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 04-11-2004, 21:51 Post: 82790
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I just received my new BX2230 FEL, 60,mmm and rear bagger on Friday. After I finished mowing the easy parts of my lawn, I hit the banks were my driveway and garage were cut down to be level with the house. I found I did not have enough power to climb the bank with the mower running and in high range. At first I thought it might be spinning so I tried 4wd but the same thing, about 1/2 way up the slope the tractor just stopped. No wheels are spinning or does the engine sound like it wants to stall. It will pull the hill in low range with the mower running but not in high range. I even took off the loader and bagger to reduce weight but it still stops 1/2 up the hill in high range.
My 18 HP Ford garden tractor, gas engine with hydrostatic would go right up in high range. I checked and the brake was not on. Is there something wrong with my tractor or just not enough power for the heavier tractor? The slope is 4 ft high in 12 ft at the steepest part.






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 04-11-2004, 22:59 Post: 82797
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You didn't say if your Ford will go up the same slope running a 60 inch mowing deck..........

This sounds like normal performance to me given the power drain of a five foot mowing deck and a brand new, stiff engine.






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 04-12-2004, 06:06 Post: 82806
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 New BX2230 lacks power

Specs for BX2230 say high range max speed is 8.1 MPH.
Why are you mowing so fast, especially uphill?

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 04-12-2004, 08:47 Post: 82822
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I'm with Blizz, why on earth would you be cutting in high range.

In fact every owners manual I recall seeing says that high range is for 'rapidly moving between places, roading the machine, or generally moving the machine while no work is being done' or words to that effect.

Certainly mid-range is best for mowing, low range on steep slopes, etc.

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 04-12-2004, 11:54 Post: 82837
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My old Ford I only used low range for heavy work like in using a tiller when I wanted to go real real slow. I only have high and low range. I figured low was for using the loader or very heavy mowing.
I found out from a mechanic that they have changed the way the hydrostatic that I used in my 20 yr old Ford to now.
The old Ford low range is a creeper gear. Even with the Ford I never mowed at full speed in high.
He also said that they now have a way to releive pressure on the Hydro if it is pulling too hard and the tractor will stop. So Now I know to use low range. I only have 2 hrs on this unit.






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 04-13-2004, 06:27 Post: 82919
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 New BX2230 lacks power

The engine power in the BX series tractors is a good balance between size and weight. If they had any more power packed into that small of a package, they would become dangerous. People tend to expect more out of CUTs and Sub-CUTS than they were designed for. Relax and go a little slower. It will give your lawn a better finish cut anyway.






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 04-13-2004, 11:28 Post: 82946
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Thanks for the help, if it ever stops raining, I will get out and try low range for mowing. I thought it was like a creeper gear, more like low range on my 4wd truck. You only use it when you need it.
I also plan to use this tractor to put my trailers up in the back yard rather than the truck when the ground is soft. That is one reason I wanted 4wd was to pull the trailers up the same hills and keep my truck off the soft ground. One of the trailers weighs around 1,700 lbs Am I asking too much of a BX2230 to pull it up a 4 ft rise in 12 ft slope if the grass is dry? The slope is only 12 ft long then it is flat again. I have not used it to pull a trailer around yet. I will start with a lighter one and see how it does. Any good suggestions for someone who is new to using this tractor for pulling trailers. I am not counting on it pulling the heavy trailer up the hill but will probably give it a try in a few weeks once everything is dry, unless I am going to do some damage to the tractor. Thanks for all of the advice, I have leared a lot from reading various postings and still have a lot to learn.






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Check your owners manual. There is an entire section on towing with the tractor. I beleive the manual addresses stability issues with the weight of the towed vehicle vs. the weight of the tractor, especially if you are on slopes.

On a 4/12 slope with a 1700lb load, with rolling friction, you will have a line pull of 650lbs. You rolling friction could be a lot higher if you are pulling on soft ground. The 650lb line pull should be considered a minimum. Use the 650lbs and check the towing capacity of the tractor in the operators manual. Good luck.






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 04-13-2004, 12:04 Post: 82948
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I am not at home now with the manual but I think it states 1,750 lb as the limit. If I try will it hurt the tractor or will I just have to back down the hill and use the truck?






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I would not want to recommend exceeding the listed limits of the tractor, but going up-hill will probably cause the same situation you had mowing. The tractor will come to a stop when you exceed the pressure relief of the hydrostat, or you will loose traction. Make sure you are in low gear. Be VERY carefull coming back down a slope with a towed load. With the weight of the trailer, you could loose control of the tractor. I would recommend backing the trailer down the slope and only towing from the drawbar, not from a hitch on the 3-point. The drawbar will keep the towed load below the back axle. We pulled an 8N off the neighbor two years ago when he attempted a tow off the three point. The torque of the tractor brought the machine over on him.






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