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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:19 pm    Post subject: snow stories Reply to specific post Reply with quote

we all got stories lets tell a few about snow storms and tractors , my adventure started when 2 tractor trailer coal trucks couldnt get turned around on a 1 lane county road that they were not supost to be on ,they both got crossways and stuck ,4:00 5 degrees 6 inches of snow and ice,being the only family in the area with equ. the local sheriff ask me to help,I drove my 1030 no cab 5 miles to haul our 450 case dozer to the stuck trucks that was 5 mile the other direction. the 450 was on our hill farm ,aswe called it. got to it about 5:00 hooked up the trailer loaded the 450,after 30 minutes of jumping the batteres, at this point im froze ,after a slow trip off the hill on gravel,about a mile i got to black top ,now being a teenager and not real bright Ilearned real guick ,a tractor pulling a dozer on ice bad idea, less than 100 yds i was over a bank not bad but stuck. unloaded the dozer side ways ,busted 2 tires ,almost turned over,no help , left the tractor,its not in the road any way,it over the dang bank. drove the 450 4 miles to the house,got dry clothes , its dark now no lights ,drove it 5 more miles,followed with a IH scout for light. got to the trucks about 8:00moved a mound of dirt 2 hrs to make a spot big enough to turn them around . drove it home .450 no cab or heathouser got a thank you and picture in the paper. road was blocked 6 hrs .had to feed and clean up the milk house wheni got back ,drove 450 next day back to the tractor got it out drove tractorhome ,put 450 back on the hill
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:55 pm    Post subject: Re: snow stories Reply to specific post Reply with quote

how many years ago was that ???, yes we all have stories ,, blizzard of 77 was 10 below during day .78 was just as bad . no electric for 3 days or more , roads were snow boundwith drifts up to 8ftor more ,. neighbors needingg wood , and without electric., no one was able to start anything around us , and we had to grind feed for 180 hogs,my brother and i hand cranked the DC to life ..The Dc pulled Pops 430 Diesel til it started ,, then we started the 830 diesel ,, ,Dad took the 430 to start neighbors pilkups and tractors and get wood , brother took 830 and started blading the roads,, county roadtruck was in the ditch about to roll over..the 51 DC pulled it outsafely .. we were off school at least a week or more
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:31 pm    Post subject: Re: snow stories Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ain't going to tell any stories but have I got a question for you about snow and tracked vehicles........what do you have when an M1A1 Abrams tanks looses traction on a steep snowpacked tank trail?.........a 70 ton bob sled! Don't ask how I know.......

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:52 pm    Post subject: Re: snow stories Reply to specific post Reply with quote

In the winter of 81/82 we had a blizard. I had left the farm and was farming on my own, but Dad had had a surgery, I think for a hernia. So I had to go milk the cows for him, I lived 10 miles away. The morning after the storm cleared I got up to a totally white world and -30 temps. We got about 2' of snow so there was no way to drive my truck there so it was the 930, it had a cab but no heat. The snow was so deep that the ditches were level with the road so I couldn't see the road and several times I drove off the road into the ditch. Then had to shovel the tractor out. Sure was glad to have the shovel I used for cleaning the manure spreader along with. Took me several hours to drive the 10 miles that morning. That night they still hadn't plowed the road so I took Dad's 970 with heat in the cab home.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:40 pm    Post subject: Re: snow stories Reply to specific post Reply with quote

January 1978 we had about two foot of snow and six foot drifts. I was a senior in high school and we missed the who month of january and two weeks of febuary so I didn't get out of school till last of June. Dad had a VAC case we put a blade on and I push snow pretty good with it. Then we had some freezing rain on top of ths snow then it turned real cold and everything froze. The Ohio river froze over and you could walk across the river from kentucky to Indiana. Back to the VAC we took log chains and wrap around the tire and rim to able to keep pushing snow people would see me out pushing snow and they all wanted there roads cleared. So why I was missing school I did make some spending money and the old VAC did a good job sure would have been nice to have had a cab it sure was cold.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:52 pm    Post subject: Re: snow stories Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I could tell you many but it is to late and I am to tired to do so right now. But will say this. One morning i got up and could not see my 1974 Dodge van but when found drove it out of where the snow had it hid
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