|Two bundles, 32 railroad ties, future corral.|
I was taking my sprayer tank off the tractor when I noticed that a bolt had come undone holding one of the tank straps in place. I lifted the empty tank off the three point hitch and wanted to attach my quick hitch back onto the three point. I needed to take off the upper arm but I could not remove the pin completely due to poor tractor design. The power actuator arms needed to be lifted out of the way. I started up the tractor and lifted the arms. I heard a pop, then the upper arm fell to the ground. I had not pushed the pin back into place and the actuator arm hit the pin and broke the cast iron collar. It is part of the tractor, a large part, near impossible to replace! It is horrible. Now I cannot use the box blade or the sprayer or the mower or the most important post hole digger. I am dead in the water. I the tractor onto the trailer and took it over to Packy Doherty welding to get it repaired. I sure hope he can fix it! I also picked up 136 pieces of 16 foot long 2x6 boards for the corral. My fancy screw/bolts will be here next week. I need that tractor to pull apart the old corral and dig 30 post holes! Then move gravel to the holes so we can set all the railroad ties into gravel. I will be helpless without it.
To top the evening off I lost five chickies! I have no idea why they are dying. I raised the heat lamp considerably. Maybe I am over heating them. A couple of them don't look so good either. I will check on them in the morning but I expect to lose at least two more. This sucks.