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Dianne Best wrote on Wednesday, November 01, 2000 (PST):
  • I have an Oliver OC-46 crawler/loader under restoration and an International W-6 sitting in the yard. The elctric start on the W-6 hasn't got a prayer of starting the tractor, so I just leave the crank inside. The OC-46 is electric start only and the key-switch isn't worth a tinker's dam, so I thought I'd chain the clutch peddal to the shifter - that will keep in in low gear so it can't be towed or winched. Don't know if I need to disable the starter/ignition if the crawler can't be shifted to neutral? For mags and other expensive items, there are manufacturers that make "security fasteners" for industry. You should be able to buy these security nuts in all common sizes. If you want to spend the extra money, you can get security nuts that are "registered" and the manufacturer will not sell the matching tool to anyone but you.
    ken zent wrote on Wednesday, November 01, 2000 (PST):
  • I have a master toggle switch hid under the sheet metal of my ford that only I know where it's at. Only the person that knows where it's at, can start the tractor.
    vonmantik wrote on Saturday, November 04, 2000 (PST):
  • i spend 30 yrs in law enforcement, and have found that one of the best wasy to id an item is to write or engrave your state driver's license number on it. this is easliy recalled by any law enforcement officer and identifys the item as yours whether it is reported stolen or not. this will work in any state.
    Patrick Arnould wrote on Monday, February 05, 2001 (PST):
  • You could always go just simple style and put a small flashing light somewhere near the gauges. Don't use a too small light, but one that's big enough for criminals to see. This could aid as a deterant.
    Tom White wrote on Saturday, December 21, 2002 (PST):
  • A friend of mine developed a heavy equipment lock for skid steers and backhoes. The device works equally as well with most if not all tractors. Take a look at the web site. www.equipmentlock.com
    Chris Burdette wrote on Saturday, December 21, 2002 (PST):
  • The best way ive found is to remove the ground cable from the batt completely using wing nuts or some other quick tatch device. For manual start tractors especially jd switch the wires in the mag tractor theives usually arent smart enough to check that Chris
    melvis wrote on Saturday, December 21, 2002 (PST):
  • This really only works on small farms like mine,but,try to keep it hidden & get a good German shepherd.Besides,they are wonderful Dogs...
    chris walker wrote on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 (PST):
  • well you could just put one of them there camo covers over it
    weedsabate wrote on Saturday, July 16, 2005 (PDT):
  • I leave my JD R and 300 loader and backhoe out unattended for 4 days a week at my farm. (live 45mi. away) I think the front wheel off is the best for me. Chain link gates are no deterent, and only have to pull the R 10ft and it would start, and just drive it away. Neighbors are used to me on the roads there, so no one would even give a second look. Jerry
    Chris Pritchard wrote on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 (PST):
  • You could modify the kill switch (Or mount it on the mag) with a key switch. Also, a chain through the steering wheel and around the transmission could be another deterrent. Ideally, the best anti-theft of tractors and their parts would be to store them in sheads and are lockable. If the tractor has full-length engine covers, install a locking hasp on them. I think a way to Identify parts would be to stamp your own serial number on them. Somthing like "75x2" on the float bowl of a carb would be enouth to ensure you can ID them in a "tractor chop shop". I must stress the key switch a bit. My MF has that funny two-pronged switch that I found out could be turned if you use a small screwdriver. A bit of security modifications is more important than origionality of the model.
    dale wrote on Thursday, January 19, 2006 (PST):
  • Many homes now days have alarm systems in them. Why not wire the shed where the tractor is stored also? Motion sensors are another possibility for detering a would be theif. I must say my favorite would be a good old fashion guard dog.
