She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy

Hi there I’m Mike and this is Our Wyoming
Life When it comes to equipment on the ranch, the
tractor is the backbone. And when it comes to tractors we have many
different types and sizes. From small to medium to large. From multi use tractors to single use machines. Every tractor around here pulls its weight
and although they can be high maintenance and sometimes a royal pain they are a huge
tool and a huge part of what we do everyday on the ranch. Rarely is a day when I’m not in a tractor
for one reason or another. Whether to feed cows, move manure, lift or
move material or just moving it out of the way to do something else. Today we will be looking at our 3 big tractors. These are the powerhouses of the ranch, when
you think of a tractor you have to think of it as a power supply, not many people take
their tractors out for a cruise, in fact tractors are a tool to power another tool 95 percent
of the time. Later on we will look at implements and attachments
and the difference between the two. But for right now lets get in and fire one
of these beasts up and go through the basics of each tractor. This is our main tractor. It’s a John deere 6420, it’s a 110 horsepower
machine and as you can see its equipped with a front end loader. We use this tractor year round, in the winter
its our main feeding tractor. Used with a spear on the front end for picking
up bales and a spooler on the back for rolling out the bales for cows to eat. It can also be fitted with a bucket for moving
material or a set of forks for moving pallets and stacked items such as lumber or fence
posts. This tractor is the easiest to drive, it’s
the Cadillac of our tractors and if you can run a riding lawn mower, you can pretty much
jump in and take it for a spin. The door opens just like any car door and
you climb up a small ladder and take a seat. The seat itself is pretty comfortable, its
an air ride seat, meaning that are is pumped into bladders underneath the seat to give
you more suspension and smoother ride. Tractors don’t have much in the way of suspension
so when you are in a tractor for hours a day you really appreciate a little cushion in
the ride. Once you are inside, it’s a matter of starting
it up. It’s a diesel engine, so you turn the key
and let the glow plugs warm up just a little. Because its almost 80 degrees today, they
warm up super quick but in the dead of winter and if the tractor has been outside it can
take up to a minute to warm the plugs. Once the tractor gives you the ok, you can
start it up. A quick look around might overwhelm you a
bit, but john deere makes it pretty simple with some color coding. Anything with the color orange on it, has
something to do with getting you and the tractor rolling. On the left of the steering wheel is your
direction selector, forward or backward and on the right of your seat is your throttle. This tractor is as close to an automatic transmission
in a tractor you can get, you don’t have to select gears and although you can control
the power output for now we will leave it in automatic mode. Before we can move the tractor though, we
have to make sure our loader is up and we aren’t dragging our front end through the
ground. The joystick on your right armrest controls
the front end loader, back is up, forward is down and left and right controls the tilt
of whatever attachment you have on at the time. We lift up the front end, choose our direction,
give a little throttle and away we go. Steering is just like a car although it is
a little more touchy as its controlled by hydraulic cylinders and not a direct linkage
like a normal car. The 6420 is our newest tractor and our most
heavily used, like I said its used all winter long feeding and in the summer it will see
plenty of hours during haying. If it does break down we still need to be
able to feed cows and that’s why we have an almost identical tractor, the john deere
6410. Its older and the controls are a bit different
but still following john deeres orange to go color scheme. This tractor however is a manual transmission. You have 16 gears to choose from the main
gears are labeled A, B, C, and D and the secondary gears are 1-4. A being the slowest gear and D being the fastest. Again, you run the front end with the joystick
on the right. This tractor is currently equipped with a
bucket and grapples which can be used to move anything from hay bales to scrap material. You select your gears, a direction of travel
and let out the clutch. This tractor gets used if our main feeding
tractor is down for some reason but gets most of its use during haying, pulling implements
such as a mower, a rake or a baler. The last tractor that we are going to look
at today is our farm tractor. It’s a john Deere 4055 and the first thing
you’ll see that’s different from the other two is that it doesn’t have a front end
loader, this tractor is used strictly for pulling. And is used mostly during haying or if we
have to till or cultivate a field prior to reseeding. This tractor is a completely different animal
to drive, no orange to give us a clue. But its still relatively simple. The entire drive system is controlled from
your right hand side. One reverse gear and ?? forward gears, selectable
by just sliding this lever up. The other big difference about this older
tractor is the way you turn if off. You can turn off the key and it will just
keep on running. You need to pull this knob out to shut it
off, cutting off fuel supply to the engine. The other big question I get about the tractors
and mostly coming from people who are inside them, is how the hell do I get out. Door handles on the inside are not like a
normal car, on the newer tractors it’s a matter of squeezing a somewhat hidden inside
lever to pop the door open and on the 4055 its this somewhat awkward lever, allowing
you escape. Those are basics of getting in and getting
a tractor moving but they are a lot more complicated that just that. The multiple levers, switches and other doodads
are there to control the implements and attachments. This is where things get interesting and can
be very dangerous. The number of implements and attachments for
tractors such as these are countless. From buckets and loaders to mowers and balers. First lets take a look at the difference between
an implement and an attachment. Attachments are any additional or supplementary
devices that attach to the tractor, like a front end loader. Our front end loaders allow us to use a number
of attachments like our bucket but they are easily taken off and replaced with another
tool that might work better for the job. Two pins are all that hold the bucket on the
front end loader, after releasing the hydraulic hoses that control the grapple on the bucket
we can slide it off the tractor and attach either our forks or our spear. Implements usually attach to the back of the
tractor and are tools that are used in some specific activity such as a plow or a harrow
or even a mower. There are two ways to attach implements, we
have a regular hitch or draw bar on the back of the tractor which you can use a pin to
attach an implement or some tools use these arms, called a three point hitch. Which are controlled from inside the tractor. You basically back up to an implement, line
up your pins and lift it using this controller which allows you to select the height at which
you want to carry your implement. It also allows you to control how deep you
put your implement, such as this plow, into the ground and hold it at a steady depth as
you move through a field. Some implements, such as this mower require
power from the tractor to run, in this case to spin the blades. This is accomplished by using the tractors,
PTO or power take off. A gear that extends from the back of the tractor
and by connecting this shaft to that gear we can move the power to the gearbox that
spins the blades and cuts the grass in an 8 foot swath. There are a ton more implements and tools
we will be using through the year and as we get into haying here in a few weeks and I
will try to show them all to you as we go. I’ve got my new summer straw hat on and
I only point it out because this is as nice as this hat is ever going to look. Every spring as the weather heats up I retire
my black hat for the summer and switch to the straw, mostly because its a lot cooler
but also because I can guarantee that by the end of summer and fall this hat will be destroyed. We will track it and its damage along the
way but yes, this is the nicest it will ever look. Next weekend, we will be branding and on Saturday,
our first live feed as we set up cameras to bring you right into the action. I’ll post details later this week with times
and all that good stuff so you can join us as we brand and BBQ and drink a little beer,
maybe not in that order. So follow us on facebook for the details on
that . I hope you have enjoyed learning a little
bit about the tractors and a few of the tools we use with them, like I said as we move through
the summer we will be getting more in depth with the many other vehicles and tools we
use as well. Please like subscribe and comment, and have
a great week, we will hopefully see you at branding. Thanks for joining us, in our Wyoming life.

