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Royse
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 7:50 am    Post subject: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Not just the equipment, but the 15 year old willing and able to run it.
We started our day with some grease guns, an oil change and air
filter service. The battery is still weak, but now that we've got it out of
winter storage and are running it a little more it only takes one pull to
the top and it's running. As it should be.
I posted this over on the 9N/2N/8N forum too, but figured some of
you may not visit that forum.





 
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 7:55 am    Post subject: Re: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Good stuff!
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 7:57 am    Post subject: Re: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Roughly 60 years difference between the boy and the tractor. Thanks for posting!
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 8:03 am    Post subject: Re: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There are 3 neat old F-20's in my county area...all owned by young fellas in their '20's. To me they're sort of an "animal" of a tractor, but I remember when F-20's were doing a lot of the farm work in our area and H's and M's were "new fangled streamlined tractors". One nearby neighbor had one on all steel that I as a small boy rode on a little while my Dad plowed with it.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 8:30 am    Post subject: Re: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That kid looks big for 15 YO.

Right now as I am typing this I have my 12YO out in the yard working, I bought him a new wheelbarrow 3 days ago from TSC. I will not let my boy drive my tractor by himself for another year or so. Hydro-drive is too expensive to have a 12YO yanking on the lo-hi range lever.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 9:27 am    Post subject: Re: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Pulled a very similar spreader behind a Case VAC14 in about
1978. Was younger than 12 then. What make is that
spreader?
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 9:33 am    Post subject: Re: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes I agree its nice to see young guys enjoying tractors.My son is 14 now and I started him on tractors at 8 and now he can run them all just as good as anyone. And all his friends are farm boys, they started out the same. A bunch of good young men coming up in this area. And all have been thru tractor safty.





 
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 9:35 am    Post subject: Re: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Send him down our way - Have quite a few loads of horse poop to spread!

PS: 16 year old daughter will use the compact loader tractor to load the spreader.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 10:00 am    Post subject: Re: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I bet a lot of us can't imagine NOT wanting to drive tractor (regardless of job) when we were 15, but I guess times have changed.

Wish I could go back to those days- collect some tractors, act a little more confident around the girls, but mostly to buy some Berkshire Hathaway stock at $20- It closed at $163,000 yesterday.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 10:50 am    Post subject: Re: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Good on you, Royse and wijim.

It's really encouraging to see young men willing to work. I started driving tractor when I was about 8 years old, and currently, at 68 years old, I still love it.

Thanks for the pictures.

Tom in TN
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 11:00 am    Post subject: Re: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I agree with you there. It was a BIG deal at any age. I rememeber how my cousin and I used to "argue" on who got to let the wagon hoist down after we were done unloading the wagon..just as long as you remembered to hold the tongue of the wagon up so it didnt dig in the dirt....lol
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 11:38 am    Post subject: Re: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Girls do work too





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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 12:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Wile E wrote:
(quoted from post at 09:30:01 05/04/13) That kid looks big for 15 YO.

Right now as I am typing this I have my 12YO out in the yard working, I bought him a new wheelbarrow 3 days ago from TSC. I will not let my boy drive my tractor by himself for another year or so. Hydro-drive is too expensive to have a 12YO yanking on the lo-hi range lever.


My son was assigned tractor work for after school when he was 10.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 1:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Don't drive too fast else it'll throw a clod
on your head Smile
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 2:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Don't see this much any more - Pics Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am 32 now, I started driving tractor as soon as I was old enough to reach the clutch and brakes on the old ford 3000 raking and teddering hay. We lost the farm in upstate NY when I was 15 and Dad moved the family to MA to find work. He stayed in farming in one aspect or another working for a Nursery in MA and now a vegetable outfit in NH. I never stopped working, since learning to drive that tractor I have never been unemployed for more than a couple of weeks, I have been at my current job as an auto tech for 12 years. I still help Dad with the tractors at his job, and we are working on resurrecting a Massey 204 in our spare time. Would love to someday get back to my farming roots and the simple things like driving that 3000 in circles in the hayfield for hours on end (although with a little better seat LOL). Life was easier then. So many young people would benefit from a little hard work and discipline today, it is refreshing to see that these values and work ethic are not totally lost on the next generation.

Kevin
 
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