OK I will kick this one off with Stupid things I have done in my Wildcat and my Austrak.
- The Wildcat Spiral of Doom – When I was young and foolish I owned a great green monster of a Wildcat. It had a chain problem which had been rectified on one side by fitting much larger dimension chain… on the other side it remained as original, was worn and prone to breaking. Now if your chain breaks on one side at any kind of substantial throttle you suddenly find yourself flying around in circles. it’s really dangerous….I ended up hanging on to the roll bar for what seemed forever before I realised I needed to cut the engine…….26 years later I can still remember that one with a degree of horror
- Always adjust your handbrake…….30 degree slope and the idiot behind the levers runs out of petrol….air goes quiet as the chaff cutter V4 cuts out and all you hear is the whir of the chains as you proceed down hill…at some point in the process I considered jumping out but luckily dropping the blade was enough to dig it in and stop see above comment and add “needed to wash trousers”.
- Fast forward to 2007...back in the all terrain tractor game after a very long time and this time in the mighty Austrak. Now despite the robust construction of the machines, the control cables are locked in by one very small machine screw on each side. I lost one of those while travelling around the paddock and was suddenly transported back in time to the Wildcat chain breaking incident…only problem that reaching across to the Austrak kill switch while hanging on to the roll cage was much harder than turning off the wildcat. See previous comment about trousers.
Anyway that’s a part of my repetoire…hope that you share yours.