Friday, November 4, 2011

Big John

About 3 minutes after we seriously began considering the purchase of our 5-acre tract known as Aspen Springs, I was dreaming of a tractor. Not a giant combine. But something that had a hydraulic system, good power and big tires. After much research, I settled on a John Deere Ultimate Tractor X740. This is the largest “garden tractor” Deere makes. 
Arrival a semi-truck from Iowa

My X740 – which I have named, Big John – is a 27 HP diesel. I have a 42” mowing deck (larger decks are possible but I have a few areas with tight tree spacing). I also ordered a 52” snow blade and it seems I'll be using it very soon. Since buying it, I have also added a 17 cubic yardtow-cart that I use to haul various things around the homestead: cut limbs, firewood, our daughters, etc. I’ve found this to be an indispensable accessory as I work on various projects. Most recently, I got an 18 cubic foot lawn sweeper for the yard: it tows behind Big John and sweeps up grass and leaves into the hopper. Very handy given all our trees. We started our first compost bin with the leaves last weekend. 
Me and Big John, trying to imitate The Grinch's Sleigh

Precious cargo
Oh how I love using this tractor! It is mighty powerful and really fun to operate.  The girls are having a ball also, begging for a ride in the tow-cart constantly. So far, Big John and I are bonding quite well. He’s the big brother I never had.

1 comment:

  1. For the record, I was not thrilled about the idea of this purchase before it happened. Honestly, I just didn't see the need (yard stuff has never really been my thing.) But now that we're actually here - wow - the tractor has won me over. Mark was right :)