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Chris Bryant

10-01-2002 18:53:01

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First - thanks to all who responded to my last query. I was in search of the type of ac granddad had and now I'm pretty sure it was a "B". I think I will need one larger. My pasture goes from pretty hilly to very hilly. I think I need a wide front tractor. I love AC. Someone said I may need live power to run a bushhog to keep it from going to fast down the hills. What is live power and did the old ac's have it? Can it be added if not? Thanks

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Bryan Smith

10-02-2002 13:30:56

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 Re: live power in reply to Chris Bryant, 10-01-2002 18:53:01  
"Live power" means the pto keeps running when a clutch is engaged. The earliest AC with "live power" was the WD - the foot clutch stopped the pto, but the hand clutch allowed you to stop the tractor without stopping the pto, hence live power.

"Independant power" would mean the pto keeps running regardless of what clutch you engage. AC's did not have that until the 1970's.

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Robert in W. Mi

10-06-2002 14:34:14

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 Re: Re: live power in reply to Bryan Smith, 10-02-2002 13:30:56  
Live power means that the PTO will keep running even when you push the clutch in. The most common is, a dual clutch system, where you push the clutch pedal half way in to stop the tractor, and the rest of the way in to stop the PTO. Independent PTO, means the PTO "enguagement" is independent of the clutch pedal. It could be a seperate lever, or maybe a on/off switch on the dash, if it has "electric" PTO clutch enguagement. Robert

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