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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by linkweewee, Aug 16, 2009.
Fat Toney’s old bike
You're gonna wanna get the seat recovered.
998..... The last two didn't stick... To the seat.
+1 on the seat recover.
My landlord says it sounds good
I asked “is it Harley loud?”
He said “yeah”
Then he said “most people put silencers on bikes. You put a loudener”
I have a pair of for real Hardly shorties. You can have them,,they are CHROME!
Come get them at the farm!
My new company vehicle. Perfect job for me for the time being. Super busy spring and fall, summers and winters off. Year round salary. 80’ wide when the booms are extended. Feels good to be back to work. Staci is working her old job P/T at the hospital too! Getting back to normal.
i might come by Saturday
Good to hear you got a new rig. Sugar Beets? Did you sell and out of the "Big Trucker Truck" business?
Yes we sold the trucking company. Most of it’s gone, just 1 semi left for sale. I’m working for a local family here now. Very happy so far. The big machine is an air spreader. Used for fertilizing and seeding fields. The proceeds from our trucks are paying off our mortgage then what’s left is being invested elsewhere. Will be 100% debt free!
If Staci is able to ride again a brand new KTM 350EXC-F will be in the stable for her. Pretty confident she’ll be able to even if her left hand still doesn’t fully function. Will just install a rekluse for her.
Grown up version of a Honda Big Red !
Glad to hear things are getting sorted out for you two. One of these days we'll meet up on the trail!
Ran into Wach's Seattle buds in Fields/July after what sounded like an aborted trip due to the extreme heat. Missed him by a few hours.
Way cool! Years ago I worked as a mix master for spray rigs. It was a fun job, but pretty stressful. I imagine now there are a lot of computers involved as far as speed/distance/flow rate?
How long before autonomous GPS puts you out of a job?
Or do you already just get to sit there and read a book while it does all the main driving?
That really is already here.
A family farmer I graduated High School with in The Dalles had a GPS device added to his rig over ten years ago! It was a simple device that just turned the existing steering wheel with a smaller wheel. He figgerd it saved him 15-20% in fertilizer costs and he never overfertilized and burned sections anymore.
I fertilized a field one time,,it was only in one spot and I had to dig a hole then cover it up,,,
With all the tequila you drink, there's probly a still-sterilized dead spot there today.
Yes, all the rates are controlled now by computer. I’ll load on the correct amount of fertilizer or seed for a field, set the density and the rate per acre, and the computer controls the rate of spread from there. The Raven does all of that.
The machine has “autopilot”. But you are always fully engaged and controlling it. Basically you manually set a perimeter around the field, then set an A-B line in the gps for the direction you want to spread. It’ll follow that line on each pass but that’s it. You still have to turn the machine around manually at the end of each pass, turn the feeder on and off manually, and monitor that everything’s working properly.
The Trimble takes care of the autopilot.
Like the video Eric posted, full automation is out there, but it’ll be awhile before it’d put me out of a job. Not something I’m worried about. The actual machine he posted has been demoed here locally with some of the larger onion farmers and they showed interest. Most of the fields we do are smaller then 50 acres and spread out in different locations that you need to transport the machine to. Small farms. The machine I operate is legal on the road so it’s simple to transport, top speed of 41 mph.
The costs and logistics of automation are prohibitive right now on the small farms because the cost to lease or buy the equipment is high and the difficulty of moving equipment to multiple small fields that are spread out. The application for automation will start in the big mega farms with huge budgets and multiple thousands of acres in one area. It’ll happen on the smaller farms too I’m sure, but probably not before I can retire. If it does then oh well. Adapt and move on to the next thing.
Hey RR: Woops!
THAT ^^^ looks like an arm that got caught inna machine.
That'll buff out. Oh, wait....