I have to confess, I screwed up big time today. I had just dumped a very small load of dirt at a disposal site on the side of my bluff and then, suddenly the tractor did a slow-motion roll. The pictures show the result and the recovery process.
Things I did wrong:
1. I raised my bucket about 3' high while dumping the small load and that was just enough to start the roll.
2. I failed to foresee and avoid the situation prior to attempting the maneuver.
3. I failed to drop the bucket as the roll over began.
Things I did right:
1. I had the ROPS up and my seat belt on.
2. I was driving extremely slow across the bluff with full ballast and the bucket low (no loss of stability at that point).
3. I had lowered the ballast box until is was just 6" above the grass.
4. I was in 4 wheel drive, low range with no more than 2,000 RPMs.
5. I was stopped at the moment of roll over.
6. I stayed inside the safety zone and kept my arms inside as well during the roll over event.
Things the tractor did wrong:
1. It rolled over very quickly leaving little time to react to even drop the bucket.
2. It dumped a couple of the rocks out of the ballast box and they rolled down the hill. (See picture #3)
3. The battery became slightly dislodged.
Things the tractor did right:
1. It protected me (I didn't even have a bruise).
2. It killed the engine.
3. It stopped as soon as it was on its side - no other motion in any direction.
4. It only leaked perhaps 8 oz of hydraulic fluid, no diesel fuel and no oil.
5. It restarted a few hours later and now runs fine.