By Carlton Holte
After you have driven a lot of farm tractors and a Cat D-8 so ancient that the pony motor started with a pull rope and was so persnickety in cold weather that you wondered if the diesel would ever turn over, you’d think a Bobcat wouldn’t be that exciting. But if you have always loved digging and plowing and planting and ended up off the farm, living in houses with lots so small you couldn’t justify even a riding mower, let alone anything with a blade or bucket, you do a little dreaming. As in building a BIG shed just behind the dream house on the lakeshore lot. In addition to the Bobcat, the shed will hold all the tools and hardware I might need to make or fix things, the garden tractor, the riding mower, a few classic cars to restore. Some people may not understand how necessary a Bobcat is for dream-house living, so here’s a partial list: grading the road and the lot; breaking ground for the garden; moving big rocks; creating paths through the woods; clearing the drive when it snows. I expect I’ll think of more when the dream becomes reality and the plans are done. Soon, I hope.
* Author’s Note: My college roommate,
now an implement dealer in Iowa,
says I’m supposed to call it a “skid-steer.”
Fine, if he sells me one wholesale.
Copyright 2021 Holte