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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.
In the late 1960s it was the responsibility of us three kids to keep our farm's yard mowed. Sheep were in charge of the grass around the buildings and perimeter, but the front, back and sideyard were kept tidy by me, my sister and my brother. Each of us was assigned one third of the yard to mow with an ancient, cantankerous push-mower.
Not a self-propelled walk-behind mower. No, this beast was kid-powered, and our yard was on a hillside. You'd better believe each of us knew exactly where in the yard the steepest inclines were located. Each time Mom declared it was time to mow the lawn, there were intense, extended negotiations on how the yard would be divided into thirds that accounted for steepness of slope, the number of trees to mow around, and the occasional sand burr patch. Once the boundaries were determined, they were carefully marked and monitored as each of us took our turn mowing our designated territory--and not a square inch more.
Using today's vernacular, those boundaries were marked and monitored with an accuracy of plus/minus 1/2-inch. Modern GPS-based satellite technology has nothing on three kids mowing their family lawn on a hot summer day.
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