Use Tractors Considerately
It won’t come as much of a surprise to you to know that at White’s Tractors we are big fans of Kubota equipment.
We know that things like Kubota tractors are powerful and versatile beasts that have a streak of ruggedness in them. That’s exactly the sort of thing that farmers need in and around Goulburn.
Yet much as we might sing their praises, even we have to acknowledge that just like any tractor, they can be pushed too far if you try and use them way outside of what is sometimes called their ‘performance envelope’.
While it is true that most general purpose tractors are, by definition, ‘general purpose’ they are basically designed to do a certain range of jobs. They are pretty good at pulling things, pushing things and covering rough or boggy ground etc.
There are things though that they are perhaps not primarily designed for – at least not without special equipment. Here are just a few of them we’ve seen where we have thought that perhaps the driver was chancing their luck a little!
1. Racing around at relatively (for a tractor) high speed across a fields driving in very short, sharp turns for no apparent reason other than we guess ‘fun’ or maybe trying to turn it over. Keep in mind that these tractors aren’t racing or stunt cars!
2. Using as a battering ram with an improvised bucket at the front trying to demolish a brick wall. The shaking of the impact each time was shocking to see.
3. Being used to force home a completely improvised and home-built larger drilling bit into a rock.
4. Driving through an incredibly deep pond.
In all of these cases we couldn’t help wondering whether the person driving the tractor was, in fact, the person or owner who had presumably signed away a good deal of their money in order to buy it.
So, have a little bit of sympathy for your tractor. It’s a tough character but it’s not invulnerable!