I was over on Tri City Beach Road today, close to SH-99 and passed a young fellow standing by his very stuck John Deere tractor. He was pulling a brush hog type cutter and was high-centered in a rut. When a tractor is stuck, it usually means a Jeep is not going to pull it out.
I parked down the road because I was in the covert act of hiding a geocache, but I watched as a second tractor arrived and I thought he would simply pull the other tractor out - but this is not the case.
Anthony Morris was stuck and Tyler Retzer was trying to pull him out and they were talking about it. I had noted that the stuck tractor was only turning one rear tire and I asked if the vehicle had a locking rear differential. Anthony was unsure, but Tyler knew it did, so I instructed him to show his buddy how to "Lock it in", which he did.
I then told them that since the stuck tractor was high-centered and the mower couldn't be raised higher, it would be better to pull it from the rear, using the heavy chain they had. I also cautioned them about having a signal when the tractor came free, so the chain wouldn't be run over. Everything worked perfectly and I walked along side and whistled and signaled, and both guys came to a halt.
They were very appreciative and introductions went around. I proceeded to explain how dangerous farm equipment is and the number of serious injuries occur each year with these machines and both guys appeared to be well-versed in safely operating them. I love to see young men and women working and my hat is off to these two fine Baytownians.
Then just to show-off, I dropped my awesome Jeep in 4 wheel drive and drove through the rut. Anthony Morris just laughed.
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