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Operating and Transporting Forage Wagons

  • Always use a locking hitch pin. A safety chain is strongly recommended for road travel.
  • Shields on PTO drivelines and other moving parts must be maintained in good condition.
  • Never enter an operating forage wagon to clean or service it. Gruesome entanglements have resulted.
  • Prior to transport, secure the PTO driveline in the transport position. Raise and secure the crossconveyor extension if so equipped.
  • Forage wagons should always have a clean, bright SMV emblem for road transport, day or night.
  • During hours of darkness, they must have two red reflectors or lights. Lights and flashers on wagons are highly recommended.
  • Allow no extra riders on tractor, drawbar, or wagon.
  • For safer stops with loads, equip running gear with brakes, particularly for hill and road transport.
  • Towed loads without brakes should not exceed 1.5 times the weight of the tractor for road transport.
  • When making turns during highway travel, be aware of other vehicles in front and to the rear.
  • While traveling on highways, pull off the road safely to allow other vehicles to pass and prevent long lines of vehicles.

Power Take-Off (PTO) Safety

You can prevent power take off (PTO) entanglements by:

  • Shutting the PTO off before dismounting the tractor whenever work conditions permit.
  • Keeping all shields in place on the tractor and implements. Everyone makes mistakes, gets in a hurry, becomes distracted, or slips.
  • Avoid wearing loose, torn or bulky clothing around the PTO or any other moving parts.
  • Being extra cautious when using stationary equipment, such as augers or elevators, with the PTO in operation.
  • Always walk around the equipment to avoid being near the PTO. Stepping over, leaning across, or crawling under an operating PTO can easily lead to an entanglement.
  • Keeping all bystanders away from PTO driven equipment and never allowing children to be in the area around the equipment.
  • Checking the drawbar for proper adjustment when hooking up PTO driven equipment.
  • Never using nails, cotter pins, or long bolts on the driveline. Any protrusion can catch your clothing and entangle you.
  • Disengaging the PTO and turning off the tractor engine before making adjustments or repairs, or when connecting or disconnecting the driveline.