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 09-20-2002, 03:39 Post: 42680
WallyB
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Just took delivery on a 4110... I can actually drive the thing. Smile But I still consider myself a "tractor virgin" and I'm wondering if there are some sources for general operating info, tips, etc. Maybe a book or video? I've actually thought about "apprenticing" myself to some old farmer or something... Of course there's always good old trial and error. Any suggestions welcome!






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 09-20-2002, 06:59 Post: 42688
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Hi
First- Read the manual and do as it says
Second -start off slowly and take extra care on inclines etc
Before you know it will be just like riding a bike,but never take the tractor for granite always stay attentive & alert
Enjoy it






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 09-20-2002, 07:40 Post: 42690
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I just did a web search on 'tractor safety' and there are many hits. Iíd do some reading at these sites. There are probably lengthy discussions in the archives here that also make good reading. For example 'ballast' is a good topic, and also my first operating mistake although no injury or equipment damage happened. Tractors aren't as stable as might be thought. Tractors also drop and bang things together and takes getting used to regarding feet and fingers. There are fairly standard lists of dos and don'ts.

If you're in a cold climate, reading about winter operating tips in the archives would be good. There also are several winter tips discussions going on right now.






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 09-20-2002, 08:16 Post: 42693
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Kinda busy right now so this will be short and to the point.

If you have a loader on that 4110....Rear ballast is important for saftey.

If you live in a cold climate....use anti-gel in the fuel when temps start to drop below 20 F.

Wear out the operators manual, the pages should be dog eared if used properly.






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 09-21-2002, 05:03 Post: 42713
WallyB
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Thanks, Guys... I'm probably enough of a chicken to stay out of trouble for a while. Smile I do have FEL, dealer and I discussed and arranged ballast (calcium chloride). I was, honestly, a little disappointed in the operator's manual. It does a good job with safety and basic "how to" but doesn't really offer much in the way of "tips" and applications. I'm sure a lot of it is common sense and thinking things through. "Let's see, I wanna... so I guess I should..."

What I'm looking for is (for example) an article I read a while ago that showed how to use a piece of pipe to hold up a metal fence post, then use the FEL to "drive" the post in.

Will do some searching, certainly and share anything neat that I find!






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 09-21-2002, 07:36 Post: 42721
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Wally: I did see a guy with a farm tractor using his loader to set his neighbour's mailbox post this spring. So, depending on you soil conditions, you might have some success, although you're likely to find that loaders may drive but they don't bang very well if the soil is hard.

One of the things that you're likely to notice is that loaders and 3ph's lift and lower in arcs rather than true verticals. What that means is that a loader would drive them in at an angle unless it's frequently adjusted. The bucket bottom may start perpendicular to the post at the start but would change as the bucket lowers. The curl could be adjusted to keep the contact perpendicular, and the post to bucket contact would move across the face of the bucket. The tractor may have to be repositioned. Maybe the article has solutions for this kind of thing.

One thing I'd keep in mind is that if the tractor is small, then the bucket will be fairly high to start an 8' post. That means that the post may be very close to the tractor grill. There might be some potential for pushing the post into the grill and rad.






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 09-21-2002, 10:00 Post: 42730
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Wally, I have a 4100, and I guarantee you that you are gonna need more than loaded tires to safely use the loader. If you didnít get a separate manual for the loader, go get one. If you did, check the ballast section. Deere says to sling 700-900 pounds off the rear end in addition to the loaded tires. That's too much in my experience, but a 400# box blade would be about right. Just stick with us here and we will talk you through the learning period. Just post your questions one at a time on the web site and watch the info flow.






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 09-27-2002, 05:52 Post: 42978
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Thanks,Mark. I failed to mention that I have a rock rake with a flip down blade on the rear. Finally got to play for a bit! Smile I even managed to get a couple of shovels full of dirt in the bucket without shoveling it in. Laughing out loud I had slightly better "luck" using the rear blade. Thankfully, no one was watching. Smile






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 09-27-2002, 08:30 Post: 42988
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We have all had the same learning curve, but some are just too old to remember when it was. You want to see something ugly, watch me with my new backhoe.






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 09-27-2002, 14:52 Post: 43003
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Kubota dealers have a little book called the "Ten commandments of Tractor safety", I know you didn't buy one but a dealer near you might still give you one as it is a good place to start. I make it a point when working with "Virgins" to give them all the help I can.






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