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    I agree with Gary Fowler - the front axle limit stop does increase the stability. If comparing with an old tricycle front tractor, there is also the advantage of tire spread vs. the 2 fronts together. The 2 close spaced fronts tended to dig in which also hurt stability. Front spacers will increase stability but most fronts do not have a super large bearing spread and front spacers could create a front bearing life problem. On the tricycle front stability issue - back in the days it was not uncommon to hear of a friend/neighbor/relative dumping his tractor. Most cases involved pulling the tractor back upright because the rollovers often were on fairly level ground. My closest neighbor, however, ended up living his retirement as a paraplegic because he was on a side slope when his Farmall H rolled breaking his back and pinning him underneath. My father was upset when I bought this place from him and quickly replaced his old H with my first kubota CUT, ROPS equipped. As for the rollovers - whenever I helped right a tipped tractor it was turn the engine over 2 revolutions or more with the hand crank before using the starter but I never had one that was locked. They did smoke a lot for a bit after starting.
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    Mine are Broteks and I was very impressed and they also make installing the wheels easier because now you will have studs to hang the wheel on instead of trying to line up holes to insert bolts.
    I do not mow so no interference issues , also helped give more room for chains.

    As for dog he died a year ago, a good one though and replaced since by a mischievious Aussie Shepherd we love.
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    BX2660, plus weight box, middle buster and toothbar, and now Agri 40" rototiller, Brotek Wheel spacers ! oh and some home made forks too, and a Wallenstein BX42 Chipper and now a tow behind woodsplitter.and a TMI 48 Rotary Cutter..and 51 inch Agri Ease Snowblower...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GolfAddict View Post
    If you have a MMM, be aware that the wheels will interfere if you have the 54" deck. You can install them and have no issues with the 60" deck, but only to a certain width of spacers (I think 2", but can't remember for sure). Unfortunately, I have the 54" deck and can't use spacers.
    I am not sure I understand the issue. I have a 60" mid-mower. Is the issue due to tires being too close to the deck rollers at the rear corners of the deck or something?

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    Default Re: Tipped my BX25 FEL & BH on its side - what precautions to take before starting en

    Some mornings ya just wake up cranky. That and too little sleep

    Just about every tractor I've driven has different dimensions and weights from the previous one, so there are no absolute measurements, thus no absolute answers. The article said the CG was 10 inches up and 15 inches forward from the axle if I recall. Maybe on one tractor that is true, I doubt that is true for my BX (too big) and for some of the new giant MFWD tractors, that is probably too small. Gary had mentioned his front end only pivoted 2 or 3 inches. My question is, measured where? At the wheel? That sounds like a BX sized tractor to me (but that's how this thread started so that's fair). I know I've seen 75-100 hp tractors with way more pivot than that. I don't think that inches is as important as the stop angle. While I know I said it offers no additional stability (poorly worded on my part), I recognize there is certainly *some* advantage before a roll over. My point was that if you have already tilted far enough to hit the stops, you probably are already in trouble (or at least you certainly feel like you're in trouble) with 1 wheel in the air. There is some margin there where the front end will keep you from going over. And yes, making the front end wider could prevent it completely (picture a 20 foot wide front end). Realistically though, we're talking about adding an inch or 3. Thus there will be some added benefit preventing the complete roll-over. But up to the point of hitting the stop, there will be no additional protection (force to counter the roll) with or without the spacers and from the driver's seat it will feel just as tippy. Logically, you know you have added some safety margin, but can your brain convince your butt?

