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Jim In Montana    Posted 11-23-2017 at 11:53:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Grandson
  • Happy Thanksgiving to all!
    My grandson is 9 years old. He has been with me on my 8N many many times. Dirives it very well when on my lap. However, now he is too big/tall for my lap. He reaches the pedals well, knows all about the tractor.
    Question, think he is old enough to drive it by himself???? Put it in 1st gear? I can crawl faster when it is that gear!!!
    Just thinking about it,,,,

    Many thanks,

    Jimmyjack    Posted 11-30-2017 at 20:52:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Age means nothing, depends on the kid and only you can judge that. My grandson ran my backhoe when he was nine and did it well. No matter they have to be closely supervised until you are sure they have it mastered.

    Jim In Montana    Posted 11-24-2017 at 18:56:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • So many fantastic stories from you guys!!! Just delightful reading them all. It sure has brought back some good memories from a lot of folks. I too, started when I was about my grandsons age. First in a 48'Chev, then on a tractor.

    Tomorrow, Saturday, is the day. We will be at my daughter home, for a second Thanksgiving dinner. We are going to fire up the 52' 8N, and off we will go. He will do fine. He knows all about that tractor, and it will be great fun. I will video it with my phone and report back.

    Thanks again for the wonderful stories, I hope everybody has read them. This is what 8N Club is "All About"!!!

    Happy Holidays,

    Tony Sanchez (OR)    Posted 11-24-2017 at 14:14:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Interesting question. I plan on letting my grand kids learn to ride my new 2N. I was actually thinking the same thing about safety. I plan on adding a safety switch to the seat and in the same circuit a wrist band that pulls a pin if they get thrown off the seat similar to a wave runner or jet ski. The last thing I want is for then to get hurt. Sounds too cautious, but better than falling in front of the wheels. They are 9 years old.

    Bruce Dorsi    Posted 11-24-2017 at 08:54:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Physical size and maturity has more to do with kids, than age.

    When I was 8 or 9, my uncle put me on his NAA to steer in 1st gear while he walked behind, hand picking sweet corn and putting it in the trailer.

    All was going good until I got to the end of the row. ....He never told me what to do to stop the tractor, or which way to turn, so he had to run up and push on the clutch. ....Once he showed me that, all was okay.

    Be certain your grandson knows all the basics of operation. ...Things which we may assume does not mean a youngster already knows.

    Make certain he knows how to react in various scenarios. ...Biggest fear is having him being thrown from the seat, in front of the rear wheels.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 11-24-2017 at 08:39:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Jim,

    Go for it!

    I first drove a 9N when I was 9. Yes it was first gear and I only made a circle but that was the start.

    FYI: Sounds like he has more experience than I did as I had never been on a tractor before but had driven a 1929 Chevy before.


    John in Mich    Posted 11-23-2017 at 17:09:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I started driving our 8N when I was 10. Started with cultivating. Also I hired out to our neighbor during baling seasons to drive the tractor (sometimes an H Farmall and sometimes an Oliver 70) and wagons while he and his son loaded the bails from the ground. Then, when they set the forks to lift to the loft, I drove the tractor on the hay rope.
    At 11 my dad had me drive the Chevy PU about 1/4 mile down the road to a field. Neighbor lady was in her garden and shocked to see me.
    As time went on, I learned the Sherman and...WAHOO!
    As others have said, you have to be the judge.

    BlasterStumps    Posted 11-23-2017 at 16:09:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • One day when I was nine and we lived just outside of Hamilton, Montana, I drove our old Massy Harris over to our neighbors place about two miles away to return a borrowed silage trailer. He lived down a lengthy road along a canal then the road turned left up an incline into his yard. I made the turn into the yard but forgot to shift down in time an stalled the tractor. Of course there were no brakes on the tractor that would hold back both the trailer and tractor on that incline, so, back towards the canal we went. Also of course, the battery was flat on the tractor so hitting the starter did no good. Our neighbor saw the event unfolding and rushed out to give the crank a spin. Luckily the engine fired up and I was once again headed up the incline. Only the rear of the trailer had made it down the embankment into the water. I kept quiet about the incident for some time because my dad would have put more restrictions on my driving and I didn't want that. All I knew at the time was , "all's well that ends well".

    Hind sight makes me wonder if I had been older/bigger, I might could have pressed harder on the brake pedals but as it were, I had no chance of stopping the rig using the brakes.

    grizz    Posted 11-23-2017 at 15:13:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • my dad let me drive car at 9 motorcycle at 10 tractor at 10 and 10 ton truck at 15 on highway no license just depends on the kid your the best judge

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 11-23-2017 at 14:40:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • As long as he understands the operating procedure I don't see a problem. Monitor or ride along on the 3 pt first couple times. Be the time he's ten or eleven he'll be a pro.
    I learn at ten also how to drive a car and hunt.
    Happy Thanksgiving

    Farmer Dan    Posted 11-23-2017 at 14:23:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I started when I was 10, used a front loader to take feed to the cattle. Learned how to push a trailer that was fun.

    carl nny    Posted 11-23-2017 at 12:55:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I drove at about that age, my sons both drove at ten. I would guess it all depends on his maturity. Some kids I wouldn't let drive a tricycle at 20 years old...LOL

    AL CT    Posted 11-23-2017 at 12:11:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Back in the day, my father put me on his 1944 2N at the age of about 10. He had just finished plowing the garden. Dropped the plow, hooked up the wheel harrow. His instructions were simple. He told me all about lifting/lowering the three point never drive into a corner I can't get out of. I spent the best 2 or 3 hours of my early childhood on that day. After that day, my father let me drive almost all the time. Great memories. We had bee hives near the garden, one spring while harrowing the bees were overly busy. They attacked me , probably because of the noise and close proximity. My eyes were swollen for almost a day, to the point where I couldn't see properly.

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