Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    New Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    2
    Location
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Tractor
    John Deere x748

    Default JD 748 FEL up to tough jobs?

    I have some earthwork to do and rather than paying someone to do the heavy work thought I might by the 45 FEL for my 748 with the money instead and do the job myself

    My only concern is that there is a lot of earth to shift and is the 45FEL on a 748 up to the job. The topsoil has been sitting in mounds from when it was scrapped 2 years ago and I would need to pick it up and spread it.

    What are people's experiences with the 45FEL? Is it tough, or does it have limits of use that I need to be aware of? For example, the JD literature/reviews refer to using it for "loose material." My dirt has been in a pile for 2 years so is not exactly "loose" now.

  2. #2
    Veteran Member SSdoxie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    1,911
    Location
    Cumberland Plateau, TN
    Tractor
    Bobcat CT225

    Default Re: JD 748 FEL up to tough jobs?

    Can it be done? Depends on how fast you want to complete it. It could be done with shovel & wheelbarrow if someone wanted to work that hard.
    Add teeth to the bucket or a tooth bar, it will make digging into the packed soil much easier and back dragging with the teeth will help break up the clumps.
    Dennis

    CT225 w/7TL QA FEL, 60"tooth dirt bucket, 68" smooth bucket, Pallet Forks, Bale Spear. Hydrualic top llin, QH, 48 RC, 60" tiller, Angle blade, Landscape rake, Carry-all, Post hole auger.

  3. #3
    Platinum Member Deere Dude's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    923
    Location
    Hohenwald, TN
    Tractor
    John Deere 3720

    Default Re: JD 748 FEL up to tough jobs?

    From my understanding and experience, the transaxles will take a beating if really torqued. For instance, I had a 2WD JD595 and did some pushing of small trees and some heavy scraping with a front blade. I had loaded tires plus 200# wheel weights and chains plus about #300 on the 3PT, so I had all kinds of traction. I would use the differential lock quit often. After a morning of digging and pushing the tractor stopped. What happened was the rear end casting cracked open and dumped the hydraulic fluid.

    Luckily it was about 3 months shy of the end of the warranty so it was covered, but I never really torqued it that hard again. I trading that tractor in eventually for a X740, but they all have the same rear ends. I was told that in my case, there was a problem with internal workings with the dif. lock and that caused a stress that broke the casing. As for me, I think I just overdid a small tractor.

    I was also told by a few people that, that is why they don't really push front end loaders for those, because it tears up the transaxles to often.

    For you, it all depends on the pile size. If the size was maybe 20-30 yards, I would take a crack at it, but I would try not to over tax the tractor. If you didn't have a bunch of weight on the rear end I think it would spin before it could do any damage.
    3720, Frontier 6' BB; 6' Rear Blade.; Loaded tires and Ballast Box; Dirt Scoop.

    X740; 62" Deck; w/47" Snoblower; 42" Hydraulic Tiller.
    54" Front blade; 48" Belly Blade

  4. #4
    New Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    2
    Location
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Tractor
    John Deere x748

    Default Re: JD 748 FEL up to tough jobs?

    Thanks - comments on the transaxles worth thinking about

Similar Threads

  1. This doesn't look good (JD 748)?
    By jymbee in forum John Deere Lawn & Garden
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 08-15-2012, 11:56 AM
  2. X740 and 748 changes over the years?
    By KennedyDiesel in forum John Deere Lawn & Garden
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 07-12-2012, 10:21 AM
  3. considering trading-in 3520 for 748
    By hpc in forum John Deere Owning/Operating
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 02-22-2008, 05:01 PM
  4. Looking tough on a BX tractor carrying potted plants in the FEL
    By bx24 in forum Kubota Owning/Operating
    Replies: 47
    Last Post: 08-01-2007, 10:55 AM
  5. Jobs moving to Mexico. Is jobs leaving your town?
    By JohnBoy45 in forum Related Topics
    Replies: 43
    Last Post: 03-16-2006, 04:24 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2013 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.