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How to Operate a Tractor

How to Operate a Tractor


Driving the tractor

1. Climb up into the tractor’s seat. Look at the controls and find the clutch. Set the seat so you can reach the steering wheel, throttle, and other controls easily with your hands and feet.

2. Make sure the transmission in in neutral or park as you press the clutch down to the floor with your left foot

3. Engage the brake with your right foot. Turn the key to start the engine. When it turns over, drop the throttle slightly (without killing it) to let the engine warm up. If you jump straight from turning it over to driving, you’ll likely stall

4. To drive, release the tractor’s parking brake. Continue holding the clutch to the tractor floor and put the transmission into first gear

5. Slowly lift your foot off the clutch, you want to be slow and smooth as you let the clutch out. It’s a lot easier since you don’t have to be actively pushing the gas. Keep the throttle at a low setting and take your foot off the brake

6. To stop the tractor, press the clutch to the floor. Switch the gears to neutral and set the parking brake. Slow the throttle, turn the tractor key off

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