In a blog post the other day I told you that when clearing some brush at our son’s house, I whacked a stump with the blade of my Kubota tractor’s mid-mount mower and bent it. As it turns out, there are actually three blades in the mid-mount mower, and it’s best to replace all three at the same time so that everything is balanced properly. That makes sense, so yesterday I went to Tuscaloosa Tractor and picked up a set of blades. They were about $62, which turned out to be the cheapest part of the whole thing.
A 30-millimeter nut holds the blades in place, and I didn’t have a socket that big, so on the way home we stopped at Harbor Freight to get one. But as it turned out, they didn’t have a socket that big for sale individually and I had to buy a whole set of large metric sockets for $50. Since it required a 3/4 inch drive, which I also didn’t have, and there were no adapters to move up from one of the ratchets I do have, I also had to spend $22 fora new ratchet. But wait, there’s more! Rather than take the whole mid-mount mower off the tractor and then reattach it, which is a real bear to do, I needed a couple of jack stands to be able to get the tractor up high enough to swap out the blades. They were originally $50, but there was a sale going on and the clerk gave me a heck of a discount and they only cost me $28. So that cost, $100 altogether.
They were having a big sale, so while we were there, we bought some other things that were sale priced, including a bench vise, some files, and a couple other goodies. Our total bill for everything was $216. I need to either get a second job or be more careful mowing from now on. 😊
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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 – A well-trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch. He will just sit there looking at you and make you feel so guilty that you cannot enjoy it.