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Mitsubishi Tractor
« 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

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.
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Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019, 08:50:37 PM »
And there was MUCH rejoicing!

Does this mount to the Kabota? Or?
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Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« Reply #2 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..
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Bill Baskerville

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Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« Reply #3 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.
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Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2019, 11:30:42 PM »
HALLELUJAH!!!!!

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Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« Reply #5 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..
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Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« Reply #6 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.
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Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« Reply #7 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.
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Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2019, 05:50:30 PM »
New tires were mounted on the front wheels this morning.

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Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« Reply #9 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.
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Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« Reply #10 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.
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Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« Reply #11 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.

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Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« Reply #12 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.
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Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« Reply #13 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.

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Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« Reply #14 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!