Photo by Julia Hart
Stuart Knee says the tires on this large tractor will take several hours to change before it is ready for him to load and transport to its new home. Knee has worked as a hauler for Mountain View Equipment Company for nearly three years.
As of Wednesday, November 4, 2015
SUNNYSIDE If Stuart Knee could spend more time sailing he would be a happy man. But that might mean the Mountain View Company equipment hauler would have to buy a boat.
“I currently don’t have a sail boat,” said Knee, who previously owned a boat, and would love to again.
In the meanwhile, Knee hauls large pieces of farm equipment around Central Washington for the Mountain View Equipment Company which has a store and shop on Midvale Road in the Sunnyside Port District.
Knee said a routine day at the tractor dealership may find him transporting a large combine from the Sunnyside yard to Waitsburg so a farmer can test drive the vehicle for a few days.
Knee said on other days he may find himself driving to Othello to pick up a tractor that needs repairs back in the Sunnyside shop.
Knee said Mountain View Equipment handles a lot of repairs and even rebuilds equipment for its many regional farmers. The company also sells both new and used farm equipment from its Midvale Road location.
The farm equipment company is an area dealer for the hay and forage industries, providing all equipment and support, Knee said.
In many cases, the company’s customers are custom farmers who specialize in custom baling or combining, for examine.
Knee said the company is a dealership for New Holland, Claas, Massey Ferguson, Hesston and MacDon.
The Sunnyside dealership and shop is the only Mountain View Equipment Company in Washington.
“We have five locations in Idaho,” he said.
Knee has worked with the Idaho-based company for nearly three years, but is no stranger to working around large farm equipment. Previously he worked for the local John Deere dealership.
“But I’ve been hauling equipment since I was 17,” he said.
Raised in Hawaii, his parents sent him to Sunnyside every summer to work with his uncles on their farms.
These days, if it needs to be moved, “…I move it,” he said.
And, while he hopes one day to get another sail boat, he and his wife, Caroline, enjoy visiting their two grown children.