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dschwandt

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I have a 50 lb scale weight in the combo mule drive/weigh box I built for the front of my tiller unit
 

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PACub100

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When my ex wife and I were first engaged, she was riding with me at my parents plowing a field...one pass and the plow dug in real good bringing the front wheels off the ground about 2 feet, a squeal was made, she made me stop and got out. She never rode along plowing again...🤣
 

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It's not Fun plowing with full size tractors till you get the frt tire 5 feet or more off the ground. THE BTO I worked for bought 80 acres that was divided up into 5 odd shaped field, was seeded down but grown up in weeds.
He had me plowing one afternoon with his 4020 gas tractor with WFE plus 2 slabs of frt weights plus the two starter weights, that's 340# plus the 100-200# the WFE added. The frt end never got light. Next day he put me on his side console NFE 4020 diesel, no frt weights. I'm plowing up a pretty steep hill in 4th gear, diff lock engaged, pretty soon both rear tires are spinning, no more forward progress, I hit the clutch and the brakes at the same time with the frt wheels about 5 ft off the ground, tractor seemed like it was pointing straight up! I slowly eased off the brakes, gently let the frt tires back on the ground, raised the plow out of the ground and headed back to where the 4020 gas with 4 frt weights was parked, swapped the weights onto the NFE tractor and went back to plowing. Got the odd shaped patch done and part of another.

I was trying out my Cat 0 to sleeve hitch adapter I made for my 982 one afternoon, just plowing a couple furrows in the corner of his field about 25 feet from my shop. I was making the 2nd or 3rd pass and raised the 3 -point and the plow stayed in the ground and the frt wheels came up off the ground about 2 maybe 2-1/2 feet. I pulled the hydro back to neutral and raised the plow slowly, the frt wheels returned to the ground when I stopped. My tractor show buddy bought me 12 10# MWSC frt suitcase weights that I made a frt weight bracket for any WF tractor about the weekend before PD#2, where I won one that was a Door Prize. The bracket weighs 5 maybe 10#, plus 12 weights, that's enough frt weight for a Super GT. I've got 26-12.00x12 Firestones and about 75# of wheel weights on each rear tire. If THAT isn't enough tractor I'll use my Super H or M FARMALL.
I used to go out to my Brother-in-law's and Sister-in-laws farm and fall plow their gardenS, two BIG close to an acre each gardens, with my #72, turf tires and about 45-50# of wheel weights on each rear wheel. NOT even any tire chains. Lots of slippage, if I ran over a rotten tomatoes or something I spun-out. No frt weight needed.
I have had the frt end of the 982 get really light pulling a loaded heaped up load of gravel in my Pronovost dump trailer. If the trailer was parked on soft loose dirt, or I tried pulling over a pile of gravel on the driveway with no frt weights it would pull the frt wheels off the ground. They would go up a foot, maybe a bit more and right back down. If I hitched the cart to the tractor it wouldn't do that, but I hook to my sleeve hitch adapter on my 3-point, about a foot farther back.
 

tkhoffman

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When my ex wife and I were first engaged, she was riding with me at my parents plowing a field...one pass and the plow dug in real good bringing the front wheels off the ground about 2 feet, a squeal was made, she made me stop and got out. She never rode along plowing again...🤣
I guess she doesn't want to ride with a man that squeals. ☺
 

mgwin

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Must have my plow set up right. :errrr: Never have raised the front up while plowing, not even when I hang a root like these.
The tires just start spinning and dig down in the dirt.

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