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clutch safety lesson today

Postby brewzalot » Sun May 01, 2016 9:39 pm

This may belong in the safety forum, but thought I would post here where there is more activity. Please move as you see fit.

Today while using my Cub to pull out a few things from the barn, I was sitting still for just a moment in second gear, 1/2 throttle. I was waiting for my wife to get the barn door all the way open, when I heard a pop from underneath the tractor. It immediately took off and went about 8-10 feet before I pulled it out of gear and got it stopped. (Luckily I was back a ways from her and the barn) Although I wouldn't say I panicked, I was surprised how long it took me to decide what to do- pull the shift lever, hit the brakes hard, hit the ignition switch all ran through my mind. I pumped the pedal a few times as well. I was outside in a open area but started thinking about what would have or could have happened in a confined space in the same situation.

Turns out I lost a cotter pin on one of the clutch finger clevis pins, the pin came out making the clutch inoperable. I found the cotter pin, both legs were intact but bent in the same direction only about 30 degrees. Although hard for me to believe , I must not have bent that one over like the other 2, they look fine. I've been running the tractor for quite a while now before this happened today.

Just thought I would share this for those who have not thought about it, and remind those who have, that you can lose a clutch at any time. My best advice- picture this happening to you, have a plan, and don't let anyone get directly in front or back of the tractor while in gear.

Stay safe,
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Re: clutch safety lesson today

Postby LRiddle » Sun May 01, 2016 11:32 pm

Good advice. Thank you.
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Re: clutch safety lesson today

Postby ricky racer » Mon May 02, 2016 4:24 am

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: clutch safety lesson today

Postby Urbish » Mon May 02, 2016 4:25 am

Good lesson. I always put the tractor in neutral when others are working in close proximity.

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Re: clutch safety lesson today

Postby Stanton » Mon May 02, 2016 6:37 am

Thank you for the advice. Glad no one was hurt or anything was damaged.
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Re: clutch safety lesson today

Postby tst » Mon May 02, 2016 7:29 am

glad no one was hurt, just curious was it and old pressure plate or a new one?

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Re: clutch safety lesson today

Postby staninlowerAL » Mon May 02, 2016 8:05 am

I purchased a non-runner (not IH) and a when it came time to try the clutch, the tractor would not go into any gear with the engine running. It shifted OK into any gear as long as the engine was not running. When I split the the tractor to find the cause, I found one clutch release lever assembly completely missing. Yours is the second one I've heard of to have similar problems. Not very common but "anything mechanical can fail, at some point in time". Glad no one was injured. Stan

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Re: clutch safety lesson today

Postby goldencub » Mon May 02, 2016 8:42 am

It's good nobody got hurt and nothing seriously broken. I had one of those cotter pins come out while I was in gear and moving forward. When I pushed the clutch out to stop (because there was a big tree in the way!), nothing happened and it kept on going. I stood on the brakes and (of course) nothing happened. Finally I yanked the shift into neutral and it stopped about a foot from that tree. It's funny about how one's train of thought goes in situations like that. Al D
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Re: clutch safety lesson today

Postby brewzalot » Mon May 02, 2016 7:00 pm

tst wrote:just curious was it and old pressure plate or a new one?


Old pressure plate, just new cotter pins. No one to blame but me, I had it totally apart on the bench and put it back together myself.

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Re: clutch safety lesson today

Postby Super A » Mon May 02, 2016 8:05 pm

brewzalot wrote:This may belong in the safety forum, but thought I would post here where there is more activity. Please move as you see fit.

Today while using my Cub to pull out a few things from the barn, I was sitting still for just a moment in second gear, 1/2 throttle. I was waiting for my wife to get the barn door all the way open, when I heard a pop from underneath the tractor. It immediately took off and went about 8-10 feet before I pulled it out of gear and got it stopped. (Luckily I was back a ways from her and the barn) Although I wouldn't say I panicked, I was surprised how long it took me to decide what to do- pull the shift lever, hit the brakes hard, hit the ignition switch all ran through my mind. I pumped the pedal a few times as well. I was outside in a open area but started thinking about what would have or could have happened in a confined space in the same situation.

Turns out I lost a cotter pin on one of the clutch finger clevis pins, the pin came out making the clutch inoperable. I found the cotter pin, both legs were intact but bent in the same direction only about 30 degrees. Although hard for me to believe , I must not have bent that one over like the other 2, they look fine. I've been running the tractor for quite a while now before this happened today.

Just thought I would share this for those who have not thought about it, and remind those who have, that you can lose a clutch at any time. My best advice- picture this happening to you, have a plan, and don't let anyone get directly in front or back of the tractor while in gear.

Stay safe,
tim



I have gotten where when I need to pause--for someone to open a gate, talk to me, whatever--I take the tractor out of gear. My fear was that my foot might slip off the clutch while someone was close. Your situation is another good reason to shift in neutral!

On a more humorous note, I saw my dad take out a fence with a MF 300 combine once. He was backing up to pick the turn rows and the clevis pin on the clutch linkage fell out. He said it took him a few minutes to figure out that he needed to pull the fuel shutoff! When things go wrong it can really mess with your judgement.......

Glad everyone is ok!
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Re: clutch safety lesson today

Postby Rob in NH » Mon May 02, 2016 8:48 pm

just checked mine, 2 cubs needed a cotter pin replacement. thanks
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Re: clutch safety lesson today

Postby brewzalot » Mon May 02, 2016 10:24 pm

Rob in NH wrote:just checked mine, 2 cubs needed a cotter pin replacement


Now that's being proactive Rob, good thinking. I will be checking mine at least every time I grease the bearing from now on.


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