Froze tractor! Sunday is the day.

Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:00 am

Well Sunday AM I am heading to get the tractor I hope! One way or another it is coming home.
I am finishing up my tire sleds today. this is what I am doing what do you think.
1-1/2" plywood yes 1-1/2" thick dad had it from the boat works about 30 years ago.
there 36" long then a 30 degree front angle ski 12"
there will be 2x6 sides and back to make a poket with eye bolts to strap it to the tire. Then on the bottom of the plywood ski I will screw old pole barn tin to it to make it slide better up the ramp?

If this doesn't work and I can not move it with the dodge 4x4 becasue of the snow I will try thawing it out with heaters and stuff. I am taking tools so I can pull the shifter out and the rear pto cover off to help put heat on it to get it out. I have rose bud propane heater to aply direct heat.

I think I am going to try to remove the front snow blade to help me get it on the trailer.
can anyone think of anything I might take?
taking tools
canvas tarp
1-1/2 chain fall
cheap electric winch
torpedo heater
ros bud heater
tire sleds
ratchet straps
chain binders
(2) 3 ton jacks
any thing else?
Last edited by cjpenny89 on Fri Jan 26, 2007 12:43 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:08 am

A big order of GOOD LUCK

Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:32 am

oh thanks

Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:01 am

Chad - be careful! Moving the tractor on skis, skids or whatever you choose to call them will make it difficult to control. Stopping it is as difficult as getting it to move in the first place. I really think I'd try thawing it first. Go tent the tractor and fire up the heaters. Walk away and have a leisurely breakfast or lunch and go back and roll it on the trailer. If that fails, then your skis can be used.

Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:08 am

Don't forget your jack. I didn't see that on your list


Fri Jan 26, 2007 12:35 pm

A couple of warm bodies :wink: :lol: :lol:

Fri Jan 26, 2007 12:40 pm

You will be carrying all our best wishes with you. Bet when you get er done you will wonder what you were worrying about.
Bring rope or tie downs to hol;d it on the trailer when you gaet it on.


Fri Jan 26, 2007 12:44 pm

I updated my list.

Big dog yes I agree it might be tough to stop!
I have to jack it up to make sure the rear wheels are no longer stuck in the dirt so I might just put the skis on it.
I am taking 2 torpdo heaters and my generator to run them.
We just got 3 or 4 more inches of snow so this will make it more fun.

Fri Jan 26, 2007 1:01 pm

EEK! Rope to tie it on the trailer?!

Chains preferred, rated ratchet straps will work too.

Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:26 pm


Enjoy the outing and the experience getting that tractor unstuck. It should be fun, but, Please whatever-however you do it, do it Safely :!: :!:

Image, so please do take your camera with you. This may be a unique opportunity to document this type of recovery mission :!: :wink: :D :D

Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:09 pm


Good luck with the adventure. Remember: Memories are made from whatever doesn't go as planned. :shock:

How big is your truck?

air source for front tires
something to tie the blade up so it will load along with the tractor
Long heavy pry bar
ratchet come-along for backup
hot coffee and donuts 8)

If you're prepared for everything it will practically load itself very quickly. :D

Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:25 pm

Good luck Chad

I will be thinking about ya as I try not to fall asleep in that boring 8hr Hazmat reafresher class.


Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:35 pm

One thing you forgot on your list:

A camera to take pictures for the rest of us!!

Sat Jan 27, 2007 8:12 am

wish i was there to help!i'm sure you'll never forget this adventure!!thats what makes it so fun.take a camera for pics and enjoy the snow and cold weather.Its gonna be great to get it on the trailer.ketcham

Sat Jan 27, 2007 12:29 pm

How hilly is the terrain where you're dragging this tractor?

Quite frankly, I don't think the skis will slide that well. You don't want them to slide so well you can push the tractor by hand anyway :shock: They just need to be smooth so they slide when given sufficient encouragement by your 4x4.

Heck, if they slide so good that you can push the tractor out, more power to ya! You won't even have to unhook the truck from the trailer. :P

Taking the blade off sounds like a good idea too.