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#1 DZG OFFLINE  

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Posted November 07, 2016 - 04:09 PM

Figured id need some weight for plowing...its only a 20 or 25 gal barrel 3/4 full of dirt, im thinking in the 130-150 lb neighborhood, i can still grunt it up on there...

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Its bolted into the implement mounts on the axle, as well as the drawbar, im figuring the 2x4s would snap before any harm is done to the tractor??

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Posted November 07, 2016 - 04:19 PM

That's about what a good set of wheel weights would weigh. Does the tractor groan trying to move with that on there?


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Posted November 07, 2016 - 04:22 PM

That's about what a good set of wheel weights would weigh. Does the tractor groan trying to move with that on there?


Not one bit. Other then a bit light front end (not scary, just different) it dont even know its there
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Posted November 07, 2016 - 04:27 PM

With or without the plow on the front? Mostly because wheel weights keep the weight centered on the axle, you have it cantilevered out back. The plow will help balance that out. If not, look into a set of wheel weights.


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Posted November 07, 2016 - 04:52 PM

I hung some weight on the back of my 220 Case, It helped with the traction a bit however it made it light enough on the front that I couldn't steer in the slick snow. I considered chains on the front wheels but never got around to it.


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Posted November 07, 2016 - 05:38 PM

Might copy you for my GT6000. It has two stage blower on front.


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Posted November 07, 2016 - 06:41 PM

Put the weight on/in the tires.  Does the most good with the least amount of problems.  Fill the tires with fluid (not calcium chloride either !) and a set of chains.  If you can't go with that you might need a bigger tractor.


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Posted November 07, 2016 - 06:51 PM

If you are plowing snow, not blowing, I would fill the tires and add weights/chains. Light in the front won't let it plow very well.


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Posted November 07, 2016 - 07:08 PM

All good suggestions guys. Its not that light in the front, it still steers fine and is responsive, i just noticed the front end come up an inch or two with a 3rd gear clutch drop.

My driveway is straight anyways, lol.

The plow sticks out a good 2 feet or so from the front of the tractor and is heavy (its a john deere plow).

Ill try it out, if not ill get some ag lugs and load the tires and get my weights back from my buddy.
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Posted November 07, 2016 - 07:25 PM

Wonder if front weights would help your light steering?


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Posted November 07, 2016 - 07:35 PM

I have my main weight out the back on the three point. And I love it there. Wheel weights won't do near the same from what I have experienced. I was running 90 pounds a side and had more slippage than with 120 out the back. The lighter front can be an advantage depending on your plowing conditions.
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Posted November 07, 2016 - 08:33 PM

try a 5 gal bucket full of cement, 100lbs alot lower


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Posted November 07, 2016 - 08:34 PM

   I may be overly sensitive but it seems to me wheel weights would be much easier on the axle bearings. With enough weight on the back you will balance all the weight on the rear wheels and bearings.  Don 


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Posted November 07, 2016 - 08:41 PM

   I may be overly sensitive but it seems to me wheel weights would be much easier on the axle bearings. With enough weight on the back you will balance all the weight on the rear wheels and bearings.  Don 

You are correct, but I think under 150lbs or so should be fine...but your right ideal spot would be in or on the tires.


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Posted November 07, 2016 - 10:23 PM

The garden tractors are designed to carry rear attachments which are two to three feet out behind the tractor. Plow, disks, etc. plows or disks would weigh about 75lbs. So I would think that 150lbs mounted close to the rear of the tractor would not hurt anything. Weight in or on the rear wheels/tires is also good. This weight makes the wheel harder to spin because it takes more effort to turn it. So wheel weight has two benifits.
Steer tires need weight for steering, when the plow or blower is on the ground, not when the plow or blower is raised.

Just my thoughts,
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