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For some odd reason I have found a complete lack of time for blogging since the start of production season at work.  My day starts before sunrise and supper is typically after 8 PM.  5:25 AM alarm clock, work all day, supper, a bit of TV with the family, a shower and bed.  Repeat day after day. There seems to be little time for anything not required to have my body ready for work tomorrow.

The forecast had been calling for rain for today. Finally we see nice day long soaking rain free of severe weather. This wet weather makes it difficult for construction work. However, taking most of the day off seems easier on everyone rather than trying to stay busy without any bigger jobs open for the day.

With my dump truck still in the shop for brake repairs I did a few odd jobs for the boss today.  A trip to Menards for two pallets of cement mortar mix for the shops warehouse inventory was my first job.  As I pulled the truck into the warehouse the boss showed up asking if I’d mind going back for a pallet of paver bricks and cement block.  The block had to be ordered which means a future trip to Menards.  I greased my dump truck and went home for the day.

— QBall45

After getting rained out on Monday evening with a load of fertilizer on the trailer and sitting on hold/standby all day on Tuesday my boots are finally back in the dirt.  

Monday evenings load has been unloaded and I’m back in line to load another


We spent most of the day under threat of rain and constantly checking the radar screen on the phone. My floater operator received the call to put us on hold at the field before we had even arrived. This was a 150 acres using a total of 107,000 pounds of fertilizer. As such this wasn’t a small nor quick job and the plan is always once you start it’s got to be finished. 

After we spent about half an hour waiting, the rain finally came and we headed back to the fertilizer plant. 

Sometimes there are spots that appear, from the drivers seat,  like it’s going to be impossible to safely drive out of.  I have yet to find a spot that I’ve backed in to that couldn’t be driven out of.  

Not every “dump truck” legally fits on your ordinary roadway. Some are built for offroad use though they do see some pavement while being driven from jobsite to jobsite. Other offroad trucks are simply too huge to be driven on the typical road surface.  The 30 ton articulated Caterpillar is an excellent workhorse of an offroad truck.


These images were taken in late December 2016 while stripping overburden (clay and black dirt) in an effort to expand the current mining areas in a couple of the pits my employer runs.

The Mrs and I spent the past several many months contemplating and searching for a replacement for our 2010 half ton Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie that we’d grown to love. Unfortunately, our Dodge just didn’t really care for pulling our camper.  And so the search for a 3/4 ton faster pickup began.  We ended up buying a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Quad Cab.

The new truck pulls the camper with ease as I would expect from a 3/4 ton.

We had been putting off hauling in rock to full potholes in our driveway.  I figured that we might as well make use of the new HD and haul some rocks.  (I’ll end up using the dump truck from work to haul several loads of 3/4″ with fines for a driving surface later in the year or next spring.)

I even recruited the girls to help. The truth is that I had trouble keeping them out of the box so that I could actually get it unloaded.

About a month ago this is what I found as a driveway that ends at an abandoned farm site not far from my house. I was out there doing some work with the dump truck.

Now about a month later that minimal driveway has been all but totally erased. I’m in the neighborhood today with the fertilizer trailer working for the Co-Op.