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 05-21-2000, 22:36 Post: 16488
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Anyone have any advice on the use of seat belts on a compact tractor. Specifically; to use them or not. My brain says, if the tractor tips over then my torso is unlikely to get pinned if I'm wearing my seatbelt, although my leg or arm could, which would be bad since I am skidding logs alone. My gut says there's no way you're gonna strap me to this thing and the end result is that I don't heed the mfr's written advice. I never wear it. (I do wear an auto seat belt). Any good stories out there?






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 05-21-2000, 22:45 Post: 16489
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By all means, always wear your seat belt. I have had a neighbor that died from a turn over on a pond bank and I have had to get a man out from under a flipped 8N. The 8N man was lucky, he didn't die. Play it safe, wear it. Only ONE accident can kill you. JerryG






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 05-21-2000, 23:10 Post: 16491
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Jerry, that is a truly sad story. It sounds like these two accidents happen in the open. My question is, what if I'm in the woods (typical for me) and the tractor tips into a tree or a boulder. I may be in my seat but unable to react or be pushed aside because I'm restrained and therefore crushed, by whatever object was in the way. This may be a weak argument but it does concern me.






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 05-22-2000, 09:08 Post: 16493
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There are a few situations where the seat belts in your car will kill you. There are infinitely more situations in which they will save your life. The same applies to your tractor. All we can do is play the odds, and the odds definitely say to WEAR YOUR BELT.






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 05-22-2000, 10:13 Post: 16497
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WARNING: Don't wear seat belt without ROPS. Unless your tractor has a roll bar, wearing a seat belt will prevent you from escaping a rollover. I doubt there are many tractors out there with seat belts and no ROPS, but just in case...






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 05-22-2000, 10:18 Post: 16498
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Eric,
So let me get this straight. the tractor starts tipping to the left, and like a
skeet thrower in slow motion, the seat starts pitching you to the left as well. But somehow your strong and fast enough to jump over the tractor the opposite direction??.. OR, if you jump off to the left, you'll move out of the way before the tractor lands??.. But I thought a tree or boulder was in the path you are jumping towards??.. I don't mean to sound like a smart ass, but 9 months ago we buried a really nice guy from our church who thought just like yourself. He was able to jump off alright.. Just didn't count on the tractor landing on him before he could move out of the way..






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 05-22-2000, 11:21 Post: 16499
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Seat belts should always be warn on tractors with roll bars. The most often seen deaths is from the roll bar crushing the operator from not clearing the tractors path as it rolls. Without the roll bar they didn't put seat belts on tractors. Think of the pounds per square inch of a roll bar vs a tractor fender or hood. There are some other nasties out there like the steering wheel or the hydraulic levers to get stabbed by or shifting levers. Best bet is to keep the wheels down.






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 05-22-2000, 17:01 Post: 16506
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Eric, we can all think of arguments against wearing a seat belt, but in real life situations, none of them hold up. You say you do wear it in the car. So do I; in fact, consistently since 1962. And there is no doubt whatsoever that it saved my life on 12/29/65. And the closest I've come to turning a tractor over was when I least expected it. Now I, personally, don't like "laws" or "requirements" that only make you protect yourself, like the seat belt laws (I figure that should be up to you), but I wear mine in the car AND on the tractor.






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Well said... Bird.






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 05-22-2000, 20:07 Post: 16515
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OK..OK..I give. Good stories, all, or should I say sobering stories. I have made up my mind to wear my belt not only in my truck, as I always do, but in the field as well. Thanks for the wake up! Eric in NH






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