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post #1 of 405 Old 06-03-2005, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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What's the stupidest thing you've done on your Tractor/Mower?

Well I've got a small arsenal of things like mowing with my deck in the "Install" postiion, which basically about drops the deck to the ground for removal or installing. Then there was the time that I still had the deck wheels turned out 90 (so you can slide the deck out sideways on it's wheels for removal) when I started mowing.

But the best one was when I first started mowing my new acreage and there was some kind of discarded, flat, 1/2" wide cloth like tape about 100 feet long laying on one end of my property. The first time I moved it to one side so I could mow in that area with the idea I would discard it later when I had time.

The second time I was mowing the other side of that area. The tape was still there, but that end of the tape had not been disturbed, and looked like it was kind of embedded in the soil. As usual I was in a hurry, and I was also finish mowing at a high setting. I thought I could get away with mowing over it.

By the time I hit mower PTO switch it had wrapped around all three spindles on my 62" MMM. Not only were the spindles "mummyfied", but they were wrapped so tight that the wrap was rock hard and pretty thick. All I had was my Graber pocket knife to cut it loose. It was tough stuff. Don't know how long it took cut it all out, but I bet is was nearly a half hour.

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I just refuse to incriminaate myself with the stuff I have done! Nope just not gonna do it.
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Pulling a spike tooth harrow into to tight of turn and the chain started wrapping up on the tire pulling the harrow with it. Caught it out of the corner of my eye and hit the brakes just as I heard the tire blow from a spike driven thru it. Better the tire than me. It scared me pretty good...whenever I pull the harrow now I watch it like a hawk.

That was just one of many stupid things I have done...I'll go along with Chip and keep a low profile.

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I'm with Chip on this one! ROF Can't think of many things luckily, but also did the string thing, only with my push mower. I had wooden stakes in the ground with string wrapped around them to "rope off" a section where I had just planted grass seed. I found the end of it, and then had my opportunity to cut the string from the spindle- or in this case, I guess it would be the crank. Kind of reminded me of my first (and last) attempt at flyfishing...Just as big a mess, only wrapped much tighter.

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does driving a riding mower on top of a car clasify as stupid? ROF once during a party at my house i did this. then my dad came out with a puzzled look on his face and demanded we remove the mower from the car so my buddy backed it down and slid off the ramp causing the mower to tip over and the hot muffler hit the grass causing a small fire. my dad shaking his head walked back in the house and i fully expected a big reaming later but he never said another word about it. bernie.
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That one's gonna be hard to top, dirtybernie! ROF ROF
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There was this time I rototilled a nest of bees that had built thier home in my garden. I do know one thing my John Deere can not outrun angry bees.
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My brother was pulling a trailer full of firewood with my '56 lo-boy up a slight hill. The front came up and he hit the right brake and swung the front end towards a tree. He straddled it, both tires dug in and it stood the tractor up at a 45 degree angle, burying the fast hitch and then the motor died. You should have seen the look on his face!

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then there was the time my buddy wheelyd the same mower on top of an old boat. the plastic on the boat was gone and it was all styrafoam so he hit it with the blades engaged and it looked like a snowstorm ROF the mower died shortly after all the abuse as its 5hp tecumseh spit a rod. while we are all older and wiser now it scares me to death the thoughts of my kids pulling some of the stunts i did ROF bernie.
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Thats why they have big switches.....and little a**es

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"Stupid is as stupid does"

The first 13 miles of railroad track in the nation runs right near my house. So I'm riding my Simplicity Legacy near the Old Main Line ... on an abandoned piece of road next to the tracks. But did I stay on the road? No way ... I've got a Legacy. I chose to go in the high grass and weeds, for no good reason .. just because it was there. Then the Legacy starts to bog down. This can't be! A Legacy doesn't bog down in a little bit of high grass. It felt like I was dragging a boat anchor. It was about then I noticed I was dragging some wire. Turns out a piece of abandoned telegraph wire got fished through the tire chains, and began to get wound around the axel. I probably would have taken the entire length home with me, but the other end was still attached to the old telegraph pole ... which was, in turn, attached to the previous pole, and the previous pole, etc. I was lucky I didn't bring the ancient poles down on my head.

I wonder if Sam Moorse wants his wire back?

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My stupidest was also my most dangerous.... I was loading a Deere 316 into a pickup truck using 2 x 12 ramps and it was raining. I was just cresting the angle between the ramps and the truck's tailgate when one rear wheel started to spin because of the wet surface, so I leaned over to that side, which apparently applied enough down force to the spinning wheel that it kicked the ramp right out from under me. With my weight shifted to that side, the tractor fell right out of the truck, but thankfully did not roll over. When everything stopped, the rear of the tractor was on the ground, and one front wheel was on the tailgate and the other front wheel was hanging in space, and I'm holding on to the steering wheel so tight that my fingerprints should have imbedded themselves into the plastic.

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When I was a kid I was hauling a load of fruit on a drey back from a farmstand on the highway up in Ontario. Saw a cute girl who lived on the farm next door as I was going down the dirt road. Decided to impress her with how fast I drive the tractor. All I did was wreck a load of fruit and never did get the girl's attention (actually was a Ford 8n)
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Well why not...mine is akin to what Bontai did. I was "volunteered" to cut a ladys grass for her by my wife and son about 2 weeks after I just got my JD180. I had a Ford F250 with oversized tires and a 1 ton rear under it as well, so needless to say the bed wa up in the air a considerable height.

I had no loading ramp, I was high agitated that I got volunteered to go cut someones grass I did not know, as its bad enbough havin got cut your own, and here it was on my day off as well. I threw 2 2 x 10's up on the tailgate, and headed up the ramps, but on top mower deck did not quite clear top of planks, spun out one plank, JD180 flops off the side nearly doing a complete rollover, all before I knew what happened. I broke my shoulder, and busted the hood, and intake manifold, and bent up the steering wheel, not counting the cuts and bruises elsewhere....all on a tractor with less than 10 hours on it.

Turns out may son used to stand under this womans porch if it rained while he waited for the school bus. We used to have to cart him up the road a piece to get to where the "other" county bus did its turnaround at, as the school system in this county sucks, so we had been transporting him to the other county district. The old lady remarked to the boy that her grass needed cutting and would he be interested in doing it, so he asked his mother and they both volunteered me to help her out.........


Also slid down a muddy clay bank sideways with my Ford 1720 in high water in the stream and had to go quite a distance down the creek until I could get to a bank that I could manage to get out of..It was one of those freak days in Alabama, as it had been sleeting, and it was bitter cold and miserable out........It cost me a clutch as I was too darn cold to do much once I got it home, all I wanted to do was get a hot shower and crawl in bed.......worked the nexct couple of days, and when I went to use the tractor, all the clutch facing was stuck fast to the flywheel and pressure plate, which peeled away in the process of trying to get it freed up.........thats when I faced it with linings from a Fiat clutch disk.........as a new clutch & pressure plate was bout $1,400, and you had to buy the entire assembly not just the clutch plate

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the stuidest thing i have done is the most recent thing i have done, i was driving my allis in a feild heard my cell phone ring i go to look at it and the next thing i know i feel a jerk on the steering weel i look up and thers a stump about 2 feet high the i end up with my allis's front in the air at bout a 90 degree angel i hit the clutch and then it was stuck. no damage luckily had to cut the stump out thou.

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