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    Fuel Stabilizer for new Z Turn

    I don't know how Sta-Bil actually works, but it is fully miscible with gasoline and diesel, so it will not form a layer on top. I use it in the fuel for my ZTR, Chainsaw, weed whacker, UTV and tractor, as none of these are used frequently enough to assure fresh fuel turnover. So far, I have not...
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    I guarantee, if you hit an unseen obstacle in the woods, even at low speed, your foot would jerk away from the clutch pedal. And if the tractor really did start to do a wheelie, at 1 mph with a 50" tire, it would take about 2s to reach 90 degrees, the point of no return. My bet is you would have...
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    I used a 1974 Ford 4010, I think. It was about 53 Hp, as I recall, and dry weight a bit over 5000#. It had a 3-speed trans and a high and low range. Low range was pretty slow in 1st gear. We added wheel weights to the front, so it was pretty stable. But it was a 2WD tractor, so it was not that...
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    Actually it does have to do with the transmission. If you have a gear drive, it will not stop unless you push in the clutch. This requires fast action and coordination. With an HST, if your foot goes off the HST pedal, which it will do when you start to flip or rollover, it will stop. So it...
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    It depends on the use. If the main use is mowing/brush cutting, extra weight just wases fuel moving the tractor around. But for heavy pulling and FEL work, weight is quite important. That is why I chose the Mahindra over the Kubota, though I have had a Kubota in the past. But the Mahindra weighs...
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    I have used 1/2" cable chokers. I prefer chain chokers, as they are not springy and are easier to rig with grab hooks. They are rather heavy though. I have not broken any designated chain chokers, even though I have exceeded their load rating. I guess they use pretty good chain stock.
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    Bad assumption on your part. I have used a gear drive tractor for over 30 years. I have never operated it the way you describe. Perhaps that is why I am still alive. But what I am talking about is physics, not operator error.
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    I have used gear drives tractors in the field. No problem. I am specifically cautioning against their use in the woods, for small logging use. It is true that for PTO efficiency, gear is better. But I can run an 8' dual spindle brush cutter with my 5035, which has a bare engine rating of 49 hp...
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    It is not about stopping. It is about keeping the tractor from flipping. It takes very little time for a tractor to go 90 degrees, or to flip over if you hit an unseen stump. I am talking times of less than 0.5 seconds. Meanwhile, you are being tossed around in a way that makes it unlikely you...
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    My FEL is a 4-way and is quite heavy. The bucket weighs about 1000#. But I usually fill it up with firewood for additional front end weight.
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    Ditto. I have had both. I have a mild preference for the treadle pedal, but my Mahindra has a dual pedal design, and I have no problem with it.
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    While that is true, the top link will never be in compression while lifting an implement or mowing. Only when plowing or possibly discing will this happen.
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    I have to add my 2 cents worth. I would not recommend EVER using any kind of gear drive tractor for logging, stump pulling, etc., unless it is weighted so heavily in the front that it cannot possibly do a wheelie, especially when pulling a log that if lifted up so the pulling force goes to the...
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    To my amazement, I found I could pull a 60 foot long, 20" diameter log at the butt end, up a 5-10 degree slope with my Mahindra 5035. I use a quick hitch with a towbar on the lower link end as a dragging device. I use the upper link to get the log off the ground when I can get the tractor close...
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    I hope to get a logging winch for cases like that someday.
 
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