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    Freak Occurrences - The norm when it comes to tractors

    Obviously, the goal is to NOT hit driveway markers. But bad things do happen to good driveway markers once in a while. Today, I accidentally killed one in a desperate attempt to not get stuck in some greasy, wet, and heavy snow. "Bummer, but oh well", or so I thought.

    Fast forward to a little while later when I was plowing into the same spot, completely forgetting about the driveway marker, which was now buried. In some stroke of fate, the fallen orange fiberglass post somehow got sprung between my plow blade and something else, probably the ground. When I picked up the plow blade to back away, it dislodged and became a missile, shooting just past my head and missing me by inches or less. I only knew about it because I heard that distinctive whiz you hear when something just misses your squash, and I heard it over the sound of the tractor, which was revved up pretty good at that point.

    Instinctively, I turned and caught its landing about 35 feet behind me, disappearing into a snow bank. As you can figure, that thing would have put me in the hospital or worse if it had been just a few degrees to its left. And not to mention, getting taken out by something ORANGE would just be unjust!

    Of course this is a freak occurrence, but hopefully it is at least an example for folks new to the tractor world of the crazy little situations that can arise out of nowhere just when you least expect them.
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    Good story Chris, thanks for sharing it. Just proves that one truly never knows what's gonna happen or when no matter how well we prepare. No one gets out of this alive...
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    Ooh man, glad nothing major happened.
    The good thing is, you need one of these events every now and then to remind you to be safe.
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    Gee, Chris . . .

    You literally dodged a bullet there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artillian View Post
    Obviously, the goal is to NOT hit driveway markers. But bad things do happen to good driveway markers once in a while. Today, I accidentally killed one in a desperate attempt to not get stuck in some greasy, wet, and heavy snow. "Bummer, but oh well", or so I thought.

    Fast forward to a little while later when I was plowing into the same spot, completely forgetting about the driveway marker, which was now buried. In some stroke of fate, the fallen orange fiberglass post somehow got sprung between my plow blade and something else, probably the ground. When I picked up the plow blade to back away, it dislodged and became a missile, shooting just past my head and missing me by inches or less. I only knew about it because I heard that distinctive whiz you hear when something just misses your squash, and I heard it over the sound of the tractor, which was revved up pretty good at that point.

    Instinctively, I turned and caught its landing about 35 feet behind me, disappearing into a snow bank. As you can figure, that thing would have put me in the hospital or worse if it had been just a few degrees to its left. And not to mention, getting taken out by something ORANGE would just be unjust!

    Of course this is a freak occurrence, but hopefully it is at least an example for folks new to the tractor world of the crazy little situations that can arise out of nowhere just when you least expect them.
    I would appreciate it if you would not put your health at risk until AFTER my forks arrive. Thanks for your cooperation with this matter.
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    I was plowing my brother-in-laws driveway (lives next door) with my 1026R the other day. I always push the snow across the road over a ditch so it does not bother anyone. 2 days later my brother-in-law calls me to ask if I had seen his cat. I said no because he is quit easy to spot in the snow because he is jet black. Another day went by and he called me back saying the cat was still not home and he could use my help to search our woods to look for it. If it had died we did not want my niece (his daughter) to find it. So we were out searching and about 15 minutes in while walking the road we heard the faint cry of a cat coming from the ditch where I had pushed the snow over the side of the road 3 days before. The cat had hidden in the culvert pipe that passes under the road and I had accidentally pushed snow over the only opening in the pipe so the cat had no way to get out. The poor little guy had been in there for 3 days with no food or water. I now push the snow in a different direction.
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    Cool

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    Great story and a nice reminder to keep animals safe by not burying their hiding places.
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    Lucky Chris... Poor kitty!

    And of course we all know not to pull up fiberglass markers with our bare hands in the Spring, don't we! I forgot all about those nasty rods and sprung one last year and found out the hard way when I pulled it out!
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