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#16 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted January 24, 2016 - 07:24 AM

Hey I ain't that fat. (looks in mirror) Um ok.


It looks like muscle to me,which is an extra advantage if he gets stuck.

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Posted January 24, 2016 - 07:59 AM

With the blower hanging off the front of the tractor when raised you need to add some weight out back to counterbalance it. Loading your tires will also help but may not be enough. If you have a 3 point hitch that's a good place to add the weight. When I had a JDx475 with a 3 point hitch I had one of those draw bars with the holes in it mounted on the hitch. I then bolted some weight plates onto the draw bar and added enough weight to give me the traction I needed. Too much weight and you will make the front end light and have trouble getting traction for steering. There are lots of ways to add weight to a 3 point  hitch. You could even put an implement on the hitch to add weight, but that does make the tractor harder to maneuver in tight spots. 


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Posted January 24, 2016 - 09:05 AM

I'm being serious now. I see barbell weights quite often in resale stores. I've even seen them out with the trash. Just hang them on a bar across your 3 point. Another idea; using the spin on ends of the barbell make an attachment that bolts to the lug nuts. Now you've got weights on your wheels.
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Posted January 24, 2016 - 09:22 AM

... Too much weight and you will make the front end light and have trouble getting traction for steering. ...

 

That's one of the downsides to using the 3-pt or other method to hang weight on the rear of the tractor. The other is added stress on the rear axle.

 

That doesn't happen when you use wheel weights or fill the tires.


Edited by OldBuzzard, January 24, 2016 - 09:39 AM.

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Posted January 24, 2016 - 09:24 AM

I used the method in the video that James Bosma posted to fill my tires. I have tubes in them, so Chieffan's method would not work for me. I looked into Rimguard like Old Buzzard mentioned, but it is about a 5 hr round trip to the nearest dealer from here. I ended up using RV plumbing anti-freeze. It is not as heavy as rimguard, but it is non-toxic, so if it ends up spilled from a puncture, it won't be a problem. I weighed my tires before and after and ended up adding 40lbs to each one (23x9.5x12 if I remember right).

 

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Posted January 27, 2016 - 10:26 AM

My tires are 27x9.5. Any idea how much fluid they hold or how do you know when to stop filling?
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Posted January 27, 2016 - 10:38 AM

My tires are 27x9.5. Any idea how much fluid they hold or how do you know when to stop filling?

Are those 27x9.5-15's?  This manual says 9 gallons, about 75 lbs. with windshield washer fluid.



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Posted January 27, 2016 - 12:28 PM

I assume that is 9 gal.per tire?

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Posted January 27, 2016 - 04:35 PM

I assume that is 9 gal.per tire?

Correct!


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Posted February 05, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Added 9 gal.per tire and bought 2 link tire chains. Waiting for another snow to see if it helps.
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Posted February 05, 2016 - 05:28 PM

That will be a significant improvement.

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Posted February 17, 2016 - 03:50 PM

This was a definite improvement. Now I need figure a way to attach some weight, probably to the 3 point hitch arms.
Haven't seen anything I like yet.
I do appreciate the ideas so far.
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Posted February 17, 2016 - 06:12 PM

Could build bracket like this and use suitcase weights if you have them

I just got a set like these but no bracket, wanted them for the front of tractor anyways

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Posted February 18, 2016 - 08:44 AM

That looks great! I don't have anything around with any weight. Ill figure out something.
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