Tractors - Attachments and PTO
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What should you know when using attachments?Back to top
- Before using any attachments or implements, always read, understand and follow the manufacturer's safety manual.
- Only use equipment that is in good repair. Make sure that all guards or shields are in place and operational. Guards around the power take-off shafts, gear box and other rotating/spinning equipment are very important.
- Check that all hydraulic lines are in good condition, securely connected and leak-free.
- Add front counterweights to tractors with rear-mounted attachments for improved steering control and stability.
- Use correct brackets and recommended sizes and types of bolts for mounting equipment.
- Use jacks, hoists or blocks to position equipment.
- Avoid crushing and entanglement points. Do not stand between a tractor and an implement.
- Ensure that safety locks and catches are fastened.
- Attempt to line up the hitch holes from the tractor seat, then shut off the engine before dismounting to attach the hitch.
- Do not crawl under anything supported only by a hydraulic lift. Always use blocks, jack stands, or other suitable and stable supports.
- Make sure all guards are in place (master and integral shields). Damaged guards and shields should be repaired or replaced immediately.
What should you be aware of when using the Power Take-Off (PTO)?Back to top
The power take-off is extremely dangerous. The PTO spins quickly enough to trap a person and can easily catch loose clothing or long hair.
When attaching or detaching PTO-driven equipment:
- As mentioned above, before using any attachments or implements, always read, understand and follow the manufacturer's safety manual.
- Only use equipment that is in good repair. Make sure that all guards or shields are in place and operational.
- Guards around the power take-off shafts, gear box and other rotating/spinning equipment are very important.
- Lower hydraulics.
- Shut off the tractor engine.
- Apply tractor parking brake.
- Hitch tractor to implement.
- Ensure that universal joints are in the correct phase when connecting the shaft.
- Do not wear loose clothing. Tie back long hair. Do not wear shoe laces dangling.
- Stand away from moving or rotating equipment. Where possible, operate from the tractor seat, and have bystanders be at least 6 metres (20 feet) away.
- Do not remove shields from the PTO shaft.
- Make sure that the PTO spinner/integral shields rotate freely.
- Use the correct size drive for the machine being powered.
- Match the correct PTO speed for the machine being used.
- Do not step over a rotating shaft. Even PTO shafts with guards are dangerous. Walk around the equipment.
- Know how to stop the tractor, engine and attachment quickly in case of emergency.
- Follow shutdown procedures and wait for all moving parts to stop before getting off the tractor or approaching the attachment.
- Disconnect PTO when not in use.
- Fact sheet last revised: 2018-08-31