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JD weights. Block heater.

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56 Fan 400

12-11-2015 16:21:33

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I acquired a pair of john Deere F and H 162 weights. I am wondering if I can drill holes to attach them to my 4oo rear tires?? Upon research I found these weights to be about 150 lb weights.
Also, I was wondering if you all could point me in a direction for a block heater for the same 400. Last year, it got really really cold for a few weeks and the tractor would not even turn over. I started it yesterday and she purrs like a kitten but I dont have a shop to store the baby in. Ma nature told her liars that the temperature is supposed to drop and the liars told me. Supposedly about 15 to 20 as a low. But you know what them liars say...goes in one ear and out the other if it can find the way thru the maze. My maze only has one stop sign too.

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IA Roy

12-15-2015 16:10:31

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 Re: JD weights. Block heater. in reply to 56 Fan 400, 12-11-2015 16:21:33  
I recommend the frost plug immersion style heater. They put the heat right where you need it. You can get by with about half the watts that way to save electricity. I used a number of them back in the days before electronic ignition, fuel injection and bigger batteries.
However I would determine why the tractor doesn't want to start. With a good battery, starter and clean adequate sized battery cables, there should be no reason it shouldn't start way below zero. I should also say good spark plugs, wires, points and condenser. Just get it tuned up and make sure the choke butterfly valve closes all the way. Start by making sure your battery cables are good and have clean connections.

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12-13-2015 15:50:15

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 Re: JD weights. Block heater. in reply to 56 Fan 400, 12-11-2015 16:21:33  
I personally don't have any experience with these but I have seen the link posted on here before.


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caterpillar guy

12-13-2015 03:35:18

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 Re: JD weights. Block heater. in reply to 56 Fan 400, 12-11-2015 16:21:33  
Yup just drill them. My brother did that to a set of weights for dad. They used long threaded rod with nuts to hold them tight in the cast wheel. Then just slid them on the bolts. Then with a set of IH weights over them they are even with the outside of the tire on the loader. He has a about 3 sets on the inside of the wheel also. The tires are loaded as well. I can lift all the tractor will. It will now trip the relieve valve before the wheels will come up. If he needs more yet he has a deal he puts on the 3 point. It has a gear that probably weighs about a 1200 LBS.

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12-11-2015 17:03:48

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 Re: JD weights. Block heater. in reply to 56 Fan 400, 12-11-2015 16:21:33  
The F & H weights were originally for round spoke wheels on an F20. They attach with J hooks. Be a bit difficult to get them on your 400. I am sure it can be done, but rear wheel weights for an H, M are much more plentiful. They are the same as for your 400 and will bolt right on.

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12-11-2015 19:46:26

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 Re: JD weights. Block heater. in reply to rhtx55, 12-11-2015 17:03:48  
I would use them for weight in the back of your pick up. and get a set of IHC weights !

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