1). When you drive over a rock (there are some flat rocks just under the surface here) the driver really does feel it.
2). On the gravel track in the front paddock, it is rough, but better if the tractor is driven in 3rd or even 4th gear than in 1st. Not sure why this should be the case.
3). In the field the steering is slightly lighter and easier than with front rubber wheels. This was a very welcome surprise.
4). When you depress the clutch, the tractor stops on the spot most of the time.
5). Working with these harrows, the cast iron front wheels with skid rings are far superior to rubber on newly ploughed ground. They produce far less 'kick' through the steering than rubber tyres. This makes the work far less tiring for the operator and results in less wear on steering components.
6). The rear steel wheels have excellent grip for this work. They occasionally push ploughed sods backward, but no more so than rubber tyres. The operator is not bounced any more than on rubber wheels for this work. My experience using these harrows with a Farmall M on rubber was that rubber tyres do not provide better traction than steel.
Overall, I am very happy with the way the steel wheels perform for harrows. I have a set of rubber wheels for this tractor, which will probably be used in Summer for work on other farms as I have to drive the tractor on bitumen to get to the jobs.
I do not believe that steel wheels are superior for all work. For mowing and raking hay you must remove the skid rings and lugs to avoid severe crop damage and road travel is very limited on steel. Nevertheless, the results of this work are very satisfactory. I would not consider putting rubber on for this work with a Farmall.
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