I titled this post as “DUH” because for a period of 2 weeks I had what my daughter refers to as a Sr. Moment.
Some background; I have a Massey 1855 that has what could be simply stated as a hard life and I am waiting on a new engine that is being built for it. I have acquired the correct snow blower and 4 foot blade that attaches to the 3 point hitch.
Yes here in Kansas City we do get enough snow to utilize the blower and blade.
I had the snow blower attached and noticed when lowered the left end of the blower ( as viewed from the seat) was on the garage floor, while the right end was approximately ¾ to 1 inch off the floor. So on the first snow of 4 inches 2 weeks ago the snow blower missed about 18 inches of each path until it was weighted down with snow and then it picked up most ( until the chute became clogged up).
So each day as I take the dogs out for the daily business I have looked at the tractor trying to decide why the snow blower wasn’t sitting level. Thoughts of a twisted or damaged show blower attachment mount, twisted tractor frame all ran through the grey mass.
Last night I decided to try and find the problem. Why I got out the tape measure is unknown to me but that’s what I did. I started at the rear wheels of the tractor measuring the height of the seat pan from the floor. My goal was to measure from that point take notes and then move to several point on the frame. Hopefully if the frame measurements were all the same then the problem had to be in the attachment mount on the front of the tractor.
Imagine my surprise when the first measurement of the seat pan height had the right side 1 inch higher than the left side. Hmmm that was odd. I Stood behind the tractor and lifted the left side of the seat pan and the blower sat flush with the floor.
What the heck?????
I got the less than trusted tire gauge out and the LR tire wouldn’t even register on the gauge. The right side showed some pressure. What if I added some air to the LR tire?
15 minutes later with about 20 lbs of air pressure in the tire ( tire chains are tight now) the snow blower is sitting nice and level.
What an amazing set of circumstances and discovery.
Moral to the story: Before deciding there is a major issue with the structural integrity of our toys, stop and check the tire pressure. It could be as simple as adding air and finding the tractor is once again level with the world.
So that’s why I called it a “DUH Moment.”
Yes you may laugh with me.