KILLBUCK — For most 12-year-olds, tractors are of little interest; but 4-H’er Kassidy Brumme is not like most 12-year-olds.
Brumme recently attended Ohio State Fair judging Aug. 3 in London, with her 4-H project “Tractor Operations: Gearing Up For Safety” level B. This was her second level with the project, Brumme explained, noting that she has two more levels she can take in tractor operations, which she plans to complete in the next few years. Level B focused on safety while using and operating tractors, which Brumme said, taught her about pre-operational checks, power take off shields and lubrication, which was her favorite part of the project.
In a demonstration Brumme presented to her club, Barnyard Bunch 4-H Club, she taught the club about how proper lubrication can limit friction using tin foil and cooking grease.
“You took two pieces of foil and you’d rub them together until it got hot and then it’d spread into your fingers — but in machines it doesn’t spread into your fingers, it just keeps getting warmer and warmer and warmer,” Brumme explained. But then you add a bit of cooking grease and then it’d keep it cooler longer.”