Tractor got here right around 0730 and, after a quick breakfast of a bowl of cheerios, I got out and started learning how to use the thing. Spent a good 6 hours going over the driveways and our road. That box scraper thing works pretty good.
Got all that done and went to the back of the property to do the path back there. Just wanted to level it out. Put the â€œteethâ€ down, lowered the box scraper, and headed out. I donâ€™t know what I tried to dig up, but it damned near tore the box scraper off the tractor. I have no idea what I hit as I was watching the front of the bucket to be sure I didnâ€™t run into a tree. (It is rather â€œtightâ€ in there just walking; much less driving a tractor in there.)
When I noticed the box scraper just hanging on I stopped the tractor; and then it died. Would not stay running. Gas gauge wasnâ€™t moving at all when I turn the key on so I figured I was out of fuel. Off to Safeway for fuel.
Got back to the house and started pouring the fuel into the tank. Poured about 2 gallons in and it overflowed. Big time. Got a bucket of water to rinse the extra fuel off. Turned the key. Nothing. No movement at all. Tractor still wonâ€™t stay running. I think it has something to do with the box scraper.
So, called the rental place and they say that the tractor wonâ€™t just start; thereâ€™s some kind of â€œtrickâ€ to starting it once itâ€™s ran out of fuel. I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s it, but okay. So Iâ€™m waiting around for them to show up.
Bent the bottom bar that holds the box scraper to the tractor. I donâ€™t know what I tried to dig up, or if a cotter pin came out somewhere and that let it loosen enough to bend the thing. I just donâ€™t know. But Iâ€™ll bet you itâ€™s gonna be expensive to fix! Just what we need at this time. (Weâ€™re leaving on vacation next Tuesday and I donâ€™t want to spend all our vacation money on tractor repairs. Damn!)
Donâ€™t know how weâ€™re going to work this â€œrentalâ€ out. Sure, Iâ€™ll pay for the bar I bent repair; but, if the tractor lost power through nothing I did, well â€¦
The MCARC 10-meter Tuesday Evening Chet Net went well even if we didnâ€™t really have a Net. Our usual Net Control didnâ€™t show up so the rest of us just kinda shot the bull for a few. Was fun.
I am beat from bouncing around all day. Iâ€™m gonna go lay down. After I shower.