I put the tractor away behind my shed a few months ago, which was the dumbest idea ever now that we have 3 feet of snow. In order to get it out it out I would have to shovel a path about 100 yds long and wide enough for the tractor. Rookie mistake. While it's buried I've been doing some thinking and I had a question on the tractor and hills that i was hoping someone could help me with.
My tractor really struggles on part of my driveway. I have 2 sections of driveway that are both about 100 Ft long, and about a 15% grade (which google says is an 8.5 degree angle in case it helps)They are smooth pavement so i wouldn't think it would be an issue, but it is. It struggles even empty (nothing in the bucket, and no counterweight in the box, but still with the wheel weights on.) It has the Hydro transmission, but it is actually the engine that bogs down and wants to stall. If I can get a fair running start I can get up over the top, but again thats empty, so loaded I'd be hosed.
Was the tractor just not meant for climbing? It is the 12HP model.
Here is a pic from when I first got it for reference.