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  1. If we're going to maintain tradition, then we'd have to dump the AF rotor and go back to straw walkers. Traditionally we farmed by hand, no thanks. There must be something to twin rotors, every manufacturer is going to them. Personally I think the Claas hybrid system is superior. That said, no matter what color combine, when you come to realize the new class 8-11 machines thresh more grain in an hour than a combine of 30 yrs ago did in a day, however it gets done, is impressive.
  2. If a person goes over to YouTube and searches for traffic stop crashes, there's quite a bit of evidence suggesting the AAA assistance isn't such bad advice. Waiting the hour for a tow truck to come would seem trivial once your laying in an ambulance wondering if you are going to survive, but it's a little too late at that point. A 1/2 a second before my burn incident I was too good, fast & lucky for it to ever happen to me.
  3. I used to watch Antiques Roadshow regularly. When I see items such as these bringing that kind of money, I think of those times someone brought an item in thinking they had a real treasure on their hands. They say it was appraised for big bucks 20 yrs previous... And are then told there was a strong interest in the item back then but they have fallen out of favor and it's only worth a few hundred dollars. The generation of people who played with these toys growing up, or farmed with the real thing, and even the collectors willing to spend this money for a toy, aren't going to live forever. Will the next generation place such value on them? I guess I would say I see it as a risky investment.
  4. With virtually everyone in North America being short snow, I'd bet everything out there is pounded down like asphalt. I always enjoyed W.Y. for the fact there was a lot of people so the bars were lively, but I'm getting a little old for that. Getting up to the Tepee Creek area used to entail following a single track up the creek itself that eventually opens into some open alpine zones that are quite large. You do have to be careful though, past a certain point you enter a wildlife protection zone that is quite frowned upon entering. If they cut and groom a trail into that area, all bets are off on finding good riding. I was talking to a couple guys at work and they have been moving more into Cabin Creek or Beaver Creek areas a little west, straight north of Hebgen Lake. Said they found some new honey holes not advertised much - tomorrow being Saturday, find and follow some locals.
  5. I haven't been out to Yell'y since 2008, had a 6-7 yr stint I was out there at least once a yr to ride. Don't know if it's as busy these days as it used to be but riding the well known areas like Two Top and Lions Head, had been like riding on a parking lot. The good riding was in the mountains north of Hebgen Lake. My favorite was Tepee Creek. If you seek it out, beware, this is avalanche beacon and extra gas can territory. Make sure you have a group plan and let someone know that you are going out there.
  6. Mall of America is still there in Bloomington MN and I believe it still does ok. I haven't been there in 25 yrs. They had an entertainment venue on the 4th floor I frequented back in my wild young days that I have fond memories of.
  7. A floating bog is basically the remanents of a lake or pond that vegetation has covered. They are very unpredictable, it's like ice on a lake that has a river flowing through it. You'll be safe in one spot and 20' away it's too thin to walk on. The only way to know how far down you could sink is to probe it, but you can guess by comparing to nearby lake depths. The couple lakes we're on are particularly deep for the area. We do have a well established ATV bridge running across the bog. The trail to that point is solid and level. I would say the bridge should handle a compact tractor or a Toro Dingo once the new decking we've been working on is done. Couple more weekends needed to finish that project. At the end of the bridge you have to climb a 20' high 45° slope - it's a challenge with a 4x4 ATV. A 4 wheeler winch from the top helping would probably get a tractor and brush hog up. The biggest challenge for renting the equipment you suggest is actually the logistics of hauling it to the area. The nearest rental facility is 50+ miles away, and I don't have a pickup right now. This is also at the end of a 3 1/2 hour drive for me. Much of my time up there is Sat-Sun one night trips. I may take an extended weekend, have my buddy haul something up and get a big chunk done. For these quick trips up, it's nice to have capable equipment right there ready to go. I'm just going to go buy the Stihl for $1600. It should be a last in my lifetime purchase. My main goal with this thread was to see if I was overlooking a brand or model of something I already planned to buy.... and maybe start a Stihl/Husky fight.
