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Rear wheel weight overload?

Postby SBoySmith7033@kindle.com » Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:46 pm

New member. Owner of 49 cub. live in hills of Wva. Occasionally need extra weight on rear of cub for traction, especially when plowing deep snow, pulling trees for firewood. Already running one 150 lb weight each rear wheel. OK to add another 150 each side or not?

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Re: Rear wheel weight overload?

Postby Barnyard » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:04 pm

Sure, why not? The manual even shows it.
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Re: Rear wheel weight overload?

Postby John(videodoc) » Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:22 am

i have added 3 weights.

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Re: Rear wheel weight overload?

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:35 am

Yes, 2 sets of weights is in the manual. Parts book even gives length for mounting bolts. To carry matters a little further as John did, my cub with the loader also has 3 sets, though it does only get occasional use.
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Re: Rear wheel weight overload?

Postby ParlowMillFarm » Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:49 am

Try a set of chains

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Re: Rear wheel weight overload?

Postby Matt Kirsch » Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:45 pm

Be careful. Too much "hook-up" could break something on the tractor.

Unstoppable force + immovable object == broken transmission, broken final drive, or worse.

For example, if you're thinking that more traction is the solution to a log getting hung up on a stump. More traction would just cause you problems. You need to get a better angle on the log and pull it away from the stump, not brute force it through the stump.

Sometimes a "work smarter, not harder" approach is required.

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Re: Rear wheel weight overload?

Postby Puffie40 » Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:58 am

Tire chains will add a lot of traction in lieu of extra weight - more than might be expected, in fact.

There is also the option of tire ballast. Just be aware that has its own set of (corrosive) drawbacks on top of those given by extra wheel weights.

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Re: Rear wheel weight overload?

Postby DZG » Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:09 am

Most places use "beet juice" (aka rim guard) now for filling tires. Non corrosive and non toxic as well.

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Re: Rear wheel weight overload?

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:29 am

DZG wrote:Most places use "beet juice" (aka rim guard) now for filling tires. Non corrosive and non toxic as well.
I have never personally dealt with the beet juice, but people who have tell me the main problem with it is the unbelievable stink when it is drained out after a few years.
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Re: Rear wheel weight overload?

Postby BigBill » Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:50 pm

I was thinking of windshield washer fluid in the tires to load them. Plus two sets of rear wheel weights. One set of rear wheel weights with my duo cross ice chains was a big improvement. But twin sets of rear wheel weights would be better.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.

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Re: Rear wheel weight overload?

Postby Matt Kirsch » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:17 pm

Only downside to 2 or 3 sets of weights is they stick out past the wheels significantly. You gotta be careful going near things and through doorways.

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Re: Rear wheel weight overload?

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:42 pm

Matt Kirsch wrote:Only downside to 2 or 3 sets of weights is they stick out past the wheels significantly. You gotta be careful going near things and through doorways.

You are so right, I have scrapes on the support posts of my lean to proving it. :oops:
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Re: Rear wheel weight overload?

Postby CharlieK » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:09 pm

foam fill those tires and ya never worry about any flats plus ya dont need any weights
get er done; life is good

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Re: Rear wheel weight overload?

Postby ricky racer » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:21 pm

For dragging logs a homemade log cart is hard to beat. Much safer way to pull logs too....

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