Well, who knew that just cleaning up the paddock would result in the tractor crashing into the dam? I am just very glad that no-one was hurt.
Husband had been using the harrow to 'sweep' the fallen bark and leaves after some windy days. I was between the trees, raking up what he couldn't get to. He had jumped off the tractor to fix up the harrows when he called my name and I watched the tractor take off down the hill, miss every (bloody) tree, and crash into the dam! It was like slow-motion. All I could think of was a certain expletive which I think I uttered also in slow motion!!
|Missing trees on both sides, the tractor went through the middle!|
|A crane was called in...|
|2y.o assessing the damage|
We were very lucky that only a few of the driving rods were bent and the front wheel had snapped off the axel at the weld point. Husband thinks he will have it up and running very soon hmmmmmm! Apparently husband had applied the hand-brake, but as the motor was running, the tractor was not in gear. On a very slight slope, once the harrows had been disconnected, the weight shifted to the front of the tractor and it took off, very slowly and then full speed into the dam!
Once lifted out we had to form a bucket relay to quickly skim the oil off the top of the water in the dam.
|The 'boys' had a very interesting day watching all of the action!|