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Re: Farmall H won't pull

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12-12-2012 15:08:41

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I have to drop my 2 cents in here on safety - I'd say road gear on an H with a full wagon full of people is a bad idea even if it could pull them up a hill.

You're talking city driving where anything could hop out in front of you, bicycles zing in front of you, people cut you off, fail to stop a lights, etc. etc.

That's (potentially) way too much weight to try to stop fast with. Even if the brakes work well, at 15mph with a fully loaded wagon, you'll just lock the tires up and slide the tractor.
On a back road that's some white knuckles, but on city streets where you're so close to oncoming traffic and unaware pedestrians, that could get so ugly I don't want to think about it.

A heavier tractor would slide less.
Don't get me wrong the H is a great tractor - but I think 5th gear with a load of people is really pushing things too far.
4th gear is safer, but it really depends on road conditinos - if they're wet or sandy - forget it.

I know the need to stop on a dime is unlikely - but it's the unlikely things that'll kill ya.
This post was edited by JRSutton at 15:22:55 12/12/12.

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12-12-2012 20:58:20

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 Re: Farmall H won't pull in reply to JRSutton, 12-12-2012 15:08:41  
Geez Sgt. Safety...he asked about the power on his tractor and got a rather lengthy (not to mention ill informed) lecture on safety. If he had asked about safety, would you have lectured him on power?

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12-13-2012 05:58:52

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 Re: Farmall H won't pull in reply to Pete76NY, 12-12-2012 20:58:20  
And if his question was which toaster to use next to his bathtub, would you recommend a brand and walk away thinking, "boy I sure wish he asked about safety"?

No insult intended towards the OP, nor am I lecturing if it sounds that way.

It sounded like they're somebody else's tractors, ("..from two different sources..") and he may not have a lot of experience with them. And that he has other options.

Sorry - pulling a wagon full of hay is one thing.

But when you're talking about pulling a wagon full of mothers, babies, and their great grandparents through busy city streets - in road gear - that's TOTALLY different.

I don't care what you think - a farmall H PROBABLY isn't the right tool for that job, and I don't mind saying so.

It depends entirely upon the size and weight of the wagon, and how many people are on it. And that wasn't mentioned.

- so I'm merely suggesting the OP consider the dangers carefully.

He Probably HAS, but since it wasn't mentioned - I'd rather do the guy a favor and speak up instead keeping quiet for fear of insulting him.

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12-12-2012 16:22:21

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 Re: Farmall H won't pull in reply to JRSutton, 12-12-2012 15:08:41  
4th gear on an H is only 5 3/4 mph.That will go over big in town.

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12-13-2012 07:04:43

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 Re: Farmall H won't pull in reply to massey 333, 12-12-2012 16:22:21  
which is exactly why you'd probably want to use a tractor large enough to go fast AND safely stop a wagon load of old ladies.

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