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  • Do you wear your seatbelt on your tractor?

    I'm just curious.

  • #2
    Only if I'm doing something hairy that I probably shouldn't be doing- like mowing ditches, steep hills or bush-hogging that one overgrown fenceline that I know has a big 'ol sinkhole/washout along the edge, but I can't quite remember where.

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    • #3
      more important question though: Is that roll bar up?!
      Originally posted by BigMama1
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      • #4
        (Answering for DH who generally operates the big tractor.)

        Yes, when doing things that could tip it over like lifting heavy stuff with the front loader, brush hogging on a slope or in the woods where there are holes and swales you can't always see.

        The other half of this question is: Do you have the roll over protection bar up and locked in place?

        It takes both to keep you from getting squashed if you tip it over.
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        Wendy
        ... and Patrick

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        • #5
          Yes to the belt and roll over bar, always use them.

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          • #6
            I'm not sure I've ever driven a tractor that had a seatbelt or a rollbar, honestly. Two of them I drove at farms that were very level, though, and the one I used at the barn that was hilly was an ancient Oliver.

            And I've never owned a tractor myself, with just a couple horses at home.
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            • #7
              I'm afraid ours doesn't have seatbelts anymore, someone cut them off years ago. We do have the ROP.

              Rules at work were seatbelts on forklifts all the time, even on a flat warehouse floor, and we had one guy get saved by his when the truck driver pulled away from the dock just as he was entering the truck, the forklift stayed in the truck in the front and the back fell four feet to the ground. It wasn't a fun ride but the FL operator stayed inside the cage and didn't get thrown out and further injured.
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              • #8
                lol! Not always, but I do when the going gets bumpy or I'm on a slope. There's one part of my pasture that is very uneven and I feel like I'm going to be bounced right off the seat (this could possibly be corrected by slowing down, but...) and I have been laughed at. Roll bar always up!!!

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                • #9
                  most of the time. Tonight when I was spreading railroad ballast on the edge of our pond, I decided I wanted to be able to leap out if I drove into the drink, so left it off. Tractor has built in roll bar, and I'm glad of it.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Wayside View Post
                    I'm not sure I've ever driven a tractor that had a seatbelt or a rollbar, honestly. Two of them I drove at farms that were very level, though, and the one I used at the barn that was hilly was an ancient Oliver.

                    And I've never owned a tractor myself, with just a couple horses at home.
                    LOL, good grief...I didn't think you were old enough to remember rollbar less tractors!!!

                    All kidding aside, I find this incredible that thee are still tractors around without rollbars....I know it has been law in Germany for at least 25, closer to 30 years....
                    Originally posted by BigMama1
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                    GNU Terry Prachett

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                    • #11
                      Yes if I'm doing anything remotely near the sloped/ditchy parts of the property. Mostly that means brush-hogging or harrowing. Otherwise, for moving poop back and forth at 1 mph, no.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Alagirl View Post
                        LOL, good grief...I didn't think you were old enough to remember rollbar less tractors!!!
                        Thank you!

                        For sure the Oliver was significantly older than I was at the time. I was thinking it was a 50's model, but I'm not positive. It was a relic, that's for sure. I had to do some minor work on the wiring because it would shoot sparks when you started it, and I was afraid it would start the barn on fire
                        "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
                        -Edward Hoagland

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                        • #13
                          A lot of you have mentioned having both the seatbelt and the rollbar, but I just wanted to throw out a friendly reminder that if the tractor does not have a rollbar, do NOT wear your seatbelt! It's safer to have a chance at maybe getting thrown clear than to risk certain death by getting pinned under the full weight of the machine.
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                          • #14
                            Seatbelt? Rollbar? Both of our tractors are 45+ years old! LOL Don't do much with them except cutting the field and spreading manure...both on very level ground.
                            What you allow is what will continue.

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                            • #15
                              Yes, I wear the seat belt every time. It's just a good habit to get into, and things can sneak up on you so fast. Rollbar is built-in.

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                              • #16
                                On my tractor? No, I live in Indiana. Not going to roll over here. On the family farm in West Virginia, pretty often, any time we are going somewhere hilly. We've got a few antiques from the 40s and 50s still in use for tobacco planting, hay and whatnot, no rollbars or seatbelts on those things. But those are also not used for hill work.

                                A farmer a few farms down the road rolled over with a roll bar and seatbelt, ended up pinned face down and drowned in a mud puddle when I was a kid, though -- not even a roll bar is perfect. The first rule of farm life is to be careful and respect the farm equipment.

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                                • #17
                                  We added a roll bar on our older tractor. We always wear the seat belt on the road. Roll bar does not do any good if you are not with the tractor if it rolls. Then it depends on what job we're doing if it is worn while working.

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                                  • #18
                                    ROPS up? Yes, always wear the seatbelt. ROPS doesn't do crap to protect anything if you land under it.

                                    ROPS down? No, absolutely not. The idea is to be able to (try to) jump clear if it tips or rolls since there isn't a roll bar up.

                                    And I do drive my tractors with the ROPS down in certain situations. Driving through the woods mainly. I have pretty heavy woods surrounding me and the ROPS just keeps hitting and breaking branches or getting hung up if it's up in the heavy woods.

                                    On the bigger NH tractor the ROPS is never down when I'm on it though. It's too wide to fit into the heaviest of the woods anyway, plus I'm small and kinda light and it's a bouncy tractor. If I don't strap myself down tight, my arse flies off the seat with every bump and bounce and the engine starts stalling from the seat safey shut off, LOL!
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                                    Hold onto the bridle!
                                    Jump in the line!
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                                    • #19
                                      There is more to it than roll overs.

                                      If you are elderly and have any health problems, do you really want to pass out and get "mulched" by the bush hog?

                                      We have had two instances of that in my neighborhood.

                                      We have also had three neighbors rolled on. One drowned in the lake, one killed and one crippled to the point that it shortened his life.

                                      The last bush hog death was one farm over from ours and happened just a couple of months ago.

                                      I use mine anytime I am not on one of our farm roads.

                                      A seat belt would not have prevented the drowning death. I included that one only to make the point that rollovers have consequences.


                                      CSSJR

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Wayside View Post
                                        Thank you!

                                        For sure the Oliver was significantly older than I was at the time. I was thinking it was a 50's model, but I'm not positive. It was a relic, that's for sure. I had to do some minor work on the wiring because it would shoot sparks when you started it, and I was afraid it would start the barn on fire
                                        ROFLMAO, kinda reminds me of the olden days....
                                        "Dad, do we take the old Unimog (TM) or the new one?"
                                        the old one was 25 years old, the new one 15 or so... (Unimog is a Mercedes all terrain vehicle, mix of big truck and tractor. Nice to have, faster than a tractor, stronger than a truck...not as cool as a Hummer though, but much older in concept)


                                        (but all tractors had to be retro fitted with roll bars no excuses for old machinery if you where using it.)

                                        naturally not all accidents can be prevented by rollbars and/or seat belts!
                                        Originally posted by BigMama1
                                        Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                                        GNU Terry Prachett

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