ATV for Farm Stuff - need direction from y'all

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No tractor here. All I have is my mower (garden tractor) and a trailer that can fit 10 5 gal buckets. It would just be nice to get an ATV or something to use and then get a zero-turn mower with a wider deck than 48" so my mowing could take less than 3 hours :/

Also, an ATV would be faster than a mower, so I'd save some time there.
No tractor for me either. But I do have a bobcat with a bucket and forks and also a sawmill. It is really nice to be able log your timber and cut your own lumber. Even if it is just rough cut spruce or pine or fir for construction grade lumber.
 

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We love our Zero-Turn - it turned 3 hours of mowing into 45 minutes!! We did spend more than we should have, but DH likes to get the best and bought a commercial grade one. Now he is looking for a bagger attachment for it, and they do make one, lol.
+1 for a zero turn. If you do get one, get one with high horse power (25 or better) and thick welded steel deck.
 

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+1 for a zero turn. If you do get one, get one with high horse power (25 or better) and thick welded steel deck.
I made a point to get my current riding mower with a welded deck instead of a stamped one. I think it's pId off so far in just not damaging it.

I've been lookijg at a Toro Titan. My neighbor has one and love it. He also knew a guy that worked for Toro, so he got it wholesale. The bastard 🤑
 

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I always wanted to go to the Boundary Waters! ( I am assuming that is the BWCA you are talking about.) Have fun!!
Yes, the BWCA. We had a good time, though there were a lot of folks out there which caused us to have to portage more than we wanted one of the days.

One of our portages was a 2 mile one. Whew! :)
 

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Hijacking my own thread here ;)

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@wyoDreamer so, from a mileage perspective the trip wasn't really long, but the highlights of the trip from a sheer craziness aspect were...

1) The 626 rod (basically 2 miles) portage at the top of the screen. The last 2/3 were easier than the first 1/3, but it was still two miles of carrying a pack and a canoe.

2) The Stairway Portage, which is to the left of #1. When they give a portage a name and not just a number (#327 is the ID number for that one) you know there's something special about it. This one is essentially a 1200' / 390m uphill mental struggle. I walked to the bottom of the steps then looked up and had a good belly laugh before doing a "you can do this" speech and getting a move on.
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Overall it was a good trip, but it was busy, so campsite finding was tough.
 

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i lived in the UP of MI for 15 years and did a lot of fishing up in the Keweenaw Peninsula (i walked every stream or river i could get to). most fishing was stream walking, but in some years we also canoed or kayaked.

my fishing buddy and i had a trip to the BWCA all planned and were on our way when he blew out the transmission on his car. so we never made it. :( now i'm much further away and unlikely to make that trip, but it's a nice daydream in the middle of the summer heat to think of the northern cooler woodlands and streams. the nice thing about daydreaming is that i can forget the blackflies and mosquitoes.
 
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