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  1. #1
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    Default Spinoff from Tractor Love: your must-have/favorite implements?

    We all can agree that tractor = good. But how about a list of the implements you have, the ones you lust after, and the ones you simply can't imagine doing without?

    HAVE:
    loader
    brush hog
    snowblower
    flexible harrow
    manure spreader
    seed broadcaster

    LUST AFTER:
    box blade/back blade
    tiller
    sprayer w/boom and pump
    more aggressive harrow to turn my sacrifice paddock footing into FOOTING, like the kind you can ride on. I know it's do-able, the soil is sandy and perfect, just needs ripping up regularly.

    CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT:
    loader and brush hog get the most use--we don't have a lawn yet (2.5 years later) so the brush hog mows everything, including the paddocks.
    harrow is VERY handy and was a bargain
    snowblower obviously crucial for 5 months out of the year
    seeder/spreader--meh, could do without them
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  2. #2
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    Jan. 15, 2004
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    Lancaster, PA, USA
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    Have:
    manure spreader
    sprayer for the weeds along the fenceline
    bucket for poo pile and snow plowing
    utility cart for taking stuff to the burn pile, tools/fence supplies for fence repairs etc.
    Chain harrow
    posthole digger
    Box blade story: Our neighbor had a tractor with a box blade to level out his gravel drive that washes out a lot in heavy rains. His OLD tractor died and he didn't want to buy another one just to grade the driveway...so he offered a deal. He would give us his box blade if he can put it on our tractor and use it to level out his driveway every once is a while. Sold!! He does tons for us anyway.....so would have done it even without the blade trade.


    I think we have acquired everything we need in 10 years now! The sprayer has gotten really necessary for weed control on 34 acres. Ya just can't weed whack that many weeds, work a day job and keep up with it. You need to kill them.



  3. #3
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    Neener Neener - I have a box blade.

    Have:
    Box blade
    Forks
    Broadcast seeder
    Bushhog
    Post hole digger
    Harrow
    Front loader with hooks welded on it
    Grading blade

    Lust After:
    A bigger tractor. This one is too small. But it's paid for.
    A more aggressive harrow
    No till seeder/seed drill
    A new seat

    Can't live without
    Front loader and bushhog.



  4. #4
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    Had a PTO post hole digger for over 50 years and it was a PITA in some of our harder soils.
    Now have an HYDRAULIC post hole digger and it is WONDERFUL, worth every penny.

    I was spreading the manure by dumping it slowly out of the bucket and if it fell in clumps in some places, running over it backwards with said bucket to spread it a little more.
    Just found a hardly used, greatly discounted Millcreek manure spreader and I am liking it very well.

    The pallet points on our tractor are what we use the most, from handling panels and pipe and posts, to pulling posts, moving pallets, using pallets to stand on and reach higher places to repair, weld or paint and to move big bales.

    Our tractor came with a bucket, blade for the back and mower for fields, along the fences and barditches.

    Our pastures consist of native, short prarie grasses and we don't mow, fertilize or manage them directly, nature does.
    We only have to pray for rain and rarely control some invasive species, like cacti, mesquite or broomweed.
    Our only real management of the pastures, since we are talking hundreds and thousands of acres in the semi-desert, with little and unpredictable moisture, is to stock them lightly or pull stock off in droughts.
    We don't need a tractor to do much to them.

    For the first time, we have a cab with heater and air and it is a luxury that has been worth it all the way around, as it was hard to have enough protection with face masks and safety glasses, to keep allergies at bay.
    In the cab, the dust, pollens and molds are at a minimum.

    We use an old tandem plow for the arena, but would like to get one of the newer arena grooming tools, just don't know which one.



  5. #5
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    Blueys post reminded me and implement I forgot to mention

    The post pounder - not THAT is a fantastic implement. We got it used at an auction - some parts were bent and it wasn't working. We fixed it for about 40$ and it's been a great implement. Puts up a fenceline pretty fast and those posts don't move at all.



