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getting the truck stuck

We got the truck stuck in the worst possible place yesterday.

It's bottoming out on our row of carefully placed cinder blocks.

Pulling it backward and forward didn't work today.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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you should realy sell that quad and by something like this ,someone might just swop / trade you at no cost foe a decent small four wheel drive tractor

Comment by diogenese Thu Aug 7 18:00:58 2014
yeah....a good tractor most likely would pull it free....maybe that would have been a better choice than the ATV?
Comment by mark Thu Aug 7 18:43:03 2014

A tractor would probably be significantly heavier than your ATV. And the smaller ones are usually rear wheel drive only. And because of the big wheels, the COG is higher than on an ATV, so tipping one over is not all that hard. At a guess, the ground pressure from a tractor would probably be larger, than that of an ATV.

OTOH, the larger weight and wheels of a tractor should help with traction. And it usually has a power take-off that could come in handy. And usually you can attach shovel blades and other tools.

But if it's muddy enough, even a tractor will get stuck.

Comment by Roland_Smith Thu Aug 7 20:27:08 2014
most of the old tractors have a foot to 14 inch ground clearance ,. yup you can roll one but you can roll ayrthing if you try hard enough , even a quad bike can kill you if it pins you underneath , a tractor with a roll bar is safer than a quad bike and a helmet . I use a 50 year old ford 2000 its a lot stronger than i am , with a dirt scoop a grading blade and some time you could make a "decent " road in.
Comment by diogenese Thu Aug 7 21:03:50 2014
With a tractor you could build a better laneway
Comment by Chris Thu Aug 7 21:27:21 2014

Maybe a winch and block and tackle would be less expensive than a tractor. Harbor freight has them not sure of the quality or how long they would last. I believe it would be better then the ATV. Attach it to your truck and use a tree??? I agree with most others that a tractor would be a better tool for you guys even for hauling.

Comment by James Fri Aug 8 05:52:45 2014
would creek rock or gravel work to cut the mud in that area that you keep getting stuck in?
Comment by James Fri Aug 8 05:56:50 2014
Get a horse! ;-) Although it looks like it would take at least two to get that truck out of the mud. Actually, the money you would save on vehicle insurance alone would pay for hay for a year. Maybe you really should consider it?
Comment by doc Fri Aug 8 07:39:13 2014

The obvious answer is one day saving up and having some dozer work done and a proper driveway put in that works all seasons. How did the previous owners, the ones that built the old house and tobacco barn, access the place? Was there a bridge long since collapsed?

But here I am, living in the suburbs, owning two farm tractors stored at other people's houses in two different states.

Most get the farmstead, THEN the equipment! I should let you guys use my 1951 Case since my inlaws in Wise on Tacoma mountain have bought a new Kubota and don't use my cool vintage Case. My dad gave me a nice 1950 Ford 8n and that is in Minnesota.

Either one should pull out an S10, or we could end up with an S10, the ATV, and two tractors all stuck at once. :)

Comment by Eric Sun Aug 10 10:12:17 2014

You should really look into a , 4-wheel drive, pretty light, and the buckets would surely help move stuff around! Best of all, YOUR truck could probably haul this thing easily.

Also, try buying tire chains for the truck, they can REALLY help in the mud.

Comment by Matthew Mon Aug 11 19:13:38 2014

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