|Checking out a Kabota in West Lebanon.|
New England’s famed Yankee ingenuity and a do-it-yourself attitude thrives in this neck of the New Hampshire woods. So much so that I’ve nicknamed Canaan can-do country. The canning section of the hardware store or supermarket is more than a gratuitous seasonal display. It is the necessary supplies for many to put away the year’s garden production—tomato sauce, pickles, or sauerkraut (my fave). Three-quarters of the vehicles on the road (and at Papa Z’s convenience store) are pickup trucks, and for good reason. You might have to haul a pallet of pellets for your stove, lime for the garden, or stones for a driveway repair.
Then there is that necessary other vehicle. Not a luxury sedan or even an ATV, the work horse replacement, a tractor.
“You gotta getta Kabota,” we heard repeatedly from our new New Hampshire friends. It had poetry to it. Doug didn’t argue, although he did check out the competition and run a cost analysis before settling on the New Hampshire gold standard for tractors. Kubota, which began as a Japanese metal foundry in 1890, developed a Japanese farm tractor in the 1960 and entered the US tractor market in 1972, filling the need for compact high-performance four-wheel-drive tractors.
|Doug coming down the driveway.|
(All photos by author except where noted.)
|Comfy seat. New tractor smell.|
There is no end to the number of implements one can purchase for a tractor. One major company’s 110-page catalog offers an array of mowers, cutters, seeders, scrapers, diggers, grinders, rollers, spreaders. rakes, seeders, and snow pushers. Financial prudence dictates the limit of implements one purchases as a tractor novice. And so we come to loader, bucket, plow, grapple, winch, and the basics of tractor mechanics.
|Grapple attached to loader.|
|Big guy. Serious pulling power.|