Sunday, September 20, 2015
Sunday Reading - The Newest Acquisition
One thing I can say about older smaller tractors is they really give you a lot of use on just a small amount of fuel. With all the brush hogging, mowing, raking and baling I been doing this year. Not to mention just a million other uses. I have used less than 15 gallons of gas and 8 gallons of diesel this Summer.
I must admit I was curious to see how much fuel I would use and figure how much I could store to come up with a figure for approximately how long I could count on running in a grid down situation. Currently I am shooting for a minimum of two years worth using a stabilizer but I may attempt to increase that once I get around to crossing off some larger storage tanks from my list.
This lean fuel usage is one of the main reasons I decided to limit my homesteading endeavors to small tractors. Easier overall maintenance lead me to the older types for the best of both worlds. I realize opinions vary in that regard but so far the choice seems to be working for us.
Of course the implements have been another adventure all it's own let me tell you. Finding all the old attachments to accomplish each job I would like to use the tractors for has proven entertaining and challenging. I had to take a crash course in all kinds of variables and learn some valuable skills in fixing and reconditioning all types of implements.
And I am not done yet!!!! Although I am getting much closer.
My newest acquisition is a 3 point dirt scoop. I opted for one of these right now simply because of price as finding a used or purchasing a new after market front loader setup for these older Ford tractors is going to run more than a few bills. Truth is I really don't need a full sized bucket anyway and I knew if I looked long enough I would be able to pick up one of these dirt scoops for a good price.
Today was the day as I picked one up for a hundred bucks and brought it home. I have more than a few projects I been digging by hand that this newest implement should help with immensely. Normally these 30 inch King Cutter dirt scoops run about $400.00 so I am feeling pretty good about this purchase. I am not usually a fan of King Cutter stuff simply due to the modern day metallurgy on most large items these days but these scoops have all gotten good reviews.
Stay tuned for some up coming project pictures featuring this little gem. I am thinking about attempting to resurrect my little farm pond with it.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!