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 Material Information
Title: Ready or Not? Get Ready with A Tractor Operator Checklist
Physical Description: Fact sheet
Creator: Lehtola, Carol J.
Publisher: University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, EDIS
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
 Notes
Acquisition: Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Melanie Mercer.
Publication Status: Published
General Note: "First published September 2001. Reviewed November 2009."
General Note: "ABE307"
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Source Institution: University of Florida Institutional Repository
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the submitter.
System ID: IR00003303:00001


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1 Carol J. Lehtola and Charles M. Brown2 http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu

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Ready or Not? Get Ready with A Tractor Operator Checklist 2

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Ready or Not? Get Ready with A Tractor Operator Checklist 4 Directions: This checklist is designed to evaluate a tractor operator's abilities to safely maintain and operate a tractor. Mark (x) in the Yes column if the operator can perform the activity, or in the No column if the operator can not perform the activity. Mark the Not Applicable, NA, column if the activity is not appropriate for this tractor or operation. Make of Tractor _____________________________ Model _________________________ Personal Safety Precaution Only operate the tractor if you are physically and mentally alert. Wear close-fitting clothes and proper shoes. Eat and drink in moderation, and do not operate the tractor if you have been drinking alcohol or taking drugs or medication. Use basic hand signals. Preparing the Tractor and Equipment for Safer Operation Don't operate the tractor in closed buildings. Check the location and condition of the fire extinguisher. Check the location and condition of the first aid kit. Read and understand decals on the tractor. Make sure that the shield for the PTO and other parts are in place. Keep steps and platform free of dirt, grease, and debris. Check if the slow-moving vehicle emblem is in place, clean, and not faded. Test lights to be sure they're working. Check for loose tools and parts. Clean the windows. Read and understand all controls. Check the condition and pressure of all tires. Check oil level; add oil as needed. Check coolant level; add coolant as needed. Do not remove radiator cap when hot. Check the battery's electrolyte level and add battery water as needed. Don't use matches around the battery and don't smoke. Check, clean, coat and tighten battery connections. Locate all grease fittings and clean and lubricate them. Refuel the tractor, making sure that the engine is cool and refrain from smoking. Adjust wheel width. Add or remove weights. Check if equipment has been properly serviced and adjusted. Starting, Operating, Stopping Tractor and Equipment Make sure that the area is clear of people, pets and obstacles. Adjust seat for comfort. Start the tractor. Check gauges for proper readings. Listen for unusual sounds and shut off the engine if you hear any. Check brakes. Warm engine before applying a heavy load. Never operate the tractor from the ground. Raise, lower and extend the drawbar. Clean and oil PTO shaft and splines. Clean, connect and disconnect hydraulic lines. Connect and disconnect electrical connections.

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Ready or Not? Get Ready with A Tractor Operator Checklist 5 Check hydraulic controls for proper orperation. Engage PTO slowly; check for proper operation. Operate equipment at proper forward speed. Operate equipment at proper PTO speed. Watch and listen to equipment; shut off power at the first sign of a malfunction. Do not unclog, adjust, or service equipment while it is running. Observe all traffic rules when traveling on the road. Lock brakes together for high-speed travel. Shift gears properly. Watch for obstructions in the field. Back slowly, and watch behind. When stuck, back out or have the tractor towed. Leave the tractor in a low gear going down hills. Cool engine, then shut it off. On the following lines, add specific checklist items important for your workplace. Tractor Operator Instructions 1. Securely fasten your seat belt if the tractor has a ROPS. 2. Where possible, avoid operating the tractor near ditches, embankments, and holes. 3. Reduce speed when turning, crossing slopes, and on rough, slick or muddy surfaces. 4. Stay off slopes too steep for safe operation. If necessary, back up a slope and drive forward going downhill, 5. Watch where you are going, especially at the end of rows, on roads, and around trees. 6. Do not permit extra riders. 7. Operate the tractor smoothly no jerky turns, starts, or stops. 8. Hitch only to the drawbar and hitch points recommended by the truck's manufacturer. 9. When the tractor is stopped, set brakes securely, and use park lock if available. ______________________________________________ (Employee's Name) is certified to operate the following tractors or equipment: _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _________ ____________________________________ Date Supervisor