48 comments on “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy”

  1. tortaboy says:

    Mike, what's the point of having a tractor that only pulls things?

  2. mwmwmwmwmmdw says:

    do any of these tractors have heating or air conditioning? or do you just have to bake inside them

    with all these vehicles, cattle and land what would you guess the networth of the farm is, 2-4 million?

  3. D Kinner says:

    dibs on the fries!!!

  4. john owen says:

    hey mike just wondering if you have ever had any major trouble with the 6000 series german tractors? seems like I've read some horror stories about them. I'm assuming they're just like everything else, some are good and some aren't.

  5. tehfade53 says:

    Ranching seems like a capital intensive business! That's a whole lot of machinery. I really liked this video though, looking forward to the next ones!

  6. Logan Dorhout says:

    Dumb question I'm sure but are your brakes air powered or fluid powered? I thought that with the air seat they would also be air powered.

  7. Modern Patriot says:

    Could you show us all the main uses for a pickup? I've got a 1988 Ford F-250 that worked on a ranch for a while in Wyoming probably in the uinta county area and now is my daily in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    It's been all over, Washington state to Huston and I'd love to get an idea of what it's life may have been like when it was in its prime. Keep it up guys I live seeing Wyoming as I don't get to much anymore! Can't wait to see how branding works.

  8. Fox Blue River says:

    You have some nice equipment!

  9. AndersonCattleCo. says:

    Mike good explanation for non agriculture people     I thought you might sing the song lol

  10. toska babar says:

    hello you makes good video  could you explain the implantation of on a artificial grassland tillage until harvest with the various Tools thanks

  11. SouthernBoy2001 says:

    What amount of equipment would it take to run 12,800 acres of cattle and hay? thx

  12. Walter B says:

    First time watching. I like your video. Taught me something I didn't know. Will be continuing to watch, thank you. (St Louis).

  13. B & G Farm and Homestead says:

    its great but you didn't mention the fast hitch set up

  14. Mitch May says:

    Love ur blog me and my wife just bought 40 acres in southeast kansas running a few 3 bred limousine cross heifers and 2 steers and about 19 goats

  15. Kayinfso Here says:

    Just discovered your channel today; love its content, your and your wife's narration and education.  Keep up the terrific work!!!  LOVE IT!

  16. CJ Tilley says:

    Really interesting channel, thank you for all the great videos!

  17. edgar medrano says:

    The one dislike is a newholond tractor fan.

