Tractor Safety Tips

In addition to using the proper safety equipment, it’s important that you read the Operator’s Manual included with your tractor, exercise correct operating procedures, and use your common sense. We hope the following safety guidelines will help you on your way to many years of happy and SAFE tractor ownership.   Exercise patience and caution when operating your tractor.  When you get in a hurry, equipment and people get hurt.   Start your tractor only while seated in the operator’s seat.  Attempting to start a tractor while standing next to it can result in crushed feet, or worse.

   Tractors are single person vehicles.  Never carry a passenger on the tractor nor on an implement.  No passengers!

  Wear appropriate clothing.  Do not wear clothes that can become entangled with the tractor or an implement.  Wear closed toe shoes and safety eyewear.   Maintain a safe distance from bystanders, especially when mowing.  Mowers can propel rocks at speeds up to 200mph.  We strongly recommend the addition of a chain guard to all mowers.

  Never operate your tractor under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.

  Your implement’s size should be matched to the size of your tractor.

  Lower all implements to the ground when stopped.

  Never place any part of your body you’d like to keep under an implement.

  Keep implements as low as possible when moving.  Most implements weigh several hundred pounds each.  Driving your tractor with one or two implements raised will dramatically change the tractor’s center of gravity, and greatly increase the possibility of rolling your tractor.

  Exercise extreme caution when loading your tractor onto or off of a trailer.  Ramps can be slippery.  Implements will affect the balance of your tractor, and can hang up on trailer parts.  Load and unload only on firm level ground.

  Reducing the risk of a side rollover:

• Set wheels as far apart as possible.
• Lock the brake pedals together before high speed road travel.
• Match speed to operating conditions and loads. Do not let the front wheels bounce.
• Slow down before turning.
• Use engine braking when going downhill.
• Avoid crossing steep slopes. Watch for depressions on the downhill side and bumps on   the uphill side. Turn downhill, not uphill, if stability becomes a problem.
• Stay at least as far from ditches and rivers as banks are deep.
• Keep front-end loader buckets as low as possible when moving.
• If right front tire goes off the road into the ditch–turn downward rather than attempting to   turn back onto the roadway.

  Exercise extreme caution on steep terrain to avoid rolling your tractor.  Travel straight up or down a slope rather than trying to traverse it.  Be aware of implement position and load, and the effect they have on the balance of your tractor.

  Reducing the risk for rear overturn:

• Always hitch loads at the drawbar.
• Use front weights to increase tractor stability.
• Start forward motion slowly and change speed gradually.
• If possible, avoid backing downhill.
• Drive around ditches.
• Back out or be towed out of ditches or mud.

 Common sense is your best safety feature.  Use it!

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