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WW&F Railway Museum Discussion => Work and Events => Topic started by: Mike Fox on August 30, 2019, 08:20:42 PM

Title: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Mike Fox on August 30, 2019, 08:20:42 PM
We talked about this for years.. And I posted it as part of a wish list 5 years ago. http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2189.0.html (http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2189.0.html)

But the time has finally arrived. We have been kind of passively looking for years, but got more serious about it this year, and Brendan had an approval from the BOD to spend up to x amount.

So Wednesday I spotted this online, sent pictures to Brendan then called and talked about it. I started contacting the seller, finally got him today.

We are now the proud owners of 1 48" Woods Bush Hog. It is 20 years old, but up until recently had been kept indoors. It is in as near new condition as one can get. And got it for a heck of a deal. It will be delivered to the Museum on 9/7.
(https://i.postimg.cc/DyLrLqfc/0830191611.jpg)
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 30, 2019, 08:50:37 PM
And there was MUCH rejoicing!

Does this mount to the Kabota? Or?
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Mike Fox on August 30, 2019, 09:22:27 PM
Mitsubishi tractor (little blue) that was donated several years ago will be the machine. We will be able to mow Albees in hours (once stumps are removed) instead of days. Plus several other locations along the line..
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 30, 2019, 11:07:47 PM
Gosh knows we need to increase our ability to cut down the grass, weeds, brush, saplings, etc. along the right of way.  Perhaps with Casey we can do a little of grading along the ROW so the we can bush hog more of the ROW instead of relying on string and blade trimmers.  This is a needed move forward.
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Steve Smith on August 30, 2019, 11:30:42 PM
HALLELUJAH!!!!!
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Mike Fox on August 31, 2019, 07:36:27 AM
That is the plan Bill. But, we don't want to reshape the ROW, just smoth places up enough to mow. Trying to keep the surrounding ground the way it looked in 1910..
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 31, 2019, 10:20:57 AM
Mike, What you said is exactly what I had in mind, just get it in shape enough to mow, or mow enough that the remaining places for string or blade mowing are minimized.
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Wayne Laepple on August 31, 2019, 02:47:01 PM
Knocking down the grass and weeds four feet back from the edge of the ballast will be a great improvement. With a little advance work, it isn't unreasonable to think quite a bit of the ROW from north of Humason Brook to beyond Rosewood could be mowed, as well as the fields at Albee's and Top of the Mountain. And if we can find a used sickle-bar mower, a lot more mowing could be done. I guess the greatest difficulty will be finding the time to do the work.
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Fred Morse on August 31, 2019, 05:50:30 PM
New tires were mounted on the front wheels this morning.
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on August 31, 2019, 06:42:59 PM
Mike,
Would this work on the raised ROW at Head Tide? Asking for a friend. BTW, thanks to both you and Brendan for making this happen.
Dave
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Mike Fox on August 31, 2019, 07:31:06 PM
It should on the flat Dave. May be interesting on the slopes. Maybe the Kubota with the sickle bar for that..

Mowing 4 feet from the rail has been done years passed with ROWMOW 1. This year, with the Brookeville being down, made using it near impossible. 52 goes too fast, then you have to ride the brakes, which causes more wear, etc. When the Brookeville comes back on line, we can still use ROWMOW.

