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 04-03-1999, 00:00 Post: 2347




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What about weights. In the brosures I see the same tractor with and without front weights. As you might suspect I am thinking about buying my first tractor and do not have any experience.(1) Do these front weights normally come with the tractor or are they purchased seperately?(2) Do I need to continually mount/unmout them depending on the tractor use?(3) What about rear wheel weights?Thanks for any help...






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 04-04-1999, 00:00 Post: 2348
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Cityboy. There are no dumb questions. I wish I had asked a few more questions before I bought my tractor. Dealer prep is at the tractor place is like dealer prep at the new car dealership. To get your tractor you have to get dealer prep. New tractors come in some state of disasembley and putting them together is included. Should also include reasonable delivery. You will not get sodium cloride solution (salt water) in your tires unless you ask and it will be extra. I would not specify sodium cloride unless you anticipate traction problems. You should be able to pull most implements just fine without it. Start out dry and add the stuff yourself if you need it. Industrial tires are mounted when the tractor will be used on pavement. Ag tires are for field use. Turf tires are for finish mowing applications. For most folks the decision is between ag and turf. Turf tires will give reasonable service under some field conditions but ag tires will eat a lawn. Front end weights are used to ballance the tractor when implements are mounted on the 3 point - rotary cutter (aka brush hog, boom pole, box blade, etc. If you are not carrying a rear mounted load you do not need weights. The purpose of front end weights is to ensure the front wheels are loaded and your tractor will turn when you want it to. Some folks leave them on all the time but removing them when they are not needed is "recommended" because it takes the load off the steering and front end components. Rear weights are mounted at times to offset the weight of a front end loader. If you do not have a loader you will not need weights. If you do need weights all of the time then sodium cloride solution is prefered because the tractor's chassis does not have to carry the load.Suggest you outline the uses you plan to make of your tractor and post them on the board along with the dealer's recomendation and price. Good sanity check. Lots of good used tractors out there. Look around. Good luck.






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 04-04-1999, 00:00 Post: 2357
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I admit that I am new to tractoring by I'm having trouble with a coment that you made about wheel weights. You stated that "If you do not need weighs all the time then sodium cloride solution is prefered because the tractors chassisdoes not have to carry the load" I fail to see how wheel weights will put anyundo stress on a tractors chassis. The weights are bolted directly to the rimof the tire. No part of the chassis is baring additional weight. All the weightis transfered to the tire and then to the ground. The only thing that shouldfeel a load is the tires in which extra pressure may need to be added.






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 04-04-1999, 00:00 Post: 2362
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Perhaps the reference to weights being carried by the chassis was to those weights you can add on to the front or the back of the tractor itself, not to metal wheel weights which would be no different than calcium chloride in the tires.






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 04-04-1999, 00:00 Post: 2380
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Woody,You are right. From the standpoint of chassis loading, wheel weights and sodium cloride solution are the same. Cityboy asked about adding and removing weights depending on tractor use. I assumed he was talking about cast iron bumper mounted weights as wheel weights are generally left in place. StevePS Think you misquoted me.






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 04-11-1999, 00:00 Post: 2733
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I've always said that liquid in the tires is the way to add weight,since it will ""slip" when the clutch is engaged,thus reducing wear and tear on the clutch and transmission.Any thoughts on that idea??






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 04-11-1999, 00:00 Post: 2734
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You might have a point if you were talking about a dragster running the quarter mile, but it is not important for modern tractors. Equal amounts of liquid weight and cast wheel weights provide the same traction. However, liquid weight has the following disadvantages. It requires tubes to assure that the rims won't rust where the paint is scratched and most tires today are sold tubeless. Liquid is a pain when checking inflation pressures (you need to have the valve stem on top so that you are measuring air pressure only). It is also a pain when doing any tire servicing. It makes the ride harsher since there is less air to serve as the "air bag suspension system" that determines the stiffness of the tires. Major large tractor manufacturers and major tractor tire manufacturers are now recommending cast weight instead of liquid for these and other reasons.






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