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  1. #61
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    Default Re: almost flipped the tractor, really need some help!

    I have to strongly disagree with Marcus...If you understand the math
    Wait a minute, let me make sure I wasn't misunderstood: ***of course he needs ballast, and a lot of it.*** I have a degree in Physics, so I completely understand his situation.

    On my tractor, I have the back tires filled and I always use the backhoe for ballast. I just gave an example of how with the back tires filled and with the box blade attached, one can still get light on the back even on a heavier tractor like mine. If I wasn't in 4wd and knew when to drop the FEL to the ground, I could have had a bad ride down the hill or end up upside-down. I'm just saying there's a lot of emphasis on ballast, but there are some other things to think of. Having front wheels locked in gear requires thinking about the physics of the situation.

    Marcus

    (P.S. "Heavier tractor" is relative -- I also have an older Case 580 which is 2x the weight of my Kioti.)
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    Default Re: almost flipped the tractor, really need some help!

    I am very glad to see that you are allright, that is a split second scare. I am glad to see that you had your ROPS up, and from the sounds of it, you had your seatbelt on, or you may not be typing this. I would try to dig uphill, and have your tires loaded if they are not already. It sounds like there is good advice on here, however you will just have to take it easy, and find your comfort zone. Your incident is why I have tried to explain to people how quickly you can overturn, and why ROPS with your seatbelt on are so important. Anyways, glad that you are safe, and best of luck the rest of your project!
    Mitch

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    Default Re: almost flipped the tractor, really need some help!

    There is another thread ongoing about loading tires. It sounds like the best bet is best bet is Rim Guard. You should be able to find it somewhere near you. It weights in about the same as calcium chloride, but without the potential damage to your rims. I would not hesitate in getting your rear tires loaded. The other thread:http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/j...tires-not.html

    Since you are in Australia, I am not sure what is available near you, or what regulations there are in NSW, but I would try these guys, I bet they can load your tires for you:http://www.midwaysales.com.au/

    These are the repair centers near you http://www.midwaysales.com.au/servic...anics-locator/

    Mitch

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    Default Re: almost flipped the tractor, really need some help!

    I'm sure you've gotten plenty of advice but I will offer this. I try to keep my hand on the fel lever whenever I'm in a place that I think could be tippy. If I feel like it could tip I immediately drop the bucket to the ground. Even if going to roll on your side the front bucket on the ground will help keep you from going over.
    Kubota L4240,Case 580K backhoe, Case 450 Dozer

  5. #65
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    Default Re: almost flipped the tractor, really need some help!

    looking at pictures, first thing that came to mind. was bucket was put down, then tractor was put into reverse, and the bucket was lowered more on purpose to cause rear end of tractor to come off the ground.

    next thought was, bucket was "to high" and hit a bump, and caused tractor to begin tetter tottoring to point there was more weight on front vs back of tractor and away she went face flat into the dirt.

    as far as bucket size, all loaders on tractors i have seen, normally the bucket is a couple inches wider than width of tires. exception a light duty mulch bucket.

    might as well add it, because first thing i thought, just like so many others is rear end weight. FEL (front end loaders) sticks a good amount of weight out in front of the tractor. something heavy from a rotatory cutter, to heavy duty box blade, perhaps even a rear scrapper blade, to a back hoe, to 3pt hitch ballast/weight box.

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    as far as the FEL itself. some others hit on it. but you really do need to try and keep that FEL down low to the ground. when you move it all the way into the up position. you can quickly tip over to one side, or like what you have already done.

    only time i have ever needed to raise the FEL bucket high, was to help move some stuff from ground, to top of roof. or i had to raise bucket so i could turn around, and not hit the fence posts. but as soon as i was done the FEL went right back to the ground, and hovers a couple inches above the ground. there is another exception, when i had some chains on a couple things. to lift them and put into back of a pickup truck. but all of these doings have been on flat even ground. and going a snail speed of movement. to reduce chance of hitting a bump or wheel going down into a rut and causing me and tractor to tip over.

    also try to go up and down hills. and try not to go across a hill horizontally. to easy to hit a small rut or hole (hole from a varment, to a dog, to your own previous tire tracts) which could send tractor over on its side.

    as others have said, do not go 100 MPH with pedal to the metal attitude. take it easy, take it slow. and over time build up speed as you get practice / experience.
    Ryan

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    Default Re: almost flipped the tractor, really need some help!

    Quote Originally Posted by tcartwri View Post
    Ah yes, but he wasn't lifting anything with the loader. He just didn't appreciate how heavy that clamshell was. I run around all the time with an empty loader and no ballast.
    Me too, although I remove the bucket whenever I don't need it to get rid of weight and help visibility. I wonder if he was backing up the hill using 4wd and that caused it to tip? I've heard 4wd referenced as a must for braking which I agree with, but a novice needs to know that backing up an incline with weight on the front can change the situation from rear wheel spin to what we have pictured here. The answer is to lower the bucket to nearly touching the ground. I have even drug the bucket a little to avoid tipping.
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    Default Re: almost flipped the tractor, really need some help!

    Quote Originally Posted by tcartwri View Post
    I think the manuals numbers are actually overkill. My ballast is only about 650 lbs and that is about half of Bobcats recommended number. But then again I'm on flat ground. I know if I had the OP's bucket and no ballast, I would be hanging the rear tires in the air going over minor dips.
    I don't think the manual weights are "overkill", but the manuals do suggest tailoring the ballast to the project at hand.
    My ballast (sand, in a ballast box) weighs about the same as yours, and I have added extra sand (in bags for "easy" removal) as required.
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    Default Re: almost flipped the tractor, really need some help!

    My land has lots of similar slopes and I've spent maybe 40 hours moving dirt on slopes like the one that tipped up the tractor.
    My setup is:
    Loaded(rimguard) R1's set at the maximum width.
    Normal bucket.
    Low range always.
    4wd always on slopes.
    1100lb box blade.


    You can use the box blade to push dirt in reverse down a slope very safely compared to using the loader, and its low usable ballast. I'd also get a normal light bucket for everyday use and put on the 4 in 1 when its needed.
    2011 DK40SE HST

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    Default Re: almost flipped the tractor, really need some help!

    Quote Originally Posted by AGGIE00 View Post
    Me too, although I remove the bucket whenever I don't need it to get rid of weight and help visibility. I wonder if he was backing up the hill using 4wd and that caused it to tip? I've heard 4wd referenced as a must for braking which I agree with, but a novice needs to know that backing up an incline with weight on the front can change the situation from rear wheel spin to what we have pictured here. The answer is to lower the bucket to nearly touching the ground. I have even drug the bucket a little to avoid tipping.
    We will see what he posts but this is about the only conditions I could see that would cause that. Looks like he just popped a wheelie.

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    Default Re: almost flipped the tractor, really need some help!

    I have another question from the pictures, related to the attachment of the strap to pull the tractor back. On one hand attaching to the high point helps the leverage angle, but in this case could pulling on the attachment rather than down at the drawbar area cause a problem at the weakest link(the top link itself or the top link mount on the tranny case?) Just asking...
    Dave

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