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Folks, may I present Randy/CityFarmer, our Featured Member of the Month for



2014!

Name:
Randy

Join date:
01-03-2008

Member number:
8778

What city, and state, do you live in?
Malvern, PA

Are you married?
Yes, to Paula, for 17 Years

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Do you have any children?
Yes, Boy & Girl Twins, Age 13 ... City, Jr. and Farmette.

What do you do to earn a living?
Personal Financial Planning -- Tax, estate, retirement and investment planning. Licensed Stock Broker

How old are you?
54

Military service?
No. As I look back, I wish I had served.

How did you come to join MTF?
Pretty much like everyone else. I was doing internet research on a tractor issue. While reading threads I saw a question about an obscure problem common to some Simplicity tractors -- a problem which I had solved over 20 years earlier. I knew had to join and help the guy out.

What are your favorite forums and why?
-Simplicity -- obvious reasons
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-Small Engine
-For Sale/Wanted to buy -- I keep hoping someone is searching for all of the stuff I don't need in my garage! :biglaugh:
-Prayer Forum -- I wish more folks would post their needs here. Faith and prayer have played a key role in my life after coming to the Lord 14 years ago.

What do you like most about MTF?
-"One Stop Shopping" for tractor & power equipment information
-Escape from the suburban world into a world of plain, nice folks who are willing to help you and not afraid to get their knuckles bloody.
-Very little drama, sarcasm, scolding, etc.

Please list your tractors and/or equipment:
RUNNING:
1) 2001 Toro 17-44HXL lT -- Highly modified with oversized summer & winter tires, switchable rear power port and 1-1/4" receiver hitch.
2) 19?? Simplicity 6517 Hydro -- All stock except repowered with an 18 HP opposed twin.
3) 1984-ish Simplicity 5212.5 Hydro -- Actually, I rehabilitated this for my son and he LOVES it. Now he wants a full restoration.

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ALMOST RUNNING:
1990-ish MTD 800 Series "Turf Power" -- I bought it for the engine but decided it was too nice not to rehabilitate.

What is your favorite tractor or piece of equipment and why?
The 6517 -- LOUD and POWERFUL

NON RUNNING/NEAR RUNNING
1) Another Simplicity 5212.5 hydro I bought for parts. This will be a platform for several experiments.
2) TWO Simplicity 6216 gear drives. One was free; who was I to say no??
3) 199? Murray 20 HP Gear. Awaiting a deck.

OTHER:
-Simplicity dump cart (Jr's)
-Home-made cart
-John Deer cart (free)
-Fimco tow-behind sprayer
-Front-mount de-thatcher

Is there a tractor or piece of equipment you'd love to own someday?
50+ HP Massey, Case or similar tractor with a big friggin' snowblower hanging on the back. C'mon, who else in the fairly-well-to-do suburbs has a toy like this?

Tell us some of the tasks you use your tractors and/or equipment for?
-Mowing (Duh!)
-Snow removal
-Cart pulling
-Limb dragging
-Visiting neighbors when I feel lazy
-Escape from stress

Could you describe your property for us?
1.7 Acre slice of pizza which gently slopes toward the crust.

Is there something you'd love to build or restore someday?
-Light restoration of the tractors in inventory
-Gas engine sprayer with tractor-mounted boom
-Roadworthy trailer frame for my generator

Most memorable tractor moment?
- Unloading the 6517 from my tilt trailer as the kids (then 5) watched. Right after lecturing them on safety, I backed it off and flipped it. I bailed to the side just in time. They learned the lesson.

Earliest tractor memories?
-First time I drove a tractor -- David Bradley Tri-Trac. Tipped it onto 2 wheels but didn't flip it. I was 11.

Do you have any other hobbies or interests that you'd like to share with us?
Too many but a few majors:
-Finish carpentry -- I've trimmed-out most of my house, finshed the basement, etc.
-Travel
-Good red wine for under $20 a bottle
-Bible study
-Community service (25+ years in the Optimist Club)

What do the other people in your life think of your "tractor" hobby?
-Many people are dismissive of it -- it's too "folksy". They didn't grow up with dirty fingernails. But the neighbors changed their tune after several bad winters when Jr. and I plowed. My kids think its great. My wife puts up with it but keeps asking "How many tractor parts do you NEED to paint?" So I remind her that my annual tractor hobby costs less than her annual shoe spending and it keeps me home at all times. Argument over!

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Congratulations Randy :congrats::woohoo1::dancingpa Nice to learn a little more about you. Thanks for sharing.
 

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:thThumbsU congratulations Randy! Well deserved! :dancingpa
 

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nice to know you a little more Sir!:thThumbsU
 

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Congrats. You are representing SEPA well. Nice collection of tractors and near tractors there.
 

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Congrats Randy nice to meet ya :fing32:
 

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Congrats, and thanks for being such a great member Randy :thThumbsU
 

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Congrats Randy! Get the wife a simp so she can ride around with ya!:fing32:
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A big CONGRATULATIONS too, randy!! I don't know where Malvern is, but in summer of '98 on furlough from Japan, we spent a month in Carlisle at a camp while visiting churches for our missions work. Wow! PA is a beautiful state! I have a friend from Mars, PA who told me where to eat in Amish country. Oh me, what food! Here I am again getting carried away. Beautiful slice of PA pizza you have!
 

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Congratulation Randy! :thThumbsU
Good bio. I like your humor. :)
 

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Who?
How?
Beats me!!
But I'll take it.
Thanks to whomever selected me. I almost face-planted on the desk when I opened the PM last week. There are many far more deserving folks here -- unless a split-personality was a pre-requisite. (I forgot to mention that it is not odd for me to be seen leaning over a tractor or part with business attire on for a quick measurement or part number.)

Wow......31 days of pure GLORY! How will I be able to mange it? Oh, yeah, forgot -- I'm married with kids. Oh well.
 

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Congrates on you being MoM!
 

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Who?
How?
Beats me!!
But I'll take it.
Thanks to whomever selected me. I almost face-planted on the desk when I opened the PM last week. There are many far more deserving folks here -- unless a split-personality was a pre-requisite. (I forgot to mention that it is not odd for me to be seen leaning over a tractor or part with business attire on for a quick measurement or part number.)

Wow......31 days of pure GLORY! How will I be able to mange it? Oh, yeah, forgot -- I'm married with kids. Oh well.
Same feeling I had!!! You deserve it! ENJOY!! :thThumbsU
 

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Congrats!!! :thThumbsU ~~ Lowell
 
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