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The Limb Saw

No More Ladders, Lifts, Buckets or Hand Held Chainsaws or Pole Pruners

     Fall on the farm is a great time for clean up.  The weather is nice, the crops are in, and calves have been born.  This is when farmers and ranchers can  take the time to make their place look neat and tidy. Taking pride in the year’s worth of hard work is ingrained in the lives of farmers and ranchers.  They do what has to be done, and they do it by whatever means possible, and with whatever tools are at hand.  Sometimes safety is sacrificed, especially when it comes to pruning trees.  Whether its a ladder, or the bucket of a tractor, maintaining tree growth can be dangerous, but with the safety and the affordability of the LimbSaw, farmers and ranchers can not only cut limbs safely, but they can do it without any help other than their tractor.
The LimbSaw easily attaches and mounts directly to the front end loader of your tractor, skid loader or backhoe. This commercial-grade chainsaw hooks in  to a receiver on the back of your front end loader or bucket and connects to your tractor’s auxiliary hydraulics.  It’s extra long reach can cut limbs that are 18 to 20 feet, depending on your loader reach. The LimbSaw attachment folds into a convenient transport position, and at only 84 lbs makes it easy to remove and store in your shop or garage.  This saw attachment is super fast and super safe making it ideal for a one man job. At 5,000 RPM’s this saw has incredible cutting power, but it doesn’t take away power to operate.  It only requires seven gallons of hydraulic flow to operate the 12 horsepower chainsaw, making it a perfect fit for compact tractors to skid steers.  It features a reversible motor that backs the saw out of any pinch, and it’s equipped with a self oiling system.  To top it off the bar and chain are interchangeable with most chainsaw manufacturers.
Other than it’s ease of use the LimbSaw is the safest way to trim trees.  The LimbSaw drastically reduces the risk of injury by eliminating common practices such as, precariously placed ladders or climbing in and out of loader buckets while operating a hand held saw.  When cut, limbs fall in front of the loader while you sit in the safety and comfort of your tractor seat. In addition, the danger of chainsaw kickback is virtually eliminated.  A shock indicator has been added which allows the user to know how much pressure to put on the saw.  Like any chainsaw it’s important to let the saw do the cutting, it’s no different with the LimbSaw, and this easy to see indicator make for easy cutting.
Titanium Blade
While most chainsaw bars are laminated, the LimbSaw’s bar is made from a single piece of solid titanium alloy steel, and is laser cut for precision.
Aggressive Chain
Kickback is not an issue with the LimbSaw because each saw is equipped with an aggressive chain that utilizes each and every tooth for maximum cutting power.
Steel Construction
For unsurpassed durability, the LimbSaw’s extension arm is made from heavy-duty square tubing that is double-walled at the cutting end.
The loader mounted, hydraulic powered chainsaw that is sold today as LimbSaw was invented by Wendell McCracken of Pauls Valley, OK.  A retiree with a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Wendall and his wife Donna raised eight children on their 250 acre pecan and cattle farm where tree trimming was an ongoing family chore.  Now you can find the LimbSaw Company owner, Frank Casey assembling  his products in his shop behind his house near Norman, OK.  Casey and his wife run the business, but not without the help of a few part-time employees and the streamlined manufacturing of Prifert.  With Prifert handling the manufacturing, Casey can focus on assembly and distribution to dealers like Great Plains Kubota.  This is the ninth year Casey has had the chainsaw on the market, and two years ago Casey developed a circular saw.
The LimbSaw Company Circular Saw was developed for trimming under fence lines and cutting branches that are too small for chainsaws.  Using the same concept of trimming from the comfort and safety of your tractor seat, users can regain areas of property and fence lines that are unusable due to brushy overgrowth.  Regrowth can be too flexible for chainsaws which only grab instead of cut, but with circular saw one can literally trim a hedge.  When used with the rotating actuator, you can pivot this tool 22, 30, 45 and 90 degrees to allow trimming at angles and under fence lines. The cutting head is also interchangeable onto the 8 ft. mast of the original tool (Limbinator Saw, LS08). The total weight of the new LSC Circular Saw with mast is 105 lbs.
Manufactured with unsurpassed durability, every detail of LimbSaw products have been tailored for optimum safety and function.
These affordable saws are perfect for farmers, ranchers, highway departments, municipalities, and even hunters.  There are a lot of saw attachments on the market today, but the LimbSaw is the ideal saw for pruning and trimming.
See the saws at work at your local Great Plains Kubota, or on the LimbSaw Company L.L.C on Facebook page.

