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Last year I got tired of my old Ford manual steer, two wheel tractor, and bought a used JD770 w/frontloader from a neighbor. One of the first things I needed to do was go down into the spring to do some repairs. I never could go there with the old tractor. I thought the bucket would work great for a tool holder. so I drove her down the cat track to the area. After completing the job, I attempted to drive back up out of the spring, and found that the dry grass on the cat track would not give me any traction, even with all four wheels pulling. I backed down, unloaded the bucket and started to cut the cat track down do clear earth so I could get back out. About 3/4's of the way to flat ground, the tractor started to spin all four wheels, but I was still moving forward, so I kept on the throttle, polishing the dirt as I went. at some point I guess the rear wheel got onto a hidden rock or something, but the rear wheels got traction, and the tractor started to climb righ back up over the rear wheels! I got her stopped and caught my breath, and made a mental note not to do that again. I then attempted to back down the track I had made, using the brakes and leaving it in forward just in case I needed to stop. As I backed down, she started to slip backwards even though the wheels were all pulling forward. I was unable to keep it backing on the road going as fast as it was going, and it rolled back off the side of the cut, and when I knew it was going over, my body, not my mind decided to jump for it. The only choice was downhill, right where the tractor was going! As I departed the premises, the thing started over, adding to my leap. I was thrown about 20 feet down hill through the air and I was running before I hit the ground, and didn't look back to see if I was going to be crushed by the tractor. Luck being on my side, the tractor layed over only, but it was more upside down, than horizontal due to the hills slope. All four wheels diggin into the air. (thats a JD for you) what a sorry sight that was. My new tractor, first week, all wrecked. after shutting it off and getting some help, we discovered that the tractor wasn't too badly damaged, but in the attempt to bring it up right, the pulling strap we were using turned out to be too short, so we'd pull it some, and added some cribbing under the rear wheels to hold it while we took another bite with the strap, but it didn't want to stay up right once we got it back up due to the hills angle. My helper decided that the best thing to do was give the strap a jerk and bring the tractor more up and down, then sideways to the hill. when he did jerk it, the strap broke, and the tractor went over again, this time landing on all the cribbing I had added. We crunched in the Left fender, and broke all the attach point for the fender, bent the seat and exhaust stack. Oil everywhere. More insult to injury. We finally got some beer and more courage and help, and managed to pull it out. took me a year and about 1000. 00 to fix the damage, and my wife will never let me forget how stupid I was to go down there in the first place. I know they say to ride them out when they roll, but I can tell you, your body jumps by itself, and it would take a very strong will to stay on in an event like that.

rick, from ca, entered 2003-04-06

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