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#1 Dave_ky OFFLINE  

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Posted April 07, 2013 - 10:10 AM

I have decided that i need to get a tractor suitable for moving trailers around. I have three trailers, (largest is 18ft steel deck) and whenever i need to move them i have to drive my truck over the lawn which leaves it's mark obviously... I don't need to move them fast, but obviously need something with a stout rear end. Given that the cubs are used for "pulling" I assume these are sturdy - shaft drive i assume? Never had a hydro before- would this be any better (or worse) than a sturdy manual trans?
Any suggestions of what tractors to be on the lookout for?
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Posted April 07, 2013 - 10:14 AM

Oh, looking for something cheap and cheerful - guess i should have mentioned that... Basically something that is better than a tin foil chassis and a MTD rear end.

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Posted April 07, 2013 - 10:30 AM

I need to move my trailers every time I mow. So I put a ball on the front of an 18hp Huskee that I mow with, and push them around with it. The 18ft. trailer is a bit of a traction problem on occasion but it works out ok. I find that they are easier to spot by pushing rather than backing. Any of the larger Garden Tractors should work well Rick


My Huskee is an MTD and has been doing this for years.

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Posted April 07, 2013 - 10:34 AM

Thanks CRF. That Husky looks larger than the junky tractor i have currently, maybe i should just try it instead of assuming it won't work LOL. Putting the hitch on the front is a good idea...

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Posted April 07, 2013 - 10:42 AM

What tractor do you have and how big are the trailers we are talking about?

If this is a 5th wheel... :D

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Posted April 07, 2013 - 10:57 AM

Current mower is a crappy craftsman, but mows ok. I just don't think it'll move much. CRF has given me confidence that any larger frame tractor will suffice.

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Posted April 07, 2013 - 11:01 AM

I would go with a rear hitch so as to put the tongue weight on the drive wheels. 

 

Look for something with a 3-point hitch. If you are crafty and make the hitch adapter correctly you could back up to the trailer, lift the hitch and ball into the trailer coupler, and take off without even getting out of the seat. 

 

Any of the garden tractors would be suitable. I would stick with a hydro drive for ease of maneuvering. Really, moving trailers around isn't going to put a lot of strain on the drive system. 


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Posted April 07, 2013 - 11:23 AM

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Posted April 07, 2013 - 12:39 PM

I vote a larger framed tractor with a three point hitch like mentioned. I haven't gotten around to it yet but I have an a-frame for my three point on the Massey 1655 and I want to put a sleeve hitch / trailer hitch setup for it. We have a 16' trailer to move around sometimes and if I get it setup, should be able to back right under the hitch ball and use the 3pt to pick it up off the ground and roll away with it.



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Posted April 07, 2013 - 04:52 PM

I use an A-frame on the 3-pt of my Bolens HDT1000, and it works great.  Just back under the hitch and lift the 3-pt :D :D

 

Dunno if I would want to use a front hitch though.  If the trailer has a lot of tongue weight that would unload your rear tires.


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Posted April 07, 2013 - 07:04 PM

I haven't had to haul trailers, but I would use a three point like mentioned. I also like the weight and open rear set up of the older sears, suburban's, ss, etc. With that set up, you wouldn't have to worry about hitting the fenders when making sharp turns.



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Posted April 07, 2013 - 07:25 PM

I have a little trailer (garden tractor trailer) that my Gravely walk behind can tug around, but if I was moving anything bigger, I would get something a liftable hitch like the others have suggested.  I've done something similar with a farm tractor, an old Farmall with a fast hitch. 

 

If the trailers are right and the tractor's height isn't an issue, you can back right up and roll on and encourage any laziness you might happen to have. 

 

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Posted April 07, 2013 - 07:31 PM

If you want to move a big loaded trailer, I would get a PK. :D

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Ok, now that I am done showing off... I will tell you that just about any GT will work.



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Posted April 07, 2013 - 08:52 PM

I use an A-frame on the 3-pt of my Bolens HDT1000, and it works great.  Just back under the hitch and lift the 3-pt :D :D

 

Dunno if I would want to use a front hitch though.  If the trailer has a lot of tongue weight that would unload your rear tires.

I agree with this.

the 3-point with a hitch setup is the way to go.

 

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Posted April 07, 2013 - 09:24 PM

Like your hitch setup.  How much range in height do you get?

One of the toughest challenges I find is getting the trailer off the tongue jack and down to the hitch ball on a GT.

(don't like pulling from above the centre-line of the rear axles)






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