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    1026R Rollover

    Guys,

    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.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails On its side.jpg   Righting the tractor #2.jpg   Preparing to tow upslope.jpg   Towing upslope #2.jpg  
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    Guys,

    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.
    WOW, I am glad your OK! That take real guts to post, but we all can learn from it. I think it needs to be a post by itself as well?
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    wow, at least you were not hurt. looks like you have a beautiful place

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    Oh my!?!

    Thanks for the reminder and very glad to hear you are ok.
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    Adamski,
    Happy you're alright but sorry to see your misfortune.
    Very commendable posting this up, you're a true asset to the forum. Thank you for that.
    Now, You could help out others if this was a new thread and labeled something to catch everyone's attention. Maybe you could ask the administrators to provide that service for you. I am CERTAIN other members would appreciate it especially how well you put the post together.

    Thanks again,
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    I guess Kennyd is faster than I am. I type slow. Come to think of it I do a lot of things slow anymore.
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    Wow, glad to see you're okay! Thanks for sharing, it helps us all learn and please do post this is a new thread so everyone can be reminded.
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    Larry . . . thanks for postng. Glad you're ok. Looks like the tractor survived with maybe only a couple scratches.

    BTW . . . beautiful place you have there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    Guys,

    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.
    Good to hear that you are OK and the ROP bar and seat belt helped save the day from being a major disaster.

    Did it roll after you dumped the load of dirt? That seems strange. Dumping the dirt should have lowered the center of gravity of the FEL and load.
    Do you have ballasted wheels?
    Did the ballast box disconnect during the roll?

    That is one hell'uva incline you have. Beautiful location!
    Sailor Don
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    Happy to hear that you are OK, Larry. I think the most important lesson of your experience is that you had the Roll-Gard up and the seat belt on, which saved you from injury and damage to your tractor. Also, I don't know if I would have the guts to post that if it happened to me. But, many tractor people read this forum and they can learn a lot from your experience. Thanks for the post.

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