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 11-04-2006, 00:23 Post: 136585
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 Use of brakes on hydro

Was reading a post on the Oliver board and got to thinking, I never use my brakes on my JD 4300 hydro, just back off the forward or reverse pedal. Do any of you hydro operators out there use the brakes on yours, if so why?






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 11-04-2006, 00:34 Post: 136586
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The vast majority of time on the 4310 I don't use the brakes. But I use them as insurance when I'm moving up into the loader, or moving close to a dumpster to dump a bucket load, or if I'm crawling forward for a good reason. Or if I'm maneuvering in a tight spot, I use it for insurance to make sure something just doesn't happen.

Other than the parking brake when warming up or installing an attachment, I don't use the brakes. The hydro pedals work great so I don't have need of the brakes. But I sure do like having them.






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 11-04-2006, 06:22 Post: 136587
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I use the brakes on my 4310 whenever I am on any sort of incline because my 4310 creeps a little. It creeps less if I am in "A" range but usually I am operating in the middle "B" range. Usually the creep is small enough that it could be tolerated, but I don't like to see a tractor moving when no one is in the seat.






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 11-04-2006, 07:55 Post: 136590
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Does using a cutting brake count? I use the right one with the cruise control on when brushhogging---spins right around. Or I use it without cruise control when I've gotten stuck usually in road-shoulder mud or found (okay, gotten) myself sidehilled in a ditch. Also found it handy with Super Steer when I was moving FEMA trailers around using the front end to point-and-shoot. I think the only time I used the brakes---along with the hydro pedal-- was when I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to stop AND negotiate a turn towing a full 15,000 lb. dump trailer. I'm not a stuntman, but I play one on TP (pun intended).






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 11-04-2006, 08:18 Post: 136591
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 Use of brakes on hydro

I use the brakes frequently when maneuvering in tight spots between trees, when operating on hills, and on the rare occasion when turning brakes are needed to pull a really tight turn.






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 11-04-2006, 21:18 Post: 136606
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A creeping hydro is an accident waiting to happen.






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 11-04-2006, 21:29 Post: 136607
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Geez Art, spare me the suspense! What will be the fate of my creeping 4310?






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 11-04-2006, 21:31 Post: 136608
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 Use of brakes on hydro

Which brings up a question. How well do your hydros hold on hills? Sometimes I have to set the parking brake and chock the wheels on maybe a 30 degree grade, which makes it a two-person operation. The hydro alone will only hold up to maybe 10 degrees.






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 11-04-2006, 21:40 Post: 136609
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Ken, I might clarify that the 4310 does not creep if there is no slope. But I always have to use brakes on any reasonable incline. It might only creep about 1-2 inches every minute but its enough to make you feel uncomfortable if you don't use the brakes. I don't operate on slopes steep enough that I feel the need to use chocks.






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 11-05-2006, 05:07 Post: 136612
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My 4310 is a 12/12 reverser transmission. The gear transmission must be in neutral and the bracke locked when you get of the seat or the engine stops. It's been a while since I've driven a Deere hydro so refresh me. As I read the posts you can get off the tractor with the engine running, range lever(ABC) still in gear and the brake not locked? If you shut the engine off while the tractor is on a slope does the lack of having the hydro act as sort of a parking brake allow the tractor to coast away if the brake isn't set? Just seems to me that a safety interlock wouldn't let you off the seat with the engine running and the gear transmission still in gear. Just curious. Frank.






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