Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Out with the old, in with the old

Time to buy! Fun things! If you consider buying a tractor fun!

Kris went to look at an old tractor today. You can't say new tractor, because it was made in the early 1990s. And is very used.

He's replacing the tractor that's used to scrape the manure out of the barn every day. The one we were using was also an old tractor, and they stopped using it before it died. (It was doing something called 'knocking.' Maybe as in on death's door.)

Why use an old tractor? We only use it two hours a day. Our part-time employees can drive it, because it drives a lot more like a car than a skid steer. Some people use skid steers to scrape manure because they're easy to maneuver around in tight spaces (like a barn.) But a skid steer is more like heavy equipment. Plus, you can do a lot more (accidental) damage with a bucket.

But it was trapped with a bunch of equipment around it, so the seller's going to call Kris when he can take it out for a test drive.

A little different than buying a new car? Yes. But you don't have to leave your license with the seller. They know they'll be able to catch up with you. Probably at a brisk walk.

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