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Tractor hand cranks

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Charlie M

11-16-2023 04:44:57

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The next thread down about the problems with the 48 Cub is one reason I have hand cranks for all my old Farmalls. They are pretty handy when you're trying to trouble shoot a problem and want to move the engine only a little bit or setting the gap on points. On a cub using a crank you can put your finger in the #1 hole to check compression or check for spark and turn the crank at the same time without help. Same on other smaller Farmalls. I'll admit using a hand crank to start a tractor gets old pretty quick.

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11-16-2023 13:39:47

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 Re: Tractor hand cranks in reply to Charlie M, 11-16-2023 04:44:57  
i crank lots of mine. the very most important thing ... is to have the timing set correctly to the factory specification. then no need to worry about the kickback. that is due to too much timing advance ... your pulling up on the crank and it fires before the piston hits tdc and the crank gets whipped right out of you hand backwards ... so be careful . plus the old standard model's have a pretty good crank set up, not like them farmalls that are a real pain to crank. massey 44's are a buggar and so is the oliver 88's . them old case D's are a breeze also, nice and low. and the minnie U's are a buggar also they are just too high. ih standards are one of the easiest for crank starting crank fits in nice in the frame and is nice and solid the way the crank is made. the 1920's and 30's models also had a good setup and they had no starters.

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11-16-2023 12:34:11

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 Re: Tractor hand cranks in reply to Charlie M, 11-16-2023 04:44:57  
Also, be sure to turn your thumb back when you crank. I can still hear my Dad remind me to do this every time I crank a tractor.

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wore out

11-16-2023 08:45:55

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 Re: Tractor hand cranks in reply to Charlie M, 11-16-2023 04:44:57  
When hand-cranking to set points or timing be SURE the ignition switch (distributor) or ''kill switch'' (mag) is ''off'' so the engine can't 'kick if the timing is ''off''.

Or, better yet, pull and ground all the sparkplug wires, or the high-tension coil wire (IF applicable).

(Grounding them is easier on the coil and other parts that leaving them dangle.)

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