Re: What's the stupidest thing you've done on your Tractor/Mower?
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
Last edited by chipmaker; 06-06-2005 at 09:32 PM.