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Be careful - PTO engagement

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OrangeMetalGuy
Be careful when dismounting from your tractor if you are wearing shorts and have the engine running (I leave mine idle for a few minutes to help it cool down after running). Hopped off mine and my shorts grabbed the center PTO lever and engaged it. Fortunately I had my feet away from the underside of the mower deck. Just wanted to pass this on... be careful out there.

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donmoore1904
This advice is applicable to almost any tractor, right? I have a Massey loader/backhoe, which is a wonderful machine. However, the way it was designed, almost every control can either get caught by a sleeve/pant leg, or hit inadvertantly by a hand or foot when getting on/off. Wouldn't you know they completely redesigned the ergonomics the very year after mine. Our tractors are a lot better than that, but any tool is dangerous when not used as intended. The designers probably didn't anticipate we modern folk doing tractor work with shorts on.

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AC_B-1Novice
Strange you should mention it. I got off a Gilson tractor about 2 weeks ago and my foot hit the gear shift, kicked it into gear and Andy (Baily) and I had to chase it down before it hit the side of my barn at the door. Not fun!!!

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OrangeMetalGuy
Yes you are correct. However, the manual also says to run the engine at idle for a few minutes after the tractor has been working, to allow the engine to cool down. So I normally throttle down to idle then hop off.

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blind_eagle
sounds like a good excuse to ask the wifey to bring you a cold one to enjoy while waiting on the tractor for it to cool down since you can't leave the seat.:D8D:D8D:p

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timflury
Where's Ralph Nader,,,,, why he oughtta make make all the manufacturers put a crapload of safety switches and guards on these so we don't have to read all the safety instructions!!! Oh, that was done years ago.

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