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What a great weekend, and I survived it without incident! Almost.Posted Monday, October 31, 2011, at 12:34 PM
Now that might seem like a strange comment, but usually on great weekends I get extra fired up to do things and in the process end up breaking something or breaking myself.
This weekend all I did was scratch my truck a little and bend the heck out of my license plate. That is a win in my book. Well, I did break two hay forks but they were old and ready to go anyway.
The broken forks resulted in me devising a method to load my 16' trailer with wood chips, without doing it by hand and without the benefit of a front-end loader on the tractor.
Basically, I backed the trailer into a pile and used the box blade in reverse to push the chips on to the trailer. The first load worked just fine, but the second one proved more challenging.
As pushed the chips back, the tractor rode up the pile a little, thus allowing me to raise the blade over the trailer rails. On the second load I did not realize that I had actually driven the tractor up on the trailer too, so the weight made the trailer hitch pop off. Not good.
By the time I realized what I had done, I had loaded the trailer with so much weight that the front end was not coming back down without adding weight to the front.
Sooo, I had to load big chunks of wood that come mixed in the load of chips until the front was back down. I am leaving them on for next load and also putting blocks under the back end so that if I inadvertently load too much again, it will not act like a seesaw.
The next engineering feat I plan to work on is getting the load off without having to use a shovel or fork. I don't want to appear dumber than I already do for this past weekend escapade, so I will not share what I have in mind until AFTER.
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