So, there's a thread for the "too small" and one for "too big", so I thought maybe there could be a thread for Goldilocks' "just right" sized tractors.
I recently had to remove some young trees on a hill next to a building. With the trees out of the way, I then decided to regrade the hill a bit. As you can see in the photos, the tractor is backed up the hill where there was barely enough width, which made me glad to have a MCUT instead of anything bigger on this particular day.
A small protrusion of stone ended up being the proverbial mammoth piece of glacier that was almost too big for the 46 backhoe to manage. Almost. By digging out around it, I was just barely able to pull it up and slide it over the edge. I was surprised and impressed that this little hoe was able to do anything with this slab, which I estimate to weigh around 3500 lbs.
And I learned a comical lesson during this work that might save someone else a trip to the dentist. With the tractor being situated tight up against trees and brush, it was tough to get off of the left side to get around to the backhoe. So, I thought I would hang onto the ROPS, step on the back tire, and swing around. With the trans in neutral and the stabilizers down, you can probably figure out without my telling that this was not too bright. The tire spun like a river log and there I was running in place like some kind of cartoon character or an unsuspecting participant on that funny TV show Wipeout. After a few moments, I managed to get one foot on the fender. It made a muddy mess, but thankfully no one saw my amateur move and since no one will ever know about this, I'm saved from any embarrassment.
It just goes to show, you really need to think about every move on these machines. Stupidity is always just a synapse away.
Now to figure out what to do with that stone....