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Our tractor and truck pics

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by bi-directional, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. bi-directional

    bi-directional Member
    Messages: 68

    Here's some pics of our equipment after we washed it. There's 1 Ford 276, 2 Versatile 276's and 1 Deutz MK 150 missing from the pic. They stay at the driver's house for the winter.


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    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,554

    where abouts are you from in ontario.
    its rare to see that amount of tractors with blowers only. nice setup.
  3. bi-directional

    bi-directional Member
    Messages: 68

    We're near Orillia and work mostly in the ski resort area.
  4. EGLC

    EGLC PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,733

    I'm guessing you have contracts with the town to plow the roads with the trucks? or is it a large private development??
  5. bi-directional

    bi-directional Member
    Messages: 68

    We plow rural subdivisions for our township with the big trucks. We started doing one small road back in the mid 80's with a tractor and they liked our service so they added more, but we switched to trucks once we got more than the one road to do.
  6. Jelinek61

    Jelinek61 Senior Member
    Messages: 679

    Nice stuff. That paystar is sweet looking. How big is that coverall style building? How much did it cost ya....ballpark?

    SNOWLORD Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 610

    Nice stuff do those Versatiles hold up for you?
  8. bi-directional

    bi-directional Member
    Messages: 68

    The paystar is actually a Western Star, but in that pic I could see how it looks like a paystar. The coverall is 50'x120' and I think it cost about 30 grand around 10 years ago.
  9. bi-directional

    bi-directional Member
    Messages: 68

    The Versatiles require some constant work (oil lines, control cables, electrical). There is always something to fix but it is usually not major. They are fairly easy to work on but some parts are getting harder to get.

    SNOWLORD Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 610

    I remember having some on the farm when I was a kid and they were a nightmare maybe they are better now. A friend of mine put a large blower on the front of a Uni and it can move quite a bit of snow I will try to get a pic.
  11. bi-directional

    bi-directional Member
    Messages: 68

    The first bi-directionals versatile built were light and not as good. They used Waukesha engines then Perkins and you needed three arms to drive them.
  12. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    Nice equipment. I realy like the Allis-Chalmers tractor, the Ford L9000 and the Western Star. What model and how much horse power is the Allis-Chalmers?
  13. bi-directional

    bi-directional Member
    Messages: 68

    The Allis is a 8010 with a power shift, it's rated 107 but is a little stronger than that, maybe 120. It also plants corn for us in the spring and use to bale hay but now we use the TV140"s for baling hay.
  14. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    Cool pics! I used a Ford 9030 bi-directional earlier this winter and I couldn't get used to the controls. I suppose if you put in enough hours it becomes less of an issue but my hands and feet got tired fast. I think the newer machines are more user friendly.
  15. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,275

    Nice pics, Some oldies but nice seeing them working.
  16. bi-directional

    bi-directional Member
    Messages: 68

    It takes a few trips to get use to them. We find their alot like a skid steer with foot controls. With a regular tractor we find your right hand does all the work controlling the 3pth, hood and shifting gears. The new bi-directional's have very similar controls, just more comfortable to drive.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2011
  17. bi-directional

    bi-directional Member
    Messages: 68

    We like the oldies because there alittle smaller, but you get use to the new one's. We are thinking of upgrading to some newer bi-directional's which is a big move for us as we still use our first Versatile we bought in 1988.
  18. mikes-plow

    mikes-plow Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    Like that fleet alot, i'll come work for ya if needed, a bit of a drive though lol
  19. bi-directional

    bi-directional Member
    Messages: 68

    That would be a bit of a commute. We had 2 guys that worked for us and had a little over an hour drive to get here but they were always there when we needed them. Most of our guys live close by.
  20. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Nice equipment. We had a 276 back in the 90's and we liked it except for the road speed and cab comfort. My parents have a cottage in Severn Bridge so I know you get enough snow to keep you busy. One of our guys lives in Midland and he comes for every storm.