Tractor Challenged

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 222023

I always tell people that I am not short, I’m vertically challenged. However, I make up for that by being horizontally enhanced. But as it turns out, I’m also tractor challenged.

Yesterday I went to Tuscaloosa Tractor and picked up the new lower adjuster arm for my Kubota’s three-point hitch. Before I left the house, I also took off the center adjuster arm for the hitch because it was so stiff that I couldn’t get it to adjust. A couple of the mechanics there were kind enough to put it in a vise and spend some time lubricating it and running the adjusters in and out to get it freed up again.

As it turns out, there are two rubber plugs on the arm that are supposed to be pulled occasionally and get a squirt of lubricant. Apparently there’s nowhere in the owner’s manual that tells you to do that. One of the mechanics said it’s one of those things that the manufacturer must assume everybody already knows, but no one is aware of.

Back at home, it only took me half an hour or so to get both adjuster arms reattached and everything was working properly. Since I have no mechanical ability at all I was rather proud of myself. But that didn’t last long. It never does.

It was a nice afternoon and I decided to do some mowing toward the back part of the property. I haven’t cleared that area in quite a while and it definitely needed it. Everything was going along just fine, and after a couple of hours I was about ready to call it quits for the day when I apparently ran over something, I still don’t know what. But whatever it was, it punctured my right rear tire. I could hear the air rushing out in a woosh even over the sound of the diesel engine and the tractor settled down on that side.

It was only a short distance to the barn so I was able to limp back there, where I inspected the tire but could not see what the problem was. Today I need to go someplace and get a jack capable of lifting the rear of the tractor, raise it up and get the tire off, and take it to some place to see if it can be repaired or if I’m going to have to replace it. Another possibility might be to put a tube in it. But I won’t know any of that until I get the tire off and have somebody take a look at it. It’s always something, isn’t it?

Before I go, someone asked me how big the shooting backstop our son Travis and I built is and if I am sure it will stop a bullet. Here he is sitting on top of it. I have no doubt it will stop anything I ever plan to shoot.

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – Never look down on anyone unless you are admiring their shoes.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

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