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 03-04-2002, 19:22 Post: 36080
BodaBoy



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 755 Compact on a Hill!

I Just bought a 755 MFWD yesterday to use on my 5A lot, the thing that concerns me is this is a big hill, I'm hoping I don't have to test out the ROPS the first time out!
Can anyone tell me if you can add spacers to the wheels without busting something? or what else could I do to sturdy this unit up for the "Hill Climb"
Thanks for any info,
Scott






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 03-04-2002, 19:33 Post: 36081
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 755 Compact on a Hill!

Your challenge is side-hills. I used a 755 on some scary slopes but had no problems:
1. Reverse the wheels. No point going further if you don't do this.
2. Rear wheel weights -- bolt on.
3. If you're going to use a mid-pt mower, you're set -- it will put the center of gravity low and centered.
4. R1 or R4 tires; turf will not do.
5. If you're using a 3pt mower/cutter/etc, must have front suitcase weights -- when you head uphill and the weight transfers to the rear wheels, it's amazing how little the front end responds.
enjoy -- it's a nice tractor.
jim






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 03-05-2002, 06:20 Post: 36096
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 755 Compact on a Hill!

Mowing straight down hill is by far the safest. If you are really worried about going side hill, then don't do it. See if you can arrange your mowing pattern to where you can circle and go down hill on the steepest part, uphill on the least steep. Engage the MFWD and use a low gear going down.






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 03-05-2002, 09:10 Post: 36105
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 755 Compact on a Hill!

I didn't have much luck finding discussion about safety on slopes in the archives. There are a number and reading them might be helpful. As noted: stance, centre of gravity and traction all are important.

Tractors are less stable on side hills than perpendicular to a slope, and small effects like raising the 3ph or loader or hitting a bump can cause a turnover. For the same reason dumping a backhoe on the down hill side shouldn't be done, and I think the safety rule is don't turn into hills.

Going downhill, the risk of uncontrolled slides may be greater than turnovers, but slides can turn in turnovers. The thing to remember about slides is that they are related to soil conditions that might change overnight. As you probably know, nobody wants to use a ROPS, but when itís needed, usually the seat belt is needed as well. Iíve heard that not having a ROPS is more hazardous that having one and not using seat belts.






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