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07-21-2001 16:47:37

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Using the saganaw brand 2 cylinder kit on a 52 M with a belly pump how much wieght would be safe to lift with this setup.

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07-22-2001 06:20:33

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 Re: 3pt. hitch in reply to Tom, 07-21-2001 16:47:37  
If you aren't a flatlander, do you trust the brakes? I know I wouldn't on my 450 but then again they are worn out. Power steering helps when the extra weights on front and no load in back! good luck.

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07-22-2001 05:09:22

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 Re: 3pt. hitch in reply to Tom, 07-21-2001 16:47:37  
A large round bale should weigh 1600 lb or less. I have some kind of 3 pt hitch on my super M but it only has a single 3X8 cylinder. I tried to lift round bales and could not, just not enough hydrolics, I am in the process of adding a second cylinder to the hitch then I don't think it will be any problem. (I should have this done sometime next week) As for the 3 point hitch being able to handle the weight... I figure on mine I will lift, break, weld.. till the weakest links are fixed...good luck

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07-21-2001 20:30:28

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 Re: 3pt. hitch in reply to Tom, 07-21-2001 16:47:37  
The belly pump will only put out about 800 to 1000 PSI max which will govern what you are capable of lifting. As the previous post stated, if the front end comes off the ground, you are lifting too much. On one of my M's with good auxilary hydraulics and a stong 3-pt hitch which I built, I can lift a 9' Domeries tandem disc. The disc is capable of outpowering a modified M engine unless I pull in a low gear. If speed is an issue (which it usually is), I switch to a 80 HP tractor.

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07-21-2001 21:51:42

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 Re: Re: 3pt. hitch in reply to Medfarm, 07-21-2001 20:30:28  
Basically I understand Tractors, What I am shooting for is people that have used this system and their opinion of it and I am wantig to feed big hay bales this year. I don't care if I need weights on the front or whatever. How much do you think it will lift like 800 lbs or 2000lbs? I don't want to buy it if it won't do what I need.

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07-21-2001 22:41:13

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 Re: Re: Re: 3pt. hitch in reply to Tom, 07-21-2001 21:51:42  
Call Saginaw and ask them what their 2 cylinder 3 -point hitch is cabable of lifting with a specfic hydraulic pressure. Also the center of gravity of the large round bales from the pivot point of the hitch should be known when you talk to them along with the total weight of the bale. I have never lifted hay bales with a tractor but used my rough terrian forklift. A suggestion for adding front weights-built a frame which bolts onto the tractor frame and use suitcase weights. They are relatively cheap, easy to find and easy to remove when you do not need them.

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07-21-2001 19:23:54

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 Re: 3pt. hitch in reply to Tom, 07-21-2001 16:47:37  
If you lift the front end off the ground, then you have too much weight.

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