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 09-23-2003, 15:02 Post: 64659
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 Transporting your tractor

Hi everyone,
Ive been lurking for sometime but this is my first post, so here it goes.
Im about to transport my new (about 1 month old) L3130 on my 10000 lbs trailer for the first time and I want to make sure that Ive got it right. Ive decided to go with chain instead of straps. Ive used straps to transport autos several times but this is my first experience with chain and binders so Im a little nervious about it. Ive got 4 stake pockets on each side to work with. Ive put a clevis hook on the drawbar and two clevis hooks in the holes on the bottom of the grill guard at the front. Im using 5/16 transport chain and binders. One piece of chain in the rear that goes from one pocket across to the other, through the clevis hook and two pieces of chain in the front that go from the clevis hooks to the pockets with binders on each of these chains. Ive also got a couple of straps running through the loader frame to the other two pockets on each side just for insurance.
How do the rest of you transport your tractors? How about some advice on how to chain this thing down, what to do and what not to do? Good and bad points of using chain over straps?
Thanks, Ray






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 09-23-2003, 15:18 Post: 64661
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I at one time did most of our trucking so I've done a fair share of it. Your rear is good and your front sounds to good. If you went to one chain going across the bed and used two binders to catch it that would be all you need.






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 09-23-2003, 15:18 Post: 64662
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I at one time did most of our trucking so I've done a fair share of it. Your rear is good and your front sounds to good. If you went to one chain going across the bed and used two binders to catch it that would be all you need.






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 09-23-2003, 16:39 Post: 64663
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I use straps. I have two straps in the back. I attach one from the backhoe subframe to a stake pocket on each side. On my tractor, the swinging drawbar is removed to accommodate the backhoe subframe.

In the front, I use a single strap wrapped around the front axle going from a stake pocket on one side to the stake pocket directly opposite it.

Straps are 2" heavy edge-guard nylon with ratcheting tighteners.






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 09-24-2003, 06:15 Post: 64705
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I've done it several times but a pro somebody else always did the hook up. There wasn't anything special for the tractor used--just two strands of chain across the axles and binders. I suppose the tractor could move around if got a flat tire and some chain became slacked, but not very likely. With binders well cinched down, it takes a lot of force to slip a chain link across an axle.

Your set up sounds a bit better although I might think about how much tongue weight a draw bar can handle. Take care if you don't have new type binders. The old type can spring open with enough force to break a jaw (a real example), and they have to be tied closed during transport. It is important to sit the loader and any implement down on the bed because there can be load shock at highway speeds sufficient to break things. It's also good to brace the tractor against the front of the trailer and remember to take the key out and put it in your pocket or give it to the driver.






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 09-24-2003, 06:47 Post: 64707
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One thing that I forgot, the chains should be in a V to the tractor from the rack. That way it will keep it from rocking and on a sideways slide it will still stay in the center of rack instead of having the ability to slide off.






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 09-24-2003, 09:02 Post: 64720
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I have nearly cut through a strap while towing a tractor when the strap came in contact with a square edge on the FEL and rubbed.

I haven't quit using straps because of that but I am more careful about where I route them and cushion the strap with a piece of rubber mat if there is any doubt.






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