Our good partners, Fred Eichler and Will Fite (Territory Customer Support Manager for John Deere Ag and Turf), discuss PTO Safety on compact utility tractors. PTO stands for Power Take-Off. If you haven’t worked with tractors before or aren’t used to some of the newer models John Deere has come out with, then this video will surely teach you a lot in regards to the safe usage of PTO. They will discuss topics such as standard PTO safety, where the PTO is, and how you can utilize it.
CUT’s, or compact utility tractors, are defined by John Deere as 1-4 series tractors. CUT’s are great for gardening, fixing roads, moving gravel, etc. Whatever the small job is, the PTO is a major component, especially on these CUT’s. With the PTO, you’ll probably be running different attachments with it. Whether it’s a tiller, cutter, or something of that nature, it’s going to take your engine horse power and put it to use in the back of the unit so it’s able to perform the function you want it too.
In regards to the PTO safety, the shield on the back of the unit covering the PTO is designed to keep everything clear of that area. Some of the older units will not have the shield, so you will want to use extra caution around that area if your model doesn’t have the shield. If you take off the cap of the shaft, you will be able to see the splines. This is what engages to the driveshaft of whatever you’re pulling.
Although the John Deere safety manuals also explain these safety tips, we understand that there are times where you’re in a hurry or distracted by other things. Because of this, we want to take extra safety precaution around this important area. 4Rivers and John Deere both suggest hooking up attachments while both the engine and the PTO are completely off.
Another tip for hooking up attachments that are PTO driven is how you should always start up the attachment while it’s above the ground. Once it’s not on the ground, get it up to the proper RPM and then drop the attachment into the ground. You don’t want that unit to be touching anything whenever you start it up or you could put more load on it than it should, bend the shaft, etc.
A final tip for properly using your CUT with PTO is that you should always be aware of your surroundings. Ideally, you should be alone around the machine with no distractions. If there are kids or animals around, be sure to keep them back at a safe distance at all times. Nothing should be around the machine except you, the operator; especially if the engine is running. Remember, Safety First!