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 09-29-2005, 19:50 Post: 117141
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We own a GT235 primarily for mowing but I have used it to pull a drag harrow and groom a horse arena. Recently we re-did the arena with a compacted gravel base and washed sand footing. Unfortunately the tractor does not have the traction to get through the sand, with or without the harrow. We barely got it out of the arena when we tried.
Any suggestions on how to give it more sand traction? The sand when completely leveled should only be 2-3 inches deep.






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 09-29-2005, 21:09 Post: 117145
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Add a rear weight box to remove weight from the front end. They are front heavy tractors.






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 09-29-2005, 21:25 Post: 117147
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I have a lot of experience with tractors and sand, but I have a couple of questions.

I don't recognize the model of the tractor.... is it a 4wd garden tractor?

What sort of tires does it presently have?






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 09-30-2005, 06:52 Post: 117154
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Its a 2WD Lawn and Garden Tractor. The tires are what comes original, I believe they would be regular turf tires.






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 09-30-2005, 07:50 Post: 117155
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I had a similar problem with my Husqvarna. Going to chevron treads on the rear helped greatly. See http://www.carlisletire.com/products/big_biters/at101chevron/catalog.pdf

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 09-30-2005, 08:48 Post: 117156
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 Traction in Sand

Art's on the right track, but sand is a bear of a thing at the best of times.

My best advice would be to find an old bunker rake from a golf course supply place. They're REALLY spendy new, but can be found for reasonable dollars used.

http://www.turfcare.ca/USED/U-24770.SP3WD.htm

They would flatten the Sahara Desert if you had enough time........

Best of luck.






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 09-30-2005, 08:51 Post: 117157
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Changing tires may help get the tractor through the sand, but I suspect it will still bog down pulling the drag harrow.

I had a bit of trouble pulling a 4x5 drag harrow up and down my gravel driveway with a BX22.... a 4wd, 22 horse diesel that had an operating weight of about 2300 pounds.

Before you throw good money around, consider a Kubota BX1500 or larger or a similar green or blue machine.

BTW... my current tractor will pull the drag harrow about 95 percent of the time in 2wd, but it is equipped with radial tires that are 12 inches wide and has an operating weight of 3400 pounds.






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 09-30-2005, 09:20 Post: 117160
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No harrow details were provided, so this is just a guess. But the one I own is designed for three types of usage:
1. teeth down, facing forward - most agressive
2. teeth down, facing rearward - less aggressive
3. harrow upside down - smoothing/leveling only

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 09-30-2005, 09:26 Post: 117161
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That is the same harrow I have.

The BX had troubles with the #3 setting. It had a tendency to pull the front end off the ground. I had to add weight to the FEL bucket and use 4wd.






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 09-30-2005, 09:35 Post: 117162
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If you go the 4WD CUT route, I would suggest a John Deere equipped with high floatation Galaxy turf tires. These are generally used on golf courses. They are big and wide. They are offered as optional with JD.

I've leveled out a number of arenas using my CUT which has oversize turfs in the front. I use my homemade pulverizer that has an expanded metal drum at the back. It really does a good job almost sifting the sand.

Sounds like you may have some really loose sand. That's allot of money to just level an arena. Do you have any draft horses?






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