Little Red Tractor
Ok, so there is a little something special about the Farmall Cub, it has a fan club. Yes, the Farmall Cub was and still is a very popular little tractor. There are folks all over that collect these little gems even in France. Then there are folks like us that pull them out of retirement and put them to work. They are so popular that there is even a great bulletin board at farmallcub.com where I have been learning a lot about these particular tractors and folks share info, ideas and more. It has been a great resource.
We have been looking for implements for the tractor and some of the folks from the bulletin board have been very helpful but none as much as Russ and his friend Gary. On a hot August day Russ not only delivered a disk harrow we were buying but also fixed a fuel line issue, loaned us a plow, showed us how to hook it up and coached Jo on how to use the little tractor to do some serious plowing.
The fuel line was a rubber hose so Russ offered to change it over to a steel fuel line. It really is much safer especially considering the line runs right by the exhaust. Like all favors it ended up being more work than he expected, but he did a top notch job. He really went above and beyond, it was a lengthy job with a couple of technical obstacles because of the tractors age.
We then hooked up the plow. It’s an old moldboard plow he wanted us to try out. We want to keep our plowing to a minimum but some of this ground has been pasture for years. Jo climbed on board and out to the small field by the house we went. These little tractors only have 8+ horsepower so the setup needs to be just right. Russ gave Jo some pointers and for the first time we were turning the earth on our own farm. Russ coached Jo along a bit more, helped her make some adjustments and in no time she was cutting the earth.
We were both very excited!
Next weekend we’re headed back to finish the plowing and many other jobs to get ready for our big open house October 1st and all the stuff needing prepped for fall planting wich starts Sep 15. WOW, that’s close, it just gets a little more serious every week, especially since right next to me sits a good sized box with a all our fall planting seeds.
Till next time, Zbogom