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02-19-2013 17:37:03

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Is there an easy way to get a 60 up to about 50 or 55 horsepower. I want to pull a 3 bottom 55 plow for plow days and our ground sometimes plows hard. I would like to have a little on reserve.

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02-20-2013 16:19:41

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 Re: JD 60 in reply to MikeinKy, 02-19-2013 17:37:03  
you shouldn"t have any problem pulling a 3 bottom with a 60 if its tuned up and running correctly. I pull 3-14"s with a 51 A in 3rd gear sometimes 4th gear in northern Indiana light ground

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02-20-2013 09:33:49

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 Re: JD 60 in reply to MikeinKy, 02-19-2013 17:37:03  
In this area, north central KY, when 60's were new they came with a 2 bottom plow. The 620 and 630 would do a decent job with 3-14's. I am old enough that I grew up with these old tractors and I know that without depth control, you need a land wheel. Even Super M's here were mostly 2 plow tractors. One neighbor pulled 3 with his, but it was in 2nd gear with loaded tires and several weights. I used to pull 5-14's with a 4020, with a turbo and a bunch of weights. I am not a fan of loaded tires. I now have a 966 with 4-16's and some places with a rack of front weights it will carry the front wheels off the ground in some of our clay spots. A stock 4020 here is a 4 plow tractor.

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Mike M

02-20-2013 05:56:59

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 Re: JD 60 in reply to MikeinKy, 02-19-2013 17:37:03  
A good tune up and a power block should get you there. I dynoed a late A that was there. I'm not sure what a "normal" 60 will dyno at ? These guys who's are only at 36 must be low because I had a stock 50 do 31 HP. So I'd say a good stock 60 should go around 40 + a wee bit ?
Dyno's and altitude will vary this some.

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Carlyle Hoffman

02-20-2013 04:20:27

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 Re: JD 60 in reply to MikeinKy, 02-19-2013 17:37:03  
Go to UTUBE,Type in( tired iron of butternut valley plow days) up will be a 1950 (A), pulling 3-14s JD 620H plow in ALFALFA sod in 3rd gear 7",s deep all day long. Totally STOCK, never rebuilt. 125 lbs each cyl. There are several VIDEO shots of it with a 520 in the rear, look around and enjoy. Using 12.4 38s with no fluid and 1 D2628R on the furrow tire, 16 lbs air and 2 D2628R on the land wheel, 12lbs air as per the manual. Really nice to use. It also pulls a 15% grade in the same gear. Couldn't be more pleased . NYS EMPIRE SOD Toughest land in the USA. LOL DYNOS 34HP 93 OCTANE 2ounces marvel mystery oil per 5gals.

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Carlyle Hoffman

02-20-2013 04:30:35

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02-20-2013 03:39:01

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 Re: JD 60 in reply to MikeinKy, 02-19-2013 17:37:03  
A gas 60 will pull 3 bottoms in nearly any soil but, it will need to be tuned up well. You may want to consider going through you distributer and making sure all the internals are free and clean and tight. If your timing is correct and your advance is working as it should, you will make enough power. My buddy has a 60 with a mounted 3/14 and was the slowest in the field. I took his distributer last year(with out asking) and gave it a good going through. It was like a new tractor. Plows 8" deep in 3rd gear through heavy clay. 4th in light ground. Tim

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02-19-2013 20:21:13

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 Re: JD 60 in reply to MikeinKy, 02-19-2013 17:37:03  
The very 1st thing to know about your 60 is if it is "All-Fuel" or Gasoline only... The "All-Fuel" will ONLY PULL 2-14".. I had one and I know.. A good "Gas" 60 should pull 3-14".. If you have a Mounted Plow, it must have a Depth (Gauge) Wheel to control depth.. To get the HP you say you want, you will need a Power Block..it adds 1/2" More Bore to the cylinders and raises the compression some..


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02-19-2013 18:43:13

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 Re: JD 60 in reply to MikeinKy, 02-19-2013 17:37:03  
In our ground most 60's pulled 2-14's and sometimes that was a load. Most 4020's a in our area pulled 4-16's and sometimes that was too much. My uncle bought a new 50 in 1955 with a two bottom plow, I still have the plow, and it would pull it in second gear. Which was not very fast.

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02-20-2013 08:16:04

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 Re: JD 60 in reply to MikeinKy, 02-19-2013 18:43:13  
Know what you are talking about Mike. I have a small spot in one field that some times a 50 horse tractor with 3-14s will plow no more than 4 inches deep, other times 8 inches with no problem. The bottom of the furrow will stretch like bubble gum as it contains so much clay. I live in Breckinridge County Ky. Joe

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Aaron in IL

02-19-2013 18:36:03

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 Re: JD 60 in reply to MikeinKy, 02-19-2013 17:37:03  
I don't necessarily think you would need 50 hp to pull a 3 bottom plow. I put my 60 on the dyno this summer and it put out about 36 ponies. I have a 55H 3 bottom 14 inch plow that I can pull throught about anything in 3rd gear. Every once in a while I may find a really tough spot and have to raise the plow about an inch or so, but usually no problems. I generally plow about 9 inches deep and our soil has quite a bit of a clay in it.

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