This story and others posted in this blog are originally published in Great Plains living.  The official magazine of Great Plains Kubota.

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The Code (When You Make A Promise, Keep It)

One of my favorite cowboy movies is “Lonesome Dove”.  It was set in 1876, during the heyday of cowboy driven cattle drives which developed our perceptions of what we now know as a Cowboy.
The movie was based on the actual life of Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving, and the relationship they built as pioneers during those first cattle drives.  The two leading characters in the movie, Gus, portrayed by Robert Duvall as (Oliver Loving), and Woodrow, played by Tommy Lee Jones as (Charles Goodnight) could have written the “Cowboy Code” as they lived it out.  One of my favorite lines from the movie comes after Woodrow diligently hauled Gus’s body in a wagon from Montana to Lonesome Dove to bury him.
Woodrow had earlier promised Gus he would bury him under a pecan tree by the creek on Lonesome Dove.  Real life accounts report that Goodnight hauled Loving’s body from New Mexico to Weatherford, TX to bury him.  Real or fictional  It was a long, tough journey, and most people would have given up and just buried Gus anywhere.  But not Woodrow.  After he buried Gus he put up the grave marker made of the famous Hat Creek Cattle Company sign, and said.
“I guess this will teach me to be careful about what I promise in the future”.
Woodrow had made a promise and he kept it.
At Great Plains, we have a promise that we’ve made to our customers.  It is something that we take very seriously and is a part of everything that we do.  Our Brand Promise is that Great Plains Kubota is “The Brand That Works…For You”. Here’s how we try to keep that promise.
– Sales –
We’ll work hard to earn every customer’s trust.

– Service –
If it’s not right, it’s on us.

– Parts –
Our goal is to have the parts our customers need when they need them.

– Rentals –
Our equipment will be ready to work.

There’s a reason behind why we make promises, and work to keep them. It’s so that we can be trusted.
At Great Plains we strive to keep our promises so that you will trust us with your business. Unfortunately, we are Human. We do make mistakes at times, and consequently loose customer’s trust. Even though we always work to correct our mistakes, damage is done when trust is lost.
Although people, businesses, and even the best of the cowboys will fail you at times with broken promises, there is One you can always trust.
In Psalms 31:14, David said: “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands;”
If you haven’t, I would encourage you to place your trust in the One who always keeps His promises.

This article was written by Bill Clark in the Summer 2016 issue of Great Plains living.  To read more about Great Plains living visit www.greatplainsliving.com

