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Women on the Farm/Homestead
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Tinker    Posted 02-11-2004 at 11:09:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm curious. On your farmstead, do the women run the bigger implements? Or know how to run them in case of emergency? Who's choice is it if they dont?

The reason I'm asking is because we have this big tractor here and the men will NOT teach me to drive the thing. I insisted on knowing where the shut off is. (in case someone is caught in an implement and the tractor needs to be shut off). Its frustrating when I have driven the smaller tractors and enjoyed it, but they will not let me near this big boy. Case 1750. Granted I cannot get my foot on the bottom rung..but if they parked close enough to something I could get a foot hold. Or I could build a matter to me.
How hard is it to drive backwards and run a two stage snowblower anyway?

Linda in UT    Posted 02-11-2004 at 16:17:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're dang right I do! I also know how to drive a semi, fire engine, ambulance and school bus. I learned to drive big equipment back in the 70's & I had to fight for the right to do so.

IF you are a decent driver with some mechanical inclination, then teach yourself to drive the big tractor. If you wait for your guys to teach you, they'll be dead and gone by the time you get around to learning. Read the manual, as suggested by others, then get on and go.

The guys will either see you driving the tractor, notice that you parked it ever so slightly different than they do, or a neighbor will tell them you've been on it. That doesn't matter a bit, but just be prepared with an answer. A shrug of the shoulders works pretty well. LOL Oh, and be ready for the possibility of some subtle sabotage after they learn you can start and drive the tractor.

My husband is a great guy who tells me, and everyone else, that I can drive the equipment better than he can. I can't drive all of it better than he can, but it's nice that he stands up for me.

You go, girl!

Ana    Posted 02-11-2004 at 13:58:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
You bet I run all the equipment! As a matter of fact, most people call ME the farmer since my husband still works outside the farm. I've even had HIM ask ME how to start equipment that he hasn't run in awhile.

Battleborn    Posted 02-11-2004 at 13:52:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Who needs to be taught? Just get in, start her up and go for it. Just make sure the "men" are away so they don't try to stop you. Good luck.

jf    Posted 02-11-2004 at 13:40:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife can cut, rake, and bale hay both square and roll( her roll bales look better than mine). She has hung tobacco on our farm. Worked cattle-all aspects including castration. Helped and done carpentry, farm mechanic work. You name it she can do it. I would not have married a woman who can only file her nails and spend money. Blunt but to the point. My wife is like winning the lottery. Thanks god for her.

toolman    Posted 02-11-2004 at 15:01:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
sounds like we married the same woman , id be lost without my wife.

deadcarp    Posted 02-11-2004 at 13:02:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah i'll tell you and i'll tell you why: i've only seen it once but that was enough - a couple sub-teen neighbor kids were playing around a feed mixer wagon and the brother (rest his soul) fell in. his sister had no idea where the switch was. that was 3 years ago and she still can't stand to attend school. i don't think she'll ever be right.

when i was growing up, no matter who we were, no matter what we had, everybody knew how to drive it home. that way if anybody was bleeding to death or whatever we could get to help. i knew how do drive everything by time i was about 6. course my dad was a survival nut.

we were all to know how to do everything on the place and that came in handy a few times when a flu hit. since people are rarely prepared his theory was, you ought to know how to do it well enough to teach somebody who needed it fast cuz if a bomb fell or disaster came, there would be alotta dummies wandering around and it's not wise to shoot them all on sight even if their kids are starving. i had my kids steering on my lap and never regretted it, but that's just our house. my suggestion, parent to parent? yep, you better know where the switches are - nope let them plow snow. :)

RichZ    Posted 02-11-2004 at 12:53:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good for you Tinker!!! No reason women can't run any equipment. I freely admit that my wife is a much better carpenter than I am, and she's better at most power tools.

