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 04-28-2000, 08:41 Post: 15176
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Since the Steiner and Ventrac both have the same type of weight transfer system, I was wondering if some of you guys could give a rundown as to when to use it, (like mowing), and when not? For instance, I am getting a lot of use out of my slip scoop right now. With a full load in the bucket, it puts a lot of weight on the front of the tractor. Now if I use the WTS, it can iliminate some of that, but forget about floating the scoop as it will just lift upwards when put into float.






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 04-28-2000, 18:00 Post: 15190
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The primary purpose of the weight transfer system is to increase traction and steering control when mowing on side-slopes and up-slopes. It does this by lifting up on the front attachment causing the vertical forces on the front wheels to dramatically increase and the vertical forces to decrease somewhat on the rear wheels. The net amount of additional down force on the tractor is equal to the amount of force tending to lift the mower at its pivot pins on the deck. If weight transfer is engaged when using the slip scoop, it increases the lift capacity and simultaneously INCREASES the forces on the front wheels. In doing so, the float capability (which is often very valuable for slip scoop operations) is lost. The Steiner 410, 420, and 430 do not have weight transfer capability. I use a set of external float springs on my 430 and mower deck to produce the same effect and it works beautifully. These float springs are the same as used for the Rotary Broom.






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 04-28-2000, 19:31 Post: 15191
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So are there situations where I should be using the WTS while using the slip scoop, (say if I am not floating)??






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 04-28-2000, 20:31 Post: 15194
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The only reason to use weight transfer with the scoop is if you need more brute strength to dig and carry a load heavier than you can do without it turned on. Then you may be limited by the amount of ballast on the rear of the tractor.






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 04-30-2000, 22:39 Post: 15241
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Have only seen pictures of the Rotary Broom. Can you describe how you attach the float springs? My biggest problem when mowing on uneven slopes has to do with the mower being pushed into the uneven terrain. Lifting the mower to take off some down pressure makes it much easier to turn and steer the tractor.






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 04-30-2000, 23:04 Post: 15242
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Webmaster---how do I post photos with my message? The best answer to the question posed in this post is a photograph, but I don't know how to do it.






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 00-00-0000, 00:00 Post: 15246
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Jack:

You can post a picture by referencing a link which is provided when you reply to a message. You will however need to have a web site which hosts the picture. There are several available, or you can use the site I will be putting up, www.turftractor.com. In the field labeled "Picture/Image URL:" you will need to enter "http://www.turftractor.com/" of course this is without the <>. Just email me the pic file, and remember the complete filename, and I will put it in the web directory. You will then need to reference it in the way that I just outlined for you.






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 05-03-2000, 22:30 Post: 15413
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This is a photo of my Steiner 430 and 60 inch deck. The 2 front springs serve as a weight transfer system to increase traction and steering control on steep slopes. The bracket on the tractor, springs, and chains are from the Steiner Rotary Broom. Two small tabs were welded to the mower arms for attaching the chains. Operate by setting front lift in float positon so deck follows ground contours. Works beautifully!





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 05-03-2000, 23:50 Post: 15414
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Jack:

I have posted a reply with the correct link. The one that you had posted had a space before the filename.






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 05-04-2000, 20:18 Post: 15436
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Photos of Steiner 430 with 60 inch deck mowing 26 degree slope.





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