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Tractor stuck in mud
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Kate    Posted 11-29-2004 at 12:07:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Three years ago, during a very wet winter, my dad got one of his John Deeres stuck in the muddy pasture. The back tires were sunk in the mud about 20 inches and digging deeper the more he tried to get out. He then proceeds to get his second John Deere, attaches a chain to the stuck tractor and proceeds to get second tractor stuck.

After two days of trying to dig the tractors out, I called several towing companies. One company sent out a young man to evaluate the situation. He determined that his truck would also get stuck . . . but knew a trick his father had used. He took one a fence post and chained it across the side one of the back tires . . . got on the tractor and as the back tire spun in the mud, the log turned with the tire and lifted the tire out of the rut onto more solid ground. It was amazing. . .

Now, once again, after over 12 inches of rain this past week, we are stuck again . . .however, I cannot remember exactly how he secured the chained log to the wheel . . . I don't want to chance damaging the wheel. If anyone has experience with this method, I would really appreciate hearing from you. Kate


bulldinkie    Posted 11-30-2004 at 05:01:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our neighbor knocked on our door late one night about a month ago.Hisbackhoe was stuck.Nobody could help.My husband took his cat loader over pulled him right out.Take his keys!!!!


Kens640    Posted 11-29-2004 at 18:57:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi , I'd suggest calling that towing service back out & making notes of how they do it this time . Then don't forget where ya put the notes .


Farmall    Posted 11-29-2004 at 17:46:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]

at the very least youll probably tear up a fender.,, at the very least


super77mi    Posted 11-29-2004 at 12:53:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
formula for suicide
done it myself
almost killed the finest farmer i ever knew trying it problem is once the pole lifts the tractor it also brings it right at seat level, and hard. if you succed this time fine. next time may cost you a loved one for the price of a damn winch. you need a winch sounds like anyway, your in wet land.


Bob Mi    Posted 11-29-2004 at 12:49:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
We did it before, you take a chian and wrap around the log close to the tire run the chain threw one of the openings of the rim and around the log or fence post we cut atree down about 8 inches threw and used that. But be very carefull You want to have a very experianced driver. Good Luck


deadcarp    Posted 11-29-2004 at 12:47:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
you either need a good stout log longer than the tractor width, ot 2 shorter ones. the whole idea is - you'll let the tractor sootch itself out backwards. NEVER chain them in front of the tire, or the thing will do a wheelie and you're under it.


mark/mn    Posted 11-29-2004 at 12:42:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
We've chained a stout log across to both tires
but you have to watch that it doesn't come
around behind and get ya.



Stretch    Posted 11-29-2004 at 12:24:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've never done it, but this can be a very dangerous thing to do. More than one tractor has turned over using this procedure. Be careful! Stuck tractors can hurt you. Get help.


midway    Posted 11-29-2004 at 12:45:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can't help you on that, but reminds me of an incident back around 1940. The fellow I was staying with had a JD model H and a Minneapolis-Moline big one. He was plowing with the MM and I (14 yrs old) was harrowing with the JD H. I came around to a wet spot and got stuck. He had to stop plowing, come over and pull me out. He said "next time you come thru here ""GUN IT !!"". OK, so the next time I got to that spot I "gunned it". Guess what!!! Just as I gunned it, the JH D died !! I had forgotten to switch over from gas to diesel. May I say this man was a little *^&%#$@ and wondered why he ever took this orphan boy in. !! I loved that JD put-put sound though.


JoeK    Posted 11-29-2004 at 14:24:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have "walked" a tractor backwards outta a low spot using posts chained across the outside FACE of the wheel,like extended "spokes",a foot or so longer than the tire diameter.Chaining anything crosswise across one or both wheels is DEADLY even at an idle in my book.Forward can crush the driver and seating area,backwards can wheelie the tractor over upside down in a heartbeat.Call a Cat or a winch truck,logger skidder or such.Ain't no stuck unit worth dyin for.


mark    Posted 11-29-2004 at 14:58:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
any way you do it has the potential to kill ya,
cable or chain will do serious damage to skin
and bone too.

If you want the safest and cheapest way to do
it it's simple. let the ground dry out then dig it
out.


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