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Re: Need advice on tractor.

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F14...Just a note

06-09-2002 03:44:32

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You are going to miss the turning ability of that narrow front.

Personally, I do not believe the narrow front is any more dangerous than a wide front, but that's an argument that's been done on this board a number of times.

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06-09-2002 19:49:40

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 Re: Re: Need advice on tractor. in reply to F14...Just a note, 06-09-2002 03:44:32  
I would also like to second that narrow fronts are not any too dangerous- just take it slow and use your head, wide fronts really don't do a lot more for you. We live in hill country too, and Grandpa used narrow fronts for everything. We still use the same tractors today, without a problem. But if the wide front is to pacify the wife, you haven't got much choice!

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Dave 2N

06-09-2002 18:50:35

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 Re: Re: Need advice on tractor. in reply to F14...Just a note, 06-09-2002 03:44:32  
I agree about the narrow front not being as dangerous as people think. We've used them for years here in our hill country. It's not the front end but what is between the operator's ears that makes a tractor dangerous. I've noticed that many people who condemn narrow fronts have never had any experience with them. And I know about the loader issue; but we used a narrow front Farmall M for cleaning a heifer barn for years (1946-1990) and also used it for loading gravel out of the creek for farm roads. Again, common sense, etc.

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06-09-2002 04:32:28

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 Re: Re: Need advice on tractor. in reply to F14...Just a note, 06-09-2002 03:44:32  
I have heard that same comment for years. The change over from the narrow to wide was sort of a concession for my wife who has always been afraid of something happening. My main concern is getting on and off the tall 300 easier.

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06-09-2002 05:06:03

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 Re: Re: Re: Need advice on tractor. in reply to Jim, 06-09-2002 04:32:28  
How about an axle-mounted step (or two)? I've seen that on several older tractors.

I mount my F14 (not nearly as tall, I know) from the rear, one step on the loop drawbar, one on the axle trumpet, and viola! 'course, that don't work so well with a 2-or-3 point hitch.

My brother put a step on the frame of his JD-620, makes it a lot easier to get on, and also to hoist fuel cans up.

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