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post #1 of 37 Old 07-03-2019, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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More than I need for size of my yard

I am on .45 of an acre. I have a troybuilt rider (mainly bought to help out neighbor) Craftsmen 22 in self propelled mower . Cub cadet string mower to mow electric fence around the garden ( that is what I told my wife) craftsmen vac/chipper/blower . Craftsmen 26 in snow blower . stihl weed eater craftsmen blower gas troybuilt electric blower. Echo chainsaw . Gererac 5000 watt generator. Grillo G85d walking tractor with tiller and Zanon 28 inch mower deck. Gravely professional 12 walking tractor with snow blade. I am going to pick up a 40 inch deck for it tomorrow
How many of you guys are over equipped for you property s

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Re: More than I need for size of my yard

I will have an acre of lawn when my land-clearing-lawn-making project is done. I clear snow from a few hundred square feet of driveway in the winter. My equipment list is constantly growing too. Currently running I have a push mower, riding mower, a lawn tractor and a GT. In the garage there's a GT-18 Ariens that should be working soon, and a snow blower. I have two chain saws, a pole saw, an 8750 watt generator, an 1100 watt generator and two or three string trimmers. Out back there's a small snowblower that I should get working before winter, and an old rear tine rototiller that I want to convert to a 3-point, shaft-driven tiller. Still want a tractor with an FEL and a bigger trailer for my tractor. That reminds me, I do have a cart and a lawn sweeper.
Do I think I have too much? Nope. However, my wife sure thinks I have way too much "stuff".

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Stuff like the Gravely mower deck comes out of my fun money fund . I put a few dollars back every week . Even though my lovely wife also thinks I have to much stuff. She contributed out of her fun money fund for the deck I am getting today. Our "fun money funds" may sound silly but it keeps us in budget if we stick to it.
By the way the Gravely Professional 12 and snow blade was given to me the thing is in excellent condition

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Re: More than I need for size of my yard

It's not the size of the property that determines the equipment needed, it's the size of the projects.

I have a third of an acre, so grass cutting is done with an LT. My driveway is over 3000 sq-ft plus I put the snow behind my garage which adds another 600+ sq-ft, and the house roof is vinyl coated steel which unloads its snow load when mild weather arrives and that can result in 42" of heavily compacted snow over 40' of driveway length that has to be picked up and carried away. For that, I used a heavy GT with a loader for 22 years, and now a SCUT TLB for the past 13 years. The SCUT mostly sits idle for the summer and the LT doesn't turn a wheel over the winter.

We got over 11' of snowfall this past winter, and over 13' the winter before. The SCUT gets a workout every winter to the tune of 60-100 hours on the clock.

Am I over equipped for the size of my yard? Not in my best judgement.

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I’m on 1/4 acre lot with 3 adjoining lots mostly wooded. I didn’t NEED a four wheel drive, shaft driven, 54” deck tractor with power steering and hydraulic deck lift either, but I threw the belt on the 44” snowblower one last time in the middle of winter. It’s been working fine for my son-in-law for the last three years. I probably didn’t “NEED” the electric mounted spreader or the 10P cart either, but they were part of the deal and I sure have enjoyed them. I know I didn’t “NEED” the 54” snowblower either, but it was the icing on the cake 🎂. The only problem with it is getting done too quickly, probably why I started doing 6-12 other neighbors driveways when I go out, 4 of which are elderly widows or widowers, the rest are just because I enjoy helping neighbors, especially when we get one of those big snow storms like last year, 16” that got rained on creating a 2” layer of crust on top. Way too many heart attacks waiting to happen, not to mention the care givers that couldn’t get into some houses and yep, I enjoyed it. Then when the rain came and the snow slid off the the widow’s new steel roof. She worked at it for a half hour in front of the single car garage and got one 24” pass out and across done. I finished the rest in 10 minutes. Her 300’ drive took longer after the big snow when I saw her garage door propped open with a step ladder after the garage door opener tore the bracket off the door that was frozen to the floor. Needless to say she was thrilled when it was cleared.

When it helps you get all your work done faster and easier, it’s NOT TOO MUCH!!! Both faster and easier gain in value as you age and when you feel good, you can enjoy the “helping out the neighbor(s)”.

I started helping mow the soccer field that turned into everything, because it looks better, at the local Christian school and was done in 2.5 hours compared to yesterday using their 46” poor cutting, manual steering, poor riding Cub Cadet that took 4.5 hours and feeling like I got run over by a Mack truck when done. Then is when I really appreciated my tractor!

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I didn't think that there was any such thing as being over equipped or having too many pieces of outdoor equipment...my wife keeps talking about it...but I thought that it was just a ''wife thing" to think like that
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When it snows I also do the drives for the elderly lady next door and the couple next to her the let the guy on the other side of us use it for his drive. Some day I would like to have a snow blower attachment for the gravely or Grillo. I that happens I will move the stand alone blower to some one else . Most likely my kids

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Never put this statement in writing and probably more important never never admit this to your wife!😁😁😁😁
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Ha, ha, ha,....."over equipped"....that's a good one. However, getting serious for a moment,.....you do realize that there is no such thing as "over equipped"...right?

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For my massive .87 acre suburban property...
Not pictured: loader and 60" snowblower for the tractor, 9 horse billygoat blower, a couple misc single stage 2 stroke snowblowers, 36" Husqvarna chainsaw, and my backup Wheelhorse tractor with 3 different mower decks, snowblower, and cab.
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Maybe I should have said non- minimalist 🙂

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When it helps you get all your work done faster and easier, it’s NOT TOO MUCH!!! Both faster and easier gain in value as you age and when you feel good, you can enjoy the “helping out the neighbor(s)”.
Well said. There's also something pleasant about using good, capable equipment. And I'd rather have the machinery doing as much of the work as possible.
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She says nothing and I don't bring up the fact she has over 15 sewing machines.
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She says nothing and I don't bring up the fact she has over 15 sewing machines.
That's smart thinking... I'm the voice of experience here...NEVER say anything about her "stuff" because it always backfires. On me anyway. One time when she was complaining about how much I spend on fishing I tried giving my wife some crap for the couple of thousand bucks she has in ceramic cow figurines .. who knew she'd bring up the bass boat in the driveway?? They don't fight fair.

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