and ask questions!
A copy of all operating manuals and other relevant safety materials should be kept on file for quickreference.
Use Tractor for Intended Purposes
The tractor has many uses around the farm, however, improper use can result in an accident. For example,using the tractor to round up the cattle is dangerous because the operator may encounter rough, unevenground and make sharp turns at high speeds.
Check Tractor Before Operating
A pre-operational check of the tractor will assure you that it is in safe operating condition. Check the tires forproper inflation and defects, windows for visibility, seat position, seat belts, brakes for adjustment, steeringresponse, rear view mirrors, slow-moving vehicle emblem, reflectors, and running lights for day or night timeoperation.
Walk around the tractor and any attached implement checking the area for obstaclesthat may be under or near the tractor. This includes stones, boards, children's toys etc. Make sure thereare no bystanders; remember this is a work area. Check that the wheels are free, not frozen or stuck inthe ground. If the rear wheels are frozen to the ground, then the tractor may flip backwards around theaxle when power is applied. Check for any loose parts or objects on the tractor such as tools on theplatforms or around brakes and other controls.
Walk around the tractor a second time to check the tractor itself. This time lookat the tires for wear and inflation, the power takeoff shaft for shielding and guarding (rotate the shield tomake sure it moves freely), the hitch for proper hitch pin and safety clip. Pay particular attention to theground under the tractor for any signs of liquid leaks such as oil, coolant or fuel.
Check the oil:
Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean and check the oil level. If oil is required, remember towipe off the filler cap before you remove it to avoid dirt falling into the engine. Use a
andclean the top of the oil can to prevent rust or other foreign objects going in with the oil.
Check the radiator:
Slowly remove the red cap and check the liquid level.
Check the air pre-cleaner and air cleaner.
Remove and shake out any dirt.
Check the fuel level.
Fill if necessary, but it should have been filled at the end of the last day thetractor was used.
Check the fire extinguisher.
Your tractor should have a fire extinguisher in case of fire duringoperation or refueling. Make sure it is charged and easily accessible.
Any noted defects should be corrected immediately. These can affect performance and your safety!
BATTERIES: HANDLE WITH CARE!
Occasionally it may be necessary to handle, adjust or change the battery on your tractor. Batteries containsulfuric acid which can cause considerable harm if it comes into contact with your skin. They can also producemixtures of hydrogen gas and oxygen which can explode if contacted with heat or sparks. Remember thesesafety points:1.Do the work or adjustments in an area free of sparks and heat sources. Don't smoke while working nearthe battery. Make sure the area is well ventilated.2.Always wear personal protective equipment, covering the eyes and hands. A full face shield will offerthe most protection.3.Never work leaning directly over the battery.4.Always disconnect the
first and identify the cables as positive and negative so that youdon't re-attach them wrong.5.Make sure that you clean the terminals and cable connections before re-attaching them. Make sure thenew battery is secured with the hold-down assembly provided.