Thursday, April 11, 2013

Daddy's (Not So) Little Girls...

Jacqueline in Texas sends in a heart-warming story about two girls who never learned the meaning of the word "can't"...

Teen daughters find strength to lift 3,000-pound tractor off father
A man who was pinned by his overturned tractor and losing breath with each scream says he was saved by his two teenage daughters, who found the strength to lift the ton-and-a-half machine.
Jeff Smith of Lebanon, Ore., was trying to pull a stump out of his garden last Monday when his muddy boot slipped off the clutch. The tractor flipped, and the steering wheel pinned his chest to the ground.
I've had a tractor come up on me before; it's a pretty frightening feeling. In my case, I was towing a trailer full of cut wood and the tractor only came a foot or two off the ground, but it was enough to put the fear of Ford into me. You don't realize how much torque goes to those big back wheels, and letting the clutch out too fast in pretty much any rear-wheel propelled vehicle will get the front up (had a buddy pull a wheelie on a Kawasaki Vulcan when the clutch lever slipped out of his fingers).

The father, thanks to the quick reaction and superhuman strength of his teenaged daughters, only suffered a broken wrist and will recover quickly. The family definitely has a good sense of humor:
Since the ordeal, neighbors have finished tilling the garden, and the family has nicknamed the tractor Satan.

Heh. I can't tell which is funnier, the tractor's new name, or the fact that for the rest of his daughters' dating career this dad is going to be able to tell all potential dates: "You be nice to her, son, she can lift a tractor"...

That is all.

9 comments:

Wolfman said...

Biggest thing I ever wheelied is a John Deere 4440 tractor- operating weight +-15,000 lbs. Its spooky. 3,000 lbs is not big for a tractor, but that's a lot of weight for two people to lift, never mind 15 and 16 year olds. The strength of a person in a stressful situation is pretty awesome. Good job, ladies...

threecollie said...

Front wheels on an International 5088 came up on me once on a steep hill. Oddly enough I never drove on that hill again....

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

Adrenaline can be a wonderful thing. But holy cow, I bet they're still feeling sore from that.

Wolfman said...

That 5088 is comparable to the 4440. I did it on flat ground with a 6 bottom plow in the ground, yours sounds a good bit more harrowing than mine...

Bubblehead Les. said...

But of course these Girls are Too Weak to use an M4....

Ted N said...

I got a 10K forklift up on 3 wheels once. That was enough of that flavor of excitement.

Phssthpok said...

*sigh*

Knowing what kind of territory Lebanon, Or. is (native Webfoot here), I am surprised that gentleman didn't have the common horse sense to pull the stump with the tractor in REVERSE (a common practice for precisely this reason).

Robert said...

Kinda like the Land Rover in The Gods Must be Crazy being named "The Antichrist"

Wraith said...

Matthew 19:26.

Just sayin'.