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Lifting capacity of WD45 hydraulic system

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Vic lovejoy

06-26-2002 08:15:35

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I have been working on the WD45; I have the PTO output seal in and that seems to have worked. I've been using the tractor for mowing 6 acres and it runs great. I have yet to replace the ignition switch (key broke off in it while the salesman was showing it to us) and then it'll be ready to mow again. The hydraulic system does work and as I've learned on this board, it has an aftermarket 3-point hitch installed.

What can I expect to be able to use the hydraulic system for? I would like to use a hay spear for round bales, a grader blade for getting snow off the drive way, and of course a bush hog or mower. The mower I have is a monstrosity - it's about 5 feet square and very heavy metal - I don't think it was intended to be raised on a lift so I probably won't try, but are there limits to the size of modern implements I should look for for the WD45? I haven't been able to find a lift capacity for the original lifter bars, nor for the 3-point hitch attachement.

Does the 3-point hitch somehow increase the capacity of the hydraulic system? Any info about the lifting/hydraulic system,and also any first hand experiences with WD45 lifts would be greatly appreciated.


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06-27-2002 15:28:01

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 Re: lifting capacity of WD45 hydraulic system in reply to Vic lovejoy, 06-26-2002 08:15:35  
be very careful with big bales. it's very easy to flip the tractor. get some addded weights or put a WFE on it. also try to get bales made with a smaller baler, 800 lbs or so.

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06-26-2002 19:21:26

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 Re: lifting capacity of WD45 hydraulic system in reply to Vic lovejoy, 06-26-2002 08:15:35  
i agree with Dave and Tom, you can lift over 1000 pounds, "IF" you can keep the front end down. need about 300 pounds on the front end.

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06-26-2002 17:48:08

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 Re: lifting capacity of WD45 hydraulic system in reply to Vic lovejoy, 06-26-2002 08:15:35  
The lift will lift enough to make the front of the tractor very light, very EASY to pull wheelies. Had a bog harrow on the farm where I worked as a kid that was heavy like this. The tractor didn't have front end weights or loaded front tires though. Had to be careful about turning too sharp, the tractor might not with that light front end.

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Dave Grubb

06-26-2002 10:52:25

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 Re: lifting capacity of WD45 hydraulic system in reply to Vic lovejoy, 06-26-2002 08:15:35  
I believe the arms could lift 1100 lbs.

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