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About BurroBabe

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  1. Sorry for keeping you all in suspense, I thought I had posted results. Long Farms wins the gold star for recommending to post in YT's hauling board. I got a few calls, including one fella from Williamsport who offered to do some shiftting and dropping off another to add it to a load for $500 but I hadn't even gotten the tractor paid for and couldn't drive to the bank yet so I told him to call back when he had room on another load and waited for more bids. I had posted on Fr8Star and got NO bids. Then a fellow from North Carolina said he was driving up to Cuba, NY to (North of me)deliver an engine he and could hitch his trailer up if I wanted him to haul the tractor. He was leaving the next morning and again, it wasn't paid for yet but when he asked for only $275 for the haul I told him I would see about arranging payment somehow but I couldn't be sure until I spoke to the dealer, and it was after 5PM. This fellow really knew his tractors and I gave him measurements with the bucket and told him about the water in the tires. The guy was so sweet, said he would take the trailer along anyway if I thought I could arrange it, even though he was leaving early. I scrambled the next day, managed to squeeze my leg with brace into the car and got to the bank and got it done. Then I went home to get ready for his projected arrival time. When he was two hours past due, I called Messick's to check about when he had picked up. He had been running on time and I was concerned.When he called me from the road a short while later, he was wondering how far he still was from me. Poor guy, he hadn't liked the traffic on the interstate and he had jumped off and followed his GPS. That is a big mistake around here, crossing the Endless Mountains in NE PA the roads wind around like drunken sailors. At least I knew where he was and could assure him that he was only 30-40 min away. I had time to get my neighbor up here to help jockey tractors (My 350 was still in the barn where the new one was going) and a very tired trucker pulled in right after my friend. So, the bad news is, with the drama of the late delivery, I didn't get a chance to get any pictures of the arrival. And with how slow I'm healing from the surgery, I've got another two weeks in the brace so I don't think I'll even be able to pull "Thomas" out of the barn for his bath and photo shoot (especially as those rear wheels barely clear the doorway!) But when I am able to, I promise to post some pics. The good news is that my new baby is safe and snug in the barn and, having gained enough confidence with the help of all you wonderful guys, I was able to hold out for my asking price for my 350 Utility. Bessie only spent barely a week outside before another sweet man decided she was exactly what he wanted for his few acres and he promised to give her the kind of care she has been used to, and never be left outside. So, in the meanwhile, I can share a picture of "Bessie" with her new fella and on her way to her new home.
  2. Actually, I was wondering the same thing last night after reading these. I don't have AAA (expensive) but I have roadside assistance with my Auto policy. I was thinking of calling them and asking if it would cover me when driving another vehicle. It covers taking the vehicle to the nearest service facility or dealership that can fix the vehicle. Worth a try. And I could take a front wheel off my 350 to take along. they're both practically new. (And I'll tell my friend who lost her car keys and had to pay to have the car towed to the dealer and the key and cylinders replaced. that was expensive!)
  3. My Dodge diesel averaged 20 miles per gallon even pulling a load . It would easily get that on the way down and maybe 15 on the way back . And then I'd own a trailer to take my tractor in for service . but yeah , I sold it because I didn't use it enough to make the cost of insurance, registration, maintenance and repairs worth the occasional use . so I don't regret having to pay someone else to do it if necessary . I just really would enjoy the adventure though . Maybe if I just wait until I can take the brace off … 😀
  4. Thank you both , that was exactly what I wanted to do. I love adventures and really thought that would be a lot of fun . unfortunately, I can't even find a good enough friend to give me a ride to the grocery store 12 miles away let alone spend the day driving down and back with me . Too bad I don't have a devoted wife like that guy. I know you're trying to be helpful Matt , but no thanks to you for throwing a wet towel on it . Anyway, they didn't say I couldn't drive a tractor they said I couldn't drive a car . And my stiff leg doesn't fit in my Prius but that 574 is plenty roomy enough for me and I might be able to manage the clutch standing up . And once on the highway I wouldn't need to shift much . Maybe I could get Messicks to give me a 15 day warranty for insurance on a breakdown? 😉
  5. Dealer wanted $800; I was blindsided. And it's not that I'm just trying to get a deal... my life is full of hassle to save money. This purchase was a BIG stretch for me...I hope not a mistake. I am really emptying my bank account and the "dream money" in my dresser drawer to pay for it. There just isn't enough left for the transport. I might have to pay Messicks and let it sit there awhile before getting it home. And the leaking roof might not get fixed either. 😣
  6. Yeah, right about now I'm really regretting selling my Dodge Ram diesel truck, and being fleeced at that. For $800 I could buy a twin axle trailer right in my town and get it myself! (Well, once I could bend my knee to clutch anyway 😛)
  7. I'm gonna recommend that the admins of this forum add another reaction icon; a gold star for the "above and beyond the call of duty award" Bravo mmi, your guy only hauls cars now, but he gave me the # of someone else in Williamsport, my neck of the woods, who is willing to do it and working up a quote now.. This community is really awesome!
  8. Just cause all of you following this topic were so helpful, I wanted to let you know that I started a new one IH general to cast the net net farther looking for advice on finding a hauler. I've solved the question of weight mostly but am concerned about how to check out a person giving me a low bid through YTmag hauling schedule. If you would like to weigh in, look for this topic: How to find trucking? Weight of Loader? Thanks! This baby has really emptied my bank account and I want to get him home!
  9. I don't understand IIRC. Don't find any company with those initials. Did you mean you would look him up?
  10. I posted on YT and within hours had two texts. One was a good price and he said he would be down there end of this week I haven't even gotten the full payment to Messick's yet but maybe I could arrange it tomorrow. But I have a concern. Since I could post on YT without even signing up for an account and read all the ads, how do I know this person is legit? I responded saying I was interested and asked for his name but only received the reply "I'll confirm that I'll be up there tomorrow". Now, I don't want to be suspicious but I've been burned many times before. How can I check out someone and make sure that they aren't just going to pick up a tractor I paid for and disappear with it? Hey guys, I grew up in Brooklyn, in Mafia territory.
  11. Thanks, but how do I figure how much weight that adds? It has both.
  12. lol, Good neighbors are getting scarce. And nobody I know has a flatbed big enough. I'm looking for local truckers, but so far the prices are so high that I could buy a used flatbed and borrow a friend;s truck and do it myself for about the same price! You're in Central PA, want to be my neighbor? 😜
  13. Well, now that I've found my dream tractor, an IH 574 with a 2050 loader, I need to find a reasonably priced hauler to get it home! The tractor is in Elizabethtown, PA and I'm in the Southern Tier of NY (6 mi from the PA border). It only has to travel 183 miles but the dealer's price to deliver I thought was way high. I had checked online for quotes beforehand on FR8STAR (not firm quotes) and got a range much lower. I never did this before so I wondered if anyone had any recommendations? And when I'm getting quotes, they want to know the weight of the load. I can look all that up on the tractor on TractorData.com but can't find any specs on loaders. Anyone that can give me a ball park # on the 2050 with manure bucket? Thanks for your help!
  14. Looks pretty flat in your part of the state. I'd say up North, eh?
  15. Well Nate, If that were my boy I'd be yellin' at him to put on proper footgear before getting on the tractor. Leather boots! (I remember when my cousin slipped on wet grass and got all his toes cut off in the Gravely! Good country doctor got them all sewed back on but, what a lesson!)
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