Page 1 of 21 123411 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 204
  1. #1
    Gold Member gregfender's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    365
    Location
    Marion, NC
    Tractor
    Bobcat CT225

    Default Slopes and tractor tilt

    Here is another question that might leave some of you veterans scratching your heads at a newbie, however...here goes.

    What is the max tilt or slope that you feel comfortable with? Granted, I know the standard "if you feel nervous then it's too much" kind of answer, but do tractor manufacturers engineer to a certain slope rating. Just curious.

  2. #2
    Elite Member RalphVa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    3,791
    Location
    Charlottesville, VA, USA
    Tractor
    JD 1025, previously Gravely 5650 & JD 4010

    Default Re: Slopes and tractor tilt

    It's not the fixed slope you have to worry about. It's any abrupt change caused by a downhill wheel going into a trough or an uphill wheel going over a hump that you have to worry about while going sideways on a slope. Some slopes you just plain cannot make it uphill or downhill (without sliding) with them wet, going straight up or down. In the dry, the tractor will climb or descend most slopes fine, in 4wd.

    Ralph
    The natural gardener
    God's original intent

  3. #3
    Super Star Member RoyJackson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    18,298
    Location
    Bethel, Vermont
    Tractor
    John Deere 4400 MFWD, Deere 855D UTV and assorted implements

    Default Re: Slopes and tractor tilt

    Quote Originally Posted by gregfender View Post
    Here is another question that might leave some of you veterans scratching your heads at a newbie, however...here goes.

    What is the max tilt or slope that you feel comfortable with? Granted, I know the standard "if you feel nervous then it's too much" kind of answer, but do tractor manufacturers engineer to a certain slope rating. Just curious.
    You won't see a specific slope limitation. The manufacturers (deere, at least) check the tractor (not all...probably just a small sample of a new design) per an ANSI spec on a tilt table (so a static test). IIRC, it's 20 degrees.
    There is a sticky in the Safety Forum concerning roll over testing. It's linked to some videos and is a good read. If you haven't read it, I suggest you do so. Good thread for both new and experienced operators.
    I looked at the pictures you posted. It looks like your rear tires are set pretty wide. Do you know if the tires are filled?
    Main thing is to use that seat belt religiously.
    Roy Jackson

    "Any government that does not trust its citizens with firearms is either a tyranny, or planning to become one."
    -Joseph P. Martino

  4. #4
    Veteran Member Gordon Gould's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    2,009
    Location
    NorthEastern, VT
    Tractor
    Kubota L3010DT, Dresser TD7G Dozer

    Default Re: Slopes and tractor tilt

    What the first two guys said. There are way to many variables to give a specific safe tilt angle. The seat of your pants is the best gauge - really. Plus to me it is a long slow careful learning experience. You have to get to know your machine and how to best approach various terrian. I go places now that I was scared to go at first, but that was good because back then I didn't know enough to go there and would have gotten in trouble. Going slow and low is always good.
    "If you're not making any mistakes then you're not doing anything"

    L3010DT, Farmi JL290 Winch, ATI Grapple, BearCat 5" Chipper, 6' Rear Blade,
    7' Sickle Bar, 5' Land Plane Grading Scraper, Dresser TD7G Dozer

  5. #5
    Gold Member gregfender's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    365
    Location
    Marion, NC
    Tractor
    Bobcat CT225

    Default Re: Slopes and tractor tilt

    Quote Originally Posted by RoyJackson View Post
    You won't see a specific slope limitation. The manufacturers (deere, at least) check the tractor (not all...probably just a small sample of a new design) per an ANSI spec on a tilt table (so a static test). IIRC, it's 20 degrees.
    There is a sticky in the Safety Forum concerning roll over testing. It's linked to some videos and is a good read. If you haven't read it, I suggest you do so. Good thread for both new and experienced operators.
    I looked at the pictures you posted. It looks like your rear tires are set pretty wide. Do you know if the tires are filled?
    Main thing is to use that seat belt religiously.
    They are filled, thank goodness. I have a lot of hilly terrain and old logging roads throughout the property. I know one of the best teachers is seat time and I plan on getting as much as possible.

  6. #6
    Super Star Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    16,039
    Location
    Missouri
    Tractor
    Kubota, John Deere, Case, Massey Ferguson, Ford

    Default Re: Slopes and tractor tilt

    Use the "search" function and you will come up with hours of reading, NEBRASKASPARKS has some good threads with a lot of good feed back; others also have good threads.

