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Took along a city boy friend of mine when going home to help get ready for our family farm auction a few year's back, and if he know's it or not, the man is lucky to be alive today, due to one old Farmall tractor. Before I could warn him and explain to him the proper way to hand crank start a tractor, he'd taken it upon himself to try and do so. An act that could have just as easily cost this man his life and boy was he lucky! Just as I had turned to tell my buddy about there being a trick to starting tractors in this old fashioned and highly dangerous way, I'd heard my friend yelp loudly and at the same time saw that my warning would come just about a second too late. The thumb of his right hand was already beginning to swell and within a few more minutes we'd had him in the truck and off to the hospital the poor guy went. Lucky for him that broken thumb was all that happened to him, and he didn't get that old crank sunk right into his head, like has happened to so many guy's before. Remember anyone attempting to hand crank a tractor 'never ever push down', on the crank, and alway's 'pull up on it', instead please? It's the difference between life and death knowing this one detail, and I still thank God my friend got this one painful but not deadly warning that day. It would have been tough explaining to his wife and two boy's, why he wasn't coming home again, and I sure am glad I was spared that act even to this very day.
rob nickel, bc, entered 2004-08-28
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