One of the most frequent topics in the Tractor Time with Tim comment section is whether I need a tractor given my small yard space.
This is very easily and simply answered. No! I don’t need a tractor at all. I could accomplish most of our yard work tasks with a Deere 100 series or 300 series lawn mower. Better yet, any of the myriad brands of ZTR mowers would to the job nicely.
I was effectively handling snow removal with my walk behind blower. I was able to till the garden by borrowing neighbor Bob’s tiller, and with enough arm twisting, I was even able to get Christy and Katriel to help me dig a 100+ foot trench 2-3 ft deep to run a drainage tile.
While I certainly didn’t need a tractor, now that we’ve had one, it is hard to see how we ever did without it. That trench I spoke of, well, it nearly killed us, or at least that is what we thought at the time. When the next trench digging project came along, it was a joy to dig, with Katriel and I almost fighting to get our hands on ‘the shovel’. Of course the shovel had a seat, made lots of noise, and dug with much less effort than my old tile spade!
We have used the Artillian Forks on more occasions than I can count, including delivering the new washer and dryer from the truck bed to the door, hauling tree limbs and brush, even helping to dig out a small tree.
For me personally, even more important than the completed projects is the distraction from the day to day stresses of a ‘desk job’. As shown in my tail light replacement video, even a ‘mistake’ on the tractor can provide stress relief after a difficult day at the office.
Another positive result of the tractor is that we finally have a way to be more ‘helpful’ to our neighbors. I’ve long known that the best way to have good neighbors is to BE a good neighbor. The tractor provides a way that I can help the neighbors tackle projects that they might otherwise not do at all, or might pay someone a large sum of money to do. The relationships we are building are incredible.
So, do I need a tractor? Now that I think about it, yes, I DO need a tractor!
How about you?