OK, folks, I came up with the idea of this thread in the Lounge, after diverting a thread that @amadioranch had started regarding the purchase of his tractor. After discussing it with one of the moderators (thanks @MuddyMess_8a), it was suggested that it be moved to a public forum, so that everyone can see and contribute. I have had lengthy discussions with @Olpea (thanks for the insights) about different tractor issues, and thus the genesis for this thread.
The purpose of this thread is to have discussions about folks and their tractors, and any issues, problems, suggestions, and solutions they may have to share with the forum community. If you want, you can introduce yourself, and the tractors and/or equipment you use. Also, if you are so inclined, share any pics of your rigs, and any info about your equipment you wish. I hope this becomes a very informative and useful thread.
I will start the thread off with some pics of my little John Deere 2040, that we bought back in March. It was made in West Germany in 1981, has a 2.7L three cylinder diesel engine and is rated at about 40HP @ the PTO. At the time, it had about 3600 hours on it. It has a ROPS, another name for a roll bar, and a very nice canopy, which has come in handy this summer. Before we bought the tractor, there was already a 5 foot bush hog (mower), a grader blade, and a disc harrow on the farm that my wife's family had acquired over the years. Since we wanted to do some plowing, we later bought an old Dearborn two-bottom plow.
I had never run a tractor before, and actually, I'd never even driven any vehicle with a clutch! I always drove automatics, just lazy I guess. It took some getting used to, but I feel a little more comfortable with it. I have a very helpful brother in law who has helped me learn the basics of operating it and maintaining it. He actually has a larger version of my tractor, a 80HP 2755 model. To help learn more about the rig, I bought an owner's manual online, which has been very useful.
At any rate, I learned to how to set up a plow, and after tearing up the south pasture "practicing", I plowed our six garden plots, and some rows for some of our new apple and peach trees. I then disced them, and then run a tiller over them. Doing plowing is kind of an art, and it will be awhile before I get it down.
All the plowing and discing was done back in March, so since then I had to learn how to set up the bush hog, another name for just a big mower. Ours is about 5 feet wide. I had to learn how to hook up to and engage the PTO, and how to best adjust the toplink and draft control to do a decent job in mowing. We have a large pasture south of the house that had become choked with briars, saplings, and just high weeds over the last few years. So, in April, I ventured out and mowed down that forest of stuff. In some places, it was up to the tractor seat, about 5 feet high.
It took a while, but I got it mowed down. I have since done some maintenance mowing a couple times since then. With all the rain we've had, the weeds grow very quickly around here.
OK, enough blathering. Here are some pics of my rig. The shots were taken back in the winter right after we got it. As you can see, I already dirtied it up nicely to "break it in". I hope you enjoy this thread and that it becomes of some use to you.