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If you get a line of cars behind you you can always find a place to pull over and let them pass.
Our road has enough places to pass so I might get a couple which I kind of like as a buffer. Last year going down with my planter I did pull over to get out of the way of a big Deere with a big planter.

Best was a bicycle when I was on the WD one day. He passed me on the down hills and I passed him on the uphills. back and forth 3 times.
 

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First off if you're considering to drive, it depends on your local laws. Where I live, there are a few farms left and farm vehicles are on the road frequently, all have SMV signs and flashers on if equipped. Our town has large front loaders driving around all the time, and they aren't registered with plates.

Many years back, a good friend of mine had to drive on road with his old Ford tractor, legal, but he was afraid of someone rear ending him, so he asked me to follow him in my car with my flashers going. It was only a few miles, and about half on 2 lane 50MPH rural road with a fair amount of traffic. We did get a line of a few cars behind us at times, so we just pulled over, let them go by and back on the road. Easy Peasy.

Just another solution and my 2 cents.
 

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First off if you're considering to drive, it depends on your local laws. Where I live, there are a few farms left and farm vehicles are on the road frequently, all have SMV signs and flashers on if equipped. Our town has large front loaders driving around all the time, and they aren't registered with plates.

Many years back, a good friend of mine had to drive on road with his old Ford tractor, legal, but he was afraid of someone rear ending him, so he asked me to follow him in my car with my flashers going. It was only a few miles, and about half on 2 lane 50MPH rural road with a fair amount of traffic. We did get a line of a few cars behind us at times, so we just pulled over, let them go by and back on the road. Easy Peasy.

Just another solution and my 2 cents.
Yes ...that's what we deal with here..rural 55mph 2 lane roads with lots of hills and corners......been several killed on tractors being hit from behind due to a corner or hill...
 

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From what I see in my area it’s not defined as a SMV, therefore it’s not under those laws and rules. But if it’s considered a ‘ride on mower’ then it may be allowed but not on the road but maybe on the path. It’s unclear!

Either way I can’t imagine much traffic on the roads if I did this like 6am especially with the lockdown there’s not much movement at all
 

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I’ve posted this before.

Memphis, Tn. to south central Louisiana, on a brand new combine.

12.5 mph.... 441 miles.


Can you say boooooring?
I think I would had to pay for the truck ride. I can't imagine doing that drive.

How did the tires look when you got to Louisiana?

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Remind me why anyone stays there?

I live on a state road.

I saw three tractors pass the house today.

Once they start planting, there will be more.
Age is all I can say! The money has been good, and now that we are basically retired who knows? I can't answer that question really? Why does anyone stay around in a state where they were born? The cops around here are just looking for someone, anyone, breaking the law to stay busy! Doesn't help that we have a major state police academy very nearby, 20 minute drive, all back country roads leading to it and they are always looking! The local cops are the most aggressive I've ever seen, They will stop one of their own just to show how tough they are.. bald headed wannabe tough guys. Could care less about a farmer.. They will let a farmer with the triangular sign and flashers go along with no problem but you always have to be ready to get pulled over unless you have a manure spreader on the back! Just can't drive mowers, S&S, atv's, dirt bikes and the like on public roads or unless you are going from one trail to another and there is a certain number of feet that can occur as RYDPLRS stated.
 

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Age is all I can say! The money has been good, and now that we are basically retired who knows? I can't answer that question really? Why does anyone stay around in a state where they were born?
Just picking on you Jeff.
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Doesn't sound like fun living right around the corner from the Barney Fife Academy.
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I would agree that an escort vehicle in the rear is a good idea if you are moving equipment on a road with higher speeds and/or less than idea visibility.

I even see farmers moving big equipment on the major highways like the US60 Bypass around town where the signs clearly state restrictions for farm equipment.

I guess they get a pass since farming is such a major part of the economy and when they built the "big roads" they didn't leave a secondary route for the farmers to get from one place to another.
 

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I think I would had to pay for the truck ride. I can't imagine doing that drive.

How did the tires look when you got to Louisiana?

