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 03-13-2001, 04:42 Post: 25433
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 JD 790 Trailering

Starting this spring, I will be trailering my 790 around the countryside on the back of a tandem axle equipment trailer.....where are the best or approved points for tieing down the 790 to the trailer..are the weg type ratchet slings OK for this.??when the young fellow that brought my tractor to me from the dealership....all he had was one of those ractchet type slings, from one side of trailer, over top of gear shift tunnel and down other side??I always thought the axles of the machine you were transporting..had to be secured?? guess I can always check with the highways inspection station..any thoughts on this???Glen






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 03-13-2001, 06:13 Post: 25434
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You're right, the man who delivered it was playing with fire. A sudden stop can be disastrous if the tractor isn't held down correctly. I prefer chains to straps, but I wear a belt AND suspenders too ":^). The tractor should be secured fore and aft. I like to use a clevis in the drawbar with a chain through it on the rear, and I go through the front loader bracket on the front. If you don't have a loader, the front axle is the next best place. The idea is for the front and rear tiedowns to pull against each other, keeping the tractor from shifting in either direction. If you trailer a lot and don't want to ding up the paint, you might look into some chain loops for the front of the tractor. I have an old set of towing hooks mounted to the frame of my other tractor just for that purpose. Make sure your trailer is up to the task as well, with functioning brakes, and good solid tiedown points. Load the tractor on the trailer so as to put the proper amount of weight on the tongue.






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 03-13-2001, 08:26 Post: 25444
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 JD 790 Trailering

The clevis on a drawbar is exactly where you want to route a chain through. Use 3/8 transport grade chain made for the job and american made ratchet chain binders. The best place I have found for both of these is TSC if you have those around you. When I tow my JD 970 I route chain thru the front weight bracket which I have access to through the loader arms. If you cant do this, go with the welded forged folding D-ring with weldable bracket that is marketed/made by the "Keeper" company welded vertically on frame plate just below your front grill. locate trailer tie downs at least 3 feet fore and aft of tractor when positioned on trailer with your favorite attachments on with adequate tongue weight. good luck.






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 03-13-2001, 14:31 Post: 25460
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I have trailered a JD4100 and have used straps with a ratchet. While chains certaily will last longer, I used two straps (front and rear) each with a 10,000 lb. limit, so I am sure they were more than strong enough. I also used a clev. pin pin on the draw bar pulling to the rear and straps over the front axle pulling forward.






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 03-16-2001, 02:51 Post: 25565
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 JD 790 Trailering

Just my humble oponion: The last place you want to tow your little trailer rig and tractor is into a DOT inspection station. UNLESS your weights are correct, your break-away-brake switch is perfect, you know exactly and can document the tensil strenght of your tie downs. POINT- a 790 can not weight more than 3500 or so and a single chain over the center of the frame may be more than enought from a legal point than 4 non rated nylon straps. The DOT can weight each axle, if one is heavy... a non working brake may get you impounded until a certified brake mechanic repairs it. This learning is or can be very expensive. I've seen some good advice on this board. Some way over kill. Some really would concern me and I have been down both sides of the fence with squeaking by and over doing it. If you have a good trucking company near by, clean, good looking equipment, stop in and chat with them about your needs. Most drivers love a chance to bend an ear. Lots of luck.






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