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Old 04-12-19, 01:07 PM
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Tractor fell off of jack! GRRRRRRRR

Ok Iím are settled down now I had the front two wheels off my tractor to get two new tires mounted no big deal just a routine chore. I get back and the jack bent, down went the tractor. After a bit of cursing I used years of redneck ingenuity found a way to lift the front of the tractor back up. I used blocks of wood and several smaller jacks it was a funny sight but no one was around to see it. So a bike ride is needed so I can forget about todayís debacle.
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Lucky man.
Did not fall on you.
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Old 04-12-19, 01:20 PM
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I'm often a bit lazy, but you should always block your vehicle before working on it. Or, even if you have the jack for support, have the blocks under the vehicle.

Those scissor jacks are for emergency use, not routine maintenance.
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Luckily the jack failed when I wasn’t there but yes I should have been more diligent about using blocks or jack stands that I do have. Fortunately I didn’t have to go underneath the tractor to put the tires on but the thought of this machine falling on me was there. There have been fatalities over the years in this area by equipment falling on people.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Ok Iím are settled down now I had the front two wheels off my tractor to get two new tires mounted no big deal just a routine chore. I get back and the jack bent, down went the tractor. After a bit of cursing I used years of redneck ingenuity found a way to lift the front of the tractor back up. I used blocks of wood and several smaller jacks it was a funny sight but no one was around to see it. So a bike ride is needed so I can forget about todayís debacle.
I ruined a nice aluminum race jack last year when it shifted under a good sized tractor. And I had it blocked for safety. Scary stuff!

Glad you're okay.

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Old 04-12-19, 03:03 PM
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Glad to hear you didn't get squashed, Hondo.

When I work on the family cars, thoughts creep into my mind of someone finding me squashed under 4000 lbs. of automobile. So, I use jack stands and I'll even slide a tire/wheel under the frame if a tire is coming off for any amount of time.

Long time ago, I pulled a drive shaft from a truck and I failed to chock the wheels of the truck or set the parking brake. Well, that truck started rolling back on me while I was underneath it. Learned my lesson right then and there.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Ok Iím are settled down now I had the front two wheels off my tractor to get two new tires mounted no big deal just a routine chore. I get back and the jack bent, down went the tractor. After a bit of cursing I used years of redneck ingenuity found a way to lift the front of the tractor back up. I used blocks of wood and several smaller jacks it was a funny sight but no one was around to see it. So a bike ride is needed so I can forget about todayís debacle.
Glad you didn't get hurt....lesson learned.
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Have a good friend nearly died in Moab crawling under a poorly supported 4x4. I'm originally actual Kansas kid. Know of too man incidents like that. Balers, combines, PTO belts... Glad you are OK...
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Old 04-12-19, 05:06 PM
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Long time ago, I pulled a drive shaft from a truck and I failed to chock the wheels of the truck or set the parking brake. Well, that truck started rolling back on me while I was underneath it. Learned my lesson right then and there.
Happened to me as well.. Only it was a '72 LTD. I was taking the driveshaft u-bolts off the rear, and once the driveshaft popped loose, I saw the differential yoke start turning. Fortunately, I had crawled under the car from the rear so legs didn't get run over, but I couldn't wiggle myself back out fast enough. The car rolled forward off the ramps, and the trunk floor swatted me against the concrete driveway as the suspension bottomed out as it came off the ramp as a reminder to BLOCK THE FRONT WHEELS NEXT TIME!!!! Knocked the wind out of me, but good!
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Hadn't done hat with my tractor but a couple of years ago I got it stuck in a couple feet of mud. That was a chore to get it out!
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Knocked the wind out of me, but good!
Geez. That was a close one, Cougrr.
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Old 04-15-19, 10:02 AM
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My one non-dangerous tractor event was mowing a dried up lake bed during one of the droughts years ago and
running the tractor up on a hidden stump. Both rear wheels in the air and mower behind. Not much around
close to hook the come-along and chains to for winching it off. Also became aware of the occasional dips and holes
where the rear of the tractor would get into and the mower would then hangup and stall the
tractor by reducing traction but there was always a nearby tree unlike the lake bed.
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I move a fair amount of heavy machinery.
Good advice:
Always have a healthy sense of paranoia about your equipment failing....
Jacks, lifting straps, chains, tires, ground underneath.
All those things have failed at times.
And it's best to work with someone else who's knowledgeable.
We all need watching at times.

Btw, yes....I have broken myself & other things before.
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Years ago the father of a coworker died after his car fell on him.

I have always been careful to use jackstands, but the one (fortunately minor) scare my son and I got was when were replacing the rear brakes on his (now my) Audi A4 quattro. A front drive car with the automatic transmission in park will not roll more than a couple of inches as long as the front wheels are on the ground -- not so with all wheel drive, because of the center differential. Standard practice at home now is to use jackstands, block whatever wheels are still on the ground, and throw the spare tire or any removed wheels under the car.
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