Parker County Today September 2016 - Page 112

PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY SEPTEMBER 2016 30-minute nap, work till nine o’clock at night. I love every minute of my day. I don’t sit around thinking, ‘oh my knee hurts. Oh my … ‘I don’t do that. I don’t have time,” Roberts said. “Isn’t that neat?” “Rob is a very unique guy. He’s been around a long time. We talk motors and cars up at Balentine’s coffee shop,” Raymond George said. “The main thing I’ve learned about tractors is that I don’t need one. I’ve heard so much about them, that I don’t need them.” But this hobby has taken a life of its own because each tractor is bequeathed to a family member. “I bought my first tractor then the second and the third and I was asked what I was going to do with them,” he said. “So each one has been willed to a member of the family and he said ‘well that’s good but what are you going to do in the mean time?’” And that is where the idea of driving in the parades was born. This year he is participating in the Veterans Day Parade and the Sherriff’s Posse. In the first parade Roberts’ entire family were involved. “I’m having trouble because that last parade, was all family members. I’m kind of picky when it comes to drivers,” Roberts explained. Not even Raymond George has driven one of Mr. Roberts’ tractors. In fact, Raymond George hasn’t even seen the tractors. “He’s been trying to get me to come see them and I told him, ‘Why don’t you sell them?’ and he said ‘They’re a novelty!’” George said. “He said every one of those tractors is spoken for. When he’s gone all his kids are getting one.” Though he enjoys the hobby, Mr. Roberts does admit it’s getting more difficult. “No one else helps me. It’s a one-man job,” Roberts explained. “Something that people don’t realize is on these tractors, if you need a part you can’t just go down here to Ellis Equipment and buy a new part. There 110 are no new parts so you have to manufacture them yourself with grease, sheet metal work, welding, machining, laser work, drilling. The first thing is to make a drawing of it and then trying to select the materials that go into that and being able to stamp that drawing out.” At the suggestion of his wife, Mr. Roberts sometimes makes the parts for himself. “I hit a wall about nine months into one, and I was telling her about it and she asked me why I didn’t just make the part myself,” he said. “That’s what you run into. That’s my challenge, to try to make the part myself. And on that particular part there was no way I could buy it. For me to hire the work out I’d have to know a welder, forger, a machinist and someone who could draw it up. Well, by that time I’d pay all these people and I’d have a fortune in FB6vCƖR6VvR( ФFVvRFW6( BfRV6VR2vGFVRb2w&G60FW&W7FVBG&7F'2ƖRR2( Ē6VB( vN( 2RFrRƖRF