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 04-18-2005, 01:38 Post: 109976
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 Was I really seeing this dangerous act

This is not "for fun" or anything like that; I could not think of another category to place it in.

Just when one thinks that some persons are trying to do the right thing, someone comes along reinforcing that not all persons behave in a rational or safe manner. In fact, some are downright dangerous endangering themselves and others.

Late this afternoon, I saw my neighbor on his JD CUT with a tiller churning away. That's OK. But, what I did a double take on, and even called my wife to verify what I thought I was seeing, was the "person" (and I'm being kind right now) on his tractor with the tiller going WITH one of his daughters riding along with him. It was only after another minute or so, and after taking the first of several pictures, when I realzed that it was not one of his young daughters, but both of them riding with him -- one on each side of him. There are many unsafe things to do, but this is pretty near the top with me.

Several pictures were taken. I will try to get at least one of them in my "pics" area (see picture 10). Otherwise, please email me if you would like to see what behavior exists near me. I'm still shaking my head after seeing this earlier.






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 04-18-2005, 06:32 Post: 109979
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The never happen to me line IS the first accident!






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 04-18-2005, 08:40 Post: 109987
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Is it bad practice to ever have a child ride with you on your tractor?






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 04-18-2005, 10:05 Post: 109997
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You ARE INDEED so right! That picture is scary to say the least. All kinds of gruesom scenarios popped into my head. I think it would be a good idea to try and tactfully say something to that guy and explain to him the HUGE risk he is taking and the tremendous danger he is placing his children in. At least you will have done your best to prevent a bad injury or death.






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 04-18-2005, 13:27 Post: 110011
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 Was I really seeing this dangerous act

I grew up on a farm in the 50's and 60's. It was common to have "a" rider along for the ride. You may consider this unsafe but somehow, sometime you need to show the kids how things work. Careful, detailed information is necessary for instruction and only one at a time. Now if the guy running the tractor is a green horn, things can be really bad.

In my area, I know of only 2 kids my age with plates in their heads from farm accidents, only one with pins in his legs, one with a leg missing and one with an arm gone. Only one got run over and killed. So, yes there is an element of danger associated with tractor use.






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 04-18-2005, 14:00 Post: 110015
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yooperpete -- Couldn't agree with you more; there needs to be some hands on instruction at times, and at appropriate times.

I grew up on a farm as well in the 50's - 60's; I was just another farm kid until we moved off when 10. Dad was an active farmer (120 acres, cattle, and pigs) as were my uncles within several miles of our place. Dad also had a small Ford tractor dealership at the edge of town. We moved off the farm when he became a zone sales manager for Allis-Chalmers' farm division. My dad told me that I was driving his jeep at 5, although I don't remember much of it. If I wasn't in school, it seems that I was with him or helping him -- his idea of a straight line was quite different than mine at first.

This particular situation though left me numb seeing two little girls (guessing to be about 5 and 7) out for what seemed to be a ride with their daddy. I could see one, not two, being with him for a short time, but not with a tiller going. I could see their dad looking back to see how the tiller was doing; he was distracted during that time and not focused on the girls (I thought). One slip of either one of the girls could have been met with something bad. This just didn't look right in many respects.






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 04-20-2005, 19:34 Post: 110145
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When I was about 8 years old there was a boy in town a little older than me (maybe 10) who was killed when he fell off the back of his grandfather's tractor while his grandfather was bushhogging. A very gruesome result.






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 04-20-2005, 19:42 Post: 110148
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My nextdoor neighbor mows his lawn all the time with his very small son in his lap... zooming along high speed on his JD CUT. He's the kind of guy who'd turn VERY nasty if I said anything to him, and I wondered maybe it was dangerous enough to ask social services to talk to him? (I don't have kids, but it didn't look safe at all to me)

P.S. This is the same adult who races his motorbike (no helmet) along side neighborhood kids (also no helmet) on our narrow development lane, doing wheelies.






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 04-20-2005, 21:02 Post: 110150
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Funchy, I'm glad I don't live near you! Calling social services is THE best way I can think of to start a toxic nuclear war with the guy. I think you could find a way to approach the guy and express your concerns. You never know........ he may even take heed and take your concerns to heart. People do a LOT of really dumb things and don't even realize it. Most times when you put it to them the right way; they say or think "what was I thinking!"






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 04-21-2005, 00:29 Post: 110156
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This is a tough one for me... I grew-up on a farm and MANY times I road on the fender of my dad's JD 3020 while doing field work, bringing in hay wagons, etc. We would even ride on the tongue of the wagon while hooking-up and unhooking wagons. (My father did take it very easy under these situations though.) Your right, it is not the safest thing to do and if a mistake happens, it would be hard to forgive yourself as a parent. I even used to ride on the JD 50 that had no fenders and lots of moving things around your feet. I don't know...is that irresponsible? While living on a farm, it is somewhat a part of life I think...to learn how things work and why we should respect machinery. We need to be responsible parents, but we also need to teach our children. IMHO...my being around farm machinery at a young age taught me how to be more reponsible with cars, motorcyles, tractors, etc. as an adult. What about a 9 year old with a 10 pump BB gun, a 12 yr. old with a 410 shotgun (both me)...respect is often taught at a young age.






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