This month we interviewed Egon about his tractors, property, hobbies and life in general.
User Name: Egon
Posts: 12,485 (#5 all-time)
Location:Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Lot Size: 68 Acres
How long have you been a member of TractorByNet.com? How did you find the site?
What do you like best about TractorByNet.com?
The odd time being able to make some suggestions that may be of use to others
What type of tractor(s) do you own?
John Deere 4200, 60inchMMM, no. 7 back hoe and FEL. Previously I owned a Kubota B7100 HST with FEL, MMM and rototiller.
How long have you owned or operated tractors?
What do you enjoy most about tractors?
Operating them: Grew up on a farm in Alberta that had two smaller tractors. Spent five years working for a Major General Contractor building roads, railroad beds, city work on roads, sidewalks and sewers. Spent the next twenty five years working for a major Hydrocarbon Company doing various jobs.
How often do you use your tractor?
The Kubota got 3000 hours in 15 years. The John Deere has maybe 100 hours in the last two years. Medical problems have limited my activity.
Tell us about your property (how much acreage, home, buildings, etc):
House in town, 68 acre lakeside lot in country, one acre Seaside lot undeveloped
Tell us about your vehicles (trucks, trailers, ATVs, etc.):
Pontiac Grand Am, Fiero, 96 Dodge diesel P/U, 20 foot bumper pull trailer and a Bigfoot camper. Two Mountain bikes and one touring bike. Downhill and cross country ski’s. Several canoes.
What sort of modifications or customization have you done to your tractor?
Added rollback grill on tractor bucket. Bolt on forks.
What sort of tools, attachments or equipment do you use with your tractor on a regular basis? Tell us about them:
FEL , three point hitch and backhoe.
What do you mainly use your tractor for?
Clearing snow in winter, dirt work, Rota tilling, harrowing, dragging rocks and logs at the lake. Building access road and landscaping.
Do you maintain crops? For hobby or agricultural purpose? Which crops?
Plant winter rye, buckwheat and clover for Deer. Have an acre planted to tall grass prairie, more to come next year.
What do you like/dislike about the area you live in?
Nice climate, access to seaside, trees and just the general atmosphere. Miss the Mountains and thunderstorms of Alberta.
What sort of terrain is common in your area?
Glacier deposited drumlin area on slate bedrock. Lots of granite float.
What sort of trees and vegetation are common in your area?
Conifers and hardwoods.
What’s something most TractorByNet members don’t know about you?
Most are not really aware of the type of work I have spent time at. I have worked in a bank, on a survey crew doing third order work, as surveyor laying out site work or roadways, When working for Contractor making sure all aspects of the site construction met specifications, managed work crews of forty men or so in my early twenties doing road, sewer, asphalt, cement and other various jobs.
In the Hydrocarbon industry I was involved with well maintenance, design of well pumping systems, corrosion control, well workovers, construction supervision, steam generation and the daily work at a gas plant.
Probably I’m most proud of being able to ski into Bow Hut for my 55 birthday or the many bicycle rides between Jasper and Banff or taking the whole family on a three week bicycle vacation through South East Alaska using the Marine Highway system [Ferries]