Friday, September 25, 2015
No Future in it but it Works for Now
I'm kinda a strange duck about a few things. After I did my first enlistment in the army and started college I was walking through the park after class and saw a bunch of guys in armor beating each other with sticks. I thought it looked like fun so they armored me up and then some old fat guy proceeded to beat me to a pulp. So what did I do? I kept going back until he couldn't beat me anymore and then continued going back until I was in fact the old fat guy.
I should have seen that one coming I think.
By the same token I should have seen this latest development coming too when I decided to move into the world of old, small tractors and implements. It's a world in and of itself and there is in fact a learning curve to deal with among other obstacles.
There are literally millions of different agricultural implements out there and so many different types of hook ups, PTO shafts, hitch pin combinations, PTO speeds and horse power considerations it's damned near a full time job to keep up with them.
The problem is you almost have to learn all of this to find the gems among the trash if you are trying to build a mid 1900's small tractor operation.
Besides being rather stubborn into the realm of stupidity at times I also don't like wasting too much time on small payouts or passing up an opportunity. I kept looking and poking into various locations searching for one implement or another and would come across something unexpected. By the time I looked up at one point I had three brush hogs, two tillers, and two rakes setting here this Summer.
I was kinda amazed at what a little research, elbow grease and repair ability brought. I fixed or repaired these old implements, found out what conditions or shafts etc. they were actually designed to be used with and resold them. This is turn completely funded the acquisition of the implements I was planning on keeping and allowed me to build my entire hay baling setup in only a few months.
In fact I have to say this resale of old equipment proved so lucrative I quickly moved up to small tractors a time or two. I purchased a little diesel number not long ago that the sellers said wouldn't run and it turned out all that was wrong with it was a dead battery and a stuck glow plug that had burned out.
Sure I am gambling that even in a collapse scenario that some fuel will still be available to continue operating these tractors and implements. Even if it is not though I have been gaining some valuable skills on all the different flavors and ways they are put together and more importantly financing my continued Homesteading and implement buying hobby.
There actually is a high demand for these old tractors and implements and it was well worth my time to learn the basics in this case. Of course one thing I have learned is that no matter how much I htink I know there is always something different I didn't expect.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!