Tractors are cheaper than skid steers (especially tracked units) purchase and maintenance wise. We have a small rural county and they use tractors for mowing, grading roads (gravel roads) and some loading and leveling. Cost is the big factor, a small rural county cannot afford many pieces of expensive equipment. They do have dozers, graders, end loaders, dump trucks and other equipment but the tractor uses less fuel and still gets the job done and parts are cheaper. So when they can use a tractor they do.
About the only difference between here and Appalachia is the terrain. We have rednecks here also (me included) but we are happy and would get along fine with the "good ole boys" from south of the Mason Dixon line. In fact if you look at a map, Southern Illinois is further south than most of Kentucky. When you cross the state line into Kentucky we even sound alike.
Somehow, I think that would take a little getting used to. (The view, and direction of work, not the A/C in the cab!)
One other thing I forgot to mention were the cemeteries. Almost all hat I passed that I could see equipment at was a 30 or so hp tractor with a backhoe to dig the graves. I actually went by while one was being dug. It was a JD3320 with a 375 hoe. I have never seen that in CT. A mini or a 410 or something usually does them from what I have noticed. Maybe it is just a cost thing?
Perhaps they had a 410 and went with something smaller when they found the replacement cost...
Here in Ct. The cost is passed on to the taxpayer so they get the biggest more expensive tractor.
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In the old days, bodies were left in a chapel/crypt until the ground thawed. The service berry shrub, gets that common name from the idea that when it bloomed, it was time to dig the graves of the dead stored during winter.
Dave- never thought of the frost, makes sense.
Dabsgt- you know it, only the best. We are paying for it, no doubt.
It would be a real ha ha to be digging a grave with a CUT and hit a New England worthy boulder at about 4' down. :laughing: You aren't going to just move over to a better spot, or dig a trench across the cemetery to wrangle the thing out with a small machine.