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Pullin’ out the oil field trucks

Pullin’ out the oil field trucks

 Thank you God, for the rain. We got just over three inches of rain in four days. We still need more, but every bit counts!

Rain has made our Oklahoma dirt roads sloppy. These slick roads result in getting into the ditch. Local oil field trucks were having a tough time. One driver slid into the ditch and was really stuck. They called a tow truck, but he weighed around 40,000 pounds. The tow truck driver slid into the ditch on the opposite side of the road.

A third truck was called, and he was also in the ditch.

We were called in to save the day nearly 48 hours later. By the time we arrived the tow trucks were out, but the oil truck was still stuck. We brought in our grain cart tractor to assist. We had him out in 30 minutes. Not too shabby! 

Emma: Pullin' out the oil trucks

Unloading and getting ready.

Emma: Pullin' out the oil trucks
The pull has begun.

Emma: Pullin' out the oil trucks
He’s out, but he still needs to get through a mud hole before he gets to the top of the hill.

Emma: Pullin' out the oil trucks

Emma: Pullin out trucks
Safe and sound!

Emma: Pullin' out the oil trucks

After our little excursion we loaded up, and headed to the second call.

When we arrived stuck seemed like an understatement. The frame of the truck was on the ground, the wheels were free spinning, and with a full load he weighed about 60,000 pounds. This was a challenge.

Emma: Pullin' out the oil trucks

First step: unload.

Emma: Pullin out trucks
The front end of our tractor actually came off of the ground about six inches. Dan was taught well from my Daddy, doing everything by the book. He backed up, put weight on the tractor by lifting up the front of the truck a bit with the three point, then proceeded to pull him out. It was not easy, but in the end we were successful.

Emma: Pullin out trucks

Emma: Pullin' out the oil trucks
A quick lesson from Uncle Dan on how to properly chain a load.

Emma: Pullin' out the oil trucks
My niece, Clara, was good help that day.

Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com

1Comment
  • Sharon and Harry Drake
    Posted at 20:11h, 11 August

    Good you were able to help the trucks get out of the mud. BUT most important you all took time and did the job smart and safely.

    My Father was the same as yours. He did not use short cuts and there was never any major problems, because he got in a hurry when working with big equipment. his was open no cab and tractor pull combines.The equipment was kept in good shape also.

    Thank you for the pictures and let us follow you in our daily work.

    Have had rain here and fall crops sure look good.
    Sharon Drake