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D17 hydraulics/plowing

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06-13-2002 15:17:21

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I am new to the AC board but have used the YT John Deere forum. I have a question about plowing with a D17. My wife's cousin is using one to pull a three bottom plow. He said they are equipped with a feature that will raise the plow hydraulicly if the wheels start to spin while plowing. I have never heard of this feature and would like as much information as possible about how it works, and, including, in this case, maybe some ideas on why it is not working on his tractors (he has two.) As always, any and all help will be much appreciated.

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06-13-2002 20:04:10

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 Re: D17 hydraulics/plowing in reply to gary, 06-13-2002 15:17:21  
As to why it's not working on his tractors..Is he using mounted snap coupler plows?...won't work with pull type implements. Is he raising the traction booster lever to a level where the traction booster gauge points about straight up and down? Does he have the lift/lower lever positioned so that the tab stays locked in the lower hole on the quadrant? Needs to be there for the system to work. Check out allischalmers .com discussion board.

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06-13-2002 19:59:21

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 Re: D17 hydraulics/plowing in reply to gary, 06-13-2002 15:17:21  
What he's referring to is the traction booster system. Transfers weight of a mounted implement to the rear wheels in tough conditions. Does not actually lift the implement though. Think of it this way. If you take a 100# weight, you can lift with a force of 99#, transferring all of that weight to your legs, but without lifting the weight one bit. That's how the traction booster works. It senses how hard the pull is with the big spring located near the snap coupler. Allows a tractor to pull a heavy load without needing a big pile of iron weights. Many tractors have a similar system. Even the last of the two cylinder John Deere's had a weight transfer system that sensed the load with the upper three point link. Virtually all modern tractors have a similar system.

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