The bush hog will work best along Albees field, TOM,  behind the station in Sheepscot, and a few other places along the line where it is flat and safe enough to use it. Slopes are better off with something on an arm, like the sickle bar mower we have fot the Kubota.
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Wayne Laepple on August 31, 2019, 09:46:01 PM
I guess I wasn't clear, Mike. I meant an additional four feet beyond what ROWMOW 1 can reach.
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Mike Fox on September 01, 2019, 05:55:10 AM
The tractor won't mow side hills like we have lots of. Has to be fairly flat.
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Jay Barta on September 01, 2019, 01:57:07 PM
Woke the Mitsubishi on Wednesday after a 2+ year long nap. New fuel, filter and bowl, bled it down, and it fired up reasonably easy. Had enough air time in the front tires for a few laps around the dooryard, then sent the front tires out for replacement. A few leaks to chase, a change of fluids, battery and changing the 3 point gear from a mix of Cat 0 to Cat 1 and it will be ready to mount the deck.
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Wayne Laepple on September 01, 2019, 07:59:51 PM
Hopefully a few other folks will learn to operate this machine so the usual suspects can have a break!
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 01, 2019, 11:06:30 PM
Sloped mowing...have to be careful. Good to see WW&F has machinery now to handle it as well as flatwork.
My Troy-Bilt 30-inch riding mower manual warns not to tip 12 degrees or more from vertical, sideways.
It only weighs 500 lbs. No argument, although I have been on a short slope next to my sidewalk occasionally, leaning like crazy the other way! Cuts down on string trimming, right?  ;)
Mowing my ~1/2 acre of lawn, mesa flowers, weeds and sandy wild grass takes a relaxed hour and a half,  is actually fun.  :D

 
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Jay Barta on October 02, 2019, 02:01:24 PM
Finished up the rotary cutter on the Mitsubishi yesterday, setting it per the manufacturer's instructions. Derived a suitable initial PTO setting from a similar tractor's manual. Brendon was game enough to take it out on an initial extreme test out behind the station and east of the main cutting the 5+ foot rather wet grass, brush and weeds. The thing performed flawlessly, effortlessly going right through the stuff. Both tractor and deck are well suited for each other. A great find by Mike.

JB
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 02, 2019, 02:21:07 PM
That's great news. A suitable alternative to string/blade trimming has been a long time coming.

The only news that would be better is if flanging were to resume on #10's backhead.  ;)
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Jay Barta on October 02, 2019, 04:04:35 PM
Jason and Randy flanged all day yesterday
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Gary Kraske on October 02, 2019, 08:30:16 PM
Glad to hear about the very capable mower and continuing work on #10. Thank you!
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Brendan Barry on October 03, 2019, 05:23:10 PM
I've put four hard hours on the tractor mowing and everything is working good.

The mower and tractor.

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Most of the area behind the station mowed. The grass against the track embankment needs to be cut with a string trimmer. There's also an area behind the freight shed that needs to be cleaned up before the tractor can mow there.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0211.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0206.jpg)

I also mowed the field at the corner of Cross Rd and 218 for work weekend parking. This field hasn't been mowed this year and most of the grass was four feet high.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0213.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0215.jpg)
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Dave Crow on October 03, 2019, 06:00:44 PM
Very nice, Brendan!  Thank you!
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Bill Reidy on October 03, 2019, 07:09:13 PM
Brilliant!  Thanks for the the mowing and photos, Brendan.  Particularly of the corner lot.
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Mike Fox on October 03, 2019, 07:23:38 PM
Very glad we are finally using that "little blue tractor". Now to get the sickle bar on the Kubota and we could mow a lot by machine..
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: John Kokas on October 03, 2019, 07:36:45 PM
Looks like we need to find a hay rake and baler too.  Hay is fetching good prices these days.
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Graham Buxton on October 03, 2019, 08:14:30 PM
SeaLyon Farm (http://sealyonfarm.com/products) in Alna (and a partner with WWF in Pumpkin Trains) is also in the hay business. If the WWF weeds hay is suitable for baling and sale, perhaps SeaLyon  could be enticed to handle the mowing and baling without additional WWF investment  in haying equipment.
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Steve Smith on October 03, 2019, 11:25:11 PM
Anybody know whether the folks who bring the horses to Victorian Christmas do their own haying? Perhaps they might be an alternate if the SeaLyon (sp?) folks aren't interested.
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Mike Fox on October 04, 2019, 06:59:03 AM
You don't bale just anything. The stuff that has been mowed is junk. Not good for feed. Would only be good for mulch. To bale it, a different mower would have to be used, then condition it with a tedder, then get it into a row with a rake, then bale it with a baler.. A lot more equipment..
Title: Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 30, 2019, 06:46:38 PM
Glad youz guyz now have a variety of machinery, particularly to do the drudge work.