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kirby337
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 28 minneapolis
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2011-10-26          181007


I've got a about an acre now plowed under and it's going well. I have a question now about possibly trading in my 39 hp 4 wd tractor for a 46 hp 2 wd tractor. My tractor seems alittle bit underpowered for plowing ground that has not been plowed in 40 years. Issues such as occasionally stalling ;under load or front end raising up. I realize I could plow shallower and add front weights.
Back to my tractor question. Would you trade in your 39 hp 4 wd tractor for a 46 hp 2 wd tractor to try to get a slightly more powerful tractor ? The 46 hp tractor is 6 in wider in wheel distance and rear tires 4 in taller than 39 hp tractor and slightly newer and slightly less hours but several thousand dollars more than my 39 hp tractor. Wondering if I will miss the 4 wd when it comes to plowing or not > Power for plowing from depth of 3 pt or hp of tractor or rear tire size or hp of tractor ?
My fuel gauge and hour meter recently stopped working . I checked all my fuses they are good. caused by fuse or loose wire >
Another question. Some varmit has been getting into my tractor and stuffing paper and insulation under the hood on top of the cylinders and wires. How can I discourage this animal from nesting in my tractor where lots of wires run ? Spring trap it or mothballs ? It puts up about a quart of paper insulation during the week when I/m gone. Maybe he's chewed thru a wire shorting out my fuel guage-hour meter etc.
Thanx again for your time guys . I/ve recieved lot's of helpful suggestions from you that I've used .
tHANX-pETER

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auerbach
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2011-10-27          181009


Assuming similar rubber on both I think what you'd gain in power you'd lose in traction.

There are sprays with names like Critter Ridder that are supposed to offend little noses. Sprays aren't effective on an oily surface so you might spray something and drape it on the area. A last resort would be rat poison. ....

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hardwood
Join Date: Dec 2002
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2011-10-27          181010


I agree with Auer, you don't want to give up the 4 wd. for a few more horses in a two wheel drive.
I assume you are talking about a three point hitch mounted mouldboard plow? If so what size plow and how deep are you plowing?
If this is a one time thing and not an annual operation, I'd suggest adding some front weights and droping down a gear lower with the tractor and plow you have. I don't know if you have a front end loader but if so you kick yourself for ever going back to a two wheel drive tractor.
So far as the critters, you need to call an exterminator to get them gone, they have products that we as un licensed people can't legally buy. I have them treat the shop and shed every fall about the time the little guys are looking for a winter home. So far I've never saw a mouse or a rat
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kthompson
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2011-10-28          181030


Agree with the previous post. Another way to control the mice/rats is cats and depending on what else is around a good idea. If say in hay barn or such a cat there is not bad. Of course if you leave the rodents alone they will bring their own control, snakes. ....

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Murf
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2011-10-28          181032


I use a professional exterminator too.

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He sprays a little something around the outside of the building quite regularly, whatever it is, very few venture in, even fewer survive his follow-up 'inspections'. :)

Best of luck. ....

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