SA = Super A, or Scalded Ape?

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SA = Super A, or Scalded Ape?

Postby allenlook » Sun Apr 09, 2006 3:50 pm

I got the tractor running good today and the new front tires on it - brandy new tubes and tires from Tucker Tire on eBay - 15" for the Super A - $90 for tubes/tires for both sides. Ribbed for your farming pleasure. :D

I got up on the road for the first time with it and figured I'd drive to the next house and back to listen to the tranny because I haven't had much chance to operate it in 3rd or 4th.

I put it into 3rd on the way down the road, and everything was fine, it was like most tractors with ag tires and a loader on it going down the pavement in 3rd gear.

Then... I dropped it into 4th. HOLY CROW the thing lit out like a scalded ape! I mean it left scorch marks on the phone poles! Who's bright idea was it to put an overdrive into a farm tractor :shock: :lol: My hat just about blew off and I found out I've got more play in the steering than I thought I did. I downshifted right quick and made a mental note that I really don't need any more than 3 forward speeds on this tractor :shock:
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Postby JBall8019 » Sun Apr 09, 2006 4:12 pm

allen i know cwhat you mean. i finally drove my M in fifth gear last month in a field. i wont do that again unless i get a phone call for dinner. i was so used to my cub and i was not used to the speed of the M.
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Postby 400lbsonacubseatspring » Sun Apr 09, 2006 4:20 pm

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Postby allenlook » Sun Apr 09, 2006 6:56 pm

400,

Precision in 4th gear is defined by keeping it in the same zip code!
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Postby Virginia Mike » Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:44 am

The road gear and the power gave the A the advantage over the cub around here. The ability to move quickly between fields got more work done. More work, more money. This started the spiral of horsepower and size that lead to tractors under 100 HP being called,"chore" tractors.
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Postby tractorfan1 » Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:53 pm

JBall8019 wrote:allen i know cwhat you mean. i finally drove my M in fifth gear last month in a field. i wont do that again unless i get a phone call for dinner. i was so used to my cub and i was not used to the speed of the M.
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:lol: I remember when I bought my Super M last year, I had the carb and govenor rebuilt, and I took it for a run on the blacktop, was in forth and thought well i'll try the road gear. Well it gave a real throaty snort :shock: and went from about 6 mph to 20 mph in about 4 second's :( . Well that's as close as i'll come to the star trek voyager :lol: . I think i'll stick to forth gear.
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Postby jostev » Thu Apr 13, 2006 6:50 pm

boy, I drive my H at top speed for about 12 miles to a show :lol:

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Postby Matt Kirsch » Fri Apr 14, 2006 10:31 am

Make sure your steering is tight. Wobbly front ends will give you the impression that 5th gear is not for human consumption.
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