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    Platinum Member Pete Judd's Avatar
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    Default Never too young.

    Pic of my grandson and I today, letting him steer the tractor around part of the yard for the first time. He just turned 6 so it will be a while before he will be able to reach the controls.
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    Default Re: Never too young.

    Some of the best memories of my childhood were driving the 75hp case tractor and our manual f100 around the fields.

    If memory serves, I was the same age as your grand kid when I began driving the truck (was too weak to load square bales onto the trailer, so had to drive the truck instead). I remember barely seeing over the dashboard and not even coming close to sitting on the seat while pressing the pedals, haha! Wasn't until I was 10 until I got to drive the tractor. I remember counting the days

    It won't be long before he's buying his own. How time flies..

    Be sure to save that photo. I only wish I had a similar photo of when I was a child. I bet he'll come looking for that picture 20 years down the road.

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    Default Re: Never too young.

    I really like seeing pictures like this. My first memories are of learning to drive the tractor with my grandfather. It's so great for the children, too, to learn safety, awareness, responsibility, as well as working with their hands and all the other intangible traits that only experience can provide. Good on you for letting your grandson spend that time with you.

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    I started out the same way with my grandpa on his Bobcat skid steer. Now I have my own tractor, and 4 riding lawn mowers.
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    66" Construction bucket, imatch QA adapter, CU72 Jake Rake, Middle Buster, 60" Landscape rake, 54"x 48" Pallet forks
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    Default Re: Never too young.

    me too, i remember very well riding on my uncles old grey ferg and a newer 135 MF he had back then with my dad as he worked on the flower farm my uncle owned. i couldnt wait until i could reach the pedals, i think i was about 8 or so. my 2 year old loves the tractor, my daughter runs away when i fire it up and he runs at me.
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    Default Re: Never too young.

    I let my 15 year old mow the fields with the tractor (CT235) yesterday by himself. He had been wanting to mow by himself for a while but I was apprehensive (I tend to worry alot).

    He did great. Mowed for 2-1/2 hours and did everything right.

    I know many of you will think 15 is plenty old but we are all new to tractors and this was a big step for me.

    Anyway, he was great and now I have help.

    MoKelly

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoKelly View Post
    I let my 15 year old mow the fields with the tractor (CT235) yesterday by himself. He had been wanting to mow by himself for a while but I was apprehensive (I tend to worry alot).

    He did great. Mowed for 2-1/2 hours and did everything right.

    I know many of you will think 15 is plenty old but we are all new to tractors and this was a big step for me.

    Anyway, he was great and now I have help.

    MoKelly
    Now that he has done it once, your amount of seat time will decline. I started driving at age 10 and have went on from there from SCUTs to large utility tractors to skid steers and excavators. I gotta say it is a lot of fun and a great skill to have, although with 3 different controls on the Case, Bobcat, and Cat skid steers it takes some getting used too, especially since I prefer hand/foot controls. Good for your son too, it is a great skill for him to have.
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    66" Construction bucket, imatch QA adapter, CU72 Jake Rake, Middle Buster, 60" Landscape rake, 54"x 48" Pallet forks
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    42" deck

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    Default Re: Never too young.

    My grandfather had a 1948 John deere Model A. Back in 1986, as a new 17 year old driver, it seemed unstoppable to me as it plodded along through the woods and redefined my idea of what a road was. Before riding as a passenger on that tractor, precariously perched over the left wheel, roads were wide stretches of smooth asphalt. Worst case: dusty, washed out clay and gravel paths. Grinding our way through the forest to harvest some trees, I learned that a "road" simply meant that no tree was in the way.

    Since I managed to drive our family several hundred miles to get there, he was comfortable enough to let me drive the tractor. It was all levers and pedals and required both my feet and three of my arms to keep it moving. It was nothing like the 1974 Ford station wagon we used to get to my grandparents' home that summer. Driving back to the house, we - ok, I - stalled it out a few times but it always started right up again. The perspective afforded by the height of its seat and slow but confident pace really stuck with me. Instead of zipping down the highway relying on giant billboards and road signs for direction, the tractor let us look around as the scenery rolled slowly by. He'd tell me, "There's my deer stand." "That's where I shot a ground hog from 150 yards." "There's what's left of a moose. . ."

    I have my own tractor now. It's a Kioti CK20HST and practically drives itself. And I'm ok with that. I appreciate having one less lever or pedal to concern myself with. But every now and then, I'll put it in low, throttle up and lock the 'accelerator' in place and cruise down the road towards home at a slower pace. And even though my grandfather died years ago, I tell him, "That's where I cleared a new garden." "That's where trapped the neighbor's cat." "That's where I . . ."

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    Default Re: Never too young.

    Great picture of you and the grandson. He will remember this when he's your age. Looking forward to taking our new granddaughter for a ride in a few years.

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    Default Re: Never too young.

    Nice pics guys good for y'all letting them drive with you!

    My dad taught me and my brother to drive cars when we were 6 or 7 he hauled new cars for a living with a transport semi and we drove lots of brand new cars back in the 60's before the dealers even saw them on the huge lot they had by the railroad tracks where they brought them in at.

    As far as never too young my daughter is not ever going to be interested in driving mine she has her own life in the big city so grand kids will be awhile if we are that lucky to even get any but I sure hope to teach my wife to I could use the help sometimes doing loader work etc.
    Yanmar YM3810D, LT duty 3pt hoe, 6' KK2 tiller, 6' KK box blade, 6 1/2' KK disc, 5' Howse bush hog, 5' Howse back blade, 9" Yellow PHD, 3 Husky chain saws 346XP NE, 359, 372XP. 07 HD Heritage Softail, Crack injectors, check compression, take 2 beers and call me. "Hey you didn't build that."

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