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IH 424 Draft Control

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J Butler

08-27-2018 11:45:58

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So I Just got this tractor. Its a 65 model gas. It also has a draft control. So first off the lift works fine with the lift control lever. But when I move the draft control nothing happens. Arms don't go up or down? I used it Saturday and noticed the top link spring that the top link connects to to sense the draft is broke? This spring is right behind the seat and is connected to a vertical shaft that runs down into the tractor. So could this be why the draft lever does not work? I just ordered a shop manual for the tractor hoping to get a little incite. I also think this is the same set up as a 444 IH?


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08-27-2018 11:59:39

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 Re: IH 424 Draft Control in reply to J Butler, 08-27-2018 11:45:58  
Unless you are using a "ground engaging" implement such as a plow, put the draft control lever down and LEAVE IT THERE.

If plowing, use just enough draft control to lift the plow a bit to get through tough spots, IF necessary. Just MHO!

GOOD for you to order a manual, if any adjustments ARE needed inj the hitch mechanism YOU'LL NEED IT!

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J Butler

08-27-2018 13:31:38

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 Re: IH 424 Draft Control in reply to Bob, 08-27-2018 11:59:39  
Thanks for your reply. I'm well aware on ho to use the draft control. My problem is my draft lever will not do anything? Not sure if that broke spring has let the vertical shaft drop and it's some how bypassing or something??

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08-27-2018 19:24:12

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 Re: IH 424 Draft Control in reply to J Butler, 08-27-2018 13:31:38  
Have you been plowing and observed no action from engaging the draft control? IMHO, that's the only way you would know it isn't working???

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J Butler

08-28-2018 06:04:02

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 Re: IH 424 Draft Control in reply to Bob, 08-27-2018 19:24:12  
So maybe I don't know what I thought I did? I have always used a MF 135 with draft control. IF you moved the draft lever (not the main control) the arms would move. Is the IH not the same? For example with both levers up on the 135 and you lowered the draft lever the arms go down. When I lower my draft lever nothing happens? Am I understanding it right? Or do you set the draft lever to the level you want and still use the main control lever when raising and lowering the equipment? I do know for a fact the spring is broke and I need to replace that. Just trying to make sure nothing else is wrong?


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08-28-2018 06:39:30

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 Re: IH 424 Draft Control in reply to J Butler, 08-28-2018 06:04:02  
Will you be plowing with it or just using it in "position control" mode?

Which spring is broken?

If you need to get into it further/make adjustments, you DEFINITELY need the factory Blue Ribbon Hitch Service Manual, ususllt are several on ebay.

(I have a 424 and all the manuals.)

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j butler

08-28-2018 19:07:07

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 Re: IH 424 Draft Control in reply to Bob, 08-28-2018 06:39:30  
I will plow some and use a tillage tool. The spring that is broke is #35 in the top diagram. I also noticed the piece that is made on the bellcrank that contacts the plunger (#43) to control the draft is broken off the bell crank?? I can add a piece back no problem. And replace the spring. My concern is that something else may be wrong internally??

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