Boy, can I be stupid!!!

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SpringHollow

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Power Trac 1850, NH 2120
I still need to fix a few electrical problems on the 1850 but I thought I would have a few minutes of fun playing with it. Naturally, I went down my extremely wet trails that are just wet sticky clay. I went down a little ways and was impressed with how soft of a foot print it has even without the duals on. Then I decided enough of this so I put it in reverse and back up the hill. As I pushed on the treadle the thought went through my head that these are directional tires and reverse is not a good idea! Sure enough, the tires instantly slicked up with this goo and I was going no where. Had forks on so I could not use the bucket to get out. I thought about scraping out the clay and going forward and turn around but the clay was really stuck to the wheels. Fortunately, I was near the road and could hook up to my truck.

So then today I had a few minutes so I decided to at least mount my upper lights. The first picture shows the small lights under the FOPS. The forks are on the tractor in that picture and that is my 24 cuft bucket on the pallet. I still have to wire them but I will do that when I look into my electrical problems this weekend.

I also installed 2 slope indicators. With this tractor, I probably did not need any or I could have just installed one on a pivoting stud but I thought it would be nice to be able to calibrate my pucker factor. I installed them in the corner so they would be protected and I could still lean out the front if I needed to without hitting my head. See second picture.

So then I decide to drive the PT out of the barn and see how steep my driveway is. Well, I had to keep my hand on the FEL because the FEL kept dropping down. It was 34 degrees out but my other tractors never had this problem! With cold fluid, I would expect it would drop slower. Any ways, I decided to let it warm up. Now it is even worse! Finally, I decided I had better leave the bucket outside so I could work on the tractor this weekend and find out what was wrong. I pulled it into the barn and quickly looked at the tractor expecting to see hydraulic fluid all over but there was not. So I shut it down and flipped off the lights and noticed there was another switch flipped up - the draft control!!! I was resting a light there while working on the tractor and the cord must have pulled on it flipping the switch.

First getting stuck and now this - I am off to a good start!!! But I am having fun with the PT!!!!!!

Ken
 

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ksimolo said:
I still need to fix a few electrical problems on the 1850 but I thought I would have a few minutes of fun playing with it. Naturally, I went down my extremely wet trails that are just wet sticky clay. I went down a little ways and was impressed with how soft of a foot print it has even without the duals on. Then I decided enough of this so I put it in reverse and back up the hill. As I pushed on the treadle the thought went through my head that these are directional tires and reverse is not a good idea! Sure enough, the tires instantly slicked up with this goo and I was going no where. Had forks on so I could not use the bucket to get out. I thought about scraping out the clay and going forward and turn around but the clay was really stuck to the wheels. Fortunately, I was near the road and could hook up to my truck.

So then today I had a few minutes so I decided to at least mount my upper lights. The first picture shows the small lights under the FOPS. The forks are on the tractor in that picture and that is my 24 cuft bucket on the pallet. I still have to wire them but I will do that when I look into my electrical problems this weekend.

I also installed 2 slope indicators. With this tractor, I probably did not need any or I could have just installed one on a pivoting stud but I thought it would be nice to be able to calibrate my pucker factor. I installed them in the corner so they would be protected and I could still lean out the front if I needed to without hitting my head. See second picture.

So then I decide to drive the PT out of the barn and see how steep my driveway is. Well, I had to keep my hand on the FEL because the FEL kept dropping down. It was 34 degrees out but my other tractors never had this problem! With cold fluid, I would expect it would drop slower. Any ways, I decided to let it warm up. Now it is even worse! Finally, I decided I had better leave the bucket outside so I could work on the tractor this weekend and find out what was wrong. I pulled it into the barn and quickly looked at the tractor expecting to see hydraulic fluid all over but there was not. So I shut it down and flipped off the lights and noticed there was another switch flipped up - the draft control!!! I was resting a light there while working on the tractor and the cord must have pulled on it flipping the switch.

First getting stuck and now this - I am off to a good start!!! But I am having fun with the PT!!!!!!

Ken
Those slope indicaters are pretty cool!
 
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Here's a closeup of the slope indicators. They are the 7489C model from R&B Manufacturing who advertise on this site. (816) 587-9814 Welcome to R&B MFG. INC

They were very nice to talk to. I told him I saw his add on TBN but I did not want the discounted 15 degree model. He gave me a deal since I bought 3 meters (one was a 25 degree model).

The batteries went dead on the camera so I did not get any closeups of the lights. They are the small fog/driving lights from harbor freight.
 

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Thanks for the heads up on those slope indicators, I had an R&D on my JD 4115, but t only went to 35 Deg.
 
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ksimolo said:
Here's a closeup of the slope indicators. They are the 7489C model from R&B Manufacturing who advertise on this site. (816) 587-9814 Welcome to R&B MFG. INC

They were very nice to talk to. I told him I saw his add on TBN but I did not want the discounted 15 degree model. He gave me a deal since I bought 3 meters (one was a 25 degree model).

The batteries went dead on the camera so I did not get any closeups of the lights. They are the small fog/driving lights from harbor freight.
Thanks for the link, I might have to put that on my list. :)
 
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AltavistaLawn, are you the same Altavistalawn in central Va, I see on the lawncafe.com lawn forum? :eek:
 
 
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