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Another story-no mention of Texas-{sorry Lenore}
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Newgen    Posted 04-16-2004 at 18:09:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
This one involves a then 11 year old boy {me}, a greenhorn hired hand, an M Farmall and a 4010 John Deere. Those of you familiar with M's and 4010's can relate to this one, but here's a little background for those who aren't. M's, good as they were, weren't known for having real good brakes. The M involved here wasn't equiped with power steering, so I'm sure you get the picture. 4010's, on the other hand, had very responsive power steering and brakes that were responsive to the point of being grabby. They also tended to be a little light on the front end, especially when they had a narrow front and no weights. Then to make things real interesting, hang a 15' field cultivator on the 3 point! One more thing before we get on with the story, tractors have individual brakes on the rear whels to aid in turning. {I hope I'm not insulting anyones intellegence here, but I realize not everybody on this board grew up on a farm}
Anyway. My dad started the man out on the M, pulling a 12' disc working ground, while he ran the then brand new 4010 himself. When it came time to plant though, the M was delegated to the planter, while the 4010 was to work ground ahead. So Dad had to bite the bullet and turn the shiny new green tractor over to the greenhorn. {who incidentally had, and to this day still has, a reputaion of being a natural born klutz}
My job that Saturday was to be pulling the fertilizer wagon across the field when the planter needed to be filled. {with the 9N Ford no less} The Ford and fertilzer wagon were already out in the field, Dad was hooking up the planter, and Greenhorn (Real names are omitted here to protect the guilty}, and I headed out to the field. I was perched on the fender of the 4010 {yeah I know, but we didn't know any better at the time} as we headed out. He was in 7th heaven, basking in luxury on that new tractor!
We got to a point in the field where we had to make a square turn to the left. He shoved the lever ahead to raise the field cultivator out of the ground, swung the steering wheel and laid into the left brake using the same amout of effort he was used to using on the M. Not expecting it, I lost my grip, fell under the tractor, and put full concentration into staying out rom under the wheels! Meanwhile, the 4010, in HARD left turn mode and light on the front, did a complete 360 before he managed to get it stopped. If you could have seen the look on his face!! {but he said the same thing about me}
I got up, dusted myself off, and after we swore each other to secrecy, he started working ground, and I WALKED the rest of the way to my tractor. I still know him, we see each other once in a while, and still laugh about it. We never did tell my dad, I finally spilled the beans to Mom (about 30 years later}

Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-17-2004 at 04:24:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Insulting this-ones intellegence here? Naw
Done similair things near to myself. Been most fortunate.

~Lenore    Posted 04-16-2004 at 21:47:33       [Reply]  [No Email]

You're forgiven.
Boys sure can get in trouble without even tryin can't they? LOL

Lazy Al    Posted 04-16-2004 at 18:42:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a similar experience at about the same age . I was cultivating corn with a 66 Oliver ( the cultivators were mounted on two pipes through the front frame of the tractor ) Dad was standing on the hitch frame in back on my left and Mom was on the right . When we got to the end I slammed on the right brake and spun it around to go back the next two rows . My mother fell against the tire and it started rolling her up over the top between the fender and the tire .She yelled and I quick stopped . She was at the top of the wheel then If I hadn't gotten it stopped it would have rolled her right on down on to the pipe holding up the cultivators . My dad put it in reverse and slowly rolled her out of there . She was black and blue for a while but that was all .We were lucky that day . That was back in the fifties When you could still ride in the back of a pickup or on the front fender of the car

Clipper    Posted 04-16-2004 at 18:26:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good story! Ummmmmm....nobody had ta change underwear after this? :^)

Karter    Posted 04-17-2004 at 21:21:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This is another true Tex story about a young fellow (have met him but can't remember the name)who went out to feed his cows a round bale of hay being hauled on the pole type carrier on the back of his tractor. After dumping the bale and leaving the pasture, he went thru the gate, stopped to close the gate and the tractor rolled backward pushing the pole through his body and pinned him to the gate. He hung there for 13 hrs before anyone found him. He survived, and I know this because a friend of his introduced me to him about 3 months after this happened. Ask anyone in the little city of Frankston, TX and they will verify this account.

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