  18. George Adams says:

    New style tractors are sweet! My brother has a new Kabota with ac and enclosed… nicer than most cars. Enjoyed the video… thanks! BTW… you do a wonderful job making video's.

  19. Julio Cruz says:

    Thank you for providing this very educational video. My 2 sons and I love your show and just now subscribe. I do have a "Q" if you don't mind, do your john deer come. With the plug in for the glow plugs? Don't mean to be ignorant, its just you didn't mention it and I'm just curious it's all!!! 😊😊

  20. oran odowd says:

    I still prefer massey

  21. Keenan Kelley says:

    Can’t beat the Powershift in your 4055

  22. sharkheadism says:

    The only correct and acceptable to way to buy a tractor is by color. If you like red, for example, don't even bother doing to the John Deere dealer. They won't paint it red no matter how much of a tantrum you throw.

  23. Oby-1 says:

    You got the right color for equipment. Green.

  24. Hayesy1233 says:

    Hey mate what’s the intro song

  25. The ranch Life says:

    You should do all your equipment

  26. SLFYSH says:

    I just wondered if you realized that announce "this is our Wyoming life.", like Marty Stouffer announced "This is Wild America."? You kind of narrate similarly too. I enjoy this channel and this seems like a natural orientation video for continuing to explain what it's like to run a ranch. -Well done.

  27. phildev says:

    This video could be an example for a John Deere infomercial… voice and the way of explaining things is pretty good and professional and allows a laymen to get inside into tractors in general but also into the john deere specific mechanics.. I would strongly suggest that John Deere contacts you to do some of these for there new models giving you the opportunity to also use the newest farm equippment..

  28. phildev says:

    I just found out that John Deere has a pretty decent sponsorship programm running and you should apply for it. Making infotainment videos on there tractors ( new once ) and the equipment and attachements..

  29. R de Kort says:

    Good video,why dont you have a front 3point hitch and a power take off on at least one of your tractors,it could save you a lot of fuel time and even a tractor and manhours

  30. Lucas' Account says:

    Don’t mean to be rude, but a little handheld brush would amazing for your cabs!

  31. oscar_ _dhhh says:

    My great uncle has a jd 7230 which has the same controls as the 6410 you have, just newer and bigger I think. When I was finished baling in it for the first time i shut it off and got scared cuz I didn't know how to get out😂, the doors are confusing

  32. Stewart Campbell says:

    Gee-Cow-Poke ! Back in-da Day We Just had 24+ Kid's . Sitti'n" on-da Tractor's 1/4 Fender while Raki'n" or Baili'n' Or PLOWI'N "[ Very Scary ] ,was a Whey of Life 4 an 8 yr Old. Fighti'n" 4 Driving Wright's were frequent But Not 4'r ur Way of Thinki'n". 45 min's + or 2 hr's of Eating Tracktor & Cut Hay Dust made U Think of the Clear Air & Breeze Up Front !!! YYZ, Mohawk-Planker . Hose Me Down Pls ! lol

  33. Brayden Lowe says:

    Do you still have the 6420?

  34. Frank Jeffers says:

    You know you grew up in Wyo if you drove a dozen different tractors/farm trucks before you were 14…great videos!

  35. John Koopman says:

    Just watched this video for the first time and noticed the number of thumbs down; it never ceases to amaze me that people will take the time to watch a video presentation and take the extra second to click the thumbs down, or maybe it's like my wife says, those are the people in the southern hemisphere so for them it's a thumbs up. Never the less, I enjoy your videos and being an old farm boy at heart, I see things every now and again that stirs the ole memory bank and brings a smile to a wrinkled old face. Thanks for sharing a truly fascinating life style. – John

  36. steve mccoy says:

    I just Retired about 1 year ago, We were on a Ranch in SE OR. For 13 years, kind of miss it. Good video Thanks

  37. Wing Stead says:

    I love you mike and Erin !!!

  38. Patty Duban says:

    Mike do you know who to lasso

  39. Nick Huck says:

    Not sure if you're going to see this because the video is so old. I saw a video a while ago by someone on the 4055 series and I think if it makes it easier to get in and out, you can rotate the steps 45* so you don't have to step-around the door to get in. Not 100% sure on this but thought I would let you know.

  40. Michael Ward says:

    Enjoyed your tour of your tractors.

  41. Jeffry Blackmon says:

    Do you have to double-clutch to change gears on the 6410?

  42. South Dakota Ranch life says:

    What model is that swather

  43. Jim Henson says:

    Between you guys, and millennial farmer, are the reasons im moving into agricultural

  44. Your vision Films says:

    Man ur videos remind me of the history channel… I’m locked for life 💯👌🏽

  45. Alberta rancher says:

    Hey please get back to me is it an R or M ur main tractor

  46. Martin Carranza says:

    This guy have his jhon deere dirty in the inside

  47. Henry Morgan says:

    Hard work good life.


    Well I think you're sexy. lol

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