In the trenches with GP RENTS

Adding to the arsenal of rental equipment was inevitable for GP Rents.  The rental department at the Ada, Duncan, and Edmond dealerships have been busy since opening.  So, to meet the demands of their growing rental departments, as well as to add diversity and convenience, GP Rents will now offer Ditch Witch trenchers.
The RT20 walk-behind and RT45 ride-on trenchers now offered are ideal for the rental industry because they provide unbeatable durability and performance.
Ditch Witch RT20
Ditch Witch walk-behind trenchers are as solid as they come.  Their heavy duty frames and parts are built to stand up to the most rigourous working conditions.  On the business end of the RT20, a 20.8 HP Honda engine powers the hardest working components of the trencher.  In all, every aspect of this trencher has been created to give renters the most bang for their buck.  At GP Rents the Ditch Witch RT20s rent for $150 a day, $450 per week, and $1,350 per month.
Ditch Witch RT45
With the power and productivity that’s crammed into the RT45, it’s no wonder they’ve been the rental industry’s most requested ride-on trencher for the last 50 years.  These trenchers are the perfect machine for trenching four to five foot trenches.  It features a high torque digging chain motor and a clean running Tier 4 engine.  The RT45 has a choice of trencher, backhoe, earth saw, vibratory plow, micro-trencher, or combination trencher/plow attachment, all of which have the power to force their way through the earth.  Another feature of the RT45 is the ergonomically designed operator’s station.  It’s comfortable and roomy, and the operations are extremely user friendly making it a perfect machine for do-it- yourself customers.  This machine rents for $275 a day, $825 a week, and $2,475 a month.
GP Operations Manager Will Clark commented on the new rental trenchers.
“Adding trenchers to our rental department is the first step in diversifying our rental line-up.  Ditch Witch trenchers are a foundational rental tool.  We have a great relationship with the Oklahoma based company.  For 15 years we’ve purchased equipment from them.  They’re really a great vendor.  I think customers will find these machines a convenient addition to GP Rents,” said Clark.
Rooted in the small community of Perry, Oklahoma the Ditch Witch organization understands the value of its employees, and even though the company recognized the world over they remain true to family and community.  In a town of around 5,000 people, the Ditch Witch plant employees over 1,300.  That’s 1,300 American jobs making American products!
For more information about renting a Ditch Witch trencher from GP Rents visit our newly completed rental website at www.gprents.com.

“In The Trenches With GP Rents” by Reed Boettcher from the Fall 2015 issue of Great Plains living.

All Terrain Hunting

It’s hard to imagine a time when big game hunters didn’t use ATVs or

utility vehicles (UTVs). The classic images of western hunters packing

in with horses and mules are now kept by only a nostalgic few. Of

course there are plenty of hunters today who don’t use off-road

vehicles. However, all hunters from those who stalk big game to ones

who hunt upland birds, could benefit from using an ATV or UTV. From the

first snow machines to the modern day side-by-side, the extreme demands

of avid hunters have influenced the evolution of these vehicles.

Mirroring this evolution, off-road vehicles themselves have changed the

sport of hunting. History proves there’s no turning back from these

advanced machines, and the farthest frontiers are only as far as a few

extra gas cans.

Two main factors have increased hunters usage of off-road vehicles

during the past few decades. Hunting popularity has increased, and

innovations of hunting products and tactics have been introduced.

When something is popular everyone wants to do it. For hunters

this means traveling farther to find that perfect secluded hunting

spot. Whether it’s hunting farther from base camp, or scouting a

potential hunting lease, off-road vehicles allow hunters to quickly

expand their range. Realistically, there’s only so far a hunter can

venture on foot, but with off-road vehicles remote hunting locations can

be reached sooner, hunted longer, and daylight is no longer an issue.

With increased popularity comes more hunting pressure, especially to

public access areas. Once secluded destinations have become hunting

hotspots, forcing hunters to spread out to find their piece of paradise.

Perhaps just as important to the evolution of these machines is

the use of hunting tactics that require vehicles with hauling

capabilities. Deer feeders and tree stands, for example, are popular

among whitetail hunters. Scouting and staging multiple feeder-stand

locations can be a one man job when using a UTV. UTVs easily haul

multiple passengers and cargo through a variety of terrain, making them

ideal for hunting clubs and lease partners. On the other end of the

hunting spectrum UTVs are ideal for setting up remote hunting camps.

There’s so much time devoted to creating or escaping to a hunting

paradise that off-road vehicles have become a necessity.

Great Plains Kubota salesman, Brent Elliott has a large family,

and they all enjoy the outdoors. He stated that without his off-road

vehicles they would do a lot less hunting.

“We use our ATVs and UTVs to check cameras, which is a great way

to scout for a busy guy like me. There’s no way I could check five

cameras after work if I was on foot. I also use them to drop off family

and friends at different hunting spots on my property. They’re more fuel

efficient than larger vehicles so I can haul kids, recover deer, and

scout without breaking the bank or my back. I wouldn’t be able to hunt

the way I do without these machines,” said Elliott.

