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#1 boyscout862 ONLINE  

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Posted February 12, 2017 - 08:09 AM

We had a couple of inches overnight Friday. The sun was supposed to come out in the afternoon. I plowed the new snow so that everything would melt better. As a last pass I went across the lawn to provide an area for the deer herd to easily get grass. To do the lawn I have to pass under my 10'high by 10'wide gantry. The chain fall was mostly off to the side. When I was done with the lawn I backed out under the gantry. I was concentrating on where I was going and didn't notice that the bucket caught the chain hanging from the chain. It was a little freaky that the chain was able to hook onto a pivot pin retaining bolt. Pulled the whole gantry over onto the tractor. Fortunately, the boom arms protected the hood and the head light stopped the I beam from getting my hand. The steering wheel was not so lucky as it was bent almost down to the dash.

It took an hour to lift and prop the gantry so that I cound get the 2000 out from under the gantry. I couldn't steer because turning the wheel caused the bent wheel to up the throttle.

First problem was to straighten the wheel. I was able to fight with the wheel(with the engine off) and get it so that the low point was over the transmission. I then dug out an old bumper jack. Reminded me of a thread recently about unused tools. I place the jack on the tranny and hooked the wheel. Several jackings later the wheel is fully functional. I was going to have to get a new wheel and rebuild the power steering this year anyway.

I started the 2000, lifted the beam alittle with the bucket and chained the gantry to the tractor(so that it couldn't jump). Cleanned up the props and then lifted the gantry back to where it was supposed to be. I had planned on moving that gantry months ago but didn't get around to it. Procrastination penalizes.

If I had paid better attention when I was backing, I could have saved 2 hours and my stearing wheel. Luckily the light was only bent, it still works. Be carefull out there. Good Luck, Rick

Edited by boyscout862, February 12, 2017 - 08:12 AM.

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Posted February 12, 2017 - 08:13 AM

Thankfully, you weren't hurt.
Steering wheels can be replaced, people can't
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Posted February 12, 2017 - 08:15 AM

Ya just never know when something is going to happen, glad your ok.

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Posted February 12, 2017 - 08:31 AM

Good to hear you didn't get hurt!  The rest can be fixed.  I don't know how many times Procrastination has bit me in the butt, and the funny thing is I still do it!!


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Posted February 12, 2017 - 08:31 AM

And i'll bet you were tired when all this went down. I uselly screw up when i'm tired.
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Posted February 12, 2017 - 08:41 AM

Glad to hear you are ok and that only your pride was hurt.  One second of not seeing the whole picture can cost hours or years of suffering - fortunately in this case it sounds like you got off light at only two hours of time and a redesigned steering wheel.  


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Posted February 12, 2017 - 09:09 AM

I would like a pic of the repaired steering wheel, please.


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Posted February 12, 2017 - 09:33 AM

Glad you weren't hurt! Put something on the side of that gantry to put the hook on so it's not hanging loose!


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Posted February 12, 2017 - 09:37 AM

Oh wow, that could have been devastating!  Glad you're ok!


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Posted February 12, 2017 - 09:38 AM

I would like a pic of the repaired steering wheel, please.

Right now the tractor is covered and snow is about to start. I'll try to get a pic tomorrow when the storm is over.

I was very lucky. I find that as I have aged, I have procrastinated more and more. I used to work 14 hour days routinely. Now, an occasional 8 to 10 hour day maybe. A 6 hour day is more common and some days I don't even get up. Its tough getting old but, it beats the alternative. Good Luck, Rick

Kenny, while it was down, I took the chain fall off and put it in the basement.

Edited by boyscout862, February 12, 2017 - 09:40 AM.

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Posted February 12, 2017 - 09:53 AM

Glad you weren't hurt. That's when you know somebody is watching out for you.


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Posted February 12, 2017 - 10:06 AM

Glad you weren't hurt. That's when you know somebody is watching out for you.

 

And hoping that no one was out watching you.....................


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Posted February 12, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Scary!! Now that it's over, don't beat yourself up too much about it, the experience was enough, it won't happen again. I find I get to blaming myself disproportionately when I do a foolish thing... not productive and often worse than the "crime".


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Posted February 12, 2017 - 11:29 AM

Its tough getting old [/quote] glad you are ok. I too am breaking things (and myself)a lot more thies days,being mad at myself for not paying attention is taking some getting used to,on the upside I'm a lot more forgiving of others lol.
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Posted February 12, 2017 - 12:25 PM

And hoping that no one was out watching you.....................

them were the good old days,have a massive wipe out and jump up after the last rag doll cartwheel to check for spectator's,then run to see what's left of your prized drit bike(snowmobile,4 wheeler....)and after much cursing about a broken throttle and bent shifter you notice blood is puddling by your left foot,nowadays I hit the dirt and just lay their wondering if I'm ever going to breathe again and thinking this is going to hurt worse tomorrow,crawl to my broken toy hoping theirs enough left to get me home and laughing spectator's act more like parparamedics
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