Here we summarize the excavators stuck in the mud. Cases in many different countries and locations, but one thing in common is that they are all stuck in the mud. Of course, they’re not the only ones this happens
If you’ve gone off the road and aren’t stuck in the mud, you’re not alive. There’s nothing like seeing a set of tires hiding in a thick trench and having to dig your rig out. It’s easy, however… worst comes worst, you find a friend who has a tractor and ask them to lend you a hand. But what happens when the tractor is swallowed whole by cubic meters of liquefied, thick, sticky and viscous soil? It was just a bad day. Unless you have a friend with an earthquake person, you are waiting for the ground to dry up… or a miracle… or a purpose-built friend.
Tractors have to work in the field and they can usually handle a bit of mud well. But if you have to send a farmer to find out the depth of the mud, maybe… just maybe… you might want to give it a day or two, okay?
Fields can become very muddy when the snow melts away or the rain comes falling down. While precipitation might be good for crops, it increases the chances of operators encountering a soft spot in the soil and getting the tractor and attached implements stuck in mud.
If your tractor gets stuck in the mud, there are a number of steps you should take to ensure personal safety and avoid damage to your equipment. Here are a few steps you should consider:
1. Raise Any Attached Implements
If the wheels of your tractor begin to spin, the first thing you should do is raise the implement (and engage the differential lock) should one be attached. Next, assess the muddy area and use your best judgment to determine whether or not you can make it through without getting stuck. If you choose to try to go through, keep the implement raised and do not stop while proceeding across.
2. Stop the Tractor and Put It in Reverse
If the mud appears to be too deep or thick to cross, stop the tractor before proceeding any further and keep the implement raised. Next, adjust the throttle to be about 1/4 open and put the tractor in reverse. Slowly engage the clutch and begin backing the tractor away from the muddy spot. If your tractor is still stuck, do not continue attempting to back up, as this will only dig the tractor’s wheel deeper into the soil.
3. Dig Mud Away and Place Boards Behind the Tractor
If the first two steps fail, start digging the mud away from behind the wheels (front and back) and place boards in line with the wheels. Boards will provide the traction needed to slowly back out of the mud.
4. Have Another Tractor Pull You Out
When all the other options listed above fail, you will want to contact another tractor owner to come help out. It’s best to pull the tractor out of the mud backward if possible as it will follow the same ruts out that were created when entering. Be sure the equipment being used is on solid ground and is strong enough (both the tractor and towing chain). Chains should be hitched between the two tractors from drawbar to drawbar and the stuck tractor should be put in reverse.
In the video below, we can see Tractors Stuck in Mud
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Video resource: Car News Central