KUBOTA TRACTOR SAFETY
Kubota Tractor Safety
Whilst there are a significant number of Kubota tractors available to buy, ranging in size and hp significantly, there are a number of very sound principles concerning the safety of a Kubota tractor that apply equally to whichever make and model you might buy.
The most important thing is to understand and know your Kubota tractor inside out before you actually start using it. This applies to the internal workings, the control panel, the instrument panel and any safety tips or advice that are detailed in the owner’s manual.
The owners manual of the Kubota tractor that you buy should be looked at carefully prior to using the Kubota tractor at all. Many people might consider this unnecessary, there seems to be a natural aversion at times to looking at instruction manuals for machinery.
However knowing, how your Kubota tractor works and how to control it is a hugely important safety issue.
Aside from the knowledge, it will give you a felt sense and a confidence as to how best to drive and use your Kubota tractor in all conditions. It will give you a sense of how to stop your Kubota tractor safely if you need to, without worrying about which control does what and where it is situated on your Kubota tractor.
It is commonly excepted that there are three main types of hazard and incident that affect all types of tractors, and therefore relevant to the safety of your Kubota tractor. The first is known as a turnover. This is where your Kubota tractor tips on its side, which can happen for a number of reasons.
The most common one is where the Kubota tractor is used to close to the edge or the verge of a piece of land and becomes unstable and turns over. This can cause serious, potentially fatal damage to the operator of the Kubota tractor.
By far the best solution to this is careful driving and not driving too close to the edge of a precipice of any piece of land where the Kubota tractor could become unstable. The best piece of safety advice for a Kubota tractor is to have what is known as a Roll Over Protective System (ROPS) on your tractor, along with a seatbelt, which should be worn at all times.
Most modern Kubota tractors will come with an ROPS fitted as standard, as well as a seatbelt. If one is not fitted, they can normally be fitted at minimal cost. This often applies to older tractors.
The second common type of hazard is what is known as a runover. This is where the operator of the tractor inadvertently runs over or hits a person or an animal, because they have not seen them.
When driving or using a Kubota tractor it is crucially important to secure the environment and make sure it is safe and free from any other people or animals that could be damaged.
It is also important as far as possible, to clear away any debris over the land where the Kubota tractor is to be used. Such debris or objects could damage the workings of the Kubota tractor, and could also be inadvertently thrown up at great speed towards any person or animal in the area.
The other potential hazard is where the driver or operator of the Kubota tractor stepped off the machine without having turned the engine off properly or secured it in its proper parking mode.
The obvious danger is that the tractor will run off on its own, potentially causing significant damage to the operator/driver of the Kubota tractor, anyone in the vicinity or any building or infrastructure that happens to be nearby.
The operator manual for your Kubota tractor will give specific advice as to how best to secure it in its parking mode and from a safety point of view this should be followed at all times.