First try roading the tractor. Turns out I'm not a fan....

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New Holland WM25 with 200LC front end loader, filled R4 tires 43X16.00-20 and 25X8.50-14 (had a Kubota B6200D with dozer and R1 tires)
There's a gas station with diesel 1.6 miles from the house and it's a beautiful clear day, great visibility, not a busy traffic time. So I decided to give roading a try. It felt very unnerving and I would up turning around just up the road.

The biggest surprise was that I can't go up a hill in top gear, and even a couple down from the top. That means I couldn't maintain even 10 mph. The tractor is 25 horsepower and 5,000 lbs. Unless I was doing something wrong, this simply means the power to weight ratio is extremely low relative to cars. I'd have figured it was lower of course, but didn't figure it was this much lower. There are two steep climbs on the way there, and one steep climb on the way back.

The other thing is that I take a little time to figure out what I'm doing, and the need to think fast on a public road is too critical. So I'm realizing driving it isn't going to be quite what I pictured, and it's threatening to stall on the hill, and I'm figuring out how to back it downhill into somebody's driveway to get out of people's way and turn around, and farting around with gearshifts and whatnot, when ALL my attention should be on the car right behind me and on whatever is about to crest the hill coming the other way. This is probably 500 feet from the end of my own driveway.

Unless I'm missing some major clue about how to do this, I think this means lugging the cans on my little rear hitch platform on the station wagon, and leaving the roading for people with much smoother experience and/or more powerful tractors.
 
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Tractor - 25 hp - 5000 lbs = 200 lbs / 1 hp

Car - 250 hp - 3000 lbs = 12 lbs / 1 hp

:)

Bruce
 
   / First try roading the tractor. Turns out I'm not a fan.... #3  
Your WM 25 is essentially the same as mine, but with a darker shade of blue. These are definitely NOT made for public roads. Haul your cans, or get a barrel.

And don't buy road diesel from the corner gas station. Find a source for red dyed off road/AG diesel and save 50 cents or so per gallon in road taxes.
 
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Make sure you don't have 4WD engaged when roading the tractor.

Is it HST or geared?

NH website does list the tractor as a 2469 lbs tractor.
 
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170 hp at 3322 = 20 lbs / hp, for my car. The tractor is ten times less powerful per pound! I should have realized the car wouldn't go 100 mph up that steep hill, maybe not even half that, so the tractor's not doing 10.
 
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So glad that you posted this to let other Tractor owners know about Road travel
I was considering driving mine to the Local Gas station less than a mile from my place. But I would have to travel a very Busy road.
I my self have decided that even tho the Gas station is so close the Traffic made me decide No going to the Gas station with my Tractor.
 
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And don't buy road diesel from the corner gas station. Find a source for red dyed off road/AG diesel and save 50 cents or so per gallon in road taxes.

Man it would be AWESOME if there was anyplace near me that sold dyed fuel... there MIGHT, MIGHT be one place I've heard rumors about, 25 miles away.
 
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Where did the 5000#'s come from for that tractor ?
 
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Make sure you don't have 4WD engaged when roading the tractor.

Is it HST or geared?

NH website does list the tractor as a 2469 lbs tractor.

Geared. And I did think to have 4WD disengaged.

I have a FEL on it which adds almost 1000 lbs, and an 800 lb ballast box, and filled R4 rears, so it is weighted down a good deal more than the bare tractor. I'd be at least 20% lighter if I left the ballast and the bucket off, but I don't think I was within 20% of feeling roadworthy.
 
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Sounds awfully underpowered for a 5000lb tractor. You might concider staying in a lot lower gear.
 
 
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