While there, the much more knowledgeable and wise J! suggested that my tires were looking a little worn, but not yet ready to replace. He said a big help with ploughing and skidding would be to invest in some chains. This resonated with me - Grandpa always had chains on his tractor and I had entertained the thought previously, but this latest advice was the precipitating factor for me to order them up.
Two more weeks passed before they arrived, and I rushed out to install them.
It took a bit of head scratching, and watching some Youtube videos, but I think I got them on correctly.
On Saturday I decided to try to bring in a large windfall I had noted on Thursday or Friday when I was last in the bush. I brought out the ATV and hooked up the log arch. Of course, it refused to start. I spent some time turning it over to no avail. Choke, no choke, gas, no gas. Sigh. Next I removed the spark plug and lightly sanded it and cleaned it off. No go. Then I added petrol (hmmm, this was much easier to do, perhaps I should have done that before the much more challenging spark plug removal?). Still no go.
As our car was down at KC Auto anyway and needed to be picked up, I decided to load up the ATV into the back of the truck and take it down to swap vehicles.
|Everything lined up.|
|Ramps in place, and as always, safety first! Strap those ramps so they can't slide off the gate - I've seen it happen in Youtube videos, as well as in real life! Very unnerving!|
|Cold work with bare hands!|
|Getting the front tires on the ramp. I've also removed the power saw boot. Note the cable hooked on the passenger side of the truck.|
|Decided to just guide it up, rather than ride it up. I know, I'm a nervous Nelly. (Apologies to the brave Nellys out there.)|
|Taking a load off the winch as it reaches the top of the ramp.|
|Pretty much done. Just to get up and over the wheel wells.|
|Even a well worn wire rope can break now and again. Thankfully no one was injured!|
Lots of creaking and a straining winch, but it worked!
|Worked this time!|
|And an extra strap at the back to make extra sure all was well.|