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Pulling Power

Postby goldencub » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:42 am

My Cub is an early '47. Which gear has the most pulling power: forward in 1st gear or in reverse? Thanks, Al D
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Re: Pulling Power

Postby MiCarl » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:09 am

1st gear has a lower ratio than reverse so it should pull better.

If you do pull in reverse you still want to hook to the draw bar, the front bolster isn't made for pulling.
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Re: Pulling Power

Postby Bob McCarty » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:13 am

If you have ag tires on the rear, you may not have as much traction in reverse due to the lug pattern.
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Re: Pulling Power

Postby Crimson Tim » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:15 am

They are very nearly the same, but 1st has slightly better ratio. I can’t find the gear ratios themselves right now, but tractordata.com shows the forward speed of 2.4 mph and reverse speed of 2.7 mph same engine speed.

This of course begs the question why you are asking, what you are contemplating and how you intend to attach whatever you are pulling to the tractor. There are lots of ways to do it that will either risk flipping the tractor on you or damaging the tractor.

If pulling forward, only hook to the drawbar.
If you have to pull backward, I think the consensus is still to only hook to the drawbar.
You’ll likely have better traction pulling forward, too, especially with Ag tires.

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Re: Pulling Power

Postby areger23 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:02 pm

my 50 cub doesnt like to go backwards up hills even with big ags and wheel weights so i believe forward will work better for you

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Re: Pulling Power

Postby ntrenn » Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:06 pm

Weakest gear in any transmission is reverse. Only use it to pull when there is no way to use a forward gear.

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