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#1 bluefoxofattica OFFLINE  

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Posted December 18, 2013 - 10:39 AM

I have a springfield two wheel tractor that I used to plow a 20x70 foot garden this year.  The problem I have with it is that I darn near have to run behind it and when I hit a rock the plow jumps out of the ground and hits my lag. Lapeer MI is good for growing rock so I will never be rid of them all and I have a hard time getting a round after my car crash. So I am wondering if there is a way to kip the plow from jumping out and a good way of slowing it down. I was thinking of change the sprocket but I don't know what size to you? equipment 016.JPG


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Posted December 18, 2013 - 10:45 AM

Welcome to GTT. Relax and enjoy the site. I am not familiar with your particular machine. Someone will be along to help you. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted December 18, 2013 - 11:03 AM

It's not clear in your pic, but if the engine pulley is a single groove pulley, you can easily swap that out for a smaller-diameter pulley.

 

That would be your easiest and cheapest way to slow the travel speed of the tractor.  ....(I assume you've tried operating the engine at a lower rpm, but need the increased rpm's for power.)


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Posted December 18, 2013 - 11:11 AM

To me, the engine doesn't look original to the tractor. Like Bruce says, a smaller engine pulley will slow it down. The other options would be a bigger driven pulley or smaller diameter tires. Is that a generator or a weight hanging on the front? Do you leave it there all the time? That might affect the plow jumping up. The other thing with the plow would be the draft settings.


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Posted December 18, 2013 - 12:49 PM

That motor hanging off the front appears to be the ElecTrak drive motor. I dont know that the tractor is even a Springfield, as something looks odd to me in this camera angle. Do you have other pics if your tractor?

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Posted December 18, 2013 - 01:05 PM

Yes that is a GE drive motor on the front. I put it on there because the wheels wood jump when I was trying to plow. Yes it is a springfield the name is on the drive pulley. No that is not the right engine it is a 5hp briggs it is the only one I had with gear reduction. I tried to put different pulley on there but then the belt wood slip when I was plowing & I had to push the tractor so I just don't know what to do?  



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Posted December 18, 2013 - 01:15 PM

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Posted December 18, 2013 - 03:21 PM

Don't think I've ever seen the Springfield in the pulley but I've never looked real hard at one either. Shame it has a chunk out of it. You would just need a shorter belt to go with the smaller pulley. Are you running on the biggest tractor pulley?


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Posted December 18, 2013 - 04:59 PM

Ya, looks like springfield to me now lol. You could trade the Springfield for a David Bradley. I happen to collect both brands, be happy to help out. :)

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Posted December 18, 2013 - 05:13 PM

I have been using the small pulley . & I do have a David Bradley that I am going to attach to my 1906 New idea sickle mower .I just wanted the Springfield for the garden.  handiman 004.JPG equipment 015.JPG



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Posted December 18, 2013 - 06:29 PM

If you can use the big pulley, it would slow it down. Might require a different belt there too.


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Posted December 18, 2013 - 06:41 PM

If I'm not mistaken, that engine does indeed look newer than the tractor.   Its possible someone put the wrong pulley with the new engine on there. 

 

As has been said, ratio is the speed adjustment on these tractors.  Maybe Casey or another Springfield guy with a tractor like that could take some measurements for you.

 

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Posted December 18, 2013 - 07:04 PM

Yes I have Springfields and they had to have the 6:1 reduction on the engine. Not sure the pulley size on the engine, mabey 2-3 inch diameter?? I havent looked in a few months.
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Posted December 21, 2013 - 11:38 AM

So maybe the best solution is to install the correct engine. I know that I occasionally see Briggs 8R6 engines on eBay and Craigslist, so then you would have the 6:1 gear reduction that you seem to need on the Springfield.


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Posted December 21, 2013 - 01:38 PM

I have been using the small pulley . & I do have a David Bradley that I am going to attach to my 1906 New idea sickle mower .I just wanted the Springfield for the garden.  attachicon.gifhandiman 004.JPGattachicon.gif

The Handiman is actually pre David Bradley.

 

So maybe the best solution is to install the correct engine. I know that I occasionally see Briggs 8R6 engines on eBay and Craigslist, so then you would have the 6:1 gear reduction that you seem to need on the Springfield.

He does have a gear reduction engine on it. Not sure what the reduction is though.

 


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