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Old 11-17-2010, 02:19 AM
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Cutter just can't stand to see something with fresh paint.
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:52 AM
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I can't get over the amount of weight ,that is pulled by your tow units small size.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:14 AM
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@cutter, it's not very exciting to be fair...... If I lived in texas I probably wouldnt paint stuff either. but I live in ireland, all that green green grass takes an assload of rain to grow it. it's a damp place.

Sadly the tractor's not gonna be my project, we need it right for the spring, and I just dont have the time, so we're paying a local ford specialist to fit a cab on it, rebuild the front axle and generally tidy it up, it's spot on mechanically thankfully.


@old man, He really wont like today's pic so, stuck a coat of blue on it.


@midmo, it's a different way of working alright. That truck's a european version of an isuzu rodeo. Only a 2.2 diesel. That trailer+tractor were coming in right at it's towing limit of 2800kg. I was pulling away in low box to save my clutch/flywheel (do ye use dual mass flywheels in the states? useless yokes for towing) and only got just got into fifth on the motorway.


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Old 11-17-2010, 08:16 AM
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Yes,we use dual mass flywheels in the ford powerstrokes and I'm not sure what else.
I will leave you and cutter to the vise painting discussion!

Your farm looks like a great project,you say you have tenants,whats there role in the farm?
Do they rent?
Do they work the farm?
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:04 AM
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The farm's divided into 5 sections, 1 is on a year by year rental to a direct neighbour, the next two are on 5 year lease to two other near neighbours and the last two were rented to the same two near neighbours last year, but next year we will hopefully be making and selling baled silage ourselves. maybe even hay if we get a similar summer to this year!
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:29 PM
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That old vise is looking good.

Those older Ford tractors are well worth the time (and money) to fix them right.
Do you have the implements to farm with or will you have to be buying those as well?

Love to see more pictures of the acreage. My wife is always saying she wants to go to Ireland one day... but she is scared of flying.
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:49 AM
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Not an ideal time of year to be taking photos in ireland, winter is here, which generally means lots of grey days.

But I'll try.


We have very little in the way of implements at the minute, most were sold off in the clearance sale following my wife's father's death.

For next year we're basically hoping to get a fertiliser spreader and some round bale handlers, one front, one rear. The mowing, turning, baling and wrapping will all be done by contractor.
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:26 AM
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John put a close pencil to it. You may find that the contract route will be lower than acquiring and maintaining the equipment that will not run over enough land to amortize the cost well enough. I have a friend that works a job and contracts out all in and out cost on his 700 acre place. All he owns is a tractor brush hog and blade .
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Old 11-18-2010, 05:06 AM
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Dont do pencils midmo


I do excel!


Our long term plan when we move is to have a few cattle, probably still rent some of the land out, and sell some bales off some more of the land.

We wont have the scale to justify much machinery investment, but on the flip side there are some jobs that we'd be too small for to get much interest from contractors, those jobs would be rolling (borrowing a roller next year) spreading fert and drawing in the bales.

So we'll buy some of the simpler kit, and leave the bigger kit to the contractor.

The other policy we plan to pursue is buy old kit and recondition it. Much more tax efficient. we take a smaller hit buying the machine, write that off over 8 years, and write off the cost of the refurb fully in the first year, and have a machine that's a known good quantity, rather than spending the same money on something that's still gonna be 5 years old and could be clapped out internally.



So a few toys, but cheaper, simpler ones.
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:30 PM
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JB,
It is good you have your plan in place. I don't know how it is over there, but here in Georgia if you wait for the off seasons and go to some auctions you can pick up some good deals.
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