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Max drawbar weight ?

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Jody B

05-04-1999 17:30:14

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What do you learned ,all knowing , wise people consider to be the most weight I should place on my Ford 5000 diesel drawbar with 18.4 by 26 tires ?? Pulling bat wing mower .Thanks !

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05-05-1999 16:59:14

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 Re: Max drawbar weight ? in reply to Jody B, 05-04-1999 17:30:14  
Hello again Jody. There are no specific figures published for that model as to static drawbar load limitations (although they do publish them for current models). I can't imagine a pull type mower coming anywhere close to maxing out drawbar capacity on that tractor. I've seen 5000's pulling honey wagons bigger than the tractor itself, and I haven't seen many broken drawbars, on any model Ford. If anything, you need to worry about the drawbar support bracket. This is bolted to the rear axle housing with only 4 bolts,(from the factory anyway), and I've seen many of these come loose and bust out threads in the rear end. If you are still concerned about breaking your drawbar, the best advice I can give is to run the drawbar as short as possible without bottoming out the PTO shaft. Length of drawbar is adjustable from underneath.

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Jody B

05-05-1999 18:25:33

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 Re: Re: Max drawbar weight ? in reply to Bern, 05-05-1999 16:59:14  
Forgot to add,about 2100 lbs. on drawbar is the weight. I have learned lessons the hard way about bolts holding the drawbar frame underneath.Have broken several J D bolts out. It used to be a problem for me .Any secrets except keep the 4 bolts underneath tight ?

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Jody B

05-05-1999 18:19:08

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 Re: Re: Max drawbar weight ? in reply to Bern, 05-05-1999 16:59:14  
Thanks again Bern.You have really helped me adjust from J D Green to Ford Blue.Will it hurt to run Hydraulics all the time ? I have wired the remote lever back so it pumps 100 % of the time to a 3 spool hydraulic valve ,and use the 3 levers on the spool to control the mowers lifts.Return is to the fill cap. I drilled a 9/16 hole in the cap and ran the hydraulic return line to it,then screwed the cap back on.Does that pass your inspection ? thanks greatly ,again

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05-06-1999 10:26:22

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 Re: Re: Re: Max drawbar weight ? in reply to Jody B, 05-05-1999 18:19:08  
Jody, switching from green to blue, is that really a good thing?(!). As for your hydraulics, 2 cautions. First, make sure your 3 spool valve is not closed center, which is a good possibility if it was used on a JD prior. Although your functions will work normal if your valve is in fact closed center, you will overheat your oil and burn up your pump in no time. To tell if your valve is closed center, disconnect return line, and with engine running, 3 spool valve in neutral, and tractor remote engaged, you should have flow coming out of the return. If you do, your valve is open center, which is what you want. If you don't, your valve is closed center and you MUST convert over. Second, if you have a late model 5000, one with an external spin on hydraulic filter, the return line from your 3 spool valve needs to be returned to the cooler valve location to maintain transmission lube if your tractor has Dual Power. Let me know if you need more info on this. On the drawbar bracket, you can beef this up by welding straps to the hanger and bolting that to the axle housing next to the PTO shaft.

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Jody b

05-06-1999 17:22:20

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Max drawbar weight ? in reply to Bern, 05-06-1999 10:26:22  
Thanks again.You are a lifesaver.How did you get so knowlegable on blue stuff? I will check spools tomorrow.Have considered braces on drawbar. Used to do it to all my "POPPING JOHNS". 60's 70's A's, B's etc. Much thanks.

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