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    plain water in tires.

    The main considerations with tire fluids appear to be in this order, based on the popularity of the various liquids used: 1. Freezing point 2. Corrosion potential 3. Cost 4. All other considerations (density per gallon, toxicity, flammability, hassle of handling, availability, etc.) The main...
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    Should I even think about 2 wheel drive

    If your tractor gets stuck on flat wet grass without MFWD engaged you either have the wrong kind of tires, tires that are way past needing replaced, or are massively under-ballasted on the rear axle.
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    Should I even think about 2 wheel drive

    Yes. The ones that are not center-articulated with identically-sized front and rear wheels are classified as either front wheel assist or front wheel drive as the rears provide most of the tractive force. There are two different types of methods to drive the front axle, the very first ones were...
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    Should I even think about 2 wheel drive

    You are not crazy at all. A larger tractor will be more stable and have more pull than a smaller tractor, particularly if you get a full-sized utility tractor with filled ag tires and are going up from a subcompact. The amount of additional pull a MFWD tractor will give over an otherwise...
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    Tire and Row Spacing

    The wheel type also can give some adjustment as well. You could change a welded wheel where there is only "dished in" and "dished out" to a demountable ("8 position") wheel where you have a separate disc and rim or a power-adjust wheel with the spiraled bars that you can adjust in or out. You...
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    Tire and Row Spacing

    I don't know a book specifically but you can simply look up the answer to specific questions like these online. I'll answer a few I know off of the top of my head. Common row spacing is half of your wheel centerline spacing. For example, if you run 30" rows, you want a 60" wheel centerline...
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    Mowing Bush Hog for Dummies

    1.-3. Both slip clutches and shear pins protect the driveline of the mower. Both will do the job. Which one you choose is a personal preference, neither is a deal breaker. Slip clutches have the advantage of being resettable after they slip by simply lifting the mower off of the obstruction...
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    Some one wanted to know if we'd buy an EV tractor

    1. California has banned sales of new internal combustion engined-vehicles by 2035. This does not specifically mention battery-powered vehicles by name but there are no powered vehicles smaller than a submarine that are "zero [carbon dioxide] emissions" powered by anything other than electric...
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    Some one wanted to know if we'd buy an EV tractor

    Golf carts are a usage scenario where battery power makes quite a bit of sense and as a result the majority of the market chose to spontaneously adopt battery-powered golf carts without being forced to do so. The market spontaneously moves from one technology to another when the second one gives...
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    Some one wanted to know if we'd buy an EV tractor

    It does not say what the charge rate is, but the battery is listed as 60 kWh. If it uses typical battery-powered car charge rates of 7.2-9.6 kW it would be about 6-9 hours of charging for the estimated 4 hours of use. It could be faster but given that the 7.2-9.6 kW charge rate takes a 40-50 amp...
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    Some one wanted to know if we'd buy an EV tractor

    The average monthly electricity usage is 877 kWh according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. 22.5 HP is 16.785 kW, so if you ran your tractor at full power for 12 hours, it would use 201 kWh of electricity. That would be very close to a typical week's worth of electricity for an average...
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    Some one wanted to know if we'd buy an EV tractor

    Running anything except for a small compact tractor for a short period of time from a battery will be completely impractical due to the weight and cost of the battery, the amount of current you will draw to feed the charger to recharge the battery in a reasonable time period, and the huge...
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    Deere 5055E - help finding some kind of a cab so I don't freeze another winter

    The R4s on a 5055E are smaller, the rears are 16.9-24s versus (usually) 16.9-28s for ag tires on a 5055E. The rears could be 14.9-28 ag tires but I've only ever seen 14.9-28s on 5045Es, the other 3 cylinder 5Es always wore 16.9-28 ag rears. The fronts are quite a bit smaller too, they are...
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    Who’s cutting hay?

    Sickle mowers leave the grass nice and even in the swath because they just snip the plants' stalks and they fall over the sicklebar when it passes. Any kind of rotary mower has some propensity to propel what it has cut in a direction tangential to the rotation of the cutterhead, such as how your...
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    Who’s cutting hay?

    Hay around here has been going fast as well, I sold all of the extra round bales and some small squares (didn't really intend to sell any but had extra) within a week of making them just by word of mouth and people stopping by to ask. I should get a second cutting and sell all of that too unless...
 
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