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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    9
    Location
    N. Andover, MASS
    Tractor
    PT425

    Default The Journey Begins

    I arranged with Scott at Powertrac for my PT425 to be delivered by private carrier. I said to Scott it sure would be nice to have it Thursday morning because it will be the first time I could arrange to be home to receive the tractor, as well as, my first opportunity in quite a while to get out and work on the property.

    Sure enough, 7:00am Thursday morning, halfway through my first cup of coffee, it arrives. An older gentleman named Charles with a Ford 250 and large landscape trailer pulls up to my house. Charles had driven 14 hours non-stop from Tazewell to N.E. Mass. (and was immediately driving non-stop back there – amazing).

    My first impression was that it was built even better and more rugged than I could tell from the pictures. Everyone was right! – It is a tank!

    Well we fired it up (barely started –low battery syndrome) and removed the PT. We stopped the engine to unpack the pallet and of course when we tried to restart there wasn’t enough charge. Charles who usually carries a booster pack, had forgotten too bring it and I couldn’t find my jumper cables. So we started to scratch heads (and in my case-waiting for the caffeine to hit to think clearly). We tried it again and fortunately it started. However, we now were faced with next to no gas in the tank and attachments to remove. I jumped in my truck to get some (thinking why didn’t I fill the can last night) and Charles unloaded the attachments. Of course when I returned he had run out of gas (attachments fortunately unloaded). Filled her up with the hood open (no spill) and tried to restart but no juice. Charles had to leave at this point and drive back non-stop because he had another delivery for Powertrac on Friday.

    I removed the battery and took it to the local gas station to put a full charge on it. At 11:30, picked up the battery, installed and fired up the tractor. After, 20 minutes of running the engine, lots of smoke from the mufflers' insulation. Called Terry who assured me its normal and will shortly stop. It did and now I’m ready to attach my 4in1 and get to work. Can’t get the two female couplers to join the large male and female coupler. Called Terry! He informed me politely that you need to remove the quick attach lines and use those (not the PTO lines – duh! Had I only had time to go to Tazewell)?

    Anyway, starting to get the hang of things. About noon I finally got to work and spent about 2.5hours on the PT425 working, attaching implements, digging and ripping out brush.

    This tractor is truly amazing. The power of the hydraulics, the ease of the quick attach, and the maneuverability are impressive. This was definitely the right choice for me.

    P.S. My wife was dead set against me buying a tractor. She thought it was an absolute waste of money and that I would never spend enough time to justify its’ cost. Then I started working cleaning, ripping, etc. I could see a change coming over her. It was near dinnertime when I attached the rake and started pulling out years of collected leaves from one side of the house that she actually came over and kissed the PT425. I think she now likes it. She even remarked that it was cute and kind of looked like a bullfrog. Anyway, I think my standing has improved considerably.

    Hope to send some pictures next week (have to leave town for a few days).
    Thanks to all of you PTers for all of your help on this forum.

    Regards,
    Trebor

  2. #2
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    136
    Location
    Northern California
    Tractor
    Yanmar F15D

    Default Re: The Journey Begins

    Good story! Congratulations on your new tool. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img] Looking forward to the pictures.

    Sounds like your wife has been reading too many fairy tales to the kids if she is kissing things that she thinks look like bullfrogs! [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

  3. #3
    Epic Contributor MossRoad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    29,106
    Location
    South Bend, Indiana (near)
    Tractor
    Power Trac PT425 2001 Model Year

    Default Re: The Journey Begins

    Congratulations! Enjoy that new bullfrog. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

  4. #4
    Gold Member smartguyz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
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    460
    Location
    Beaverton, Oregon
    Tractor
    JD318, Power-Trac PT425 with scuffed-up green paint.

    Default Re: The Journey Begins

    Trebor,

    Congratulations on your new bullfrog. I'm sure you'll find it a faithful and most-useful friend. Glad to hear your wife approves. Mine does too.

    Sincerely, Rob [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

  5. #5
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    512
    Location
    Bolivar, pa.
    Tractor
    power trac 422, and agco-allis 5660, john deere 550 dozer ,1845 power trac

    Default Re: The Journey Begins

    Congratulations on your new pt, my wife never kissed our pt 422 but she enjoys mowing with it.

  6. #6
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    981

    Default Re: The Journey Begins

    I never had any problems convincing my wife to buy one. She has been using it some and just erery little bit she comments she likes it and should have gotten it sooner.

  7. #7
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Posts
    2,219
    Location
    Montana (Near Bozeman)
    Tractor
    Former Owner PowerTrac 425 (September 2003)

    Default Re: The Journey Begins

    Congratulations on your new Bullfrog (I like that name) and all the great projects waiting for you. Keep us posted and pictures if you can.
    PJ

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