Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 33
  1. #1
    Silver Member bill6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    108
    Location
    Kennewick, WA

    Default Oh no, I think I have TRACTOR-ITIS.....

    Last August I bought a brand new Mahindra 3215 G. It's a turbocharged, sturdy workhorse made in Japan by Mitsubishi. I also have an airplane (Cessna, 28 mpg) 2006 Ford Ranger 4 cylinder (41 mpg) and a 2005 Honda Insight (88 mpg). I'm not sure of the gas mileage on the tractor, but my friends tease me, accusing me of over inflating the tires trying to increase my fuel economy. (it burns about 1/2 gph of diesel at 1900 rpm)

    Anyway, I spend alot of time cleaning and waxing the tractor. Even after 90 hrs of use, it is so clean, I almost hesitate to use it for fear of getting it dirty. But there's lots of work to do; box blading, moving piles of rocks, spreading gravel, disking the field. So, I work it fairly hard, but then it takes me HOURS to clean and re-polish it.

    I remove all 4 wheels and wax the backside of the wheels, and put rubber tire dressing (the wet look) on them. I wipe down the entire underside. I remove the floor deck mat, and wax the steel deck. The whole FEL gets wiped down & waxed. The toothbar gets touch-up paint to keep it beautiful.

    The machine is kept in a heated garage. I did my own 50-hr service and spent 6 hours on it. High-end synthetic fluids all the way around.

    The wife says I should sleep out in the garage with it. And 3 nights ago, she reports, I was mumbling tractors in my sleep.

    I'm comparing prices & features of 72" finish mowers; nearly ready to buy. The last 2 nights I was dreaming of pulling a Bush Hog RDTH 72, and getting a wonderful cut on the green grass!

    My airplane is being somewhat neglected, I daydream of tractors while at my desk at work, and close friends say I seem distracted or occupied. What's wrong with me, anyone know??
    Mahindra 2415g, FEL, clean & polished
    2005 Honda Insight 88 mpg
    2006 Ford Ranger, 41 mpg
    1976 Cessna 150, 28 mpg

  2. #2
    Platinum Member woodchuckie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    628
    Location
    Moundville,AL
    Tractor
    KUBOTA L 2800

    Default Re: Oh no, I think I have TRACTOR-ITIS.....

    Yes! Definitely!! Sleep with it.

  3. #3
    Silver Member Onthesauk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    177
    Location
    NW Washington
    Tractor
    Ford 3000

    Default Re: Oh no, I think I have TRACTOR-ITIS.....

    I guess I'd be more inclined to give that kind of attention to the airplane. If the tractor stops, you don't have a few thousand feet to drop!
    Ford 3000

  4. #4
    Bronze Member nosliw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    88
    Location
    WA

    Default Re: Oh no, I think I have TRACTOR-ITIS.....

    Quote Originally Posted by bill6
    and a 2005 Honda Insight (88 mpg).

    no way! typo?

  5. #5
    Silver Member bill6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    108
    Location
    Kennewick, WA

    Default Re: Oh no, I think I have TRACTOR-ITIS.....

    Hi Nosliw: No typo. Over the years, I've owned 3 Honda Insights (2001,2003,2005) and each one averaged between 85-90 mpg. On long freeway trips, I get 95-105 mpg. The car is designed from the ground up, for high fuel economy. Just put more air in the tires, and slow down a little; then it remains in lean-burn mode. It's a fantastic car!

    My Mahindra (Mitsubishi diesel) engine is even more efficient than the 1.0 liter gas motor in my Honda.....
    Mahindra 2415g, FEL, clean & polished
    2005 Honda Insight 88 mpg
    2006 Ford Ranger, 41 mpg
    1976 Cessna 150, 28 mpg

  6. #6
    Elite Member Kyle_in_Tex's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Posts
    4,723
    Location
    Giddings, Texas
    Tractor
    JD 4310,JD5420

    Default Re: Oh no, I think I have TRACTOR-ITIS.....

    I'm guessing your mpg ratings are taken downhill and downwind???

    But the big question is,,,What are you getting your tractor for valentine's day?

  7. #7
    Bronze Member nosliw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    88
    Location
    WA

    Default Re: Oh no, I think I have TRACTOR-ITIS.....

    that just blows my mind.

    and i was all giddy when my duramax diesel pickup reached 22mpg

    very cool man. i was thinking about a VW TDI for a while but if the insights get THAT much better economy i'll get one of those.

  8. #8
    Super Member 3RRL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    6,812
    Location
    Foothills of the Giant Sequoia's, California
    Tractor
    55HP 4WD KAMA 554 and 4 x 4 Jinma 284

    Default Re: Oh no, I think I have TRACTOR-ITIS.....

    bill6,
    You are a sick man...
    But no more than the rest of us regarding tractors, I guess.
    But the cleaning and waxing and washing ... LOL ...jeez that's overboard!
    I agree with your wife.
    Rob-
    ...The Older I get...the Better I Used to be...
    Member of the Month

  9. #9
    Bronze Member nosliw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    88
    Location
    WA

    Default Re: Oh no, I think I have TRACTOR-ITIS.....

    bill,

    i did the math real quick and estimated that you can come over to my side of the state and show me that gas-sipper in person for a little over $5.00


  10. #10
    Gold Member TrippleT's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    306
    Location
    AR
    Tractor
    NH TC33D, JD LX188, Wheelhorse414

    Default Re: Oh no, I think I have TRACTOR-ITIS.....

    I must confess that I do wash my tractor and wax it, periodically. Not quite that much. But there is a good reason it gives one a chance to see if you have damaged something. And I paint my loader bucket as well. So, I guess you have given a descriptive name to the disease. LOL
    Who knows, one day we might go to the Dr and he will say you have TRACTOR-ITIS.

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.