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4wd & front end loaders

Postby gertman » Sat Mar 26, 2005 9:47 pm

In yall's opinion is 4wd necessary with a loader on a tractor with about 60 hp. For those of you without it do you wish you had spent the 4 grand extra to get it? I will mostly use the loader to move hay with a spear and brush with a grapple.
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Postby certherfbeef » Sat Mar 26, 2005 9:58 pm

We have a loader on an IH 706. Gets around just fine. The Back tires are loaded, that helps ALOT. I wouldn't say you need the 4 wheel drive for the loader, but the grapple might be a different story.
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Re: 4wd & front end loaders

Postby Caustic Burno » Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:00 pm

gertman wrote:In yall's opinion is 4wd necessary with a loader on a tractor with about 60 hp. For those of you without it do you wish you had spent the 4 grand extra to get it? I will mostly use the loader to move hay with a spear and brush with a grapple.


You bet I have one of both use the 4wd about 80% of the time just performs better.
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Postby Mahoney Pursley Ranch » Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:28 pm

With the black glue I got that they call soil ya gotta have 4 wheel drive!
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Postby Bez » Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:41 pm

Well, after feeding today a couple dozen or so round bales - I travelled down a snow filled road in the bush with a load on the front end - snow belly deep on the cows. I climbed a couple of hills that were glare ice - I had a tough time walking up when I got off the tractor. I then splashed my way through some mud - VERY deep - when I broke through the frost back by the swamp.

No two wheel drive could have done that - Case 5250 FWA with a loader.

Load up the front end of a 2WD tractor - those narrow tires really cut into the soft ground.

Only way to go for rough travel. Smooth dry ground - 2 wheel works fine.

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Postby Wewild » Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:45 pm

Bez wrote:Well, after feeding today a couple dozen or so round bales - I travelled down a snow filled road in the bush with a load on the front end - belly deep on the cows. I climbed a couple of hills that were glare ice - I had a tough time walking up when I got off the tractor. I then splashed my way through some mud - VERY deep - when I broke through the frost back by the swamp.

No two wheel drive could have done that - Case 5250 FWA with a loader.

Only way to go for rough travel. Smooth dry ground - 2 wheel works fine.

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I have to make do with 2 wheel drive ...... would be easier with 4 but we probably don't have it as bad as you.
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Postby certherfbeef » Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:49 pm

Bez wrote:
Load up the front end of a 2WD tractor - those narrow tires really cut into the soft ground.

Only way to go for rough travel. Smooth dry ground - 2 wheel works fine.

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Point taken...

We have flotation tires on the front. And no where near Smooth dry ground. It isn't even flat. We manage to get stuck every once in a while, and granted we are not in Canada, but the 2 wheel drive does allright. ;-)
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Postby Bez » Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:49 pm

Wewild - well, most of us do - unfortunately it was not my machine - it was a winter use gift from a neighbour for doing unto others.

BTAIM - they're great.

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Postby Wewild » Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:57 pm

Bez wrote:Wewild - well, most of us do - unfortunately it was not my machine - it was a winter use gift from a neighbour for doing unto others.

BTAIM - they're great.

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Hold in there Bez.....maybe it will open soon. Can't believe we have done this that long.

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Postby Bez » Sun Mar 27, 2005 6:45 am

Be That As It May!

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Postby shorty » Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:19 am

I have an old ford 6600 with a loader with 2 wheel drive ,it works okay but it would be a whole lot better with 4 wheel drive , some dsy I would like to switch when I can afford to but it just didn't happen yet
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Postby dun » Sun Mar 27, 2005 10:33 am

I've been down both roads. I've gotten to prefer in most cases a 2wd vs 4wd. I don;t tend to get stuck nearly as often with 2wd. 4wd alwasy tempts me into spots that good judgment (and 2wd) would have kept me from getting into.

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Postby certherfbeef » Sun Mar 27, 2005 10:46 am

dun wrote: 4wd alwasy tempts me into spots that good judgment (and 2wd) would have kept me from getting into.

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Yep, just like a combine with 4 wheel drive. If it is that wet you have no business in the field anyhow.

Now I know that there are times when it can't be avoided. We have been in mud to our ears for the past almost 3 years. Could almost use half a drought this year. :roll:
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Re: 4wd & front end loaders

Postby jt » Sun Mar 27, 2005 1:26 pm

gertman wrote:In yall's opinion is 4wd necessary with a loader on a tractor with about 60 hp.


there is no comparison imo... 4wd is the only way to go..

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Postby CKC1586 » Sun Mar 27, 2005 2:28 pm

My brother treated himself to a 4wd after having both knees replaced, we have a real big snow/mud problem, and it has been a real blessing for him. Hopefully after another week of current weather the snow will be gone and some of the mud will dry up. . . Well, I can hope.
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