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weight box tube frame 1220

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#1 stanz OFFLINE  

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Posted February 01, 2015 - 02:32 PM

When I ran my ugly 1220 the other day with the Sno-Caster I noticed it was pushing through the turns.  In other words, the tires were full locked right but I kept going straight.

 

I have somewhere around 160 pounds in my weight box, iron weights and five gallon tank of gas. Plus I have 230 or so pounds in the seat. Do I have too much weight in the rear?  

 

I am running chains in the rear.

 

Should I put some weight in the front?

 

I'm in the middle of setting up the pretty 1220 with a plow and weight box.  I'm going to try it empty first to see if it moves okay.  I'll have chains on that 1220 as well.


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Posted February 01, 2015 - 02:34 PM

You definitely have more weight than any stock setup for snow casting!

Do you have a steep incline or something? I been using a 1050 with chains,rear wheel weights and blower and have had no problems the 3 years I have used it.


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Posted February 01, 2015 - 02:47 PM

You definitely have more weight than any stock setup for snow casting!

Do you have a steep incline or something?

No, it's all level. I guess I went a bit overboard.  So, you're running about 100 lbs., I can take some weights out.

 

I'm guessing I'll be fine with the empty weight box on the pretty 1220 for plowing. It weighs about 40 pounds if I had to guess.


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Posted February 01, 2015 - 02:49 PM

You should be fine with just stock weights and chains. If you get some steering difficulty just bump up the lift lever a bit to raise the blower until you make the turn.


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Posted February 01, 2015 - 02:53 PM

In ran into that couple times this morning throwing real wet heavy snow.  Lifted the snow thrower just a little, like 1/2" and that took care of the problem.  I have Ag tires, chains and fluid and 220 in the seat.  Gas tank in over the motor and only about 1.5 gallons.  Had very little slippage except when turning around in that 7" of wet stuff.  I have also run into that situation with by IH 400 when moving snow with a 5' bucket and chains on.  I think it is a situation that is going to happen when conditions are just right.  As long as I was going straight it was not a problem.



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Posted February 01, 2015 - 04:50 PM

Dr. Bolens is right, if you pick up your implement just a little bit going into a hard turn you will move that weight onto your front wheels and you will be able to control the tractor better. 

 

This applies to all brands, not just Bolens.

 

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Posted February 01, 2015 - 05:20 PM

Three rib tires on front help a lot. Noel

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Posted February 01, 2015 - 06:58 PM

The pretty 1220 plows just fine with the the empty weight box.  I'll see how it turns tomorrow with the snow.






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