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#1 wvbuzzmaster OFFLINE  

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Posted March 16, 2016 - 11:16 PM

Often a question in all of our minds, and when you have several brands of garden tractors, it becomes unclear just what the traction goal is for fluid and weights on which tractor. So I offer this to the tractor gods. I seem to think the left tire benefits from 40 extra pounds over the right tire, but given plow size, how much do you prefer to have for pounds (including tractor weight) on each traction tire for plowing with say, 12" plow.

Trying to weight my New Holland S-14H and hate to under or overweight it based on the hydro.

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Posted March 17, 2016 - 05:37 AM

Casey,
Weight wise... Go big or go home.
The only time extra wheel weight on a Hydro is a major issue is sudden acceleration or deceleration and that shouldn't be a big deal except I've seen you drive, you wild man.

Tack on all the weight you can on the RHS but not so much it will stick out past much and then add a 25-40 to the LHS stack
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Posted March 17, 2016 - 05:50 AM

I agree with Alan on this one.  I, myself, have been eating everything in sight to get up to optimum plow weight.  Oh wait, crap!


Edited by David Brown, March 17, 2016 - 05:50 AM.

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Posted March 17, 2016 - 06:14 AM

Since I have the Peerless 2500 rears with limited slip, I keep the weight even on both sides. If it spins, both tires spin.


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Posted March 17, 2016 - 06:42 AM

When plowing was nor for farming back in the 40's & 50's we always had 300 lbs on the land wheel and 150 on the furrow wheel.  If side draft is set up right I would think those numbers would carry down to our GT's.  I plowed last fall and both tires filled on a G12 and had no slippage problem.  Was only taking a 8" cut as I could not get the plow moved over far enough to take a full 10".   A lot of variables could come into play on this.  Tractor rear end type, tires, ground conditions, plow set up, driver weight, etc. 


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Posted March 17, 2016 - 06:54 AM

I agree with Alan on this one.  I, myself, have been eating everything in sight to get up to optimum plow weight.  Oh wait, crap!


Yep, I've been on the SeeFood Diet too...
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Posted March 17, 2016 - 07:20 AM

If you have an open diff, double the high side and you should do just fine as long as you have good tread. Kenny, I would still double the weight on the high side tire as that 2500 will still unload that wheel! ;-) and boy it will blaze it when it does! :-)
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Posted March 17, 2016 - 07:40 AM

Stella is the answer. :bigrofl:

 

Seriously though you want as much as you can get without the weights sticking out too much, heavier on the left side.

AG tires or aggressive tires give more grip.

Also try to line up the inside edge of the right side tires so the front and back follow the same path.

 

IMO hope this helps.


Edited by DH1, March 17, 2016 - 08:16 AM.

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Posted March 17, 2016 - 07:55 AM

Since Casey is using a 12" plow ,does the tire width play into how you set the machine ?  When I set up the DB walk behind the plow the instruction have you move the land wheel as far out on the axle,, I guess for weight or maybe to try to level the axle ?  


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Posted March 17, 2016 - 10:02 AM

I have 50 lbs on each tire in wheel weights on my 73 Bolens G10 and 100 lbs between the seat and fenders. I weight 190ish and dont have a problem. My tractor is bone stock exept for the weights and AG tires. 


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Posted March 17, 2016 - 10:13 AM

I never put extra weight on my lgt145 ford. My plow is 10". Seems to work ok. A lot of variables, as chieffan said But, extra weight on the land wheel is what I would do.

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Posted March 17, 2016 - 11:10 AM

I know that there are a lot of variables. I am going to have 23x10-50-12 Tru Powers filled with most likely washer fluid since I have several jugs sitting from that idea the last time that I never used. Then I have a pair of 63 pound cast iron wheel weights that are 4-5 inches thick that I plan to install that will not stick out at all. I do have an odd 35 pound weight that is 2" thick that I could slip behind the left weight. Or I could use a stackable inner Simplicity weight for that... That is the current thought... And hope it is enough. Mabey I will go out and start stacking in a similar wheel until I find a setup that won't stick out on either side. I'm trying to keep from making it too wide to fit back in its parking spot too lol.
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Posted March 17, 2016 - 11:24 AM

If the weights stick out on the left side it would be OK, not going to hit anything since that side of the tractor would be angled up.


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Posted March 17, 2016 - 11:30 AM

If the weights stick out on the left side it would be OK, not going to hit anything since that side of the tractor would be angled up.


Except the pile of stuff in that side of the shop... :poke:
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Posted March 17, 2016 - 11:32 AM

If the weights stick out on the left side it would be OK, not going to hit anything since that side of the tractor would be angled up.


If the left weights sticks out past the tire even 1" on the left... I will hit it on the steel post when getting the new holland in and out of where it is parked currently. See my problem Doug? Lol
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