Operating a small tractor, like a John Deere compact utility tractor, comes with potential hazards that can be avoided by following basic tractor safety tips. No matter the size of your equipment, safety matters. Continue reading to learn more about the dangers of operating a small tractor and the safety tips that can save your life.
What are the hazards of operating a utility tractor?
Whether you are operating a vehicle, small tractor, or anything with a motor or engine, there are always hazards regardless of what you are operating. Things such as accidents, excessive wear, potential damage to the equipment, and tipping over on uneven terrain or while hauling loads are common hazards that can be prevented by following proper safety protocols.
Safety Tips for John Deere Compact Utility Tractors
Regardless of the task or timeline, cutting safety measures should NEVER be an option when operating a John Deere compact utility tractor, or any other piece of equipment.
- Equipment walkaround – Before you start your equipment, it is always wise to take a quick walkaround to look over the equipment. Check for anything that might look out of place and check for any fluid leaks.
- Review your surroundings – As a vehicle has blind spots, so does a tractor. Take a complete 360-degree look over the area. Ensure there are no children, animals, or obstacles in your immediate area. Be especially careful when operating in reverse with attachments that could obstruct your line of vision even more.
- Know your terrain – Rough or uneven terrain increases chance of damage to your equipment if you aren’t operating properly for the terrain. Having limited visibility while operating your small tractor means you need to be aware of the terrain you will be driving on before you get on your tractor.
- Balance your load – Compact utility tractors have a low center of gravity, which is helpful when moving loads. Whether you are hauling materials with a front-end loader or three-point hitch attachment, you want to make sure the load is balanced before lifting and moving with it. If the load you are hauling is not properly balanced, you risk tipping your equipment over. Always survey the terrain you are going to be moving over and go slow.
- Be aware of moving parts – While operating a compact utility tractor, it is important to make sure the unit is completely stopped, in park, and shut off before standing up from the operator’s seat.
- Correct Parking – When you are finished with your equipment, it is vital that you park properly. Once you have stopped your compact utility tractor you want to lower the hydraulics. After the hydraulics are lowered and the unit is in park, shut the engine off and use your parking brake. Take a quick look over your equipment to make sure you are leaving it in good condition and ready to operate the next time.
Routine Maintenance will increase the lifetime of your equipment.
When parts on your equipment experience excessive wear and tear, you are increasing your risk of an accident. Following routine maintenance schedules helps to keep your equipment operating at peak performance and allows time for parts to be checked for excessive wear causing them to need replacement. Koenig Equipment offers Performance Edge Maintenance Packages to help you protect your equipment. A certified technician will perform routine maintenance on your equipment to ensure you are operating safely and efficiently.
At Koenig Equipment, our customers’ safety is one of our top priorities. When going through the buying process, our trained sales staff will teach you how to operate your equipment properly and safely, so you are comfortable in the operator’s seat. Visit your local Koenig Equipment to learn more about equipment safety and the complete line of John Deere compact utility tractors we have to offer.