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 01-15-2001, 15:41 Post: 23436
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 Loaders and 2wd tractors

I have a John Deere 850 ps 2wd and would like to add a loader. Can I hang the finish mower on the rear 3pt for ballast, or am I just going to spin my wheels? My understanding is that 2wd tractors can't effectively use loaders.






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 01-15-2001, 16:58 Post: 23437
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Craig, I have a 2wd JD-950 w/power steering and a JD-75 Loader. The tractor w/loader works great for my appilcations. I have rear ag tires which are loaded with calcite and I use a 6ft. rear mounted mower for extra weight. I would estimate the combination of rear ballast adds 1,200 lbs to the rear of the tractor. The only thing that I have found is directional control can be a problem. Especially when the front of the tractor is raised slightly off the ground. The only solution here is to feather the brakes to maintain a particular forward direction. I am sure a 4wd would handle much better but I believe weight properly placed on a 2wd can go a long way to help. IMHO a loader is money well spent as not only do you get the use out of the loader while you own the tractor but it will also add to the resale value when you go to sell it. It seems as though everybody wants a 4wd tractor and "loaderless" 2wd tractor will sell for a lot less in my area. A 2wd with loader is much more desirable set-up than plain 2wd. Hope this info. helps and good luck. Mark






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 01-15-2001, 18:47 Post: 23441
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Craig, I'll take the opposite position from Mark. He's got a 2WD and is happy with it and a loader, and of course, depending on the kind of work you do, different equipment works well for different folks, but generally speaking, I think you'll find 2WD and loaders just don't satisfy most folks. Before I bought my first compact tractor, I was looking at a used one and told the owner than I was going to put a front end loader on whatever I bought, and fortunately, he was honest enough to tell me that I could do it, but that I wouldn't be happy with the loader unless I also had 4WD. He was right. I now have my second compact tractor, and I would have sure been unhappy to have spent the money for a loader if they hadn't also had 4WD.






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 01-15-2001, 19:32 Post: 23443
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Craig, If you have ag tires you could probly hang enough weight on the back to work, or chains will help aswell. When I was growing up on a farm (before they came out with FWA tractors) they did work. The harder the digging the more you will spin. If you take your time you might be happy with it. I do very little loader work in 2WD, There is a big difference with a front axle to help you.
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 01-15-2001, 19:34 Post: 23444
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i have a 4wd tractor and wil tell you that i accidently had the tractor in 2wd while trying to use the loader, coulden't figure out why i coulden't fill the bucket, then i realized what was wrong, big difference, thats my two cents, for what it is worth.

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 01-15-2001, 20:51 Post: 23445
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Craig, that 850 is a nice tractor and in 2wd is just about bulletproof. I've had a variety of 2 and 4wd - most all with loaders. I admit that I prefer $WD..... or 4WD as some call it. But you will get plenty of decent work done in 2wd. True, sometimes you will spin the tires trying to get a load, but you'll figure out how to get around this. Or not. Besides, you can spin a lot of tire on a tractor that you already own. It doesn't hurt anything. The only real problem with 2wd comes when trying to drive up and down hills with the bucket full. Particularly up...Down is easy...way too easy....On hills it is possible to get the rear tires so light that they can't scratch out good traction. But you will get there. Hanging something heavy on the three point really helps the traction in all respects. That 850 has a beefy 3pt hitch for its size, so don't be shy.
HEY! I see that you have ps on the 850! That's wonderful! That does it!!... With power steering I wouldn't hesitate to slap a lightweight loader on it. I think you'll be happy with it. Be smart and go for a lighter weight loader instead of a beefy monster. And get the smaller width bucket. So what if the smaller loader means that you make a trip and a half instead of one trip? Its all for fun anyway.






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 01-15-2001, 21:58 Post: 23446
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You know it's funny. It seems like the land in this country has changed in the last few years. Now, everybody has to have 4wd. For the last 65 years 2wd tractors w/loaders were just fine. I guess the "greenhouse" effect is having more of an effect than we imagined.... I have to agree w/Mark. Up here in the slimy, hilly wet N.E. 4wd's are nice, but I sell almost as many 2wd's as 4wd's
and the majority of the tractors on the farms are 2wd. As for the 850 JD, the 2wd is fine w/a loader, and ag tires. I have sold 20+ 850/950 tractors w/loaders and people are happy. there are several things that will make the 2wd acceptable. Counterweight, Chains(even a 4wd is useless on ice w/out them), and putting a little wider, heavier front tire on it. Also, the 850 has Diff lock.






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 01-15-2001, 22:23 Post: 23448
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Jim, I'll agree with you that things are changing. When 2WD was about all there was, you made do with it, but when something better is available . . ., well, I'm all for it. And of course you're right about most of the real farm tractors being 2WD, but I live in farming country and it's changing; even the big farm tractors are going more and more to 4WD. I have one neighbor who's running 3 John Deere, all in the 100-120hp range, air-conditioned cabs, all with front end loaders, and all 2WD, and he told me he'll never buy another new tractor without 4WD. And of course the big TLBs are usually 2WD, but have that backhoe both for weight on the back end and it can pull them out if they get stuck. So, I'd be more inclined to agree with you if you're talking about big tractors, say more than 50hp anyway, but I was talking about compact tractors.






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 01-16-2001, 07:23 Post: 23449
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Bird, Jim, Craig.....Don't get me wrong. I do prefer $WD over 2WD. It is clearly much better. That is why my own compacts are 4WD. But saying that a 2WD cannot be effectively used with a loader is just wrong. What it can't do is handle a loader like a 4WD. But with counterweight - 3pt, not just tires - and using a lighter loader there is a lot of good to be gotten.






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 01-16-2001, 07:35 Post: 23450
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No argument there, Roger. I think we agree; just expressed it a little differently.Laughing out loud






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