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Traction boost story!

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02-17-2003 20:54:18

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awhile back i had a barn moved (50'x64'). started at ten in the morning and by the time we reached the house it was ten at night and snowing. the pulling truck couldn't quite get traction so he asked if my wd45 could help. now dad always said to NEVER hitch a chain to anything but the drawbar, but this was an emergency! so i hitch as close to the snap-coupler on the blade as i could and ran the chain under the blade with the blade just off the ground. that worked fine til the corner of the barn caught on the road bank. easy answer, just run the chain OVER the blade and that'll get me the extra "dig". remember, it had already been a long day! we started again and as the tractor pulled and tried to lose traction, the blade when up, and as the blade when up, the chain pulled it down, as the chain pulled it down, the front came up, all this in a blink of an eye! no one more surprised than my neighbor sitting on the blade to give extra weight! mind you, this is a wd45 with full fluid in all corners, rear wheel weights, wide front and chains. always thought that loosing traction was a people fault, not a tractors. suddenly i remember all i was ever taught about the traction boost system, funny how real world applications do that, and my other neighbor shows up with his new 4wd jd to save the day. moral of the story, don't move a barn without properly measuring, thank God for good neighbors, and remember what your Dad told you! NEVER HITCH A PULLING CHAIN TO ANYTHING BUT THE DRAWBAR!

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Dave K (Fl)

02-18-2003 12:21:03

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 Re: traction boost story! in reply to mojo, 02-17-2003 20:54:18  
Nice story!

Now if there was just someway to get that traction boost to kick in when hooked to a pulling sled!!

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