Age : 46 Join date : 2020-04-08 Posts : 17 Forum Rep : 2 Location : Lockport, NY
Subject: Hello, new member from Western New York Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:07 pm
As the title says... Hello from Western NY! So, a little about me... I am 46 yrs old and live in the town of Lockport, NY. I have recently purchased two houses on six acres, and live right on the ATV/snowmobile trails that apparently cross half of NYS. I love fabrication and general "outside the box" thinkers. I have an undeniable attraction to all things "off the wall," and a "can do, must do" attitude; along with a warped sense of humor. That's why my friends call me "Dr Bob, mad scientist."
I have electronics/electrical/communications background and education, and good mechanical skills. I love vinyl records and hi-fi stereo gear. I design and build custom turntables and speakers (tons of R&D work, lots of physics.) I brew beer and make wine, most of my equipment is fabricated. I raise Boston Terriers (currently a five pack,) and chickens (currently 5 varieties.) I love the wilderness and grew up off-roading and ATV riding. I like fabricating and problem solving. I like to modify things. AND... I LOVE lawn and garden tractors!
So for as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with lawn and garden tractors. Some of my earliest memories are sitting on my grandfathers old garden tractors and comparing them to the Jeep Willies he loved so much. I would pretend i was driving the tractor on the old jeep trails. I have always dreamed of modding a tractor. One day after talking about it with a friend, someone said "you should check out racing mowers." I thought about it once in a while but never did. Not like me at all.
So one day, while stumbling through some youtube videos I came across Redzz02's "Sears Killer" test drive video... and it begins, I'm obsessed. I watch countless hours of mud mower vids. Fearless front, Doc Sprocket, Redneck computer geek, Chud 327, Creepy crawler, Crazy Carl, the Mowrons, Mr Modified, Mr Studebaker... (and then some. All are fantastic machines!) Man that looks like a riot, and these guys must be a blast to hang out with.
Now, I don't generally join forums for the same reason i stay off social media. The unnecessary flaming and general disrespect that you typically find from keyboard warriors. I am guilty of lurking here for a few weeks now. Well why not, the internet IS a resource after all. I have read a lot of threads here and have found nothing but pleasant demeanor-ed discussions where people help each other respectfully, tons of great advice, and a community of good natured people with a common love for modifying tractors. It was meant to be!
Sooo... in the time that it took to finally pull the trigger and join ATLTF, I have purchased five tractors and will be starting a few build threads as I work on these. Thanks for all the quality info I got as a lurker. I look forward to chatting with you, and hope to be a beneficial member of the forum.
Starting tractor line-up: Lawn General (murray) 42504X71B. Tecumseh 17hp vertical. MST206 intended for open trail/mud. Toro (Wheelhorse) 264. 14hp Kohler Command vertical. Peerless 820 intended for open trail/mud. Agway GT16. 16hp Briggs opposed vertical. Peerless 2300. intended for all purpose/recovery machine. (X2) Roper RT10. (Sears Custom10) Tecumseh 10hp horizontal. Peerless 633. intended for off-road trail/mud
and not to forget the workers: Cub Cadet LT50 Enduro for lawn mowing Craftsman YS4500 for yard trailer
PS- @ Doc Sprocket, no disrespect on the username similarities. I am not a know-it-all looking to step on toes, and have no intentions on trying to fill your shoes. I am a fan of your videos and would like to thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences. I would be happy to be half as helpful to anyone, as you have been to so many here. You are a great fabricator and an inspiration, thank you!
Wishing everyone safe passage through the Corona Virus. Thanx, Rx808 (Dr Bob)
RichieRichOverdrive Seasoned Veteran
Age : 17 Join date : 2016-10-29 Posts : 2868 Forum Rep : 116 Location : Lewisburg, KY
Subject: Re: Hello, new member from Western New York Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:17 pm
Welcome to the forum Dr Bob! Glad to have you here. Sounds like you have some pretty cool tractors, we'd love to see what you come up with, especially with your background. Everyone has a little different take on how to build things and that's always fun to see.
I personally used to live in WNY, a little town called East Bethany, off of Route 20. A bit from Batavia. Moved here to KY back in 2015.
Crazy_Carl Grand Master
Age : 31 Join date : 2017-10-30 Posts : 2328 Forum Rep : 145 Location : Rochester, New York
Subject: Re: Hello, new member from Western New York Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:51 pm
welcome to the forum, i'm glad you enjoyed my videos and are getting into the hobby. I live on the other side of Rochester