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Fergys Can Bite

Fergys Can Bite
We live in a very dry and dusty area of Australia that can go for many years with out rain. It was one of these dry periods that I learned to respect smaller tractors - they can kill you as quick as the bigger ones. We were cuting hay with a 60 hp International when she blew her diff - can't say I blame her with the hiding she used to get. Any way the only other tractor I had with three point linkage was a Massey Ferguson TE20. Well with the grass cut all I needed was to walk home and get the Fergy and put the hay rake on her. Now if it was a normal hay rake it would not have been a problem but this was one of them big old rakes they used to use to rake cane. It is about 30 foot long and weighs half a ton or more. It hooks directly to the tool bar. Having not long bought it, I had no weights for the front. It was getting dark and I had starving cattle to feed so I hooked her up to the old Fergy, turned on the one light and off we went. Every time I needed to turn I would have to drop the rake - well that was okay, we just used the steering brakes at other times to keep her straight. I raked hay till late that night and was very tired. That's my excuse. . . Having been around tractors most of my life I should have known better. Where I came out of the paddock was a small creek I forgot about. I had got real used to driving the old Fergy with the steering brakes so I was giving her a bit of a work out to say the least. One minute we were flying along, the next minute we were on one wheel in a creek with the Fergys bonnet coming over to meet my face. Unable to bail out, I jammed my foot on the clutch. It balanced on that one wheel like it was trying to decide whether it was going to kill me or let me live. Well now she came crashing back to earth. I just sat there legs like jelly. At the time I used to smoke (back then, I don't now). By the time Igot home I had smoked half a pack - I guess the lesson I learned that night is whether you have been around tractors for one day or thirty years be careful and know the limit of your tractor. Big or small they can still hurt you. Enjoy your tractors - I do.

Brad, from QL, entered 2003-04-11

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