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#1 wvbuzzmaster OFFLINE  

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Posted April 01, 2012 - 05:37 PM

Ok, the Caterpillar is ready to roll. The back of the fenders have been raised almost an inch and tires plus 100 pounds of wheel weights installed per tire. Then I got the custom front bumper bolted on minus the winch for now. The plow I plan to use is serviced up as well. Here is a picture of it ready to plow.

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Posted April 01, 2012 - 05:52 PM

Looks like your cat is ready ,are you?
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 06:01 PM

Looking good Casey, Tires, Weights, Plow that should do the job nice. :thumbs:
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 06:04 PM

Those are 50lb weights aren't they? Do you have cast weights on the inside too, or fluid fill for the rest of that 100lbs? That weight WILL make ALL the difference in the world! One thing though....if there is any weakness in the tranny, then adding weight will find the weak link!
Hope it plows like the dickens for ya Casey!
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 06:21 PM

Casey, It looks like you and the Cat are ready for action. You should see a big difference between last year and this one with all the wieght you added. Good Luck, and we want lots of pictures!!!!
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 06:23 PM

Yes Daniel, I have 50 pound cast wheel weights on the inside as well as the outside. Each wheel and tire itself weighs 45 pounds, total of 150 pound each combination.

As for weaknesses in the transaxle, I already know where they will be, aluminum hubs... lol. The transaxle itself is cast aluminum, so it may be going down too LOL. I am excited for when it all happens too, cause I have a plan of action when it does break. I have a spare Peerless 2300 laying around out of a 112 JD which is the Caterpillars next transaxle. :D

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Posted April 01, 2012 - 06:25 PM

Yes Daniel, I have 50 pound cast wheel weights on the inside as well as the outside. Each wheel and tire itself weighs 45 pounds, total of 150 pound each combination.

As for weaknesses in the transaxle, I already know where they will be, aluminum hubs... lol. The transaxle itself is cast aluminum, so it may be going down too LOL. I am excited for when it all happens too, cause I have a plan of action when it does break. I have a spare Peerless 2300 laying around out of a 112 JD which is the Caterpillars next transaxle. :D


Maybe you should change that transaxle before plow day??? That way you can use and enjoy you tractor all day long.
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 06:27 PM

With all that traction you're gonna have, you may need a diesel coupled to a new transaxle! I forget, what HP is your engine?
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 06:34 PM

Doug, I am not concerned, I have been trying to kill the transaxle for a couple years, cause I wanted to steal the engine off the Caterpillar when I bought it lol. And you know the saying, if at first you don't succeed, try harder LOL.

Daniel, I have a 1988 Briggs and Stratton horizontal shaft 18 HP engine from the factory. I have a rebuilt carb, new fuel filter, new wiring harness, new spark plugs, and new magneto.. lol. It starts and runs quite well since the tune up, so it should work much better at plow day this year, of course weights and new tires should help too lol.

I think it is safe to say there is nothing on the tractor I haven't fixed... well, still haven't fixed the brakes, but I don't need them with an implement that can dig in lol. Besides, the brakes haven't worked in at least two years LOL. Price to fix them isn't worth it to me, especially if I predict a transaxle failure LOL.

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Posted April 01, 2012 - 06:40 PM

Casey, the Cat looks ready to go for sure. I hope the tranny holds up all day so you can have a day or two of fun.
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 07:54 PM

That looks great Casey, What a beast that Cat is! Looks like you'll be getting some seat time now. :thumbs:
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Posted April 01, 2012 - 08:09 PM

Looking forward to seeing the Cat with it's new shoes, Casey. You can come too if you want.
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Posted April 02, 2012 - 07:19 AM

Go get em, Casey! Let's see how tough that Cat really is!
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Posted April 02, 2012 - 07:54 AM

Casey,that Cat of yours is looking good.
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Posted April 02, 2012 - 10:08 PM

Cool Cat, and I am not sure who mentioned it but breaking down in the field is not fun, but of course you'll have plenty of help to drag ya back in the event of the 'catastrophic failure', if you wouldn't have the help I too would recommend changin the axle before it blows up on ya...
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