As far as our tractors, she operates our Ferguson TO-20 all the time. I'm trying to get her to learn our much bigger Oliver 1550, with a loader, but she always says she has other farm work to do. I want her to be comfortable on the Oliver in case I'm ever sick or hurt. The farm work doesn't stop, and we need to use both tractors everyday in spring, summer and fall.

If they think snowblowing the driveway is too tricky, get a backblade. Our driveway is 1/4 mile long, and I plow it with the Oliver with the backblade. It's much easier than going backwards with the snowblower. I got rid of our snowblower, 'cuz I was sick of going backwards!!!

Mark in MO    Posted 02-11-2004 at 12:45:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife knows how to start/drive all of our trucks and tractors, you never know when that could save a life. If nothing else, it's sure handy.

Yeh, Jim(MO)    Posted 02-11-2004 at 12:55:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
When we lived in Kansas City I always sent the wife out to start the car in the morning.

toolman    Posted 02-11-2004 at 13:07:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
good god man get a remote starter , what will happen if someday she happenes to be away.

Clipper...LMAO!!!    Posted 02-11-2004 at 13:09:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya beat me to the punch with that one toolman!!!!

toolman    Posted 02-11-2004 at 13:13:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
you know what clipper , when some more wimmens get on here we,re gonna get punched all over tha place , im a

Clipper    Posted 02-11-2004 at 13:22:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mebbe they will have as weird a sense o'humor as we have and it won't be so bad....least I wasn't the one who said that!!! LOL!!!

toolman    Posted 02-11-2004 at 13:28:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
yabut you were gonna, same thing and i don,t think a weird sense of humor will help don,t they have that anyways opps, i didn,t mean that , it must be the sun thats making me like this lol.

Clipper    Posted 02-11-2004 at 13:30:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I fergot aboot the different logic system them wimmens has....guess I should go hide too now that I think about it...

Gene SC    Posted 02-11-2004 at 11:52:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Think of it this way, He loves you and is
trying to protect you' I don't know if i'd
let my wife operate a large piece of equip.
I'd NEVER get over it if she were to get hurt.
Gene, whose wife wants to learn to use
some of his power tools, (and may help her):

Katrina    Posted 02-11-2004 at 11:46:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
On our place, I have run all the machinery at least once but not necessarily all of the attachments. The problem arises when you haven't run something often enough to be comfortable with how it runs, button locations, clutch sensitivity, etc. especially if it is dark out. It helps to do things like pulling wagons, picking rocks or raking hay that don't require fast movement so you can learn as you go. I always make sure I'm out in the open. Nothing like trying to squeeze a big tractor into the shed for the first time. Every summer I re-aquaint myself with the tractor and baler and by the end of the summer, things are running smoothly and I don't throw my husband off the wagon. Having the clutch fixed in the tractor helped with that also. Haha. We have a Case 970, JD 4240 and a B John Deere so they are not huge but seem very big to me who grew up driving a lawn mower. Keep trying to help out and don't be afraid to take everything really slow. It's nice you are willing to learn. My husband is always thankful there is another driver for daily work and for emergencies like pulling out a stuck tractor or whatever. Good luck to you.

Mike    Posted 02-11-2004 at 11:39:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I wish that my wife were like you. I have tried to get her involved if only to help in an emergency. She adamately refuses. The men in your family are being foolish IMHO.

toolman    Posted 02-11-2004 at 11:45:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
all joking aside,we have a lot of very large mines around here some of the biggest equipement in the world and the women who work there running that equipement are some of the best and safest operators,they are very good at what they do , all the mines have no problem hiring them and letting them run stuff worth millions.

Clipper    Posted 02-11-2004 at 11:24:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife was born/raised on a fully operational Dairy Farm.... I'll also say that she can also drive/handle all tractors/equipment on the farm.And she is better at it than I am! She tends to be overly cautious and I view that as a PLUS when it comes to tractors and such.

Keep plugging away at it....tractors are not gender sensitive....just the guys who own em may be....Good Luck and be careful.....prolly would not hurt to throw an eyeball on the Operator Manuals for the tractors/equipment ya want to climb on!!

