I went over to the WPGTA plow day in Renfrew Pa. on Saturday.
I took the HDT1000 with loaded tires (front and rear), rear wheel weights and the Brinly 3-pt plow.
It was my first time for plowing, and I really needed all the help I could get.
The guys over there were great, and pretty soon we had it very close.
Due to no fault of their own, the field was in pretty bad condition for plowing. It had a thick layer of stalks and in places an even thicker layer of a mulch of some sort that the field's owner had put down as the path for the corn maze that he had there.
It was plow for 10-15 feet, clear out the huge mass of stalks built up in front of the plow, plow for another 10-15 feet,...
I only made one pass down and one pass up the field, as it was just too much like work
After that, I went over to where they were starting to pull and asked if I could pull using the A-frame on my 3-pt as I had taken the hitch off the rear end because it interferes with the stabilizing chains on the 3-pt.
They said that it would be OK as long as they could hook the chain from the sled to it. So off I went to the trailer, dropped the plow and put on the A-frame.
Back to the pulling area, gave the lady $5.00 and I was now ready for my very first pull as well.
It was a dead weight pull with weights piled on it. Im not sure where they started but after each round, they put on another 100lbs. and those that did a 'full pull' (around 15' or so} went again.
When it got to 2,050 lbs, I really struggled, and was sure that I wasn't going to survive the next round.
However, a gentleman there took me aside and said that he was watching the pull, and that during it, I had too much weight on the front tires. He said that if I raised the hitch that would help transfer some of that weight to the rears, and give me better traction. Others around us concurred, so I asked him if he would take a look and give some advice on how high to raise it since I could do that with the 3-pt.
He took a look at it, and said just start raising the hitch and I'll tell you when to stop. I did just that, and after around 3-4" he said stop and try that.
This time, at 2,150 lbs, the HDT just walked down the track like they had taken weight OFF the sled instead of adding it! I also noticed that the front tires were just barely skinning the ground which was just enough to give me a wee bit of steering.
Only two of us survived the next round at 2,250 lbs, and that was where it ended, as they had run out or weight to put on the sled. I'm pretty confident that the HDT would have been good for 2,350 if not more but sadly, that wasn't to be.
So with the help of a danged good tractor, a helpful bystander, and clueless driver, I managed to tie for 1st place.
Running out of weight for the sled also helped contribute to that as well, as there was no possible way for the HDT to have out pulled the fella that I tied with.
It was one heck of a lot of fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and will be sure to go to their next Plow Day in the Spring.
Oh, the 'goodie' that I brought back?