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The R2 tires were okay.
I wasn't the guy who made the decisions back then, so here's what took place.
The farmer's combine burned while harvesting rice. Back then, rice was at an all time high.
He needed a replacement pronto. At the time, John Deere had a depot in Memphis and staged equipment there.
It was just before a Holiday weekend and trucks with over-sized loads were not allowed to run for three days, Sat., Sun. & Monday(Labor-Day).
They(customer and salesman) decided in the time that would be lost waiting for a truck, he could have his combine in the fields, harvesting rice again.
The cutting head was transported on a Donahue Implement Carrier.
 

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The R2 tires were okay.
I wasn't the guy who made the decisions back then, so here's what took place.
The farmer's combine burned while harvesting rice. Back then, rice was at an all time high.
He needed a replacement pronto. At the time, John Deere had a depot in Memphis and staged equipment there.
It was just before a Holiday weekend and trucks with over-sized loads were not allowed to run for three days, Sat., Sun. & Monday(Labor-Day).
They(customer and salesman) decided in the time that would be lost waiting for a truck, he could have his combine in the fields, harvesting rice again.
The cutting head was transported on a Donahue Implement Carrier.
That makes sense. When the crop is ready, three days means a lot. At least you got a unique experience out of it. Howl long did it take to drive- a full 24 hours or more of drive time?

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This thread is turning into a good laugh/gossip conversation point lol
If I don’t drive it I’ll pay someone $50 to put it on their trailer and tow it 2 miles.
I asked one guy today and he was like ‘$200’ I said no way ‘ok $100’....I hate this $hit
 

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Just picking on you Jeff. View attachment 732106

Doesn't sound like fun living right around the corner from the Barney Fife Academy. View attachment 732107


I would agree that an escort vehicle in the rear is a good idea if you are moving equipment on a road with higher speeds and/or less than idea visibility.

I even see farmers moving big equipment on the major highways like the US60 Bypass around town where the signs clearly state restrictions for farm equipment.

I guess they get a pass since farming is such a major part of the economy and when they built the "big roads" they didn't leave a secondary route for the farmers to get from one place to another.

I'm good, no worries about that! The academy has had many complaints,, the road is a 35 MPH posted road and they do 50-60 all the way.. When I asked one in my office one night who lives on that road why,, he said; " Jeff, when you come off the mass pike doing 80-90 MPH its hard to get down to 35"... NO crap... then why do we get tickets for doing the same thing? Crickets..
The local Board of Selectmen complained about it and all of a sudden they were setting up radar on our local roads!! They will get you back one way or another! Probably called it training!
I take all the back roads home from the legion when I leave for that reason... No state cops around those parts until I get near home,, two live right down the street but they are good guys that I have spent time on disasters with and they leave us all alone. The are also not kids and the older you get in that force the more mellow you get..
 

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This thread is turning into a good laugh/gossip conversation point lol
If I don’t drive it I’ll pay someone $50 to put it on their trailer and tow it 2 miles.
I asked one guy today and he was like ‘$200’ I said no way ‘ok $100’....I hate this $hit
That's not neighborly at all.. There are people around here that will do it for 50 or just do it for beer.. if they know you that is.. I am thankful to say we still have country manners in these parts.. Not everyone is out to make a buck to help out a neighbor..
We have a veterinarian down the street that will offer you his backhoe and drive it to you if you need one.. He has farm plates and has acres and acres of farm land that his dad (around 89 years old) farms with the help of his son and some Jamaicans they house every year. That's the country that I love. No electricity in the hosue at all and they live like Shakers,, chairs hanging on pegs in the wall etc.. 4 holer between the stable and house, no toilets in the hosue. (dont know how they get away with that? and don't care either). The Jamaicans live better then they do with electricity, toilets and all the conveniences of normal life.. It's a law you have to put them up like that. Very nice people totally farm orientated..
 

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That makes sense. When the crop is ready, three days means a lot. At least you got a unique experience out of it. Howl long did it take to drive- a full 24 hours or more of drive time?
Here is a link to the post I made a while back.
 
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