It’s not a weekend out at the vineyard without something breaking. This weekend I was happily weeding my grapes with this piece of equipment, an Ostraticky grape hoe. Driving up and down the rows with the hoe is mind-numbingly slow: there are 68 rows and it takes 5 minutes a row. After a few hours I was a getting a little zoned out. So when I noticed a giant spring lying on the ground in the row I had just hoed, it took me a few minutes to process. I thought “hey, a giant spring! I haven’t seen that before…wait a sec… where did that come from?… probably from my tractor… but it still seems to be working… ”
I stopped and did an inspection, and figured out that the broken spring was formerly part of the grape hoe.
When I got back to Toronto I emailed Agri-flex in Montreal, a supplier. By Tuesday I had a new, improved spring and now I’m itching to try it out.