Travis Johnson wrote:
D Nikolls wrote:I really don't like gas, compared to diesel... but fuel handling is indeed a thing with the larger equipment.
A lot of pickups around here have a tidy-tank permanently taking up 1/5 to 1/2 of the back. I don't want to use up that much space permanently, so hoping to mount one on steel skids with a lifting point so it can easily be pulled out...
Until I find the right tank, I fill 4 jerry-cans, totalling 20 gallons of diesel, pretty much every single time I am in town.. it has definitely gotten old.
Every fuel company delivers diesel fuel. They take their trucks to construction sites all the time, they will swing by your house and fill up your tank for sure. Just buy a 275 gallon oil tank from Home Depot, or find a used one and buy that, and have your fuel delivered. I do that, and have a hand cranked fuel transfer pump to move fuel from tank to tractor. It takes 30 cranks of my hand pump to fill my tractor...
You might even be able to get away with a few 55 gallon drums. Here we cannot because the fuel companies do not like to dump diesel fuel into 55 gallon drums, but we used to do it that way.
Dan Boone wrote:What kind of wireworm issues did you actually have? And how certain are you that wireworms were your culprit?
I'm only asking because of the University of Virginia Cooperative Extension Service pamphlet I linked to in another thread that seems to suggest wireworms usually don't go after root crops except in heavily cultivated/sprayed fields where they can't get the other insects and weed roots they prefer to eat.
Now if we could only train the little worms to read the pamphlets...
The way I read that pamphlet, the more cover-crop type things you interplant between your garlic rows, the better. But it's book learnin', not experience.
James Whitelaw wrote:
Richard Cleaver wrote:We use a twin-wheeled BCS 740 walk-behind diesel, on 20 acres to make hay, dig swales and ditches, plough, chip wood, mow, grade, and move tools and stuff around the site on a trailer. This is all great but my favourite bit is the 0.13 gals p/h
This! One of the things I dislike about the idea of having a full size tractor is then I am dealing with full size fuel stuff. Go on the tractor forums and you see all sorts of strategies for moving or storing fuel, so not needing to keep a lot around is good for us. Ethanol free is available nearby. That and I finally found a fuel can that works reliably w/o spillage.
Ben Zumeta wrote:I have to ask, if the primary purpose of a very expensive piece of equipment is to mow, why not get some grazers and electric fencing and let them do the work? Seems like the maintenance costs of the tractor alone would be greater than the fencing and even feeding of an LGD or paying a herder. I have used both tractors and excavators to do earthworks, and for most projects that I would associate with permaculture I’d say a rented excavator is more efficient and cost effective. Of course a neighbor helping with their tractor is an offer you can’t refuse, but I do start to wonder how many zeros are on y’alls budgets for heavy equipment and How that effects financial flexibility.