  6. #6
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    oh great you guys. I just emptied the bank account on the tractor and now I need
    -a post hole digger
    - a manure spreader...

    I'll stop there :lol
    "The Threat of Internet Ignorance: ... we are witnessing the rise of an age of equestrian disinformation, one where a trusting public can graze on nonsense packaged to look like fact."-LRG-AF



  7. #7
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    Have
    Bucket
    Back blade
    drag/harrow
    Post hole digger
    Brush hog
    Round bale spike

    Want
    Manure spreader
    snow blower
    heated cab with cd player (a girl can dream of being able to afford it)
    Epona Farm
    Irish Draughts and Irish Sport horses

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  8. #8
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    HAVE:
    snowblower
    manure spreader (broken)
    scraper/blade
    mower

    LUST AFTER:
    harrow (for pastures)
    sprayer w/boom and pump (we have a little one for the small mower)
    front end loader
    a WORKING manure spreader

    CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT:
    mower (for pastures)
    snowblower (sees much too much use)
    the blade is useful for scraping down gopher mounds
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  9. #9
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    Jan. 15, 2004
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    Lancaster, PA, USA
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    Oops. I forgot the pasture mower.....a MUST have!!



  10. #10
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    Have:

    -Box blade
    -Pallet Forks
    -Bushhog
    -Finish Mower
    -Post hole digger
    -Front loader
    -Rake
    -Discer/Cultivator
    -Bale Spike
    -spray tank

    Want:
    -Manure Spreader-DH flat out refuses to spread manure on the fields. All poop is removed from fields by hand (not mine!), composted and then traded to a landscape supply co. for sand, mulch, etc. Seems stupid to pay for fertilizer every year but I am done arguing about it with him.
    -Cone Broadcaster for seed, lime, etc


    Can't live without:

    -front loader (used daily for mucking)
    -bale spike (for moving round bales)
    -pallet fork (can't imagine unloading a tractor trailer full of bedding by hand!)
    -Rake (drags drives and is great for getting loose hay out of the fields)
    -finish mower (never want to have to mow with the zero turn again!)
    Ridge Farm Inc.-full care retirement
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  11. #11
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    Not mine but I love having our gator and manure spreader at my barn. It makes life so much easier when I house sit or help with chores.

    We have a giant, brand new hay barn that is almost bigger then the actual barn that we keep hay, shavings, jumps, etc in and having the gator is a life saver. There is no way we could get hay/shavings in a timely fashion otherwise.

    And the manure spreader is awesome too. It allows us to keep the manure pile at the very farthest, back corner of the property where the pick up service can come and go on a service road they built without disturbing us, the horses or dogs. Not to mention it cuts down on the smell/sanitary issues.

    I never use it but BO's husband and dad LOVE their mower. It's the kind with the hand controls and can pivot/turn on a dime that pro companies use. Makes mowing the pastures and property less of a chore.



  12. #12
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    Tractor is DH's toy. He loves it.

    Has: Kelley backhoe
    FEL
    finish mower
    rototiller
    posthole digger
    box blade
    bush hog

    he wants that rock picker that somebody (Tom King maybe? linked to on another thread) and the posthole digger is not able to cope with the rocks here so he is building a rock buster hydraulic auger sized for our little tractor. (I am crossing my fingers it doesn't just hydraulically toss the tractor into space and leave the auger stuck in the rock). That and he wants a thumb for the backhoe bucket. And I am sure there is more.
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  13. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReSomething View Post
    Tractor is DH's toy. He loves it.

