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Re: duals

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Stability with certain attachments would be one good reason. I have a Haban Sickle Bar Mower, and when it was on my Bolens G10, it was pretty 'tippy' with the cutter bar down. With all that weight hanging out there, and a narrow track, it could get real interesting, on even a mild slope. I did ended up putting a wheel weight on the left rear which helped, but I was always a bit leery of it.

I later bought a Bolens 1256 that a PO had put wheel extensions on, which widened the track by about 1'. That makes all the difference in the world, and it handles just fine with the Sickle-Mo on it.

Another good reason would be flotation. I have what may be a one-of-a-kind Bolens 1886 that has a forklift attachment on it. The forklift is mounted with a sub-frame with the mast at the front, and a huge weight box on the rear for counter balance. I will be using it mostly on dirt/grass that does get a bit soft, and I may end up putting duals on it to keep it from sinking. The original owner always used it on hard surfaces, so that was not an issue for him. Of course the duals would also be helpful with stability for the rare occasion that I might have something heavy on it and the mast at full height. Another plus for duals on it would be I can fill all four tires with Rim Guard, which would allow me to use less weight in the weight box which would lessen the load on the rear axle.

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