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    Is This Safe??? Using the loader as a man lift.

    I was going to build a platform on a pallet, but saw this in one of Tim's videos - and thinking of doing the same with one of the IBC Tote cages I have for storing firewood.

    But I was moving one of the Cages the other day, and because of a knee injury, I am kinda clumsy getting on and off the tractor. I had the cage high in the air and as I dismounted I barely touched the loader lever and the cage "dumped" really fast. If I would have been in it, and it was 6-7 feet in the air - I would have been dumped hard on the cement floor.

    So - is this not a good idea??? Is there anyway to "lock" the loader arm up with the engine off??? I'm working by myself, so it is unlikely someone would come by and accidently hit that lever. But I would hate for there to be a touch of that lever by the wife delivering a soda, or asking her to get my glasses on the seat while I'm up in the air - or anything else unexpected.

    Or is this just not a safe way to use the tractor? It sure would make the present project a thousand times easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konakid View Post
    Or is this just not a safe way to use the tractor? It sure would make the present project a thousand times easier.
    There is 0.000% chance that you can make a JD loader "safe",, ZERO!!

    Do people do it? I do it all the time. I know it is wrong.

    Material lifters are totally different than people lifters,,,
    But, you play with these toys,,, (I DO enjoy playing,, ) and you take the chances.

    Forget the accidental touched valve handle,, what will happen when a hose bursts,,,
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    If you are working alone, then use a ladder or scaffolding. You would still have to climb up into the cage once it is in position anyway and scaffolding won't leak down and change position over time.

    The hydraulics on the tractor will leak down over time with the engine off and the forks will slowly dump. I use my forks with a sheet of plywood as a table at times and have to restart the tractor once or twice an hour to tip the forks back up.
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    One other comment on the picture you posted: that strap is a single point of failure for the cage. A whole lot of bad would happen if it were to fail while occupied and front heavy. I'd prefer to see two straps minimum.
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    There is an SCV lock lever that can help keep the lever from moving accidentally, but I have not used it and can't speak for it's reliability. I fall back on my old horse riding days and always mount and dismount the tractor from the left side so as not to hit the lever.

    I have to agree with the others though. I would be very hesitant to use the tractor forks as a man platform when I was working alone, which is most of the time. I'd think it would be just as easy to have a scaffold section preassembled, and with a little rigging, use the forks to move the scaffold.

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    I refuse to use the loader as a people mover.
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    I seen this done on a 2 series to trim some trees. Even with a actual man cage designed for a fork lift, 2 idiots and a safety harness it looked way to dangerous for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OxPath View Post
    There is an SCV lock lever that can help keep the lever from moving accidentally,

    To answer your question, use this it does work as I use it when kids are around.
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    I personally think the only way to do this is you have to have two people, one on the tractor and one on the platform. If you do it yourself, you're probably better off using a ladder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OxPath View Post
    There is an SCV lock lever that can help keep the lever from moving accidentally, but I have not used it and can't speak for it's reliability.

    This all depends on what tractor the OP has.
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