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I didn't realize this until I was reading the paper about a youth tractor safety course. But there is a Federal law prohibiting hiring or allowing any youth under the age of 16 to participate in any hazardous work activities, including operating tractors over 20 PTO horsepower unless the youth has a training certificate or is working on a farm owned and operated by his or her parents or guardian. Seems in Wisconsin the child must be 12 to even enroll in the course.
 

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Just think of all those kids generations ago who'd have to sit on the porch till they were 12...
 

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But if you go back most were farm kids, like myself, that were exempt. Not sure how old the law is but 20 PTO HP goes into SCUT level.
My old Cub is rated at somewhere around 13 hp for the engine. Not sure about the PTO. What about something like an old Ford 8N or 9N. Are they under 20 HP at the PTO?

Just saying that years ago, these types of tractors were what a lot of small farms had.
 

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Law ignored

You are correct, it's a DOL regulation. The issue is finding a course in many areas, even very rural areas. Some vocational ag courses include the certification and some places run a course during the year but in our area, that's a law that's widely ignored.

On the other hand, if I'm handing the keys to an expensive piece of equipment to a teenager, I want to make sure they are competent and serious about what they are doing. Just because they can drive a car doesn't mean I want them on a tractor or combine that's bigger and more expensive. A real training course would be great, if there was one in the area.

I might want to take my own advice. I was recently handed keys to a medium size excavator when I had never been on one in my life. The owner showed me which levers did what and walked away. I guess he just had faith. . . but I'm sure as heck not a teenager!

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In our area, in the sixties and seventies, the local dealers switched off teaching segments of the course which was sponsored by the 4-H. There were no regulations then, but a lot of kids were trained.
 
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