I don’t own a tractor but my cousin, Sonny, has one he is using to help me. It is old but powerful. I don’t know if this is to be expected but since we have been using it we have bent the arm that holds the bucket on, gotten the transmission stuck so we could not shift it, changed out the hydraulic fluid because it got water in it and would not hold up the auger, gotten the auger stuck in the bottom of a 3 foot post hole and had the jack it out, broken too many sheer pins to count and bent the U joint that holds the auger on.
The tractor does make the work easier and it can dig a posthole in 5 minutes that will take me an hour by hand but then you have 55 minutes of repair time between each hole. This does not seem to bother Sonny but my temperament does not handle the delays well. I would rather pound away for 1 hour at a hole than deal with the mechanical challenges.
I notice it is not only our tractor. My brush clearers had to stop several times to repair their tractors and we totally blew up the first brush chipper we rented. Is there something I am missing here or is this to be expected when you are using equipment hard? I also have the same challenge with chain saws. When they work I can get so much done but then just when I get on a roll the thing won’t start or the chain falls off or gets dull or needs oil that I have to go back to the store for. Do I have some kind of bad machine karma or do I need to accept these things as part of not taking life so seriously? Madalyn