  8. I'm not keen on sinking even a small skid loader in a floating bog where the solid bottom is under 20+ feet of muck, and unfortunately the only way to access this area crosses this. I could probably get a small compact tractor out there but I don't have the $20k sitting around to buy one... And that's the other issue, the equipment at work doesn't come free, even with a discount, a skid loader and HD brush mower would run me $1500 a weekend. Yes it will. This brush cutter is to get the larger saplings on the ground so I don't have to push them over with the DR mower. My DR will mulch up a 3" tree but it becomes a fight to get anything bigger than 1" under it, or a clump of 1/2" saplings. And that answers picking up the brush, not planning on it - drop the trees and mulch in place with the brush hog. I will come back and get the big sticks once they dry out a bit.
  9. I looked at the Honda cutters last night. A 4 stroke could be pretty nice if it's quieter, fuel efficient, easy starting... no premix would be a plus. But I can't see a 35 cc 4 stroke performing alongside a 56 cc 2 stroke unless there is some advantage to the torque curve. At the sub-$500 price point, I'm tempted to try one. That said, I have about 15 acres of woods to clear in locations no heavy equipment can be safely taken, and I don't want to mess around & get nowhere like I have the last couple years.
  10. I don't think anything electric is going to work in my situation. I'm talking about a 6-8 hrs. a day cutting on a property where the nearest power pole is 3/4 of a mile away. I'd need quite a few extra batteries.
  11. I bought the big 22 hp DR mower last year and as I posted over in the snowmobile thread, it works awesome. But there is one shortcoming, it is a struggle to knock over the larger trees it is capable of shredding up. You can set it down on a 3" stump and it'll chop it right off, but pushing anything 1+" over, or a bunch of 1/2'rs" at once it rides up. You can wander around with a chainsaw and lop them over but that gets pretty tedious. I am thinking about a top of the line hand held brush cutter. (HD weedwacker with saw blade). I have a Shindaiwa with a blade that I've used for 20 yrs... @ 1 hp it just gets the job done. Been a great and reliable machine, but it just doesn't have the umph. Thinking about the Stihl FS561Cem or Husqvarna 555fx. They both are rated @ 3.8 HP, 57 and 54CCs. The Husky comes in $150 cheaper and is a pound or so lighter, the Stihl has the adaptive carb and soft start. Neither one is by any means cheap; $1400-$1600! So, looking for some real world reviews of those machines... or suggestions for other brands to check out. Already looked at Echo, Shindaiwa, Efco, seems they all think 44cc / 2.5 hp is enough.... I want the biggest & baddest brush cutter I can buy so the only excuses I can use are my own shortcomings in effort.
  12. So, the cabin is atv/snowmobile access only. Atv is about a 2.5 mile ride in through a tight trail and over a bridge we built. Snow access is about a mile by crossing the first lake, climbing over a mild hill, then up the swamp trail, which ends about 150 yards from the shack. The trail in the pictures is the swamp section. We have a nice 40 acre lake to ourselves. My 40 acres is on the north side of the first lake, so it's only a 10 minute trip from my place to their's. I ran the mower out the ATV trail last fall. Been opening up the "yard" around the cabin. I meant to get down to this trail late fall, but things didn't freeze up enough. We had run the sleds in the un-mowed trail the day before. The DR stayed on top of the tracks without issue. The mower deck kinda worked like a snowblower when I drove into fresh snow, it tossed it out and mulched up brush pretty easily. A couple drifts made it grunt a bit, but I just backed out and hit it at a different angle and things went fine.
  13. Truck stop on I94 in Clearwater MN has one on their sign, it must have day/night brightness levels that sometimes doesn't switch. When it's in daylight mode at night and there's a little humidity in the air you can see the glow 7 miles away. Reminds me of the background flashes in the news reports from Bagdad during Shock and Awe.
  14. Was finally able to use the sled this year with a 3 hr drive north to my buddy's cabin not nearly enough to go riding and the lakes were too slushy to ride around. But, we couldn't have asked for better conditions to maintain the winter trail in. There's about 1/3 mile of swamp that's impassable all summer. This was grown in to the point that brush was scratching the side panels. With a little chainsaw work and my DR, we have a real trail again. That 22 hp DR is worth every penny, it didn't care a lick about the 10" of snow.
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