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Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:40 am
I am very glad to hear that you are alright. That could have been a bad one. It is a very good reminder of how even those of us who are safety minded can get bit.
Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:31 am
I have caught a toe while rolling a dead tractor around the shop but never while trying to start one. Shaking hands with the gearshift is automatic with me. It's just something I do even though I leave my tractors parked in neutral when on level ground. You never know if someone else has driven the tractor and parked it in gear so I always check. It's a habit that's easily formed if you work at it a bit.
I have mentioned before the results of starting a tractor from the ground. A contractor at a factory where I worked was killed doing just that. They had a forklift with a bad solenoid and routinely started it by shorting the solenoid with a screwdriver. It was two days before Christmas and they were loading equipment to leave the site since they were done. This fellow started the forklift and it was in gear. The front wheel ran over his foot and he fell while trying to get away from it. It rolled right over his body and head. Not a pretty sight. I was on the medical response team and was one of the first to arrive and was assisting with maintaining his airway. I had his head in my hands and it felt like his skull had been crushed as it felt like I was holding a bag full of marbles.
That leaves a lasting impression on you.
Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:06 am
Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:49 am
Well I have done a lot of dumb things but no tractor on my foot "YET".
I have rolled the cub twice (hate to mention the twice) First time was not to
long after i bought it (1980) and really did not realize how easy they go over on the
left side. I was an a really small road ditch that I still cut today but in the other direction.
The second time was about 7 years ago and was on a very very small incline but the mower
caught on a tree root before I could get a foot on the clutch it went over. Both times
I managed to jump clear with no injuries except to my pride.
Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:29 am
Glad your ok. Remember these aren't toys and can hurt us.
"national timbers fallers association" motto "ask yourself is what i'm about to do safe"????
I often wondered why gravely put a shutoff button inside the back of the right handle. I found out one day when plowing snow on a hill. I fell behind it while in reverse with the dualwheels with tire chains headed right at me. Of course that shutoff button worked.
Ot; In elevator school they teach that you only have the first "2" feet to do anything, after that gravity takes over when your falling. I've seen it happen kuckily there was a rope for the winch hanging in the elevator shaft and that saved his life.
Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:51 pm
It takes a real man to admit he messed up!!!
Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:37 pm
Jim, since you obviously will still be in too much pain to attend Gary's cubfest, not to mention being too embarrassed, can I have your share of the crawfish???
Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:36 am
Jim, I'm glad it wasn't any worse than it was. I personally haven't done that yet, then again, I haven't had my cub all that long either. However, when I was a small kid, I do remember a man just a couple of houses up the road who kept his cub in an old tobacco barn that he no longer used for curing tobacco, and he hand cranked his one early morning and it fired right up in first gear and pinned him up against the wall of the barn with him yelling until his wife finally heard him and come running and cut off the cub. He was hurt pretty seriously but eventually recovered.
that reminds me, I should do some research and try and locate that old cub.
That man (Mr. Joshua) and my grandfather were the only two to own cubs in the small town of Lowland, N.C..
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