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Ford 9N, 2N & 8N Discussion Forum

Dirt plowing with the sherman step up

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02-08-2018 02:07:11

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Any of you guys plowing with your step ups?
When I go to plow days I plow in second gear with my '46 2n. Don't mind plowing in second but I always get some guy on my a** with a bigger more powerful tractor that want to speed the plow. It's no big deal I just let him pass me before we hit the next row.
I snowplowed about 3" yesterday on the '40 9n with the backblade and when done parked it in the snow. noticed some oil under the tractor, hard to miss in the snow anyway a quick dab on the cotter pin with my finger and the smell of hydraulic oil tell me that the input shaft seal is leaking. I pulled some logs this season and my '40 and it runs so good that I was going to take it to plow days this spring. Now since I have to split it anyway to put a new seal in and cause I've got a couple of step ups laying around I was thinking about putting one in.


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02-08-2018 20:16:47

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 Re: Dirt plowing with the sherman step up in reply to Kirk-NJ, 02-08-2018 02:07:11  
Obviously would depend on your soil and plow, but I pulled

a 2 x 12 behind my 9N in 1st over drive. Mostly red clay.

Loaded rear tires but no additional weight. It occasionally ran
out of traction and didn't have the power to get going from a dead
stop without downshifting if I had to stop with the plow engaged.

My plow and the tractor at the time were in fair shape, not great.
If they were in better condition, I don't think it would have been
any trouble at all. Hobby farming/garden. No serious field work
for me with this combination. My '48 8N with no ballast wouldn't
pull that plow in the same soil in 2nd. Plenty of power, no traction.

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02-09-2018 00:33:07

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 Re: Dirt plowing with the sherman step up in reply to Royse, 02-08-2018 20:16:47  
The soil is good, no clay and no rocks. I am also pulling a 2 bottom 12 plow. I know I will also have to switch out the tranny gear to helical but that's no big deal. I never found the step up very useful in the 8n but in the 9n I do use it more.

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02-08-2018 07:32:50

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 Re: Dirt plowing with the sherman step up in reply to Kirk-NJ, 02-08-2018 02:07:11  
Kirk.I use to plow all the time in 1st over all day long with my 43 2N.1st over is a lot faster than 2nd direct,also the draft control works faster in overdrive.The speed of 2nd direct is about 3 1/4 MPH and 1st over is about 4 MPH.A good strong engine is needed and weights and you will have to down shift in tough clay,but in good soil it will move on. Put that Sherman in your plow tractor and you will outrun most of the other tractors there.Let the dirt fly Kirk!

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