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  1. I understand the speed of a skid steer, but from my experience a tractor's three-point hitch is best-suited for grading. Willy B's thoughts sound great to me. This is the best basic grader for gravel that I have encountered for a skid steer. The wheels tend to be necessary to minimize the inherent bouncing of a skid steer and the tendency for the front of the attachment to dig too much into the grade. The side plates on this one will act a bit like skis to keep it relatively level. Another alternative is to rent a Harley rake for a skid steer and set it up to angle and crown towards the center. Playing around with those settings to get the grade right will probably take four times as long as actually doing the job once the machine is set right.
  2. Looks good, Red Farmer. The 1066 BS is now plus-sized! I was in your neck of the woods yesterday. I came down 512 from Mt. Bethel towards Bath. The crops looked pretty good there.
  3. Interesting! FYI - there is a chapel at the monastery in Engelberg that exceeds the best cathedrals for beauty in my opinion. Well worth the time to visit while you wait for the Alpine grasses to grow.
  4. Is Weaver's your Claas dealer or one of the Monroe stores?
  5. Wow, it looks to be done well. I wouldn't mind spending a few hours on that tractor. I notice that they upgraded the seat, too. I can't tell if that is a 404 or the newer 466. A video of it during a cold start on a 40-degree day would tell the tale.
  6. Thanks, Bitty. I appreciate the explanation. With that acreage and the custom operator's numbers, I can see the justification for the Oxbo without getting out my calculator!
  7. Did you get the Oxbo from Messick's? I've seen the Oxbo's at the Keystone Farm Show. They looked nicely designed and built. The benefits of a large merger like the Oxbo for your operation would be: labor savings, a larger windrow for the chopper, and easier on the leaves? I'm new to the concept.
  8. Looks good! I figured that the price would be a lot more than that. That pneumatic cylinder for raising & lowering would handy.
  9. I like Simplicity and the higher-end, dealer-sold Deere's for brand-new residential models. While I haven't looked real closely at Simplicity, they seem to continue to build an old-fashioned quality mower. For pre-owned, I would step back to a pre-1995 Deere, a Cub Cadet 2000-series, or if you really want to live like a king, the Deere 400-series are stellar. My father has a 455 diesel Deere with 4-wheel-steer and it is simply a joy to operate. It is so well built and will likely last another 20 years.
  10. I knew a local farmer who had a 5120 2wd before he passed away. His only complaint was that being a 4-cylinder model, it had a shorter wheelbase which made it ride a little choppy when shuttling wagons at higher speeds. Other than that he loved that it was so maneuverable and was really easy on fuel.
  11. I'm with Atilathehun99 on the ceramic-style that uses lump charcoal. I have a Kamado Joe and REALLY like it. It is so versatile and very easy to regulate the temps. It can be used as a smoker or a grill. I can throttle it down to the low-200s for smoking pork low and slow. Or, fire it up to 700-degrees for searing a steak Chicago-style (Pittsburgh rare). It burns charcoal very efficiently and lights better than any other charcoal grill I've used. It also fires up to temp quicker than any other charcoal grill I've used. I highly recommend a ceramic style. A co-worker of mine has the smoker that uses wood pucks heated electrically. It works well for cool smoking...which would be great for fish in your area Troy. It can also smoke pork or chicken well. However, it is no grill.
  12. In my opinion, Deere & Cat were my favorites from a feeling of strength and smoothness of controls. I like the JCB but the controls could have been smoother. Wheeled loaders are far less costly to operate, but compact track loaders (CTLs) are absolute animals in the amount of work that can be done. I really dislike the operation of the newer series of Case (SR200-series) and New Holland (L200-series) machines...visiblity is excellent, but when I have heard the word "junk" as a descripter from two, seperate Case dealers, that would worry me. However, I have always liked the previous series of New Holland machines. An L180 or the older LS180 would be in your price range and they are a nice, relatively simple machine. Kubota has only entered the wheeled skid steer market recently, so used wheeled machines are going to be out of your price range since there are too new. Several years ago, Kubota went from not having a CTL to over 10% market share almost overnight. They bought that market share by entering with a low-cost, no frills machine. I've never heard anything bad about them. Lots of contractor fleets are moving that direction, especially former New Holland and Case buyers. I've run the Kubotas...meh. They aren't bad, but I wasn't in love with them either. If I want a no-frills, beast of a CTL machine, a Takeuchi is better in my opinion.
  13. We couldn't find one, so we ordered a bare bones Tradesman. Vinyl seats, rubber floor, floor-mounted 4WD engagement, and a third pedal. It only took about eight weeks to arrive. I drove it and said we should go ahead and order another right away to mothball since 6-spd. manuals are rumored to disappear after this model year. I REALLY like this truck. The trailer is supposed to be 6,200-lbs. In person, that frame looks every bit as large as in the photo.
  14. Eby claims that the weight is 2,000-lbs. less than a comparable steel trailer. I believe the trailer weighs in at 6,200-lbs. What you don't see in the photo is the '00 Freightliner rollback parked beside the trailer. It has a 21-ft. steel bed with a bad case of the point of not being safe to haul heavy loads with small contact patches. A replacement STEEL Jerr-Dan bed would cost more than that Eby trailer and an aluminum Jerr-Dan would have cost even more than that. So, the trailer gives us about 40% more deck length for less money...and will never need a repaint. It seemed like a no-brainer of a decision for us. Could we get a trailer for less money? No doubt. For us, we look at total operating cost over 5-10 years. We are hoping that down the road the crows, and raccoons among us will find a nice, used, aluminum Eby trailer to be appealing. We have had great experience with Eby products and they are our neighbors. (Buy fresh, buy local!) The trailer gets used nearly every day and its added capacity will save us several trips per week. Time is money for our type of operation.
  15. No complaints from the driver so far. The previous driver, dubbed "Negative Nancy" by one of his co-workers, didn't want a truck with three pedals.