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#1 farmer john OFFLINE  

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Posted January 04, 2014 - 06:54 PM

well guys i have big shoulders so you might as well get a laugh over this, as a few of you kown i have been having a lot of issues with fuel in my skid steer so today i added 2 gal of kerosen to the mix, about 25%, left it a few hours and did some shopping, came back told the wife i had better do the snow as we have 2 storms coming in and record lows, she heads to the house i jump in the skid steer, it fires right up like a summer day, beauty, i let her idle for about 5 min, raise the blade and start to back up and it dies, it wont start no how, no smoke then the battey dies, well i think dam not again, well this time was'nt again this time the bucket was up and i cant get out of the cab, im stuck, i start yelling for the wife. no go, im cold its -19, i start yelling louder,  my voice is horse now, a neighbour 200 yds away hears me, and comes to the rescue, goes and bangs on my door and i tell my wife to call the mechanic, he shows up 10 min later pumps the lines full hit her with quick start and a boost it finally starts and i can lower the bucket and get out, i had been in there about 1 1/2 hrs, well it does seem like a coincident but when i came inside basically frozen solid sitting on the kitchen table was my life insurance renewal, accident ? makes you wonder, did she hear me? from now on i bring my cell phone with me!!!!!!!

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Posted January 04, 2014 - 06:59 PM

Interesting story. Glad to hear it ended well.
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Posted January 04, 2014 - 08:17 PM

Now you know why i keep my cell phone with me at all times. I could scream till my lungs fell out and Steph would never hear me. Now go renew that insurance.
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Posted January 04, 2014 - 09:14 PM

Gggglad tttttthe sttttory endddddeddd wwwell.

Seriously, that's a little scary. Does the machine have a horn? Is there a way to lower the bucket without running? A valve that can be reached from the seat?
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Posted January 04, 2014 - 09:23 PM

That is a scary story. Is it an older skid steer? I'd be surprised if a new one could operate that way given the safety standards these days. I got locked outside one day in the snow and was pounding on the door. My wife was on the phone and heard the pounding. The person on the other end asked her what that noise was and she said it was just me pounding on something in the basement. Eventually, after she got off the phone she realized I was outside. I was kicking the door at that point. Of course it was all my fault for not pounding on the door in the right way. 

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Posted January 04, 2014 - 09:40 PM

I hear 'yer pain John. With the bucket up in a fully cabbed skid steer, that door ain't going nowhere with the boom up , even a couple inches. Good thought for the future- always carry your cell phone.  Heck, anytime I am out removing snow, or running equipment, I make sure my cell phone is nearby, like in a shirtpocket that is readily available.


I am glad you are okay, a bit frozen, but okay. :thumbs:

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Posted January 04, 2014 - 09:45 PM

Yes, funny from here, but scary too. Food for thought.

Is there any way you can plumb oil dump valves in those lines

that you could reach? I'd rather have oil to clean up, than freeze

like that. Did you let the mechanic try to fix it?


After the car in the driveway incident, I'm not surprised about the

insurance papers. :D  :poke:  :rolling:  :rolling:

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Posted January 04, 2014 - 09:53 PM

Yes, I suppose there is a way to run some dump valves up into the cab, but it would be complex.... open lines, yada yada....


I have run machines of various sorts, in all manner of conditions, and one just has to accept the risks, and pay very close attention to one's surroundings . It sounds like Johns engine quit all of a sudden, and he got trapped in that cab with an outswing door with the arms up. It has happened to me as well, but it was not anywhere near as cold as his situation.

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Posted January 04, 2014 - 10:21 PM

Funny story, but I am glad all worked out and you didn't freeze to death!

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Posted January 04, 2014 - 11:08 PM

Glad to hear it ended alright. A lesson learned. Now when can we see it on YouTube ?
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Posted January 05, 2014 - 03:03 AM

haha funny but scary at the same time

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