Every summer (for the last eight?!), we try to get down to the mid-Willamette Valley to take rides with Russell in “his” bale stacking outfit.
We almost missed it for this season.
But after lunch yesterday, Ruby and Andrew and I took off.
Here are eleven photos I took.
Russell hitting the “gas” to pull away.
That’s fantastic equipment.
And Russell is “famous” in that part of the Willamette Valley for his stacking skills and speed. I hope he’s unlike his Pappy and doesn’t let it go to his head.
And I think it would be neat if Andrew could land a job next summer, running the second Fastrac and stacker. He would be 16 years old then, just like Russell was (as I recall) when he started.
I’m glad Andrew got earlier experience running a different kind of stacker for his brother-in-law Luke Mullet. Thanks, Luke, for teaching him how to run your equipment and then trusting him to use it!
Oh, one other note: I think in earlier comments here and/or elsewhere, I identified the bales in the photos above as 500-pounders. They’re actually half-tonners (ie, 1000-pounders). And those Bale Chasers handle a load of twelve with amazing ease.