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  • I feel for you. I recently mowed a 30 acre field with my relatively small John Deere diesel tractor. And it was rutty and nasty like you describe. My back and kidneys and etc. took a good beating, also sheared a cylinder pin from all the bouncing. Won't be doing that again without a real big payday. Must have been real fun doing it for 3 times as long. Since it's family owned property you should see about smoothing it out to save yourself the beating in the future.

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    • Proved beyond a peradventure that aluminium pop rivets have bugger all shear strength.
      My aluminium lattice-work tilt-over antenna tower has been up and down several times since I built it, but yesterday gravity got bored assisting the gentle controlled descent and decided to speed things up. The tower was in three sections, and when the tower got to about 30° from the vertical the rivets holding the bottom section to the middle one all sheared.
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      • I continued cleaning up my shop. I have to admit, I'm a bit of a pack rat...a hoarder even...and I have allowed myself to accumulate way too much stuff that I "might" be able to use...someday. Well, that day has never come and it's time to throw out the trash. 😓
        Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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        • Would you believe it is the second time I have replaced that fender and headlight assembly....

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          • I bought a mig welder. Bit tight in the shop for the forseeable future but a new building is on the way so I can move a lot of stuff out that doesn't need be in a heated environment.


            The shop is a bit of a mess, the nut in my homemade wise gave up the ghost and those plasma cut plates are for a 2x72 grinder build. Well metric 50x2000 belts so more like 2x78.



            The tape indicates various dates from 2015 to 2019 and says SERVICE CLEANING. So I am imagening this machine was bought new around 2015.



            Came from a company that went out of business according to the seller, so he would have gotten it for an even better price since he sells at a profit and I paid a pretty good price I think (700€).

            Had 32A 3-phase plug so we could not test it since the norm in most garages are 16A plugs, he had not tested it himself. When I said I wanted to test it so we loaded it in my car and went to his friend a short distance away who had a workshop with 32A outlets and test welded it . It worked without problems, I even got a full 15kg spool of mig wire that was in the machine, think it is Lincoln wire.

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            • Originally posted by eKretz View Post
              I feel for you. I recently mowed a 30 acre field with my relatively small John Deere diesel tractor. And it was rutty and nasty like you describe. My back and kidneys and etc. took a good beating, also sheared a cylinder pin from all the bouncing. Won't be doing that again without a real big payday. Must have been real fun doing it for 3 times as long. Since it's family owned property you should see about smoothing it out to save yourself the beating in the future.
              Hopefully the winter will slow the weeds growth and we will definitely hire someone to run a big disk over the whole place to smooth it out. I will not be doing it again until that is done.
              “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence”

              Lewis Grizzard

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              • Took off, flew, and landed a 777 for the first time. Also first time in Australia. I'd rather be home in my shop... Damn golden handcuffs.

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                • Originally posted by RB211 View Post
                  Took off, flew, and landed a 777 for the first time. Also first time in Australia. I'd rather be home in my shop... Damn golden handcuffs.
                  Well...How did you do with the 777? Did you land it like a butterfly with sore feet?

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                  • Originally posted by Tungsten dipper View Post

                    Well...How did you do with the 777? Did you land it like a butterfly with sore feet?
                    Smooth touchdown, slightly side loaded it. Feels very light on the controls. But it's also a training event, I'm being constantly judged by one of the more difficult people to please. Absolutely none of this is stress free or fun, and won't be for a long time.

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                    • Originally posted by RB211 View Post
                      Smooth touchdown, slightly side loaded it. Feels very light on the controls. ...
                      Are any planes being landed (or taken off for that matter) by computer? IIRC, some are capable of it.

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                      • Originally posted by RB211 View Post

                        Smooth touchdown, slightly side loaded it. Feels very light on the controls. But it's also a training event, I'm being constantly judged by one of the more difficult people to please. Absolutely none of this is stress free or fun, and won't be for a long time.
                        Light on the controls could be the 777's fly by wire controls. Also, the empty weight difference is over 220 tons, less than the 747, using the largest models as a guide.
                        “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence”

                        Lewis Grizzard

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                        • Originally posted by Dave C View Post
                          I spent the past two days on a tractor, Bush hogging the wife's 100 acre family homestead. Several years ago, my BIL who lives on the place, got the bright idea to raise some Pot bellied pigs. He turned them loose on the place, and sold off the herd of goats that kept the weeds in check. The pigs multiplied like rats, with some growing to over 100 lbs. and they don't eat grass or weeds. I watched the weeds growing, and thought it was a funny/dumbassed mistake, until the BIL got sick, and can no longer take care of the place. He sold off the pigs, and the weeds have grown head high. Now it is my job to clip the fields, after the pigs have rooted them up and the rains have made ruts that make driving over them like jumping a continuous series of curbs. My spine, and muscles will take some time to recover from the beating, and my eyes are itching, and sinuses are plugged from exposure to pollen from Ragweed, Goldenrod and a host of unknown species of weeds. Rant over, thanks for reading.
                          Some reason not to bring back the goats? Or hire a brush control service that brings in their own?

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                          • Due to health issues my BIL is no longer able to care for livestock. I live 35 miles from the farm and will be 80 on my next birthday. The place needs to be sold but Bil can't / won't let it go. I sympathize with him as he's in a tough spot. He's lived there all his life, has no wife, and is dependent on SSI and Medicare. His next move will be assisted living, or boot hill. I really think he would prefer the latter.
                            “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence”

                            Lewis Grizzard

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                            • I bought a "Total Trainer" similar to "Total Gym" through FB Marketplace, for $60. Hopefully I will be able to get into a healthy routine with this. I've used one at the rehab facility for modified squat leg presses. The only thing wrong with it is a missing retainer for a clip - should be easily repaired. Here is an intro to some exercises that can be done:



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                              The broken clip:
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                              It folds up well:
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                              Paul , P S Technology, Inc. and MrTibbs
                              USA Maryland 21030

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                              • $60? That's gloat worthy! 👍
                                Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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