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    Elite Member Baby Grand's Avatar
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    Windsor, CT.
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    Kubotas: L3240GST B2320HST B5100D & G5200H

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    I'm a design engineer in the aerospace industry, but knocked around for many years before finally settling into this line. Prior to engineering I was in Industrial Design. I've worked as a truck driver for building supply and moving companies. Worked a half year as a designer/fabricator/mover/installer/operator in the haunted house industry. Worked as a weldor in companies making industrial furnaces, drycleaning equipment and oil field/forestry equipment. Worked a lot of retail jobs and was a pretty good paperboy, back in the day.

    What I learned is that no job is forever, so learn as much as you can, especially about things that can be applied in other fields.

    Lately, very small scale farming is getting a lot of my attention.

    We cannot have all things to please us,
    No matter how we try ...
    That's the problem with trouble.
    It always starts out as such fun."
    - Randall Brown

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    Brandenburg ky
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    2013 john deere 5075E and others

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    I grew up on a traditional Kentucky cattle and tobacco farm that has been in my family since 1824. Tobacco has fell away in large part so we switched to vegatables at a road side stand. I graduated in 1989 from Western Ky University with a degree in Ag Ed. Most of the years since then I have been involved in retail farm supply store management and recently have returned to education as a high school agriculture teacher. Still farming, several acres of row crops, several head of Angus X cows and of course vegatables. Hobbies, hunting, fishing, bowfishing, restoring antique farm equipment, geneology and civil war history related to my ancestors and my area.

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    Super Star Member RoyJackson's Avatar
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    Bethel, Vermont
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    John Deere 4400 MFWD, Deere 855D UTV, Z920A Zero Turn Mower and assorted implements

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    I've been in Quality Assurance (various industries) for the last 30 years. The last 3 years (after the 2008 Financial meltdown), I worked as an independent contractor (still the QA field). That's drying up around my area now, so I applied for and got accepted as a DoD QA specialist. That's still a ways down the road due to pre-employment requirements (clearance)...so, right now I just want a temp job to fill the time and pay a few bills. I did have one...got all pumped up for it, then it turned out the supplier I would have been working for lost the contract. That was a bitter surprise...
    Roy Jackson

    Ē"Any government that does not trust its citizens with firearms is either a tyranny, or planning to become one."
    -Joseph P. Martino

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    Veteran Member Bigfoot62's Avatar
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    W. Central Louisiana
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    JD 5085M; NH TN70A; Ford 2600

    Default Re: What Do You Do?

    I own/drive a tractor/trailer dump truck. That pays the bills so I can farm.
    '10 JD 5085M Cab MFWD FEL
    '07 NH TN70A MFWD FEL
    '81 Ford 2600

    JD 457 round baler; JD 265 & Kuhn GMD 600 disc mowers; Sitrex V-10 rake; Hardee 10', Rhino 7', & Modern 5' rotary mowers; JD 13' & Ford 6' tandem discs; HayKing 10' rennovator plow (sub-soiler); etc, etc.
    My other tractor is a '95 Kenworth.

    Donít ever wrestle with a pig. Youíll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it.

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    Deere 4100

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    I am a retired truck driver. Started when I was 16 working summers for an electrical contractor doing light delivery and moved to big trucks at 18 hauling sand and gravel. I've been in the trucking business in some form since then until I retired this last fall at 61. I did take a few years off in the early '90's to be a homemaker for our two kids. The kids turned out great but the homemaking part left something to be desired.

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    Staunton, VA
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    John Deere 3038E

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    Grew up on a farm that had been in the family 6 generations. It was a productive general farm with a brood Hereford herd, and lots of equipment. I foolishly ran away to college and majored in physics, but never used the science. Became a reporter then PR guy. Ended my career as a speechwriter and corporate webmaster. Retired to a municipal PIO job, loved it for 7 years. Retired again to write and manage the part of the old family farm I inherited. Love that even more. Don't know what I'll do next.

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    Bronze Member hardtack's Avatar
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    Brown County Indiana
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    1946 Farmall B, 2001 JD 790

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    Retired 10 years ago from the computer industry. Work most of the time for NCR configuring and installing mainframes and Mini's. Also, tuning and adjusting operating systems for performance. Specialized in retail and hospital systems.

    Enjoying working outdoors in the woods and some wood working in the shop now. Much more satisfying.
    2001 JD 790 w/70 FEL, 6' King Kutter RB
    1946 Farmall B
    Deere LX277 & Simplicity Broadmoor

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    Elite Member dodge man's Avatar
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    West central Illinois
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    Kubota BX2350

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    I am a land surveyor, and I've been licensed for about 20 years. My degree is in civil engineering. I've worked for the same company for 28 years. My company is also a civil engineering company, so about half my time is boundary work, and the other half civil engineering projects. We also do a lot of construction layout, so I've helped build some roads, bridges, factories, water and sewer plants etc. I've spent most of my time working in the Macomb Illinois area, but have worked as far north as west central Wisconsin, and as far south as the St. Louis area.
    Dave,
    BX2350

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    Gold Member rmk700's Avatar
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    Utah
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    Kubota L35

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    Grew up on a farm but became a Heavy Equipment Operator, mostly large trackhoe. Been doing this for about 25 years now and for the most part, still not sick of it.

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    Elite Member Zebrafive's Avatar
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    South West MI
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    John Deere 2030, John Deere 6415

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    At 14 I worked for a retired farmer. He taught me to drive his car and AC WD45 tractor. I think he really wanted to mentor someone, more than needed the help.

    At 17 I work for a motorcycle dealership, odd jobs, assembling motorcylces from the shipping crates.

    At 19 I got a factory job, paper mill, making raw pulp to paper.

    Then still at 19 I got an apprenticeship at GM. I worked there 37 years, all skilled trades, and went thru two plant closings. Not wanting to move, I did not transfer to a third GM plant, so I was laid off when the plant closed, then retired at 56. When the lay off benefits ended your choice was quit or retire.

    Currently, retired, unemployed (not looking for work) and loving it!
    John Deere 2030 JD 245SL Loader
    John Deere 6415 mfwd JD 640SL Loader

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