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 03-20-2006, 07:20 Post: 126340
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 FEL and stability

Mowing season may be a month away, but I'm thinking about it. Last year I mowed all season with my 7510 and 5' rear mower and always left the FEL on. There are some hills on my property, some that are steep enough that I am not comfortable driving across, so I go up and down. My question, am I more or less stable with the FEL on? I always keep it low to the ground to help my center of gravity.

What do people think -- take it off to mow or leave it on? I am not worried about the weight of the tractor on the lawn and do not have to worry about manuvering around obstacles as the property is wide open.

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 03-20-2006, 07:31 Post: 126342
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my gut feeling, you're better off with the FEL on. I may be wrong.






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 03-20-2006, 07:33 Post: 126343
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 FEL and stability

You are most definitely more stable with the FEL removed do to the significant amount of weight removed from the upper frontal area of the tractor. The question is; will you require some front counter weight to operate the rear mower? I would think not but depending upon its weight you very well may.






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 03-20-2006, 07:40 Post: 126345
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 FEL and stability

Some folks with rear mowers and no FEL invest in front weights to keep things on an even keel, so throw that into the mix.

I have always thought you could stabilize in a tippy situation by quick/jamming the FEL into the ground, giving at least the front end a broad flat surface to resist turning over.

Others may have different opinions and experience on this matter.






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 03-20-2006, 08:13 Post: 126351
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 FEL and stability

On my personal machine at home I rarely take the FEL off, even when mowing, albiet I don't use it for finish mowing, just rough cutting.

In my case I use it as a grader to flatten bumps, and as a rolling garbage can to collect debris as I come across it.

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 03-20-2006, 09:52 Post: 126358
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 FEL and stability

As Chief said, taking the FEL off will lower the center of gravity quite a bit. Also, your tractor will have much better manueverability without the bucket hanging out in front. Like Murf, I leave mine on but I don't do any finish mowing. I can use the FEL to mash the brush down in front as I drive over it. The rear mower then cuts it flat.
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 03-21-2006, 08:36 Post: 126425
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I mow with the FEL & BH attached to my BX23.
Works fine for me.






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 03-21-2006, 13:21 Post: 126458
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With my B7610 which is basically the same size as the 7510 I have a MMM and mow with no FEL.

Last year I was doing some dirt work with the loader and wanted to mow without bothering to take the mower off. I can tell you that I could not wait to get that work done and the loader off, I have some good grades and my pucker factor increased significantly with the FEL on.

On totally flat ground it probably won't have much impact. Also your situation with the rear mower may be different, though the rear mower is just dragged and does not offer any ballast.

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More on FEL and stability.
Watch out when pushing stumps with it.
If a root digs into the ground the bucket will ride over the top as the stump begins to roll lifting the front end of the tractor off the ground.
If the stump is centered on the bucket you could roll over backwards.
If it's to one side it could tip you over sideways.
Go slow stay alert keep an eye on the stump and the bucket.
If the bucket starts to ride up over the stump be ready to take action such as stopping raising the bucket or backing up or some combination of these as may be required.

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"If the stump is centered on the bucket you could roll over backwards."

Of course if you stick to pushing over stumps that are less than 12 feet tall this risk is greatly diminished.


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