I am looking to purchase a Case IH DX35/40 with a 160 loader. My 7 acres of hobby farm has a high part and a low part joined by a relatively steep slope. The land has clay which can get pretty slick at times. What is the best way to set up a tractor to get up and down this hill with and without load? Industrial/Ag tires? Weights? grading a path, etc.? Widening the wheel base? Comments will be helpful.
I have a similar problem on my place (section about 1/3 mile long @ 20% grade). I have an erosion problem too, though (see <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.tractorbynet.com/cgi-bin/compact/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=buildit&Number=1252 36&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&a mp;fpart=>Sheeps Foot Roller</A>).
I've generally gone up the hill in reverse most of the time. I think I could go up "forwards" OK, but until I'm a little more comfortable with my machine and I get the ruts smoothed out, I figured this was the safest based on the suggestions I've read here.
I also have my tires set to the next to widest position - like the commercial says "Wider is Better". I still can get to just about every place I need to and it is amazing how much more stable you feel after adding a few inches to the width to the machine.
Ag tires - yea, go those too. I've been real happy with mine, and I think that most (perhaps not all) people here will agree that nothing beats an Ag tire for pure traction, which for my purposes (no nice lawns or "worksite") was a good fit. If you have a manicured lawn you want to mow though, Ag tires will tear it up without a doubt.
Weights - Haven't added any yet, but I plan on filling the tires when I get a chance. It should add considerably to both the stability and the traction.
Check out this thread as well - it appears to be suited to you!
<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.tractorbynet.com/cgi-bin/compact/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=custom&Number=12507 2&page=&view=&sb=&o=&vc=1>Rigg in' for steep slopes</A>
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Great info! I hadn't thought about reverse! Thanks for the great links.
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If its the real sticky/slippery stuff gravel would do the job.