    I agree, take your time, run with your loader on and off, work on proper ballast and get as much seat time as possible. I have run tractors for years and "stable/safe" varies from one machine to the next and I start from scratch so to speak with any new tractor.
    Thread on helpful tractor abbreviations: http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/o...-acronyms.html

  7. #7
    Elite Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    2,929

    Default Re: Slopes and tractor tilt

    Quote Originally Posted by gregfender View Post
    Here is another question that might leave some of you veterans scratching your heads at a newbie, however...here goes.

    What is the max tilt or slope that you feel comfortable with? Granted, I know the standard "if you feel nervous then it's too much" kind of answer, but do tractor manufacturers engineer to a certain slope rating. Just curious.
    Not the SLOPE as much as a sudden CHANGE.
    Look for roots, rocks, etc on the high side, look for dips and gopher holes on the low side.
    Do NOT be staring at a goofy gauge.
    If it feels bad then it IS bad.
    Seat belt if you have ROPS, no seat belt if you don't have ROPS (better chance of being thrown clear).
    Keep the bucket and anything on the 3pt low and be ready to dump them QUICKLY.

    Probably the HARDEST thing is to steer DOWN the slope if/when things get really hairy.
    However counter intuitive this may seem at the time, steering UP the slope is more likely to roll you.

  8. #8
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    115
    Location
    Philippi WV
    Tractor
    farmall cub John Deere 310 Backhoe Loader Ventrac 4131

    Default Re: Slopes and tractor tilt

    I will address going across a slope. I have steep ground and have been considering a new tractor for mowing. I first found my greatest slope. I took an angle finder and a straight 4 foot piece of 2 x 4. I found one spot had an angle of 30 degrees. I divided that by 90 to get a slope of 33 percent. Ventrac and powertrac are the only tractors to advertise 40 percent slope or greater. These are with dual wheels. Steiner only advertises 30 degree slope. the problem is not rollover but oil to engine parts.

  9. #9
    Veteran Member hunterridgefarm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    1,990
    Location
    Western NC
    Tractor
    Kubota L3130DT, Kubota L185DT, JD LX277

    Default Re: Slopes and tractor tilt

    Greg,

    I agree with everything said but the main thing is go with your gut feeling. If it does not look safe, don't do it.

    I am about 30min east of you and have been in Marion many times. My land is much the same so I have my tires filled and set out as far as possible. I have very little flat land on the 47 acers my home sits on so I am almost always on a slope. I keep the bucket low and the 3 pt low when going across the slope. If it is a area I have not had the tractor on I usually walk it first to find any holes or stumps that may be hidden. Most of my work I try to go up and down the steepest parts. Just be safe.

    David
    I suffer from MPD...Multiple Project Disorder

  10. #10
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    8,029
    Location
    VA
    Tractor
    JD2010, Kubota3450,2550, Mahindra 7520 w FEL w Skid Steer QC w/Tilt Tatch, & BH, BX1500

    Default Re: Slopes and tractor tilt

    Quote Originally Posted by ptexer View Post
    I will address going across a slope. I have steep ground and have been considering a new tractor for mowing. I first found my greatest slope. I took an angle finder and a straight 4 foot piece of 2 x 4. I found one spot had an angle of 30 degrees. I divided that by 90 to get a slope of 33 percent. Ventrac and powertrac are the only tractors to advertise 40 percent slope or greater. These are with dual wheels. Steiner only advertises 30 degree slope. the problem is not rollover but oil to engine parts.
    % is 100Tan. 30 is a 58% slope. A 40% slope is 22 degrees.
    larry
    This side of 40
    JD2010, Kubota L3450/FEL w SK QC, L2550 w FEL
    Mahindra 7520 [Pinky] /FEL w Skid Steer QC/w Tilt Tatch & BH, BX1500 [Mighty Mouse]
    IH37 Baler, CCM165 Drum Mower, JD Rake
    JD 127 bushog, Flail, SK Tilt Tatch , KK tiller, Rhino rear blade, Post driver, post auger, chipper, pallet fork, Grapple/Loader Buddy, Homemade Splitter/DC Welder

Page 1 of 21 123411 ... LastLast

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.