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 05-02-2003, 21:24 Post: 54194
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You'll probably all laugh at this but I've never driven a tractor before. I recently purchased some property but am somewhat concerned about cutting on a few of the steeper hills. I'm considering purchasing a NH 4WD CT33D but wonder about the overall width (JD is wider). How stable (or tippy) is the 4wd CT33D when going across a hill? How do you tell the limitations of a tractor without having it tip over on you?

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 05-02-2003, 21:36 Post: 54195
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Ive read lots of post that state IF IT FEELS UNSAFE IT MOST LIKELY IS. you should go up and down hills enstead across when ever possible.






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 05-02-2003, 22:28 Post: 54200
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You can also invest in a tiltmeter for your tractor. You can watch the tiltmeter on the hills and get a 'feel' of what is safe. Like plots1 says, up and down is safer.

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 05-03-2003, 07:20 Post: 54209
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I don't think any single measure like wheel-width is adequate to access a tractor's stability, and it may not be a great reason for selecting a particular tractor. Centre of gravity, which is affected by ground clearance and ballast also affect stability. Some manufacturers have made max-slope recommendations for some of their tractors and dealers would know of any.

You might want to measure the grade of your steepest slope and convert that into degrees. That and a description of the terrain and soil type might give a dealer a rough idea of how you are interested in using the tractor. I would read as much about safety as you can find and pay particular attention to ballast.

The idea that if it feels unsafe then it probably is a good guide but it limited. It's not adequate if bumps are hit, implements snag, soil gives away or the grass is wet. But a bit of experience develops a sense of what can be done with reasonable safety. You should be aware that many over-turns happen for reasons not directly related to steep slopes. Turning at excessive ground speeds, loader bucket carried high, snagged implements and inadequate traction are a few causes.






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 05-03-2003, 08:09 Post: 54213
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Recently, I had that funny feeling that my tractor was about to tip. I stopped and kinda froze, did'nt quite know what to do. It's a strange feeling when you realize you are delicately balanced about your center of gravity and realize you could go either way. Eventually, I recovered from the surreal moment and turned downhill. Another brush with disaster averted. I live to tractor again.

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 05-03-2003, 08:31 Post: 54215
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Newbee,

There is a multitude of tractor saftey courses taught at night at High School campuses all of this great nation courtesy of the FFA. Also there are regional ones as well. Consult the Progressive Farmer Magazine for details. They are youth oriented but could save your life.

Here is a general recomedation though: Never drive across a steep hillside. Only go up and down. A tractor is immensly more stable end to end. Also spread your tractor to its fullest dimension if possible.
Never disable any shields guards or covers no matter how inconveincing. Keep tractor serviced and greased. Never override any saftey switches to crank a tractor and most of all if in doubt, don't!






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 05-04-2003, 06:14 Post: 54260
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This idea of turning up hill or downhill comes up from time to time. I believe the consensus has been that there are exceptions but generally it's better to turn into a hill. I think the main reason for turning into a hill is that it slows you down.

Either way, the main thing is get the tractor into a more stable up or down position. The person in the seat has to have confidence that they're going to do the right thing.






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 05-04-2003, 20:50 Post: 54307
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I used to own a TC33D 4Wd with R4 tires. The tractor (in my opinion) was very stable. Mine was equiped with a N/H loader and as long as I used the coorect amount of rear ballast the tractor was very stable and predictable. I took the loader off to mow and found no big change in handling. The center of gravity is more important then tractor width is when talking about just a few inches.






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A few inches makes a huge difference in center of gravity and stability. Front end loaders do affect this as well. Particulary traveling with the bucket raised any significant distance above the ground is a saftey no-no.






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Newbee, be VERY conservative as to what you attempt to do on slopes until you get a good feel for the handling characteristics of the tractor. Take things SLOW. Cut what you can on the slopes and cut the rest with a brush clearing saw or cutter. I have a Stihl FS450K I use for this. Try to keep the tractor as perpendicular to the slope as you can within reason. When you get side ways on a slope is when you get in the most trouble.






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