In the Shop
As a farm machinery mechanic and writer, Dan brings a hands-on approach that only a pro can muster. Along with his In the Shop blog, Dan writes a column by the same name as well as the Shop Series for Farm Journal magazine. Always providing practical information, he is a master at tackling technical topics and making them easy for all of our readers to understand. He and his wife, Becky, live near Bouton, Iowa.
Things I Won't Blog About
Oct 03, 2011
Sometimes it's tempting to use my blog to blow off steam after a hard day, week, month or season at the dealership. But my goal is to stay positive with this blog, so I hereby promise not to blog about:
--trying to find and then repair aftermarket/shortline parts that have been grafted onto mainline equipment. Some aftermarket/shortline equipment suppliers are absolutely top-notch about answering questions and giving useful answers about their products. Others are not.
--customers who call 10 minutes before closing time on the weekend and start their request for a service call with, "I'm glad I caught you before you closed! I've been tinkering with this ALL DAY, and I need somebody to come out and fix it before it gets dark."
--a farmer who blocked my home's driveway with his pickup truck as I was leaving with my wife for a family dinner, because he needed me to fix his combine on a Sunday afternoon.
--engineers who've made farm equipment so complicated you have to use a laptop computer to diagnose a blown fuse.
--repairing bearings that "get greased EVERY day" but have nothing but dust between the balls or rollers when I take them apart.
--the times I've installed components backwards, filled gearboxes with the wrong oil, hit my thumb with a hammer, scalded myself with hot oil, blistered myself by grabbing a just-welded piece of iron, or just plain screwed up while working on farm equipment.
I figure it's not fair to blog about other people's foibles without acknowledging my own shortcomings. So let's just call it "even," and get a good night's sleep.