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Tractor Pulling Discussion Forum

low front weight brackets?

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Nick from MD

01-01-2013 18:17:08




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I've seen a lot of pulling tractors where the front weight goes out and down and the weights sit really low to the ground is there a reason or advantage to this?




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moresmoke

01-04-2013 16:58:49




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 Re: low front weight brackets? in reply to Nick from MD, 01-01-2013 18:17:08  
One other reason I have seen, is one tractor with low weights and one with high. Nose to nose two feet less truck is needed for them to sit on.



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GoJDpuller

01-02-2013 20:35:45




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 Re: low front weight brackets? in reply to Nick from MD, 01-01-2013 18:17:08  
Ok im just going to say it, it looks cool, thats about it lol



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LarryM

01-02-2013 17:40:34




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 Re: low front weight brackets? in reply to Nick from MD, 01-01-2013 18:17:08  
According to the Pythagorean theorem the top of the weights would have to be 23.07 inches below the center line of the axle to actually be 112 from the center line of the axle.



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north puller

01-03-2013 16:01:39




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 Re: low front weight brackets? in reply to LarryM, 01-02-2013 17:40:34  
The Firestone site says that an 18.4-38 has a loaded radius of 31". You could get the bottom of your hanging weights around 28" below the axle if you realy wanted to get the most advantage you could.

Some say that the weights being able to move forward 1" doesn't make a difference worth bothering with.

The weights below the axle move forward 1". The weights above the axle move backward 1". That's 2 inches difference, which might mean 1" further pull. Sometimes in life an extra inch makes all the difference :)

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VicS

01-02-2013 17:01:35




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 Re: low front weight brackets? in reply to Nick from MD, 01-01-2013 18:17:08  
Probably doesn"t make much difference. I could go on and tell you about the advantage of low weights, like being able to carry your front wheels and the weights still being below the rear axle centerline. But I have been beaten by tractors that were set up all wrong (the front higher than the back and the weights, even turned wrong! Go figure. :-) Vic



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Lamont

01-02-2013 14:38:24




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 Re: low front weight brackets? in reply to Nick from MD, 01-01-2013 18:17:08  
You don't have to lift the weights so high. The other reasons are negligible, but go for it if it makes you feel better.



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ISEKI1610

01-01-2013 22:50:46




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 Re: low front weight brackets? in reply to Nick from MD, 01-01-2013 18:17:08  
as stated,take a shovel and weight it 50#,then try to lift it out to the front. it gets heavier the longer the handle it has. so the raise of your frontend swings the wt.forward and out front the longer the wt bracket(the longer the handle)



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north puller

01-01-2013 19:51:46




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 Re: low front weight brackets? in reply to Nick from MD, 01-01-2013 18:17:08  
Yes there is. 2 advantages really.

1 is that you don't have to lift the weights as high off the ground to hang them.

The other is thatwhen you have the weights low to the ground, they can be 11 feet forward, but actually be a little more than 11 feet from the axle due to the angle. As the front of the tractor lifts and the weights move in line with the axle, they move forward, helping controll front end lift. Depending on how high your rear axle is, and how close to the ground your weights are, the front weights can move forward 2-3 inches.

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Brad Vinkemeier

01-05-2013 22:13:01




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 Re: low front weight brackets? in reply to north puller, 01-01-2013 19:51:46  
It also helps to lower the front of ur tractor on my john deere 730 diesel i run 6.00/12sl tires and i chopped 4 inches out of the post and it dropped the top of my weigts down a little over 6inches below the center line of the rear axle and i use 18.4/38s it made a heck of a difference it looks meian as hell but it workes for me i also have my weight bracket that its 11feetpossible from center line of rear axle to end of weights iv never had the front end come up past the point where the tractor is straight and i dont use much more than 1000lbs on the front even when I've run it up in the 12500 lb class on heavy sticky clay tracks

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