reluctant to move heavy wagons until I'm certain that...
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13 Tractor Terms Every Hobby Farmer Needs To Know
Front-End Loader One of the most useful attachments for any tractor, this is a large heavy-duty bucket at the front of the tractor that can be raised, lowered, and otherwise adjusted for the purposes of handling and transporting materials, such as dirt,...
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My Riding Mower Demonstrates The Value Of A Differential Lock
In my case, with the right wheel raised slightly off the ground, the left wheel was being asked to do all of the work, and because the mower was stuck and reluctant to move, the left wheel essentially gave up any effort to move and threw all the power...
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8 Things To Consider When Buying A Tractor
Of course, this also means that tractors are complex machines with a lot of parts. If you're just getting started in the search for a perfect tractor, here's an introduction to their main parts and the function of each one.
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4 Tractor Types To Consider For Your Farm
But tractors come in a wide variety of sizes, and depending on your needs, bigger isn't always better. Garden Tractor Generally tougher, larger and more powerful than lawn tractors, garden tractors have significantly more options for installing attachments.
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15 Reasons You Need A Tractor
A mid-size tractor that can move large round hay bales can help reduce your feed bills and save you time. Make a spot for a bonfire, bring a few acoustic instruments and swap stories, and you will have an event that your city-dwelling friends and family...
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Is A Walk-Behind Tractor Right For My Farm?
True walk-behind tractors will operate a huge assortment of implements to handle most any job on a small farm. Eventual repairs after hundreds (maybe thousands) of hours of use would be items, such as clutches and PTO couplings; gearboxes almost never...
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A Look in the Rearview Mirror ...
A number of them had automatic leveling devices developed during World War II to keep the threshing units level on the area's steep hills. An event that really stands out for me was one of those things that never happens traveling the interstates.
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Run Your Tractor at Full Throttle? Ask the Tortoise
And when it comes to utility tractors, they have power to spare for simple projects, so you can handle tasks such as pulling a wagon of hay while running your tractor at a lower throttle setting.
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3 Things You Didn\'t Know Your Tractor Can Do
“The center of the road bed should be about 3 inches higher than the shoulder of the road,” says Perry Oakes, state conservation engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Auburn, Ala.
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Should You Mow Your Lawn Clockwise or Counterclockwise?
Of course, every yard is different with its own issues, and depending on how many items you need to navigate (trees, buildings and so on), you might find that a mix of directions is most efficient, or maybe that no pattern at all is the best fit for your...
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Lamborghini Tractors
The most notable new tractor business after the war was started by Ferruccio Lamborghini in a barn by using parts from salvaged military vehicles. Among the many Italian farmers to whom I have spoken about Lamborghini tractors, the brand is respected...
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Why I\'m Thankful For The Three-Point Hitch
So the next time you hook up your Brand A plow to your Brand B tractor, with a Brand C brush mower waiting to be used later in the day, don't worry about the occasional difficulties you might encounter with hooking them up.
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Change Your Tractor\'s Oil Yourself
Turn off the engine, set the parking brake and wedge the tires. Using the service or owner's manual, find the tractor's oil drain plug; this is typically a large-headed bolt on the bottom of the engine block.
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Use Your Tractor For Grading Your Driveway
This is when a rear grading blade comes in handy—these attachments excel at the fine-tuning work and can help finish up what the box blade starts. Fortunately, grading a gravel driveway is a task that can be accomplished (at least with some level of...
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Buying New Tires For Old Tractors
Whether you collect old tractors , inherited grandpa's trusty Minneapolis Moline, or are a vegetable farmer and can't see life without your Farmall, you have probably run into the same issues as everyone else: Where do I get parts—particularly tires—for...
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4 Tips for Safe & Efficient Hay Baling
Stay Cool & Hydrated Remember to take care of yourself while baling hay, which means not only exercising caution around the machines, but also looking after your personal health by staying cool and hydrated.
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Making (Another) Case for Old Tractors
The Massey might have the looks and the power, but Little Mo still wins out for reliability, at least in my mind. That's perfect for pulling wagons and even raking hay, but when it comes to harder tasks such as baling hay, Little Mo falls short.
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Use A Tractor To Remove Stubborn Fence Posts
Here are some tips and advice to help keep you safe while removing fence posts with your tractor: Always be careful! If a post is absolutely stuck and won't move, it's possible for the front end of your tractor to lift off the ground, particularly if...
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Turn A Piece Of Wood Into The World\'s Simplest Wagon
For example, if you want to get elaborate, you could add metal eye hooks to the wood for tying down stumps and rocks. One of the main benefits is that it doesn't require you to lift your heavy loads—you don't even have to slide them up a ramp because...
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Big Advice for Your Small Farm Machines
Working Season Don't get so involved in your summertime work that you forget to check on your machines from time to time. This might be enough to get you through the whole year on a machine that doesn't get used very hard—such as a lawnmower—but other...
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Gear Up For Winter With A To-Do List For Farm Tools
In fact, where I live in northern Wisconsin, it's not uncommon to have snowfall in October, and you can count on the ground being frozen and winter setting in during of November. Draining the fuel tank or adding a fuel stabilizer might also be necessary...
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5 Seasonal Tractor Maintenance Tasks
Consider an oil scan or sample program for periodic review of oil quality and a heads-up on other problems. If workday servicing hasn't previously identified the need to change air or fuel filters, “seasonal or sooner” is recommended here, as well.
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Infographic: Equipment Selections for Spring Farm Maintenance
Think about the task ahead and the tools you need to get the job done. Tags farm equipment , tractor , UTV Farmstead cleanup is a multifaceted chore, and the right tools make all the difference.
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Farm Storehouse: A Roundup of Products to Help You & Your Operation
Backhoe Attachment John Deere's new 260B backhoe implement for its mid-2017 1023E and 1025R compact utility tractors is equipped with an opposed-to -the-swivel tractor seat, a new ROPS-mounted grab handle and integrated step on the stabilizer arm.
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Methods & Tools To Remove Tree Stumps
You've cut down trees and hauled away the debris (no small task), and you've removed some of the biggest rocks . All that's left is to remove the tree stumps … which, to be honest, is probably twice as hard as the previous steps combined.
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Effectively Remove Rocks From Your Fields With These 4 Tools
A powerful tool like this, although expensive, will help you excavate large stones that would be much too heavy to maneuver by hand. Larger ones, meanwhile, can make interesting landscaping attractions and conversation pieces.
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Use Your Owner\'s Manual for Tractor Maintenance
It just takes a little time, a little organization and a little determination. Daily Tractor Maintenance Checklist Seasonal Tractor Maintenance Checklist This article originally appeared in the May/June 2012 issue of Hobby Farms.
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7 Daily Tractor Maintenance Tasks
Check the glass sediment bowl beneath the fuel filter for water or material. Out-of-the-way grease zerks—the small metal fittings for inserting grease into mechanical joints—are easy to miss.
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