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#1 farmerall OFFLINE  

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 07:04 PM

I just wanted to post a warning/reminder to let every one know to check their tractors and mowers for mouse and bird nest before using them, especially if they are stored outdoors.


Yesterday I had to take my IH 504 about a mile up the road to pull a truck that I bought out of the weeds and jumped on the tractor and just took off like I normally do. Well about 3/4 of the way to were I needed to go white smoke started pouring out from under the hood. After I stopped the tractor and shut it down I saw a very scary sight, Fire. It turns out that a mouse or bird built a nest of pine needles on top the engine and exhaust manifold and when it got hot enough it caught fire. To make matters worse the fire was right in front of the fuel tank. Thankfully we were able to get the fire out quickly and all that was lost was a t-shirt and not the tractor. Also it's not like this tractor has been sitting for months or years, it has only been two weeks max. since it was last run so it just goes to show, it doesn't take an animal very long to build a nest that could potentially cost you something valuable.

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 07:23 PM

Hopefully damage, if any , was minimal. Glad ur ok. Did u get the truck home?
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Posted July 07, 2014 - 08:02 PM

Mice can build a nest in an engine in less than 3 days.

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 08:38 PM

You really need to proofread your titles. I thought this was going to be about reproduction.

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 11:06 PM

You really need to proofread your titles. I thought this was going to be about reproduction.

Or how not to reproduce, you know what they say about Great mind's 

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Posted July 08, 2014 - 05:15 AM

Close call. I hope it wasn't your best T shirt!

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Posted July 08, 2014 - 06:26 AM

You really need to proofread your titles. I thought this was going to be about reproduction.

I usually look down, but over the years I see less and less! :D


Glad you didn't burn your tractor badly, I had an incident in the late 70's where I'd bought a Rambler Marlin from an abandoned dealership. I was trying to get it started, leaned over the carb and a mouse nearly jumped in my face, scared the poop out of me. Animals treat everything as part of nature, Mother Nature doesn't allow for man made.

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Posted July 08, 2014 - 06:33 AM

Good the damage was minimal Matt. Bet the passers by we're wondering what the heck was going on.
We Had several robin's nests this spring in tractors too.