What seems like never-ending rain has kept me from doing much work with my Kubota BX2680 tractor since we moved here, but we finally had a few rare days of sunshine that helped dry things out a bit. So the other day I loaded the tractor into the back of our fourteen-foot cargo trailer to take it to our son’s place to help him move a big pile of dirt in preparation for gardening season.
It was a tight fit, but with Terry guiding me I got it in, then used Tie Boss heavy duty tie downs to secure it to the D rings on the floor and walls of the trailer. These are a lot easier to use than traditional ratchet straps and can be used for all sorts of projects.
I knew just enough about operating a tractor to know that I had a lot to learn, and that was quickly reinforced when I got to Travis and Geli’s house. Even though I have read the operator’s manual twice and watched a lot of YouTube videos on my model of tractor, that’s a far cry from actually putting your hands on the machine and using it.
Either I had the bucket at the wrong angle and got too little dirt, or I moved the lever wrong and dumped what I had picked up as I was backing away from the pile, but after a while things got a bit easier. Not enough to impress anybody, but somewhat less frustrating.
I knew Travis was itching to get in the operator’s seat, so we switched off.
He was having the same problems I was at first, but then Geli, who is a born and bred Alabama country girl who has been driving tractors since she was a kid, gave us some advice and things started going easier. Travis was soon getting full bucketloads of dirt, and over a couple of hours we whittled the dirt pile down and got it moved to where they wanted it to be.
The ground was still pretty soft, and at one point I buried the front wheels and the back wheels were just spinning, even in four-wheel drive. But with the help of the bucket to raise the front end a bit and some back-and-forth rocking, I was able to get it out of the hole I had created. Then I used the bucket to fill in the ruts and the tractor’s back blade to smooth things out again.
I think Travis summed things up very well when he said, “This thing may be a tool, but it’s the most fun I’ve ever had using a tool!” When your tools are also toys, life is always fun. 😊
Of course, tractors are very versatile machines that can do any number of chores, so the next task was moving a bunch of concrete blocks from one side of their property to the other to be used as raised gardening beds. That sure beat carrying them one at a time or loading them in the back of the truck to haul them. And again, it was fun!
And we all know that it’s important to take care of our equipment, so when we were all done, Travis gave the tractor a bath before we put it back in the trailer for the trip home.
So does this mean we are now experienced tractor jockeys? Not on your life. But we did get the job done, and we learned a thing or two in the process. Now I need more nice days to do some more playing, I mean work, with this thing. But it won’t be today. We will be under a strong thunderstorm warning for much of the morning, with heavy rain, high winds, and the possibility of tornadoes coming through the area. It’s comforting to know that our tornado shelter is just steps from our side door. I just hope we don’t have to use it. I’m sure it won’t be nearly as much fun as the tractor.
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Thought For The Day – Ya can’t fix stupid. Well, I can, but it’s gonna hurt.