A few days ago, our farm tractor got a flat tire during our most recent winter blizzard. The damage was beyond a repair. Glenn immediately got on his cell phone (yep, right in the middle of his snow removal activity - not a second to waste) and ordered two new rear tires. He could not be without his tractor. Unfortunately, the tires were not in stock and had to be ordered and shipped. Glenn followed-up with a daily phone call to get a status report. Day by excruciating day, Glenn became more and more anxious.
Finally, the tire guy arrived in the yard today to replace the two rear tires. We have been handicapped for days without the use of our tractor.
|old tires - ready to recycle|
|still had plenty of tread, though|
The replacement took place right where Glenn parked the tractor. These tires are huge and heavy and beyond Glenn’s capability to remove and replace them on his own. He just does not have the proper equipment for such an undertaking. Each tire weighs about 800 pounds. A majority of that weight is due to the liquid that fills the tire. The liquid has to be drained, via pump, before the old tire is taken off the tractor, then the liquid has to be returned to inside the new tire.
|new tire label still attached...that's new|
|look at that thread and little rubber hairs - new|
Voila - two brand spanking new tires ready for work detail. Glenn relaxed. He had his tractor back.
To a farmer, new tractor tires are to be celebrated, sometimes admired, and even flaunted.
That is…until the bill arrives - ugh!