Jim and Willy really smoothed out the process of planting heavy railroad ties as posts for our new pasture fence. Click on the photos to enlarge them and enjoy the amazing action in breathtaking full color.
The approach: Willy steps on the far end of the post to make it easy for Jim to lift his end with the loader.
The lift: Tootles the tractor hoists the post up so Willy can throw the sling under his end.
The choker setting: Willy attaches the sling and snugs it into position. In the old days of logging in the Swamplands, choker setters would do this task with a gigantic cable around the trunk of a tree. A good choker setter made really good money, because the cable set precisely made it quicker and easier for the booms to lift fallen trees up so they could be limbed and put on sledges to be dragged out of the forest. The choker setter also made good money because they were given "hazard pay"; if the choke slipped or broke under tension, it generally maimed or decapitated the setter.
We are using a nylon sling for this task, and there is not really much danger of mutilation, but I know a really cool spooky story about a ghostly choker setter, if you ever want to hear it.
The drag: Tootles drags the post to the hole.
The drop: Willy guides the post into position as Tootles lowers it into the hole.
In the last two days we have planted, leveled and cemented into place 46 railroad posts. Now we are tired, and we deserve a day off!
Tomorrow's forecast: sunshine and music, with a 75% chance of dancing.