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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Mounting Tractor? RIGHT or LEFT

    Typically from the left, sometimes from the right, almost never Indian style. Tried it once and hit my head on the ROPS
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    Default Re: Mounting Tractor? RIGHT or LEFT

    On the orange tractor always for the left because there is no step on the right side and the platform is ~3' above the ground. (The loader valve is mounted under the platform on the right, otherwise I would have made a step for there by now.)

    On the blue tractor either side. Moreoften the left cause it is easier but if I am on the right side I don't walk around to get on.

    Ed
    The orange tractor - M7040HD, 70hp, Loader, Pallet Forks, and Bale spear
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    Default Re: Mounting Tractor? RIGHT or LEFT

    Quote Originally Posted by polo1665 View Post
    Typically from the left, sometimes from the right, almost never Indian style. Tried it once and hit my head on the ROPS
    You beat me too it, I could handle the ROPS, but not the rear glass.

    I mostly mount from the left, but prior to FEL tractors whichever side was closest.
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    Most people will mount a tractor, horse, or motorcycle from the left side in North America for two main reasons.
    One, most people are right handed and naturally lift their right leg first when climbing a ladder or stairs.
    Two, North American cars are driven by entering the drivers seat from the left side of the vehicle.

    Motorcycles lean to the left on a kickstand, making easier access from left side, tractors usually have more room on the left side floorboard, loader control, instrument clusters, cupholders, etc.

    Some cabbed equipment only have a door access on the left side for this reason.

    Is it possible to mount from the right, sure, but usually not practical and doesn't feel natural to most.

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    Default Re: Mounting Tractor? RIGHT or LEFT

    From the left - "like with a horse" - 'cause that's how the fella that sold it to me said was the right and proper way. The one time I tried from the right I got my 14AAs all tangled up between the pedals and the FEL stick and almost fell off backwards. So I says to myself "I can read between the lines. You don't have to tell me every thing twice. That dealer knew something about tractors and horses".

    Quote Originally Posted by jbooth View Post
    Durn! When I was a younster my cowboy buddies always made fun of me for not knowing which side of a horse to mount. Most of the horses I was allowed to ride were to old and slow to care anyway. Now I find out there is a right and wrong on a tractor. Now I'll have to look to see if anyone is watching when I get on a tractor. I just always went for the easiest and closest.
    I have discovered that, as I get older, all the horses seem to get younger and more high spirited.

    -Jim
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    It always starts out as such fun."
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    Default Re: Mounting Tractor? RIGHT or LEFT

    For people who have lawn mowers with a side discharge, which side does it discharge on? Right or Left?

    Wedge
    1967 Ford 4000, Box blade, straight blade, FEL, Rake, Bushhog, Backhoe, Jinma chipper, KKII tiller, Grapple.

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    Default Re: Mounting Tractor? RIGHT or LEFT

    Whichever side suits the occasion. Left is a little easier becasue of the step, but the L3400 isn't so tall I can't get up easily from the right side.

    I deliberately cut 5 inches off the loader joystick so I could get on and off easily from the right side.

    I don't like only one escape route, either.

    Sean

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    Default Re: Mounting Tractor? RIGHT or LEFT

    Left mostly . Right sometimes ( loader joy stick on right ) simply because I am a small dude, and I can when needed .
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    Default Re: Mounting Tractor? RIGHT or LEFT

    Left Right Left Right Left Right Left Right....You know the drill.

    I load up from the Left.

    When I load from the right I have to bend my shin bone in half, therefore, I don't.
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    Default Re: Mounting Tractor? RIGHT or LEFT

    If I am walking up behind the tractor I always mount from the left...if I am walking towards the front of the tractor I always mount from the right
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