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    Default Always !!! lower your 3PT attachment when leaving the tractor!

    OK, I am pretty safety conscious and know perfectly well that it is important to lower any three point attachment to the ground before shutting down and walking away from a tractor. I adhere to this principle mostly because I am afraid that the kids in my neighborhood who occasionally jump on the tractor to play with big boy toys might hit the control lever or FEL controller. However, I wasn't so smart this weekend when I had a box blade mounted and I lowered it only to about three inches from the ground as I kept driving off forgetting to raise it again and got tired of tearing up the yard. So, I walked away to grease the FEL (which was on the ground). After greasing the FEL I remembered the grease nipples at the back of my tractor (Kioti DK40se) so decided to give it a pump or two. The box blade was obstructing my access so I had to lean around to get the grease gun on the nipple. Guess what, Kioti has a very conveniently mounted extra 3PT controller at the back of the tractor, very handy when mounting implements. Guess what happens next...I nudge the controller accidentally with the grease gun and plant a box blade shank directly on to my foot (I had not noticed where I had put my foot when leaning around the rear wheel to aim at the grease nipple). Ouch. Worse really than ouch. Ouch squared at least. I was wearing steel toed work boots but the shank pinned my foot about and inch or two behind the steel plate. 700lbs of box blade resting on the tip of the shank on my foot. Engine off. No way to raise the box blade. Pinned to the ground. The shank did not penetrate the boot (thick leather) but I was having no trouble imagining what a crucifixion must feel like. I usually work alone but this time my wife was within earshot and ran into the barn to get a "long metal pipe" at my rather urgent request. She returned with a pipe clamp and I was able to insert it under the box blade side and then get her to lever the dam thing off my foot. Nasty bruise but otherwise I escaped serious injury. Could have been a lot worse. Had I been alone, I probably would have been able to reach the toolbox on the rear of the tractor and use a pair of pliers to excavate the dirt under my foot out to escape but that would have taken quite a while and the thought did not even occur to me at the time. Extreme pain does not usually bring forth our best Apollo 13 self rescue strategies.

    So, I broke a cardinal safety rule and paid for it. Tractor bits are heavy and dangerous even with the engine off. We often debate these types of safety rules (ROPS, draw bar etc) but it has been a while since anyone talked about a 3PT accident so I figured I'd post my experience. ALWAYS !!!! lower three point implements to the ground when shutting down the tractor. Simple rule. I had not intended to go anywhere near the box blade when I dismounted. It was only after completing my intended task of greasing the FEL that it occurred to me to hit a few more grease nipples. Never rethought the issue of where the boxblade was etc. Avoidable accident. Lucky outcome. Swollen painful foot.

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    Default Re: Always !!! lower your 3PT attachment when leaving the tractor!

    Ouch! Hurts to read about it even. Glad you are not seriously injured, although I imagine it will be stiff tomorrow morning. Watch that you don't have what they call a "green twig" fracture in a bone. Thanks for the safety reminder.
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    Default Re: Always !!! lower your 3PT attachment when leaving the tractor!

    I would have cursed my stupidity greatly for doing something like that. I appreciate your graphic description and hopefully it will ensure I don't do something stupid.

    I have been known to put stuff in a raised FEL.

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    Default Re: Always !!! lower your 3PT attachment when leaving the tractor!

    glad it got resolved with no more damage than did occur....one reason I always carry a cell phone with me...and, agreed, good idea to always lower hydraulic equipment...I do it often, but not ALWAYS. Will try to do better. thanks.
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    Default Re: Always !!! lower your 3PT attachment when leaving the tractor!

    Glad you escaped with minor injury Island. Thanks for bringing it up as someone had to eat the first poisonous mushroom.

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    Default Re: Always !!! lower your 3PT attachment when leaving the tractor!

    So glad your allright. Something else i've learned. If using the rear 3 point controler to lower a implement to the ground always push your main 3 point control down be fore starting or it will come up very fast to the position chosen.
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    Default Re: Always !!! lower your 3PT attachment when leaving the tractor!

    Another good reason for wearing good work boots. My steeltoe boots have saved me feets a few times. I have left the 3 point up, and the loader. Bad idea.

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    just plain OUCH!
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    Default Re: Always !!! lower your 3PT attachment when leaving the tractor!

    Glad you're okay.

    I bought a new comfortable pair of steel-toed boots, and wear them faithfully, after a very similar event last year. I was reattaching the backhoe to my BX24 after finishing up with the York rake at my sister's. She and hubby were standing nearby, I had wood blocks under the down riggers to protect their driveway, and it was the end of a long day. Three distractions I don't normally have... and a clue to be more careful.

    The top pins were not aligning right, and I twitched a lever a bit too much, and the lower pins lifted out then dropped out of the frame dogs. Backhoe dropped on my instep. Yell. Self-assess, touch nothing for a second to prevent compounding the error... decline their offer to move ?which lever?... "No, just stay back a moment. I'll do it." Deliberate thought process engaged to raise the weight off safely.

    Walked a bit, nothing broken. Swollen badly by the time I got home, and stayed swollen then bruised for quite awhile. Lessons learned.

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    Default Re: Always !!! lower your 3PT attachment when leaving the tractor!

    Glad your Okay.
    Quote Originally Posted by murphy1244 View Post
    push your main 3 point control down be fore starting or it will come up very fast to the position chosen.
    I always afraid someone will be standing there and it will hurt them when it comes up so I leave it down.

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