Saturday, October 17, 2015
Newest Implement Addition and Possible Bad News
I lent out my log splitter to a multi-generational family friend (Another words our families have been friends since time began) the other day and when I delivered it they had this old Oliver manure spreader sitting under a shed.
Now I have an old John Deere L series spreader that all the wood siding is bad on but otherwise works I been thinking about restoring. Just out of curiosity I asked them how much they wanted for this one because it was in really good shape and they said $300.00.
I bought it on the spot and gave em $400.00 for it because it was worth more than $300.00. I still kinda feel I was taking advantage of them but they wouldn't take any more than the $100.00 extra.
So today I brought her home.
Now the bad news. I started up the 861 and took off the tiller. Ran her over and started pulling the Manure Spreader off the trailer and the tractor started knocking. She was completely out of oil.
I am still kicking myself because I almost never start one of my old girls without checking the oil. I used her just last week when I tilled the pumpkin spot and I checked it then and the level was fine. I am guessing the temp change with me leaving her outside this week caused a leak around the drain plug because there was a spot of oil under where she sat I noticed after the fact.
I shut her off as soon as I heard a knock and she was still running but I only had a gallon of oil available and she needs 5 quarts to be full so I am waiting until tomorrow to fill her up and see if I killed her or not. It's going to drive me crazy wondering if I ruined my favorite tractor until I run to the store tomorrow. I am still kicking myself over not checking before I started her up but I was so excited about the manure spreader it slipped my mind.
Man I hope I didn't do some severe damage.
Lesson learned. The one time since I bought her I start her without checking and it's the one time something happens.
Oh well keep your fingers crossed for me. It wasn't more than three small knocks and I saw no metal shavings in the pan.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!