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    Scary,Learned My Lesson!!!

    New to 1023e SCUT and was moving some sand using my loader. I bought 5 bags of sand 50lbs. each and unloaded from my truck into my bucket. Then I proceeded down a small grade with my loaded approx. 4ft off the ground. The ground also had a downward slope to the left of tractor. As I was turning right going slowly downhill the rear right tire started to lift off the ground! I put the brakes on slowly noticing what was happening. I immediately
    moved my weight to the right rear and tractor settled back down to the ground but it shut off because of no weight on seat! Yes I did a really stupid thing, I didn"t wear my seat belt and didn't have my rops up!!! Very Stupid!!!! Every time I tried to start tractor It wouln't because of no weight on seat. So I had to try to get enough weight on seat so it would crank and start but when I did the tractor would start to tip. Then I thought to lower loader to lower the center of gravity of the weight. That worked and I was able to start tractor and get myself out of trouble.[/B] I thought this was just a quick little job and didn't realize that 250 lbs. in loader would do that! I didn't have my weights on for ballast because I thought it was a light load. I hate even telling this story of my stupidity and pride but feel if someone else reads this maybe they will learn from my experience!!! I hope so, and am so glad the big guy up above was watching over me!!! I will never use loader without my seat belt on or without the ROPS up!!! I'm Done!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikdor View Post
    I will never use loader without my seat belt on or without the ROPS up!!! I'm Done!!!!!
    I'm glad everything turned out okay. Thank you for sharing your story. These types of stories can not be shared too often as it is too easy to forget

    I do hope that you also never use your loader without attaching the 3PH ballast.

    In addition, you should only wear the seat belt when the ROPS is up. If you have the ROPS folded do not wear your seat belt. The operator's manual has a section which mentions this.

    Again, thank you for sharing and I'm glad it had a happy ending.
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    Wow, I'm glad you're okay and so is the tractor.

    It takes courage to share a story like that; most wouldn't, so thanks for that.

    Even with ballast, try to keep the load as low as possible. If the bucket can only drop a few inches and hit the ground, it should help stabilize the tractor.
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    You learned a valuable lesson that only may have required changing of your drawers.
    Glad it didn’t go bad for you.
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    I'm glad you are ok. Ballast is your best friend. You have to train yourself to habbitually calculate how much rear weight you need to offset front work and especially with a loader. A couple hundred pounds might not seem like much but it can be catastrophic when all the stars line up and they almost did for you. These machines aren't nearly as heavy with weight hanging from them as they seem just looking at them. The good lord was looking out for you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikdor View Post
    New to 1023e SCUT and was moving some sand using my loader. I bought 5 bags of sand 50lbs. each and unloaded from my truck into my bucket. Then I proceeded down a small grade with my loaded approx. 4ft off the ground. The ground also had a downward slope to the left of tractor. As I was turning right going slowly downhill the rear right tire started to lift off the ground! I put the brakes on slowly noticing what was happening. I immediately
    moved my weight to the right rear and tractor settled back down to the ground but it shut off because of no weight on seat! Yes I did a really stupid thing, I didn"t wear my seat belt and didn't have my rops up!!! Very Stupid!!!! Every time I tried to start tractor It wouln't because of no weight on seat. So I had to try to get enough weight on seat so it would crank and start but when I did the tractor would start to tip. Then I thought to lower loader to lower the center of gravity of the weight. That worked and I was able to start tractor and get myself out of trouble.[/B] I thought this was just a quick little job and didn't realize that 250 lbs. in loader would do that! I didn't have my weights on for ballast because I thought it was a light load. I hate even telling this story of my stupidity and pride but feel if someone else reads this maybe they will learn from my experience!!! I hope so, and am so glad the big guy up above was watching over me!!! I will never use loader without my seat belt on or without the ROPS up!!! I'm Done!!!!!


    2 very important thing to never forget 1 keep the loader as close to the ground when ever possible 2 back down if possible
    both have been learned running a fork lift .
    of course you know that now .
    I believe that dealers should give a common sense operators lesson to people that have never run heavy equipment
    it could save a lot of pucker time !!!!
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    *nods* I think we all go through one of these at some point. I did something pretty similar early on trying to unload a ton of wood pellets from the bed of my truck.

    I think that because you were headed down a slope, your center of balance was already shifting some. Turning to the right added to that a bit. And then you throw in the 250 lbs in the loader bucket and your rear wheel started lifting off the ground. You probably caught all 3 issues combined just right.

    So the lesson learned is to always keep that loader bucket as low as possible when traveling, keep that ROPS up when using the loader and to wear that dang seatbelt! Because we all want ya back here telling us what other stupid stuff ya done did!

    Luckily, it doesn't sound like anyone or anything was hurt.
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    Been there, done that! Other than the driveway in, I have a section of flat land that's probably 20x50 feet. All the rest of the 20 acres is slopes of varying steepness, most very steep. ROPS and seat belt seems like a small price to pay to minimize the danger. That and going straight up and down the hills, and I have fewer of those moments these days.

    Glad you and the tractor are ok!

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    I learned quickly one day when hauling a load in the bucket that the brakes don't do much going down hill as I stepped on them and the back tires just slid along. I set the bucket on the ground to stop and then switched into 4 x 4 and proceeded on my way with no difficulty. It sure got my attention though.
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    A couple of things to do when transporting a load:
    • As others have pointed out, always keep the load as low as possible.
    • Keep your hand on the loader control so you can drop the lift arms as soon as you feel any imbalance.
    • When in doubt, turn downhill. This will restore lateral stability and coupled with the previous item, keep all 4 wheels on the ground.


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