    Hopefully, I worded it better this afternoon than I did this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xring100 View Post
    3 point ballast boxes shift the cg rear ward and help transfer weight off the front wheels but most of the time it wont lower the cg height significantly in fact on smaller tractors it provably certainly raises it.
    I'm skeptical, unless you're riding with the 3ph raised much higher than necessary. As long as the CG of the ballast box is level with or below the CG of the tractor, it wouldn't raise the CG of the tractor-ballast-box system, right? So how tall are most ballast boxes, and how high is the CG of most tractors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshuabardwell View Post
    I'm skeptical, unless you're riding with the 3ph raised much higher than necessary. As long as the CG of the ballast box is level with or below the CG of the tractor, it wouldn't raise the CG of the tractor-ballast-box system, right? So how tall are most ballast boxes, and how high is the CG of most tractors?
    I think the main advantage of 3ph ballast is to move the centre of gravity back towards the rear axle. This helps side stability as well because the rear axle doesn't pivot. So even if you have some strange tall ballast that does raise the CG a couple inches, moving weight from the front axle to the rear axle makes the tractor more stable.
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    The premise that the lines define the tractors "stability baseline" is incorrect. It would hold true ONLY if you had a solid mounted front axle with absolutely no provision for it to pivot. To my knowledge, no tractor is built that way.


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    Quote Originally Posted by joshuabardwell View Post
    I'm skeptical, unless you're riding with the 3ph raised much higher than necessary. As long as the CG of the ballast box is level with or below the CG of the tractor, it wouldn't raise the CG of the tractor-ballast-box system, right? So how tall are most ballast boxes, and how high is the CG of most tractors?

    according to the PDF on stability that vtsnowedin posted it can be approximated around 10" above the center line of the rear axle. These pictures show where i normally carry my ballast box aka my carry all if it has weight in it the cg is definitely higher than 10" above the center line of the rear axle. The Cg of most tractors will be several inches below the drivers rear end assuming the loader is down low and 3 pt implements are not really high in the air. I don't want to drive over something like a rock or tree stump and rip my ballast box off my tractor same can be said for backing up.
    Sub compact owners are more worse off than larger tractors i would be willing to be that most of the time with their ballast boxes they have the 3pt about as high as it will go to get descent ground clearance and departure angles so they don't get stuck on stuff when changing grade. SCUTS are going to be more likely to tip than larger tractors as a bx is 44" wide larger utility tractors are nearly double that in width. Larger tractors can carry the FEL 3 feet off the ground with a load and lower the CG of the tractor. SCUTS having the loader 3ft off the ground with load likely raises the CG as my buddies Compact B2400's hood is not as tall as my front tires which are about 3feet tall. .

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    Default Re: Tipped my BX25 FEL & BH on its side - what precautions to take before starting en

    Quote Originally Posted by Mace Canute View Post
    The premise that the lines define the tractors "stability baseline" is incorrect. It would hold true ONLY if you had a solid mounted front axle with absolutely no provision for it to pivot. To my knowledge, no tractor is built that way.


    Those lines are perfectly fine once the axle hits the stop its a solid linkage and the axle pushed back on the frame trying to keep it from tipping. Prior to the axle hitting the stop your assumption is correct front axle only keeps the front end off the ground. Assuming the load transfers slowly onto the axle stop the tractor won't go over. if the load transfers with speed, due to momentum your probably going over. Remembers car and trucks are not rigid either granted they don't pivot exactly like a tractor axle, but trucks with leaf springs up front have similar motion. A jeep with no sway bar (rock Crawler) can have the body lean way over and assuming the cg stays within side the stability lines he doesn't flip make his truck really narrow and he will flip every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GolfAddict View Post
    If you have a MMM, be aware that the wheels will interfere if you have the 54" deck. You can install them and have no issues with the 60" deck, but only to a certain width of spacers (I think 2", but can't remember for sure). Unfortunately, I have the 54" deck and can't use spacers.
    Howdy, you are correct about 2" spacers with the 60" deck, but you can also have spacers with a 54" deck .. 2" LHS 1.5" RHS check page 4 of this thread http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/k...cers-work.html

    As for tipping a tractor, each time I have done it has sucked engine oil through the rocker cover breather pipe, through the air filter and into the cylinders, ran away the first time but stalled the second, no harm done on each occasion. Took out the injectors and exhaust manifold and turned the motor over as described to blow out the oil. This was a hassle so now use a BX with spacers for mowing.

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