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Now I know how Alice felt

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:29 pm

when she fell down the rabbit hole. Was finishing up the mowing for neighbor, had the despeeder engaged, thankfully. I was creeping through weeds taller than the front tires, and suddenly the front was going down. I jammed the brakes, and got off and looked things over.
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The left front wheel had dropped into a hole deeper than the top of the wheel, and the right rear wheel was actually off the ground. the balance was so close that whne the neighbor stepped on the right side of the drawbar the left front tire would raise up a ways, but not enough to be able to back out. It definitely could not pull itself out, but one of my other cubs was there. the 2 of them together still could not bring it out. I brought the Ranger down and tied it to the drawbar, and it brought the mowing cub right out.
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Re: Now I know how Alice felt

Postby Rudi » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:34 pm

John:

Wow ... that was a surprise I bet. Glad you are okay and the Cub is ok too :shock:
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Re: Now I know how Alice felt

Postby Bob McCarty » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:00 pm

John, It was nice talking with you at Cubarama, and I'm glad there were no injuries. I wonder if the Mott helped to keep you from rolling over.

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Re: Now I know how Alice felt

Postby Scrivet » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:17 pm

Bob, I think you need to rephrase your question more like this......
Bob McCarty wrote:.......... I wonder if the Mott extra ballast in the operators seat helped to keep you from rolling over.........
And yes, #1) I do realize there are two ways to look at that statement #2) I'm going to pay dearly for making it! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Now I know how Alice felt

Postby pickerandsinger » Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:44 am

Wow,I've had mine tipped but not like that...Echo, Glad it stayed upright...Dave
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Re: Now I know how Alice felt

Postby chief » Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:15 am

I remember when it happened to me and old smokie, I was mowing for neighbor also, I worked till dark trying to get her out, left her there untill the next day and got the other neighbor to help me pull her out with his 4 X 4 truck, everything was fine
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Re: Now I know how Alice felt

Postby Stanton » Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:59 am

Sorry to hear of your mishap. Thankfully, you and the Cub are both fine.
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Re: Now I know how Alice felt

Postby Hengy » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:39 am

Wow... I would have needed a new set of underwear after that incident. I'm glad you are OK!
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Re: Now I know how Alice felt

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:39 am

Scrivet wrote:Bob, I think you need to rephrase your question more like this......
Bob McCarty wrote:.......... I wonder if the Mott extra ballast in the operators seat helped to keep you from rolling over.........
And yes, #1) I do realize there are two ways to look at that statement #2) I'm going to pay dearly for making it! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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The pictures make it appear a little worse than it actually was. The top of the front wheel was below ground level, but had hit bottom, so that was as far as it was going. I did not try to push it over any further to see how close it was. I may be crazy, but not stupid. :lol: As heavy as the flail is and the way it sticks out to the side with the weight on the right arm of the rock shaft, it definitely helped stabilize it. When I went back and looked later, I could see white plastic (probably drain pipe) at the bottom of the hole. I suspect it was either a gray water drain or a drain field pipe that was not put together properly and dirt was washing down into it and out the end, creating a small sink hole. Looking around I could see what possibly looked like another one a little further on, so I told Ralph he would have to cut that area with something else. I'd had enough excitement for the day. As I stated in an earlier post, my life is never dull.
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Re: Now I know how Alice felt

Postby Eugene » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:42 am

I have an excuse. CRS.
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Re: Now I know how Alice felt

Postby Denny Clayton » Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:05 am

Leave it to you, John. You seem to get you and your Cubs into some really interesting situations.
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Re: Now I know how Alice felt

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:45 pm

Denny Clayton wrote:Leave it to you, John. You seem to get you and your Cubs into some really interesting situations.
One of the problems is I tend to push them beyond what they were ever expected to do. Of course the fact that i could not see the wheels, much less the ground and was in a place I had never mowed before did not help. Not really a very smart thing to be doing, though the ground had been walked, the hole was well hidden. I went back and took another look, and the wheel had not reached the bottom of the hole, the hole was a little over 24 inches deep, and the wheel had slid down the side and had enough side ways pressure it pushed out a ledge and stopped about half way or a little more down. if I had been 4 or 5 inches more to the left I would have straddled it and never known it was there, at least till the next pass anyway.
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Re: Now I know how Alice felt

Postby Donegal Cub » Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:36 pm

Good Lord, John that could have been a very serious situation. I'm glad neither you nor the cub were harmed :{_}:
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Re: Now I know how Alice felt

Postby PaulBernier 86662 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:30 pm

wow that is a beautiful heart wrenching story .
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