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#1 1978murray OFFLINE  


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Posted October 05, 2012 - 08:10 AM

I was pulling logs with my murray yesterday up a little hill. The tractor has tire chains but no weights. everytime i started to pull a log the front end would lift. anyone else have this problem?

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 08:37 AM

Guessing your using a rear attachment point but wonder if you used a spot ahead of the rear axle ? Al

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 10:38 AM

As Al said If you can attach them closer to the axle it would help. If I'm pulling logs they are usually not big enough to give me any trouble with steering. You could try weighing the front of the tractor or putting something under the logs to make them skid easier.

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 11:17 AM

you can always make the log a little smaller too :orangecool:

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 11:40 AM

Have.you tried backing up the hill, with the chain and log off the front?




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Posted October 05, 2012 - 12:03 PM

I had a murray just like yours years ago. I never drug logs with it but had trouble with the front end sliding on hills. Found a section of 3 inch shaft about the width of the frame and welded mounting brackets to bolt into the frame . That helped a lot!! Even when I ballasted the rear beyond all reason by putting 200 lbs of lead on the rear to push snow the front end would stay down.
Like Al said you want your hitch on or below the center of the rear axle so the rear axle does not function as a pivot point.

Edited by JD DANNELS, October 05, 2012 - 12:04 PM.

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 02:02 PM

You could try the old puller trick of putting shorter tires on the front. That lowers the weight in the front, making the front end harder to pull up.
I have seen a homemade draw bar that slides under the tractor and bolts to the front end and had a limited "float" in the back.I dont know if it works or not but the concept looks good