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As a recent owner of a John Deere tractor I wanted to share with you all something I noticed reading the manuals for the tractor and the related implements.

I had no idea there were so many ways to kill one's self or risk serious bodily harm when operating a tractor or an implement. I had no idea that my John Deere tractor and its attached implements were essentially a death machine on Ag Tires.

I don't recall seeing any such warning pics in the VW Beatle owner's manual that I have.

Whoa! Owning and operating a tractor is not something to take lightly!

Of course, all joking aside I know a tractor is a serious piece of equipment and needs to be treated with respect and attention at all times to avoid injury.

When I am training a new apprentice at the bakery one of the big things I talk about is kitchen safety. I have a 60 qt mixer that is a bit of a monster. I emphasize that this machine has no feelings or conscience or morals. If you are not careful and get your arm in the way of the paddle or dough hook when it is running it will break it and keep on running like nothing has happened. I stress that it is important to treat the machines with respect and to be mindful at all times. One moment's carelessness can lead to a lifetime of regret.

But back to the John Deere graphics. Whoa! Those pics are serious!!!

Here are couple of my favorites:
 

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:laugh: I was laughing at something similar this morning.

I bought a welder and it has a HUGE sticker on the top of it with a warning that "Welding can result in a fire" and I thought to myself, "Huh, who would have ever thought that using something that MELTS METAL could result in a fire?" :lol:

I guess some people aren't capable of putting 2 and 2 together....
 

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My favorite is the one that shows a tractor can turn you into a barber pole.


In seriousness, though, tractors have a much, MUCH wider range of ways to kill yourself than anything the average person comes into contact with on a daily basis. I think a lot of us take that for granted, but for a middle manager who just bought is 10 acres in the country, there's a hell of a lot of ways to die he's never even thought of.
 

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How about this one.....

This is on the left side of my tractor just ahead of the cab.

Dave



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How about this one.....

This is on the left side of my tractor just ahead of the cab.

Dave



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Dang, nasty wet keyboard and tissues again!! Does anyone get the idea that there is someone out there who is so intrigued with those safety graphics that it becomes a mental mantra? Over and over again sitting in the seat running those pictures again and again in their head and suddenly just jumping off the seat to stuff their hand under the mower deck or grab a spinning tire or shaft... Only to find that the RIOS craps out the engine and prevents his desired act. Right there is one individual that needs "URIOS" (Undefeatble Reverse Implement Operation)! It's coming, Folks...., just as soon as a lawyer can use those stickers to win his case with "The Sticker Shock Defense" . (Sorry... it's late....):flag_of_truce:
 

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The old JD safety cartoons ( in the two-cylinder era) were better! I especially liked the one where the guy was cleaning his double barrel shotgun, smoke from the barrels & two holes in his head, including the bar attaching the barrels together! :laugh:
 

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Anyone remember the Gov't study done, that caused a warning to be issued to farmers and ranchers, that stated...

"Don't step in cow manure. It is slick and you could lose your footing and fall."

Personally, I think there should be some sort of competency test before you have kids or pets, and now I am thinking you need one before moving to the country and playing with equipment. But I've always said a person that doesn't know the 4 strokes of their car/truck engine, should not be allowed on the roads either. You don't have to be a mechanic, but you should know a little something about the machine you are using! :soapbox:
 

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Anyone remember the Gov't study done, that caused a warning to be issued to farmers and ranchers, that stated...

"Don't step in cow manure. It is slick and you could lose your footing and fall."

Personally, I think there should be some sort of competency test before you have kids or pets, and now I am thinking you need one before moving to the country and playing with equipment. But I've always said a person that doesn't know the 4 strokes of their car/truck engine, should not be allowed on the roads either. You don't have to be a mechanic, but you should know a little something about the machine you are using! :soapbox:
As a kid growing up Amish we were always barefoot as soon as the weather warmed up. It didn't matter if we got a frost after. When the shoes got put up they didn't make an appearance again till the first snow came that fall. One of my first outside chores was to get the cows every morning and night. In the spring your feet get cold when it frosts so as I made the cows get up the first thing they did was sh!t and let me tell you it's warm. I would stand in it to warm my feet and coat them for protection from the cold. Never once did I slip or even started to. Lots of grip. Remember one time in the cold with a very thin jacket I got so cold that I laid down where I made a cow get up and I laid down in it's place. Next thing I knew was Dad waking me up asking what I was doing. Man, I thought I was getting the whipping of my life. Cows had to be in the barn at 6am and 6pm, no excuses. I was around 5 or 6 years old. I told him what happened and he just told me that we have to get the cows to the barn and get them milked. No whipping but I remember it like it was yesterday. People should talk to people that do the real work before giving warnings but it's my humble opinion that most of the warnings that you see is for the person that has never operated said equipment. I think we've all been at that spot at one time or other. Common sense? Yah it's on it's way out the door. People making the rules/warnings have probably never been on said equipment. Or walked a mile in the worker's shoes. Or bare foot.
 

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:laugh: I was laughing at something similar this morning.

I bought a welder and it has a HUGE sticker on the top of it with a warning that "Welding can result in a fire" and I thought to myself, "Huh, who would have ever thought that using something that MELTS METAL could result in a fire?" :lol:

I guess some people aren't capable of putting 2 and 2 together....
Seriously , I have a large size burn marking on the side of the upper thigh from the shorts I was wearing and doing some welding.
Yes , I should not have been welding wearing shorts. Plus the shorts was almost worn out had long pieces of thread hanging down.
 

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Anyone remember the Gov't study done, that caused a warning to be issued to farmers and ranchers, that stated...

"Don't step in cow manure. It is slick and you could lose your footing and fall."

Personally, I think there should be some sort of competency test before you have kids or pets, and now I am thinking you need one before moving to the country and playing with equipment. But I've always said a person that doesn't know the 4 strokes of their car/truck engine, should not be allowed on the roads either. You don't have to be a mechanic, but you should know a little something about the machine you are using! :soapbox:
Which is why I don't have kids or critters. :lol:

I find it sad when the majority of an owners manual is nothing but safety and lawyer language than actual operation and maintenance information.
 

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I'll take 100 for now :) I'm sure I could sell them!
I'll take 2.

Any chance you could modfiy one for my gator, and one for my brewery?? Maybe the brewery one could be a "drunken ass whoopin'"??

-J.
 

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Anyone remember the Gov't study done, that caused a warning to be issued to farmers and ranchers, that stated...

"Don't step in cow manure. It is slick and you could lose your footing and fall."

Personally, I think there should be some sort of competency test before you have kids or pets, and now I am thinking you need one before moving to the country and playing with equipment. But I've always said a person that doesn't know the 4 strokes of their car/truck engine, should not be allowed on the roads either. You don't have to be a mechanic, but you should know a little something about the machine you are using! :soapbox:
There is a test for country life FG - it's called Darwinism. We just keep dancing around it, and trying to fight it, with manuals.

The kids and pets, however, is a tough one. Stupid/ignorant people breed like rabbits, and they don't get their pets spayed or neutered, so they breed too, like rabbits.

-J.
 

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There is a test for country life FG - it's called Darwinism. We just keep dancing around it, and trying to fight it, with manuals.

The kids and pets, however, is a tough one. Stupid/ignorant people breed like rabbits, and they don't get their pets spayed or neutered, so they breed too, like rabbits.

-J.
Unfortunately Darwin said the fittest will survive. In this day and age it is not the smartest. It will be the ones on government welfare sitting around with nothing to do that will reproduce the most and out last the rest of us.


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