Clipper:who is a tractor nut. :^)

Kitchen..    Posted 02-11-2004 at 11:19:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
and the house cleaning is a womans place. Big tough farm machinery is a mans place! Do as you are told!

LOL!!!! Just kidding! My wife drives everything that I own!


toolman    Posted 02-11-2004 at 11:24:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
you let your wife play with your tractor, what about power tools,im not that brave lol.

Tinker    Posted 02-11-2004 at 11:53:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do run powertools. The only one I get leary of is the big table saw. I will use it..but if I can con someone else to run it first I will. *grin*
This tractor I'm talking about is not owned by us (Sr and I) but Sr's son. Both of these boys grew up in the cities. So maybe thats the reason. I grew up in the country..and with our old Oliver as the farm workhorse. The H here is my favorite but the thingamajig that holds the bucket broke. So its out of commision for awhile.
Or maybe the reason is I cannot for some blonde reason run a snowmobile.. I always tip it over. They claim its because I go to slow for turning. *giggle* I looke like that fella with Ruth Buzzy tipping over off the bench. In slow motion.

But, back to the tractor. Its been on this farm for three years and I have to get the son to come over to blow out the driveway. This driveway is a mile long..and deep with snow. One of these days the son will have to walk in...wich to me is stupid. Why not teach me to drive this thing and I can blow this driveway out myself? No waiting until its hip deep out there.

Clipper    Posted 02-11-2004 at 12:04:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Start yer own "Tractor Fund" (alias egg money) and just git yer own tractor! Heck the Tractor Dealer might even throw in a pink paint-job fer ya!!!

Clipper: the tractor nut....who ain't steakless anymore.

toolman    Posted 02-11-2004 at 12:03:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
i was just joking with you tinker , sure you should learn to run it , i want my wife to be self sufficent here in case something happenes to me and she at least would be able to clear the driveway, and look after herself, i am very impressed by women and their ability to do things that were normally a mans work, in most cases they are able to do things as well as us and in some cases better,go for it be safe watch for yourself and those around you but don,t be afaird just do it.

Bob from Michigan    Posted 02-11-2004 at 13:34:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The last time I put my wife on a tractor she ran clean threw the barn threw the fence over the dog house ( Never did see the dog again ) and into the ditch. After that I never ask and she never offered !!!

Grove r    Posted 02-11-2004 at 12:45:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with you one hundred and four percent, Toolman, around here, I take the stance of 'don't tell me you can't do it'....youngest girl and I, she is 37, worked together operating two sulphur remelt machines, tracked, forty five feet long and forty feet high,at the local gas plant for almost two years. When she first started, she looked at those machines and said she wasn't going to touch them....I told her that she damn well was.... she did, and been one of the best work mates I have ever worked with!! I have always told my kids, three girls and two do it...whatever it is.... maybe in the end you can't do it for some reason... but, that is no excuse not to at least try!! now the soap box is free.....Have a gooder, R.E.L.

toolman    Posted 02-11-2004 at 12:53:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey grover , nice to see you around, i was gonna call you but wasn,t sure you were up to listening to my BS yet,yup them ladys can be pretty capabale when they set their minds to something, look at my wife she mellowed me some and even reformed me when all said i was hopeless, now only she says the 4 % the catch ya later gotta go enjoy the beautiful summer like weather oh did i mention it sure is hot out , we,re gonna pay for this somewheres along the line im sure .

TB    Posted 02-11-2004 at 13:32:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Say??? Didn't you say that your weather goes east and south ";^)

toolman    Posted 02-11-2004 at 14:57:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup but we,re tryin to hold onto this , even got it tied down, long as no strong winds we,ll be ok.keepin every degree of it.

toolman /oh and    Posted 02-11-2004 at 15:03:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
i think we are sending you a blizzard ,it just orignated a little east and north of me , and thats headin south and east , enjoy hahaaaaaaaaaaa.

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