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Tractor Fatality
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Rod (NH)    Posted 02-16-2002 at 21:35:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sometime back I recall a thread concerning dealing with trees that are hung up on other trees in the woods. Today on one of the tractor boards I ran across the following link which describes a horrible accident resulting from trying to deal with just such a situation. I thought it would be appropriate to post it here as a chilling reminder that such work can be extremely dangerous.

Jon D    Posted 02-19-2002 at 18:25:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That's the problem with those old Fords, too much power for such a little tractor, but you could really do it with any model.

Bandit    Posted 02-18-2002 at 15:55:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
You don't pull stumps or trees with a tractor, safest is to use the old 4x4.

Great grandpap farmed for forty years oneday rolled his tractor along one of his farm roads.
Another guy years ago, decided he wanted to farm, bought a farm and tractor, decided to pull some stumps first stump, tractor flipped backwards, 1 week after closing on the farm.
More than once I've done some stuff that could have killed me, this stuff is very scary, I plan on playing it even safer than I usually try to be.

Ole Cuss    Posted 02-17-2002 at 09:45:17       [Reply]  [No Email]

The most dangerous part of any vehicle is the nut that holds the steering wheel.

Hilltopper    Posted 02-17-2002 at 06:39:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was on the farm back in the 50's and 60's we had a Farmall F-20 and a 50 8N. My father and grandfather broke me in on the tractors at the age of eight. They explained the dangers of pulling and dropping into holes on a bank. I remember once pulling a drag across plowed ground with the F-20 (straight drawbar) and having to get off the tractor and "unload" the drag when it carried to much dirt. One day I was watching the drag more than the front tires and when I turned around to look at the front the tractor was about four feet off the ground. I had just dropped into a plow ditch and the front end came up without me even realising it. The poor man who lent his tractor to a novice will probably get sued. As for pulling down trees, I try to cut half way through the trunk in a few places (dangerous also) and then pull with the front bumper using a long chain. Usually a few good bumps will cause the tree to fall, and you can see what is going on. If my city friends want to tool around on the tractor and don't operate it properly or show off they never drive it again. In fact, I have taken to telling them the tractor is broken. Be carefull out there!

Sned    Posted 02-16-2002 at 23:13:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
What a shame when someone is hurt or worse from farm machinery. Probably hooked the chain to the top link. There should be more awareness programs in place to educate folks on farm machinery safety. The previous owner of my Ford tractor was killed while giving a hay ride to a group of church kids, to much load pushed the tractor over when he tried to turn going down a slight grade. He was a young man with no experience, just out doing a good deed and having fun.

DJ    Posted 02-17-2002 at 06:12:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
We will not own a tractor. A young father backed over his 2 year old last year.

My husband cuts his hands everytime he changes the oil in his truck, so no way could we own something that could kill one of us.

Dave 2n    Posted 02-17-2002 at 15:47:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Life contains many risks other than tractors; you could walk out your back door, trip, hit your head and die. Therefore, according to your thinking, people shouldn't walk out their back doors.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-17-2002 at 07:09:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Most of what you own or are around everyday can kill you.
Fall on a pencil wrong and you are done.
Your Mother told you not to run with scissors for a reason...

Salmoneye...Well...    Posted 02-17-2002 at 10:12:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
She was right, wasn't she?

Tryin to grin...

DJ    Posted 02-17-2002 at 08:45:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I knew someone would come up with this comment. ;0)

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