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 06-20-2001, 08:08 Post: 29451
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 Got my new M-F 231 today found a soft spot and

Got my new M-F 231S with FEL 6'Rhino cutter,6" box blade and 18' tilt bed trailer today. Unloaded it and ten minutes later it was buried in a soft spot that I did not realize was still wet. Eight hours later it was out and I was give out. I see now owning a tractor is going to be loads of fun. At least I can sit and look at it and say "it's mine" Dwitt P






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 06-23-2001, 09:24 Post: 29540
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 Got my new M-F 231 today found a soft spot and

I understand you pain. Although I grew up on a farm when I was small, I was too young for the tractor. The first tractor I had was a Oliver Super 55. On my 30 acres of hillside in Kentucky I buried the thing a number of times. It sat on the other end of the property a number of times while the ground dried out. I bought a 4 wheel drive tractor and even then had trouble at times and pulled myslf out with the bucket a number of times. The slick clay soil there is touble, I talked with a number of exmilitary type that have not so fond memories of manuvers in the Fort Knox mud.
More recently I was back filling field lines in AL with my new 4 x tractor and had to call a friend to help pull me out.
Let me relate something I learned building logging road in BC. You need to know the limits of you equipment and it does not matter how much traction you have if you push it you will get stuck. In the area I worked in the coast mountains even a D9 Cat had a winch to pull itself out. I saw more than one wrecked by pushing it a little to close to the edge on the mountain.
PS. You can work you self out of tough situations with the separate wheel brakes.
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I don't think I'd want to be a stationary object on logging roads here in Ontario. Then again, the situation probably wouldn't last too long. Peters' comment about using the wheel brakes brought to mind a trick I heard on another board--sort of a poor man's diff lock. Lock the brake on the wheel that's spinning and the power transferees to the other wheel. If the other wheel has traction, then you might get out of the way of a logging truck. Actually, the drivers I know are very skilled and don't drive like maniacs. Anytime there's that much weight on poor winding roads, there are going to be situations. Brakes also can help keep the tractor pointed towards ‘out of the mire’ since there is often very little steering.






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Tom;
Parts of Kentucky are like a continuous clay belt as in southern Ontario. Once the rain soaks in, with the slopes, you have trouble walking as the clay cling to your feet and your feet become the size of a Sasquash. I don't know of anything in Ontario quite like this. The mile of roads I had in Kentucky were my own logging roads.
Thanks for the good description of using the brakes. I could not quite explain it and thought he might determine it with a trial.
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