Monday, December 23, 2013
It’s like Santa arrived early! The new combine was delivered today. I got a call from Gene Williams, the delivery guy for Wright-Stemle, letting me know he was coming today. He came in a little after noon. We had the old 9770 out for him to take. Rather than haul the 9770 back to Jasper, he just drove it the 3 or 4 miles to the new owner, Evans Farms at Fritchton. I think he hauled away Evans’ trade-in. It’s satisfying to know that our pre-owned machine would be purchased by a neighbor. It was a good day to haul and drive combines today, for the ground was frozen, and that kept the machines quite clean…no road salt or muddy spray on them today!
I climbed inside the 680 to get a feel for the new combine. There will be many new “techie” things to learn about the controls. The whole thing is set up and adjusted with the GreenStar screen, a JD GS3 2630 model, mounted on the armrest. I just had to open up the grain tank extensions, and go look inside the tank. That 400-bushel tank seems big! We filled it with fuel, and experimented with some of the gizmos and gadgets inside the spacious cab. I’ll link the Bluetooth system to my phone soon. I really like the camera on the back… when you pull the hydrostat handle into reverse the picture pops up on the screen of what is behind you. Also, there’s a camera inside the grain tank that makes it easier to monitor how fast the tank is filling up. It will take some time to understand all the new controls. After a while in the cab, we put away the 680 in the back of the big storage shed. It’s nestled in for the winter. It will be ready when the wheat crop gets ripe in mid-June. That will give me time to read the owner’s manual and get familiar with the new stuff.
The cycle is complete: we saw this machine in pieces on the assembly line at the factory. We viewed it at the dealer as they set it up. And now it’s in our storage shed, waiting to spring into action in our harvest fields!
One other great thing occurred today, perhaps the best of all. Ben has accepted a job with Air America, a flight training and services company based in Daytona Beach. He will not have to immediately relocate, but begins his work for them next week near Lubbock, TX. Looks like Ben is on his way to a career in aviation. Who says prayers don’t get answered?
Merry Christmas. John 3:16 is a popular verse and it’s important to remember, but include 3:17, too. There’s hope for all!