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Old 08-29-2013, 02:20 PM   #51
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1. Thank you so much for enlightening me as to the existence of a tractor that doesn't cost a fortune!! However, my soil is very sandy, and a 2WD truck can easily get stuck. Do you think a tractor like this can do it's job in such soil, or would I need a 4WD tractor?

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I have a 40 hp massey. It has never had a problem as far as getting stuck and it is 2WD. I have had it down on the trinity river sand bar and no problems. You should be fine with a 2WD.
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:52 PM   #52
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I have a 40 hp massey. It has never had a problem as far as getting stuck and it is 2WD. I have had it down on the trinity river sand bar and no problems. You should be fine with a 2WD.
Good to know! Now I just need to find myself an afforable little tractor (9n or something like it) that can pull around the shredder Stan and Bruce were so awesome to send my way!

I wonder if there are any affordable old tractors like the 9n that have a frontloader on them also?
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Craigslist has some that bolt on...
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:38 PM   #55
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I swung by the ranch earlier and got the feeder fully fixed up now! Here are a few more pictures of how nice and mowed down the front acre and thin strip are.
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I just realized the pics never uploaded, hehe.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:07 PM   #60
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Following this thread. Looks good
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:15 PM   #61
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Looks good. I'm ma gonna have to look at craig's list too. Nvr thought of looking there for tractor..
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:15 AM   #62
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=johujDajs4E

Hire one of these guys to mulch it down rather than burn, you will help build the value of the soil.

Good luck with the project, lots of work but it will be worth it in the end.
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:44 AM   #63
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Hire one of these guys to mulch it down rather than burn, you will help build the value of the soil.

Good luck with the project, lots of work but it will be worth it in the end.
I definitely want to mulch it up instead of burning it. I wonder if one of those smaller ones would be sufficient, like a Troy Bilt or a DR.
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:20 PM   #64
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Score! I just picked up 100x 6 1/2 foot T post for only 50 bucks! I'm heading back next week for a flatbed of hog panels, a temporary front gate for the ranch, and more T posts.

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Score! I just picked up 100x 6 1/2 foot T post for only 50 bucks! I'm heading back next week for a flatbed of hog panels, a front gate for the ranch, and more T posts.
That's a really good deal!
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:42 PM   #66
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Score! I just picked up 100x 6 1/2 foot T post for only 50 bucks! I'm heading back next week for a flatbed of hog panels, a temporary front gate for the ranch, and more T posts.
Any extra hog panels? Looking for some that are cheaper than retail for our lease.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:01 PM   #67
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Where did you find the deal on t-posts? I could use 100 or so myself.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:17 PM   #68
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:36 PM   #69
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Any extra hog panels? Looking for some that are cheaper than retail for our lease.
If I have any extra from what I pick up I'll be sure to let you know.

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That's a really good deal!
No kidding! I could barely believe it!
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Where did you find the deal on t-posts? I could use 100 or so myself.
I found a guy who is a newer property owner that took down some cross fencing, an he was just going to take all this stuff to be recycled, so I'm buying all of his posts and panels for my ranch project. I will have him keep my number handy in case any more stuff becomes available and let you know if it does!

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Looking nice, congrats to you on ownership.
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:17 PM   #71
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Here's a shot of one of the tracks of the large bobcat my neighbor has been seeing in my area, and one of my t-post bounty
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:51 PM   #72
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a lot of work in that truck bed of yours.....looking good!
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:07 PM   #73
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:21 PM   #74
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Following along. Looks like you are getting a lot done in a short period of time.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:46 AM   #76
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Following along. Looks like you are getting a lot done in a short period of time.
I'm trucking along as fast as possible! I'm a very passionate (read: obsessive) person by nature, so when I get into a new project (e.g. ranch), my blinders go on and I turn into a madman.

The t-posts will be used in my main winter project, which will be erecting a 1500' run of fence to make my ranch fully enclosed. With these t-posts, and a deal lined up for the steel posts (every 5th post, with concrete footings), my BOM is now needing six rolls of barbed wire, two corner braces, and ~4 H-braces. Once deer season is over, I will knock it out! I estimate (and perhaps this post will be the source of much laughter later on) that with a few helpers, I should be able to finish the fence in about 3 weekends of work.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:29 AM   #77
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My buddy is a pilot and flew his plane over the ranch on Monday, only a few hours after I left, and took a series of aerial pics of my place. Much different than google maps - not really. Super cool nonetheless - definitely! It would have been quite a hoot if I would have still been there and he would have photographed my truck and me peeing on a tree or something, LOL.

Pardon the wavy freehand outlining of the property...
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:37 AM   #78
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:40 AM   #79
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I like it. Perfect mixture of woods and opening. I'm looking hard for something similar. No luck yet.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:49 AM   #80
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I like it. Perfect mixture of woods and opening. I'm looking hard for something similar. No luck yet.
You'll find it, brother! It took me about eight months and *hundreds* of property reviews on L&F and LoT to finally hit gold.
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:35 PM   #81
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a little at a time....seems I like busting butt at my place..but just can't find the same feeling reward at home...hummm....

