Mahindra 4540

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heavy hammer

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Jul 18, 2015
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Kirtland Ohio
thewoodlands I haven't been on for awhile. It looks like you have been staying busy. The weather has been up and down alot lately. A lot of wind, and ice around here the past couple of weeks. I have been busy with storm. Everyone stay safe and warm.
 
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thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
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Foothills of The Adirondacks
Hopefully once February is over, the temps will get warmer and we'll see the sun more. I do want to get some damaged trees down around the house that have some rot setting in, the maples the deer will like.

We haven't had much ice this year except for a bit of freezing drizzle, lets hope it stays that way.
 
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thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
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Foothills of The Adirondacks
We received 5-7 inches of new snow, just what we needed before the warmth and rain moves in. I did a total of three driveways, two neighbors and ours.

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thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
15,054
Foothills of The Adirondacks
Since we had a bunch of rain overnight along with the warmer temps, I removed a bunch of slush from the natural drain and driveway, I'll go at it again but will let the warmer weather eat away at the ice for another hour or two, I'll have some pictures later.

I did plow another driveway and shoveled a sidewalk for a lady.
 
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thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
15,054
Foothills of The Adirondacks
Just some pictures from today, 2809 is the driveway before I started removing slush, 2810 & 11 are the Brook, 2813 is after I was done, 0172 & 0173 is later today after mother nature got rid of a bunch of ice and 0177 is from tonight.

The part of the driveway in picture 0172 on the flats still has a bunch of ice so I'll sand that with the three point sander tomorrow morning.

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thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
15,054
Foothills of The Adirondacks
We had someone coming to the house today so I put some sand on the driveway with the three point sander. I adjusted one of the two gates the sand comes out so it would let more sand out, I did from the road in too but never took a picture.

Picture 0180 is the handle that opens the gates

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thewoodlands

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Aug 25, 2009
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Foothills of The Adirondacks
I removed snow and slush from the part of the driveway in the above middle picture, I'll be going out around 3 p.m., if the ice that's there has softened up, I'll remove more with the plow on the 4540.

With the warmer weather and the rain coming in, I don't think that I'll need to sand it.
 
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thewoodlands

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Aug 25, 2009
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Foothills of The Adirondacks
I used the 4540 twice today clearing slush and ice off this section of our driveway, some of it is down to the gravel and the rest should be gone by Sunday if not before.

Since we have a real warm day tomorrow with rain coming in for the weekend, I'll put the forks on and pop the snow up that was packed down by the groomer and snowmobiles over the winter along the road to the entrance of our woods, the rain should take care of the rest.

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thewoodlands

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Aug 25, 2009
15,054
Foothills of The Adirondacks
I thought that the picture of this widowmaker was on our computer from a few years back but I was wrong. On my fourth toss the new throwline went up and over, next a bigger rope was tied to the thro line and brought up over the widowmaker. The cable was tied to the rope and brought over the WM, my first pull with the 4540 snapped the cable but I was doing a indirect pull so I was safe. I fixed the break and did a slow pull until I saw it coming down, it landed closer to the tractor because the cable was shorter, 15 feet with a bunch of branches flying through the air was a bit close for me.

I took two loads over to the splitting area, hopefully that gets done tomorrow morning.

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heavy hammer

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Jul 18, 2015
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Kirtland Ohio
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I have been using the tractor here and there. Between moving wood to an area closer to the house and bring new wood I have finally gotten some tractor time. I moved about 20 grapple loads to the spot closer to the house.
 
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heavy hammer

Minister of Fire
Jul 18, 2015
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Kirtland Ohio
I see your posts and it always seems like you are spending time in the woods, which is a good thing.
 
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heavy hammer

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Jul 18, 2015
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Kirtland Ohio
No it is still the same tractor I have had it for almost 6 years about 260 hours on it. This is the first thing/vehicle I have ever purchase for myself new so I clean it after use and keep it in the garage. I'm sure you do the same I use it but I take very good care of it.
 

thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
15,054
Foothills of The Adirondacks
I see your posts and it always seems like you are spending time in the woods, which is a good thing.
Last year I didn't put up enough softwood for the shoulder season, we usually burn six face cord per heating season but I only had five face up, the area holds twelve. I did get the shoulder season wood area filled up this spring.

Late last fall mother nature had some wind events that came through, they put down some maples and beech, I did get the majority c/s/s last fall just before the winter hit with our first good snowfall on December 17.

This spring I had planned on felling another 10 face cord of ash but only felled two ash but c/s/s two maples that were uprooted but off the ground. Once I get a storm damaged cherry c/s/s, I'll take a good rest before I start cutting in the fall.

I have a mess here on the house lot with all the pine so I promised the wife a few areas will be rid of the pine before our first snowfall.

The tractor will see some work digging up some older stumps, gotta find time for that.
 
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heavy hammer

Minister of Fire
Jul 18, 2015
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Kirtland Ohio
There is something that always need to be done. It just is a little easier and better if it can be done with the tractor. I'm sure the way you stay on top of things you will get it done.
 
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Bocephous

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Oct 16, 2012
54
Smiley, NEPA
Looks like you changed the tires from R1 to R4.
 

thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
15,054
Foothills of The Adirondacks
We've been cleaning up a mess in the Brook before we get some heavy September rains, today I finally had some seat time in the 4540, we pulled two wet & heavy Hemlocks out with the tractor.

I did cut the Hemlocks in half after lifting them up using the bucket with straps, we have two left but before we remove the last two, the area we're working in will need some cleanup.

I haven't been taking the camera since I've been in the Brook most of the time, hopefully I can get some pictures when the jobs done.
 
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thewoodlands

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Aug 25, 2009
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Foothills of The Adirondacks
It hasn't been raining today so I bucked up the logs we pulled from the Brook, after that was done I headed home for the tractor. I moved all the rounds out of the way with the FEL so when we start more of the cleanup, our path is wide open.

I'm hoping by the end of this week, we're done with this job.
 
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thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
15,054
Foothills of The Adirondacks
We just picked up a 4540 a few weeks ago. Only have put 10 hours on it so far but in those 10 hours we were able to get a lot of work done. If you have any pro tips I am all ears. So far
It has been a workhorse for us, we bought ours in 2016 and the only time it has been at the dealer is for fluid changes.

Check your fluids and grease it when the good book says, we bought a LockNLube grease coupler which makes greasing the tractor easier. I'll check and see if we have the extended or the extra reach. I bought the grease gun with the coupler.

 
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