    Has: Kelley backhoe
    FEL
    finish mower
    rototiller
    posthole digger
    box blade
    bush hog

    he wants that rock picker that somebody (Tom King maybe? linked to on another thread) and the posthole digger is not able to cope with the rocks here so he is building a rock buster hydraulic auger sized for our little tractor. (I am crossing my fingers it doesn't just hydraulically toss the tractor into space and leave the auger stuck in the rock). That and he wants a thumb for the backhoe bucket. And I am sure there is more.
    No worry, there is a shear pin on the shaft and all that will happen is that he will spend all the time changing shear pin bolts.

    Tell him to buy them by the box, is cheaper.



  14. #14
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    Nov. 16, 2000
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    Concord, NH
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    Default

    Have:

    FEL with hooks welded on
    Brushhog
    arena drag (a piece of dog kennel with timbers and rocks for weight - not sure it really qualifies as an implement!)
    6 disc hay mower
    tedder
    side delivery rake (IH 1948)
    pinwheel rake
    baler
    plow
    harrows

    These aren't actually an implement, but my Pat's Easy Change hooks are DA BOMB! I can hook my mower by myself.


    Lust after:
    Snow blower
    back blade
    bale buncher (an implement for an implement!)
    Sprayer would be really nice now that I think of it!



  15. #15
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    Rochester,NY,USA
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    I've just got 5 acres so my needs are minimal but I:

    HAVE
    1. Massey Ferguson tractor with:
    a. loader
    b. snowblower
    c. enclosed cab with heater
    2. Wheel Horse mower 60' deck
    3. York Rake for Wheel horse
    4. Broadcast speader for fertilizer
    5. battery powered sprayer for weed killer etc.


    CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
    1. York rake for dragging ring, dragging droppings in pasture, dragging hardpacked clay hoof prints in sacrifice paddock come spring.
    2. Battery powered sprayer
    3. Snowblower for paddocks and around barn. I'm getting too old to shovel a lot.

    LUST AFTER
    1. Manure spreader (but I don't have enough property to use )

    Anything else, like a back hoe to bury the horses/dogs/cats, would be overkill and the farmer has that.
    Sue
    Back in my day, we didn't have as many warning labels because people weren't so dang stupid!



  16. #16

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    Have
    Manure Spreader
    Loader
    Mold Board Plow
    Chisel Plow
    Feild cultavator
    Brillion Seeder
    Grain Drill
    Corn Planter
    Haybine
    Round Baler
    Square Baler
    Hay Rake
    Corn Picker
    Sprayer with boom and hand wand
    Post Hole Digger
    4 Hay Wagons
    Back Blade
    3 Harrows 8 foot, 16, and 32
    Rock Wagon
    Forage Chopper
    Feeder Wagon
    Forage Wagons
    5 Gravity Boxes
    Brushhog
    Disk
    Fertilizer Spreader also use for lime

    Lust After
    Tiller
    Quality doesn\'t cost it pays.



  17. #17
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    Nov. 6, 2002
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    Henrico, NC 36 30'50.49" N 77 50'17.47" W
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    one of each, two of some



  18. #18
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    I have a tiny tractor without loader and lust after that. I also lust after a tiny (50 gal) boomless PTO sprayer that is sold at Gemplers. A lot of the heavy work, my farm tenant does with his huge tractors when they are already working out here.

    In order to get a loader I will have to buy a new tractor, and this one isn't paid for yet.
    "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
    Thread killer Extraordinaire



  19. #19
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    Have
    Box scraper with adjustable tines
    flexible harrow
    loader

    (have a seeder and wagon for the small lawn tractor)

    Have access to post hole digger

    Lust after
    Hydraulic post hole digger (the new fence was a pain because we have shale everywhere.....)

    Can't live without
    Loader, serves many purposes from moving dire, rocks etc to winter snow removal....
    Box scraper had also been well used!
    Turn off the computer and go ride!



  20. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluey View Post
    No worry, there is a shear pin on the shaft and all that will happen is that he will spend all the time changing shear pin bolts.

    Tell him to buy them by the box, is cheaper.
    Went through a ton of them last summer putting up the front fence.....
    Turn off the computer and go ride!



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