Ditto, but sometimes that sweat equity DIY can sure work on the ole bones and muscles. It's fun but I sure pay for it come Monday. My 50 acres in Leakey is a long term project, hope I outlive the project, lol. Good luck, have fun.
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a little at a time....seems I like busting butt at my place..but just can't find the same feeling reward at home...hummm....

Ditto, but sometimes that sweat equity DIY can sure work on the ole bones and muscles. It's fun but I sure pay for it come Monday. My 50 acres in Leakey is a long term project, hope I outlive the project, lol. Good luck, have fun.
makes me appreciate the office job on Monday.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:31 PM   #83
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makes me appreciate the office job on Monday.
THIS ^^^

I'm definitely thankful for being a computer nerd, so that my work week is at a desk, and I can save all of my energy for the ranch!
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:39 PM   #84
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This is going to be good!

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^^^^awesome and welcome!
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This is going to be good!

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Wow, I'm flattered! Welcome to the fire, and I hope to keep you entertained as I work on building this place up!
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Inspiring post. Going to have to keep the fire stoked under my rear now.
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:31 AM   #89
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Well, after only a few weeks, I've already got over a dozen hogs under the feeder! My cam took over 200 pics of them feasting for several hours the past two nights, and there are some interesting genetics in this group.

The first shots are the sow with a really unique white stripe on her jaw and belly (there are a few with this marking), and then the largest boar, and a few of some of the masses.

I can almost taste the pulled pork now!
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I think you have a pig problem....
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Sneaky -

Look into a 3pt mounted mulcher, it will be one less engine to maintain on the ranch. I've been on the lookout for a used one for a while, they cost as much as one with an engine new. For now, I cut out any wood that will burn, and make several passes over each brush pile with the shredder.

Also - if you don't already have one, look into buying a chain sharpener for your saw chains. It will pay for itself pretty quickly.

We have a 30HP Kioti tractor. It is compact, and does really well on our extremely heavy brushed place in Eastland county. It is 60" wide, same as the mower.
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That's a good problem!
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:17 AM   #94
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I know! Just the problem I wanted! I will be getting a trap setup under that feeder pretty soon. Being a fanatical cook, when I see all those hogs on the TC, my mouth starts watering thinking of a dozen different dishes I'll be making out of them.

Any ideas on those white markings on a few of those hogs?

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Look into a 3pt mounted mulcher, it will be one less engine to maintain on the ranch. I've been on the lookout for a used one for a while, they cost as much as one with an engine new. For now, I cut out any wood that will burn, and make several passes over each brush pile with the shredder.

Also - if you don't already have one, look into buying a chain sharpener for your saw chains. It will pay for itself pretty quickly.

We have a 30HP Kioti tractor. It is compact, and does really well on our extremely heavy brushed place in Eastland county. It is 60" wide, same as the mower.
Thanks for all of this great info! Hopefully around spring I will be able to start looking into a tractor - probably something very affordable like a 9n (or something similar, that has a 3pt).

Does sharpening your saw chain typically hold an edge well, or does it dull out really quick?
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Saw chain will dull depending on what I'm cutting.

Some woods are just hard on them, I can cut oak and maple for a while, but mulberry dulls it pretty fast. It seems opposite of what you'd think, but sure holds true. I've never dealt with the yaupon, so not sure what it'll do.

I got one of the sharpeners from Northern Tool, it was about $30. I had to order the correct wheel (around $10) the one that comes on it is for some honkin big chains. It took me a Youtube video and about 10 minutes of fiddling with it to figure out. Now I can sharpen a chain in just a few minutes. I rotate between 4 chains for my saw.

The 8 and 9N tractors are fantastic. Also keep an eye out for a 600 series or an old Allis Chalmers of similar vintage. They are easy to work on, and parts are out there for them. We had a couple of different 8N when I was growing up, I have a lot of fondness for them. If any have the old metal seat, be sure to put a couple of thick towels down, your butt will get hot.
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no up dates...man....bummer here....
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:18 PM   #97
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Gate pictures will be coming in less than a few weeks, I will be picking up the shredder from Stan in a few weeks also, and I hope to have first blood LDP's on Wednesday!
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let me know when you go to Stan's...If I'm up that way, I'll drop in!
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:49 PM   #99
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Place is looking good bro…making awesome progress with it.

Forget the goats. Get a longhorn or two. They are the goat of the cattle world and can fend for themselves. Mine eat cactus, scrub oak, huisache, and all sorts of stuff I cannot identify. As for the head-per acre ratio, you’d be lucky if it is 1:15…probably more like 1:25. Based on cleared pasture and rainfall. Hay is expensive…You can have as many head as you want if you are supplementing feed. I have a bull, 3 cows, and two calfs on my 25 acres in the hill country. I have two bordering neighbors, each with 25 acres that let me run cattle across the fences. With 75 acres I am feeding hay now. Also, if you have a cleared fence line, a single strand of hot-wire will keep the cows in.

NICE score on the t-posts!
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Following. Excited for you and to see the progress. Hopefully I will be doing the same in the next year or tow.
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