Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Amish Tractor Time Double Take
I had to take a day trip back up into Iowa today and on my way back about 5 miles North of the Iowa-Missouri border I saw the oddest thing. I had to stop and watch the activities a while.
I lifted the above picture off a forum where it had no owner acknowledgement but even so that picture is almost exactly what I witnessed except there were two Amish guys in the middle trailer and they were both head to toe in black complete with jackets and hats.
Since we have some Amish and Mennonites around my area (Mostly Mennonites) I learned a long time ago you can't tell what one group will allow or not and their groups are so small you can have two Amish living across the road from each other and one will have electricity and a closed buggy while the other will not. Some have tractors, some rubber wheels, some not. Some wear colors, some don't.
About the only general rule of thumb I have ever had with Amish is.... Don't buy a horse from them.
I must admit though the above scene was something I have never seen before. Apparently it isn't all that uncommon a thing in some areas but I have never seen it around here. I googled it as soon as I got home and found some pictures and YouTube videos on it.
What they had was as you can see a cart pulled by a team of horses that was also pulling a round baler. It was a JD 255 I believe and requires hydraulics to run and kickout the bale not to mention a 540 PTO. On the middle trailer was a generator that turned the PTO shaft and charged a battery to run the hydraulics and fire off the kick switch.
Now here's the part the puzzles me. If their particular elders won't allow tractors how can they justify a generator? While nothing about the scene violates my "You never know" rule regarding Amish it just seems an odd and somewhat hypocritical cross of religious rules if you ask me.
However for those of us NOT restricted by the various views of group religious elders it sure made a couple of light bulbs go off in my head for some post collapse ethnic engineering. I mean if you can pull one of those around and make it work with six horse power that kinda opens up some other options....
Think about it.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!