    James wrote on Thursday, January 19, 2006 (PST):
  • you could always put a battery type cut off switch in the ignition system the kind that have a special key.... it would work as well as a keyed ignition
    justin summers wrote on Sunday, July 16, 2006 (PDT):
  • For 2 cyl. tractors with compression release petcocks i put a small locking device on them and remove the baery cables and park it where it cannot be easily pull started also try taking off the carb
    Mike Kiernan wrote on Saturday, October 21, 2006 (PDT):
  • Please, MARK YOUR TRACTOR !! While it my seem a bit simple, police and sheriff's dept's frequently recover stolen equipment as a part of raids, arrest's and during search warrants. We are constantly frustrated by the fact that most tractor owners fail to mark the tractor with their DRIVER'S LISCENSE NUMBER but instead use their Social Security number (useless as SSA will not, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, reveal anything about the holder). If you can, use an electric engraver and engrave your liscense number on the rear axle housing and the inside of the tractor's frame (near the engine mounts) where it can be found fairly quick. Call your local police or sheriff and see if they have a eletric engraver you can use for just this purpose. Some do, some don't. Also make sure your insurance compny knows about your marking your tractor. You may qualify for some of the discount's available. You spent good money on the tractor. If we cop's recover it we will make every effort to return it to you after we have recorded it for evidence to prosecute the thief. Help us help you.
    KSB wrote on Monday, February 19, 2007 (PST):
  • I have taken the rotor out of the distributor…then switched a couple of plug wire in the cap. Kelly
    gahorN wrote on Monday, February 19, 2007 (PST):
  • Install a cigaretter lighter which is not really anything but a completion of the ignition circuit when it is pushed in. Unless the thief smokes and needs a light simultaneously while trying to start it, he ll have no success. Of course, any good hot-wire artist can defeat such things, so it s a good idea as a back up to put the key in the toolbox and put a sign on it saying key inside toolbox . Don t tell about the rattlesnake in there with it.
    Jan wrote on Saturday, December 29, 2007 (PST):
  • I have another scenario for you. Suppose a dealer claims that your antique tractor was stolen from him over 40 years ago. How do you as the person in possession of a antique tractor prove you own it? Your grandfather happened to acquire it before you were born thus you have no record of the transaction. Except you have possession. Now lets say a old dealer claims it was stolen off his lot over 40 years ago. He has NO proof just that it was stolen just his word and the word of a few of his relatives. NO Sherriff's reports, let's even say that he worked part time for the sheriff's office at the time but didn't keep a copy. Still no police report the sheriff's office can't produce 1 because all records from the time are gone. No insurance claim on his income writing off his loss even thou as a businessman he is able to write the loss off. Yes he has a spare seat for a tractor just like yours but he is a dealer why wouldn't he have a extra one in spare parts inventory. And he did have the seriel number of the engine of the tractor, not the number off the frame which is used to identify the tractor which he carried around in his wallet for 40 years just waiting for the chance. How could you hold on to the scrap of paper for 40 years in your wallet waiting for the chance but you don't keep the police report confirming the alleged theft might be a good question. Now let's say tractor is worth 100,00 give or take a little How do you prove you own it. Don't say it can't happen to you because it can. No Titles were ever given to the original owner back in the 30's & 40's. I bet if I claimed a event happened to me over 40 years I could get a few people to believe me if keep reminding them of the event every chance I got.
    sweet-dh wrote on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 (PDT):
  • Sorry, but what is mariburjeka? Jane.
    Jeryyms wrote on Friday, October 24, 2008 (PDT):
  • Nice site you have nicksfishmarket.com/swf/sesso/
    pauldouglas42 wrote on Thursday, February 19, 2009 (PST):
  • add a serial number to the frame. perferably your state drivers license number.It belongs to only you and can id any item that it is on by any police agency as yours. even before it is entered in tracking Ncic or state agency
    Ged McElwee wrote on Thursday, May 01, 2014 (PDT):
  • Hello, I am doing some research into Tractor Theft in the UK by criminal gangs for export to Europe and beyond. I'm keen to have stories from US farmers on organised tractor and plant theft. I can be contacted on g.mcelwee@shu.ac.uk Cheers, Dr Ged McElwee Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield England
    Mark Milligan wrote on Friday, July 25, 2014 (PDT):
  • EZ-Lock is the best way to stop the machine and keep it safe from theft and unwanted use. ez-lock.net
    Ted in NE-OH wrote on Monday, March 21, 2016 (PDT):
  • Put a small ball of aluminum foil under the magneto shorting switch.

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