Do I need a new tractor? Yes, to do the following:
Plow my drive. Clean up the rest of my neighbors’ drives if their plow guy wasn’t on point. Skid trees I’ll selectively knife along with other blowdowns on my land’s forested acres. Get my mail, six-tenths of a mile away, just to make the neighbors wonder even more.
Yes, I’ll use the tractor, but do I need it?
Pruning the forest is crucial to the health of my wooded land, but, the land will survive till the end of time full of crummy trees. And if I plow, sure, there will be less spring cleanup than when my plow guy does it, but I don’t need to plow, my plow guy does a fine enough job, really.
Will I get the tractor?
Every late fall I get a hankerin’ to buy a big 4-wheel drive plow truck to plow my door yard. This summer I started doing large amounts of work on my land and got turned-on to those compact tractors that seem to be all the rage for middle-aged guys with expendable income, which is a category I fall into, I guess. So instead of a 4-wheel drive plow truck, this year I hanker for a tractor.
In the past I’ve successfully ignored my desire to buy a 4-wheel drive plow truck by using strength of mind to tell myself that come mid-July the last thing I’d want, need, and use, is a big 4-wheel drive truck sitting idle soaking up sun.
Mind over matter is a great concept that works, if you work at it, for most things actually—“Do I get the peach raspberry muffin? Naw, the oatmeal with raisins will be sufficient enough fuel.” Mind over matter.
Regarding a tractor purchase, mind over matter has a more worthy opponent in the body of a couple relevant reasons for the purchase.
Rusty DeWees tours Vermont and Northern New York with his act “The Logger.” His column appears weekly. Reach him at email@example.com.