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#1 backwoods OFFLINE  

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Posted December 30, 2012 - 10:46 AM

So over the years and a few different tractors ive found that 3rd gear works good for me, for the long straight shots and 1st for tight area's.However ive noticed with the cub 126 when i let the clutch loose in 3 it will still sping the daylights out of the tires is this normal?

 

 

P.S. there factory wheel weights and chains tires are 23-8.50-12


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Posted December 30, 2012 - 10:48 AM

That means the clutch is working real good! Sounds like you are launching well.


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Posted December 30, 2012 - 11:13 AM

i forgot to add the previous owner was in the stages of building a pulling tractor out of it. My guess is that theres a pulling clutch spring in it


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Posted December 30, 2012 - 11:14 AM

Plowing snow with the RT5000 I use 6th on close quarters and 8th on long stretches. It has 8 speeds. Spinning wheels when dumping the clutch is normal. Actually chains spin on bare concrete easier that tires. I try to throttle back when clutching and making corners. With 4 wheel drive and the tractor weighing in a close to half a tone I don't use any chains. I did some plowing with my Cub 70 and that needed chains. High gear worked good with that too. I must say that the Cub against the Honda is not even close. The Honda with the all wheel steer and 4 wheel drive allows me to turn the machine in just about a 90 degree corner. I actually come up the driveway, cut hard right and circle back pushing the snow into a pile going the other direction, something I would not have even dreamed about with the Cub. Think maybe I need to use my GoPro hero and shoot some plowing video.  


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Posted December 30, 2012 - 11:26 AM

All depends on the wetness of snow or powder, distance and build up in blade expected and such. Don't think any ONE gear can be chosen for every time use.  Plus, if you gotta watch for grass not being pulled up at edges and flower beds/walls, just nice to go a litle slower there, yet keep engine revs up. OR, just use a foot control hydro and not have any gears and push with delight as neeed. :D


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Posted December 30, 2012 - 11:37 AM

I'd just like to have something to plow, be it snow or dirt!



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Posted December 30, 2012 - 11:52 AM

bring a tractor up to new york Kenny i have plenty of snow



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Posted December 30, 2012 - 11:54 AM

Top gear, speed helps to though the snow back more.



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Posted December 30, 2012 - 12:58 PM

3rd gear in the cubs are geared high greg. Have tried plowing with second gear? That should be a good power because its not geared too high or low. If your launching it in high gear with the wheel weights then your breaking traction with it. Do you have any tire chains on it?



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Posted December 30, 2012 - 01:33 PM

Depends where I'm plowing at.  On the sidewalks I use either 1st or 2nd depending on how deep the snow is.  Normally 2nd is the best choice.  In the driveway I use 3rd to get it thown back further and also to help get through tough spots with the extra momentum.  I have chains on plus 4 big IH front tractors weights hung on the back as well as my wheel weights.

 

 

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Posted December 30, 2012 - 02:02 PM

Depends where I'm plowing at.  On the sidewalks I use either 1st or 2nd depending on how deep the snow is.  Normally 2nd is the best choice.  In the driveway I use 3rd to get it thown back further and also to help get through tough spots with the extra momentum.  I have chains on plus 4 big IH front tractors weights hung on the back as well as my wheel weights.

Nice looking 100 you got there :thumbs:


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Posted December 30, 2012 - 08:34 PM

Dieselcubmike yes i do have chains on it it will spin them in 2nd if i let the clutch loose to quick as well i wasnt sure if it had to do with the pulling spring that was installed or not



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Posted December 30, 2012 - 10:13 PM

Never really encounter this problem before i have a 129 with 75lbs on each side with chains and i usually never have a problem. I would drop the air prssure some and try that out. Of course it will spin naturally but shouldnt too much. Always a good time to expirement even filling the tires with fluid helps



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Posted January 05, 2013 - 07:54 PM

Nice looking 100 you got there :thumbs:

Thank you.  Love the 100's, light and nimble with a big enough engine to do most everything I need.



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Posted January 07, 2013 - 09:09 PM

I think third works the best for plowing with my Cub Cadet 108. IMO you can't get enough momentum in second. I run 23-10.50-12 ag tires(no chains) with 300 pounds of suitcase weights. Does a real nice job.

 

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