So, You Need a New Set of Tools?

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During one of our recent chats with a visitor, they commented that they’d purchased a new socket set recently.

They also said just how cheap it had been and it all sounded really good. Their joy at their bargain lasted right up until about the third time they’d tried to use it when various parts of the set had started breaking under stress. Apparently, the ratchets gave up first then bits of the main metal parts started to shear or “round”.

Now you can probably see where we’re going with this because we’ve blogged on it before (socket sets in particular seem to arise commonly in this respect), albeit a long time back. Even so, we’ll offer our thoughts again.

Generally speaking – cheap tools are a bad idea! OK, if you’re able to buy a quality second-hand branded set at a bargain price then good luck to you. That’s different. Read more So, You Need a New Set of Tools?

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Tree Cutting – Be Careful

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Now a lot of our great agricultural equipment and Kubota tractors themselves, can play a part in tree cutting. That’s great and most people, with a little practice and experience, can master the safe operation of a chainsaw.

Problems often arise though in one of three areas:

trees or branches falling on the person who has just cut them down (or bystanders/helpers);

people falling out of trees;

accidents due to inappropriate or absent safety equipment.

So, here are a few friendly safety reminders.

  1.  If you can afford it, get a professional in. If you can’t, question if the work is REALLY necessary right now;

2.  Take trees down in manageable top-down stages if you can. It’s safer.

3. Using ladders whilst wielding a chainsaw is simply an accident waiting to   happen. Don’t do it. Read more Tree Cutting – Be Careful

Kubota in Australia

After 40 years in Australia, Kubota’s reputation for reliability, engineering excellence and innovation keeps growing. As orange lovers all over thecountry will tell you, “once a Kubota owner, always a Kubota owner.”

With a range that sets the benchmark for the industry, there’s a Kubota to suit just about every application, right up to our flagship, the mighty M7-1, Kubota’s most powerful tractor ever. With our special 40 month / 40 year anniversary finance offer, now’s the time to join the celebrations!

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YES- its official huge changes at White’s Tractors!!

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We have out grown our site … and we are moving.

We passed full capacity… Something had to go…things had to change…

1st change:

We have stopped doing diesel pump and injectors and repairs to trucks and 4 wheel drives because the demand on the Kubota side of our business is so big…

…and Kubota is our passion…

2nd Change:

 We have increased our staff…Our staff now consists of

Andrew and Myself

Mitchell our Son sales and service

Noel Henderson – new service manager

Darrin  -senior mechanic

Evan – mechanic

Noel Holding– assembly, deliveries

Jackson- 2nd year apprentice

So to fit everyone in… we needed a bigger shed…

We will have 2 more opportunities for…

New passionate staff Too join us… once we have moved

1 to join me in the office and a mechanic to join our team on farm and in workshop…→

3rd change

 The best news is the new shed is 2 doors down…

50-58 Robinson st Goulburn 2100m2 with 600m2 awning (Our dream shed)

We have always driven past it and said it would be perfect for us.

The plan is to move in September.

The whole team is really excited and pitching in to help set up… the expansion will allow us to serve you better, more efficient and to increase our stock of everything…

As you can imagine we have thousands and thousands of spare parts to move…

so we may need an extra smile and wave or toot if your passing by as we carry it down the street…

also…we feel the building of curiosity…  on what we are creating…

Stay tuned for our opening date!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers

Michelle White

PS we will confirm moving date to 50-58 Robinson St as soon as the paint dries…

White’s Tractors Pty Ltd, a team of highly trained professionals who know their way around all areas of the agricultural industry and agricultural machinery. We have a wide range of kubota tractors, kubota mowers, utility vehicles, hay equipment in Goulburn.

How to Sterilise Soil

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This is a question we’re asked regularly. It’s usually from gardeners who keep looking at that old discarded compost pile and wondering what to do with it.

Well, let’s leave to one side those issues to do with Green approaches for the moment or feeding the compost again. The chances are, if you have such a pile, you might want to dig it in or use it in your pots but not if the result is going to be lots of inherited weeds strangling your beloved plants or nicely nurtured bugs chomping on them.

So, here are a few ideas – though none of them include Kubota Tractors for once!

  1. Bake your compost. Make sure it’s in oven-proof containers and stick them into the oven at about 80-100C for half an hour or so. HEALTH WARNING – unless you want to find yourself swinging from the rafters, make sure that whoever is normally considered to be ‘in charge’ of the kitchen and appliances (if not you) is either kept fully in the dark or consulted in advance.
  2. Place your proto-compost into microwave-proof dishes and simply zap them at full power. The tricky bit here is time because a lot of advice varies on this one. Look this up on the net and form your own view. You’re also unlikely to be able to produce big quantities this way. HEALTH ADVICE – as above!
  3. Steam the soil. This is perhaps the most widely used and basically involves passing steam through and around the compost at around 100C for perhaps 30 to 90 minutes (times may vary depending upon quantities). The advantage of steam is that you can be sure the temperature won’t get too high because much above 100C and you’ll start destroying the nutrients in the soil too. Remember the internal temperature of the soil must be at around 100C – not just the outside.

For more details, please visit – http://www.whitestractors.com.au/blog/337-how-to-sterilise-soil.html

Photos of a White Kangaroo

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Many ‘old timers’ have quite a few stories to tell about strange things they’ve seen while out and about in the countryside.

We’ve certainly heard tales about the white kangaroo and maybe smiled but recently up in WA, somebody has seen one and this time caught it on camera.

This isn’t the first time that farmers have been laughed at when reporting strange sights. In many cases, unfortunately, they’ve had to put up with it for the rest of their lives because they just didn’t have a camera available to back up their version of events. However, with the mobile phone, that’s now all changing.

No doubt some of these fantastic stories can be attributed to perhaps having had one too many at the local or an over-active imagination but the world’s a strange place. The mobile phone’s camera might start to prove that more and more in the years ahead.

Anyway, while we were pondering this, it gave us an idea for our newsletter.

We know that you already send in some of your photos using your Kubota mowers/tractors or Krone Hay Equipment etc. We’re very grateful for those – so please keep them coming.

For more details, please visit – http://www.whitestractors.com.au/blog/336-photos-of-a-white-kangaroo.html

Your Lawnmower Won’t Start? Top Tips

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We get the odd call along these lines – usually from someone who hasn’t purchased through us.

OK, we’re bragging! Apologies…

If you’re in this position though, here are a few top tips about things to consider or try:

  1. do you have fuel? Please don’t find this patronising – it’s actually surprising how many people try to start a mower when the tank’s dry. On a related note, if your engine has a fuel line switch, check that’s set to ‘on’ as well;
  2. check your spark plug – if your system uses such. If it’s dirty and corroded, then replace it;
  3. is the fuel new or new-ish? Starting up with a tank full of “last season’s” fuel can sometimes be a problem. Drain it down, replace and try again;
  4. if you have a manual choke, is it working? Trace the cables and pull them to see if it is;
  5. you may need to check your mower’s ignition system (e.g. pull cords and gaps etc.) There are a few ways of doing this and it depends on the system you use – it might be worth giving us a call. Zero turn mowers, Goulburn visitors will discover, aren’t our only speciality;

For more details, please visit – http://www.whitestractors.com.au/blog/335-your-lawnmower-won-t-start-top-tips.html