2015 Light-Duty Donnie Winner
By Kurt Wilson
Our recovery team received a call to upright a tractor that had rolled over while cutting grass along a waterway in August 2014. We decided to send our 2000 Kenworth/2005 Century 1060 rotator and 2012 Kenworth/Chevron Series 20 rollback to complete the recovery. We estimated the tractor to be between 4 tons to 5 tons, so were well within the capacities of our rigging.
The first step was to disconnect the mower deck from the tractor and remove all hydraulic lines. We used the rotator to lift and rotate the mower deck onto the road and back the Chevron under for transport.
Next we connected a 3/4" chain to the front axle and the rear axle of the tractor and began lifting. We engaged both winch lines evenly and raised the boom, making sure the cab of the tractor would clear the bank when rotated.
Once the tractor was high enough to clear the bank, we began rotating the tractor until it was around the rear of the rotator.
There we executed a mid-air end roll by engaging the winch line connected to the front axle. In order to keep the rotation close to the ground, we released the rear line while continuing to engage the front line.
Once the tractor was perpendicular to the ground, the tractor was lowered so the rear wheels were in contact with the ground. The rear chain was disconnected and we locked the rear wheels.
We continued to manipulate to set down for towing out.
Read more about this recovery in the August issue of American Towman magazine.