Message from JesseJames in MacGuyver - Skills & Academics #farming
Right, but there must be some advantages and disadvantages, or else both wouldn't exist
Certainly. Tracks don’t go flat. Also it is supposed to offer more traction. But that is debatable. There are more failure points with tracks because of mor moving parts. The tracks are heavier and more expensive.
@Jacob tracks handle mud better and like Jesse said they don't go flat. That picture I responded to him with is a deer antler in the tire of one of our seed carts. That might be good for him but it really sucks for me. A flat tire can take hours to get fixed especially when you are in the middle of a field 30 miles from the nearest town. Also I don't know if it's a function of the tracks or just the fact that the tractor is much newer, but the quadtrac has by far the smoothest ride of any tractor I've driven.
This looks fun
I enjoy it a lot, but I work between 12 and 17 hours a day and weekends are not guaranteed days off. This job is also pretty dangerous so it's definitely not for everyone.
How physically intensive is it?
I've worked double shifts at Dairy Queen. Not fun.
It can vary. Days when we level bins are extremely physically intensive. Imagine moving several tons of corn or sunflowers inside a 80° bin with only a scoop shovel. There are also days where I sit in an air conditioned cab and the only workout I get is climbing up and down from the tractor.
Maybe being forced to do something like that would help me
@Der Seeteufel - SD Yeah I have eight gears; one high/low stick and one four gear stick
@Jacob there's also one more thing that you should consider before moving out to a place like this. The isolation. I see the same 10 people every day and hardly anyone else. I grew up here so I'm used to it, but it can literally drive people crazy. Also very few potential GFs. I actually can't remember the last time I even saw an eligible woman. I'm 26 and the only single girl I know around here is 16.
It’s odd you claim the tracks ride better because that is normally a complaint people have of the tracks is they do not ride as good. @Jacob farm work builds character and is good for you.
How I spend a lot of my time.
The only other tractor that size I have driven is this 9380 and honestly the difference might just be in the seat. This tractor is about 20 yrs older.
Seats make a huge difference.
Since you posted that photo I just wanted to let you know it is a huge pain to work on those. Seems like the outside tire is never the one that goes flat and you always have to take the outside wheels off to work on the inside.
I have zero potential GFs right now, so the number can't go down lol
I'm an only child and grew up in a small family, so I don't think I would mind being around the same 10 people every day
@Der Seeteufel - SD bro, that's so cool that your cousin hires white people at decent wages instead of undercutting the American workforce with cheap Mexicans
We don't have many Mexicans up here and they can't operate equipment like ours and everyone knows it. Some of the farms around here hire South Africans. I met a couple at the bar a few weeks ago.
@Jacob you can get the experience of farming in many different forms. You could get a part time job a full time job or simply they could call you if they need extra help from time to time.
You don't put a Mexican in a $500,000 tractor pulling a $200,000 planter. It just isn't done.
They'd be driving drunk anyway
@JesseJames I actually live in a rural area. So that's no entirely out of the question.
@Jacob Most farmers would be happy for you to contact them asking for work.
Chevrolet to the rescue.
This is my bosses new Dodge. He got it last week.
To be fair to dodge this was clearly a case of user error.
Fields can be deceptive. If you look at the top soil around this mud it looks pretty dry. There was no way any pickup was going to make it through there though.
@Der Seeteufel - SD my cousins are farmers and they hired (white) south africans last year. they said they were good people and hard workers
at first glance I thought that was just pickup tug'o'war
@Zyzz yeah no one ever complains about their work ethic. My boss said he'd hire them too, but they're too expensive.
I'm not sure what SAs ask for, but I get paid $13/hr + room and board.
Not sure what that's like state adjusted
Honestly it's pretty good for me. I don't pay for housing or food, and I'm a disabled vet so the military takes care of my medical. I could make a lot more money somewhere else but I can't emphasize enough how much I love my job.
Plus SD cost of living is pretty low so I'm actually doing ok financially.
huh, that sounds really good then
y'all best not be putting harmful chemicals in our food now 😤
one thing i really like about Europe is their food quality