Operating Farm Machines ~Tractors

I love it when I get to witness first hand what my sons are learning by living on a farm.  Not only are they learning farm safety, but they’re also learning how to run and drive some of the farm equipment.  Here is “Operating Farm Machines” in my oldest son’s words.


There are many machines I can drive like the skid loader, the quad, the farm pickup, but my favorite is the tractor.  It comes in many shapes and sizes and sits on four wheels.  Tractors are complicated to drive so I will explain how the best I can.

First you will put the key in the ignition, hold in the clutch, and turn the key to start.  Then you will put in in the gear you want, with the clutch in.  Finally you let out the clutch slowly and your on your way.

Stopping is pretty easy once you get the hang of it.  First you will push in the clutch and the break if you have to.  Then you will put it into park, take the key out, and step off.

Tractors can do many jobs like hauling hay, mowing grass, and plowing the field  They can also have a special attachment for lifting hay bales, drilling fence posts holes, and bush hogging the pasture.  Tractors can also be dangerous to because of the PTO (power take off).   Many farmers have lost their lives from getting to close to the PTO.

I hope you have learned a lot about tractors and now know that they are helpful and dangerous at the same time.  Maybe someday you will ride on a tractor and you’ll find it’s very fun.


I found this essay in one of his papers from school.  I think he did a great job!  I can definitely see his heart in his writing just like my readers have told me I have too.  Like Mom like Son I guess.  😉

What have your kids learned that they like to share?

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3 Responses to Operating Farm Machines ~Tractors

  1. Grandpa says:

    Great job Trevor!

  2. Sara Broers says:

    You have one knowledgeable young farmer in the house!

  3. Michelle says:

    Awesome job Trevor!! So proud of my nephew!

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