Planting food plots is another increasing tactic hunters use to

attract deer. Hunters on a budget can easily plant supplemental food

anywhere on their property with an off-road vehicle paired with an

all-in-one tow behind implement.

The dedicated woodsman who treks solo after big game knows the

importance of a maneuverable off-road vehicle, such as an ATV. When it

comes to packing out game, a well-equipped ATV or UTV is simply the

superior method. Accessories like winches, trailers, cargo boxes,

additional lighting, GPS, and protective coverings are essential to the

all-terrain hunter. Another Great Plains Kubota hunter who knows the

challenges of hunting dramatic terrain is Allen Dennis.

“The land I hunt is only accessible by a steep ridge next to a

river. Trucks can’t handle the extreme incline so we have to use ATVs

to haul our gear to the hunting locations. We’ve even used ATVs to pull

trailers with riding mowers, so we could maintain our food plots. It’s

not like we actually hunt on them, but we couldn’t hunt without them,”

said Dennis.

Off-road vehicles used in hunting have also created conflicts

among the hunting community. Hunting and shooting from these machines

isn’t fair chase, and reflects poorly on the sport. Laws set in place

are designed to protect both the environment and the future of using

ATVs and UTVs for hunting.

So, which off-road vehicle is better? Choosing between ATVs or

UTVs comes down to preference, price, and capabilities. Typically ATV’s

are less expensive. They are faster and narrower than UTV’s, making them

capable of going places UTVs can’t. However UTV’s make up for this with

their torque and towing capabilities. With more storage capacity and

passenger options utility vehicles offer hunters versatility ATVs don’t

have. Despite there small differences off-road vehicles were both

designed to get hunters to and from extreme destinations.

For some, hunting is about creating a private paradise. For

others, it’s about escaping to far away destinations. Whatever’s

desired, off-road vehicles can be a hunter’s companion, pack mule, or

rescue team. They’re invaluable when setting up remote camps, scouting

property, planting food plots, or reaching extreme destinations. They

make all the wants and needs of the modern day hunter possible, and will

continue to evolve with the sport.

A Must Do This Summer…Float the Lower Mt. Fork River

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If you are looking for a great way to spend a day on the water this summer, I highly recommend visiting the Broken Bow area.  The scenery offered there is unlike most Oklahoma landscapes.  Here you’ll find the Lower Mt. Fork river which is a clear fast running river that is accessed south of Broken Bow Lake.  The water is frigid, and at times flows extremely fast.  Navigating the large rocks and small waterfalls can present small challenges while the wide deeper areas provide calm and relaxed floating.  I have floated this river every summer for the past 13 years.  Previously, I was accustomed to floating the Illinois River near Tahlequah.  Not to put down the Illinois, but since my first visit to the Lower Mt. Fork, it has been my river of choice for floating adventures.
     Located in the southeastern part of the state, near Broken Bow, Okla., the Lower Mt. Fork river is really just one piece of the scenic pie to enjoy.  Beavers Bend state park offers many activities for an outdoor enthusiast.  Tent camping is available as well as cabins and lodges for rent around the lake and river.  Visiting the river and the lake are really two separate events and if you plan on doing both right give yourself at least four days.  River access and lodging is off the beaten path and provides quiet seclusion from the hustle and bustle of lake visitors.  Don’t get me wrong, Beavers Bend is huge and one can easily find themselves alone.  In fact this is what I enjoy most about this lake, it isn’t like busy lakes where the constant wakes of boats chop the waters all day.  Beavers Bend offers year-round trout fishing, horseback riding, fine dining, boating, and great views.  You might even get a glimpse of a Black bear not to be mistaken with the frequent Bigfoot sightings.
      You could literally do everything there is to do in the area for under $1,000.  So the next time you find yourself looking for an inexpensive way to stay cool this summer ask yourself when was the last time you swung from a rope swing into water that is so cold it takes your breath away.

Great Plains living Summer 2013

Reed Boettcher – Publisher