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    Silver Member SABULA FARMER's Avatar
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    Default Break In

    Just throwing this out there...what has everyone been doing to break in their new tractor?
    I know there are a few different opinions, run it like you stole it - OR- vary the rpms, put it through a few heat cycles and enjoy?
    I looked in the manual but I didnt find anything on it, maybe I over looked it?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Break In

    Congrats. I did all the things you mention well maybe not the run it like i stole part . Just make sure and check all fluilds and lug nuts . other wise enjoy and keep you eyes, ears and knose open should have no trouble i am at 16 hrs on mine and i still figure i am breaking it in.
    Duckhunter. Nebraska.
    Bobcat CT335 HST, FEL, Bob Tech bucket,48 inch Pallet Forks, 7 ft rear blade, 5ft MF bushhog, BB2566 Land Pride Box Blade, Post hole digger, 2 bottom Dearborn plow,12 acres.

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    Default Re: Break In

    I have not done anything special with mine. I ran it from day one like I am still running it. I maintain it at regular intervals as specified in the maintainence schedule.

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    Silver Member SABULA FARMER's Avatar
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    Default Re: Break In

    Thanks fellas. I figured that I should run it like it was ment to be ran. I did take it to my upper field, with my 5' hog and began mowing. Brought it to PTO speed and let her fly. It is a mowing machine, ran like there was nothing behind it. I feel I made a good choice as far as tractor size. I am still trying to get used to the shuttle shift, but I think it will be just fine

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    Default Re: Break In

    Wallace advised me to vary the RPMs for the first 100 hours or so. Under varying uses this is pretty much normal usage. More so with the SST's, I think.

    Yeah, It took some getting use to shifting with my left hand, and that SS lever sure is stiff when new.

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    Default Re: Break In

    I would say the biggest thing don't lug down the motor.
    Get the feel of tractor..listen/feel,check often nuts bolts fluids etc. just in case..heck just set in the seat w/engine off look around.

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    Silver Member SABULA FARMER's Avatar
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    Default Re: Break In

    Wow a hundred hrs? That is some time...I know on my old tractor I tried to take it easy, never even ran it at PTO speed for at least 50hrs, but I was thinking that these new machines with the tighter tolerances should be broke in in the first 15 minutes of run time. I know that the old tractors, pre 80's, needed many hours on the engine to polish parts so they could mate properly.
    Today I put 5 hrs on it brush hogging, had it at PTO speed for the duration, lol....all seems ok so far, did I mention that its a sweet machine?
    Here are some pics
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    Last edited by SABULA FARMER; 08-04-2010 at 08:12 PM.

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    Default Re: Break In

    I put the first hundred hours on in 3 months
    only been able to put 6 hours on in the last month

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    Default Re: Break In

    Quote Originally Posted by lilranch2001 View Post
    I put the first hundred hours on in 3 months
    only been able to put 6 hours on in the last month
    I may get some more seat time tomorrow. It rained tonight and I am thinking tomorrow should be a good day to put in my deer plots...? (also depends on what the boss has planned)
    ...I have all the answers, can you wait a minute while I ask my wife?

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