WRECKERS YARD: Wet holes catch out Kiwi contractors

A year working for contractor Gavin Grain near Hamilton in New Zealand provided Thomas Lynn with plenty of picture opportunities for the Wreckers Yard.


The 2005/06 season got off to a stirling start with the maize-drilling rig and its John Deere 6920 steed getting bogged down.


The John Deere 7710 buck-rake tractor was then sent to the rescue only to drop into a wet stump-hole itself.


It took another John Deere and big Fendt to free the original recovery crew.

Wet holes at harvest took the silage gang by surprise. First up, the Claas Jaguar 850 forager buried its backend.


Then, on its first day out behind a Fendt 818 Vario, this British-built Bailey trailer flopped onto its side.


It was swiftly rescued, with a Manitou MLT 634-120 telehandler digging out the chopped maize…


…and a John Deere 8410 pulling it back onto its wheels to be running again within an hour.


Thanks to Thomas for sending these shots in. He sends his greetings to all the other guys who worked alongside him that year.

If you’ve caught any machinery mishaps on camera please email them to us.

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