/ Terrified of tipping - how about an inclinometer? #41
- Feb 19, 2018
- Red Feather Lakes, CO
- Kubota L6060, KX040-4, M7060, X1100C, M62(S)
I have seen lots of references, good idea. However you have to be on the slope to know said slope..so still need to be careful.Alright, I admit it! I'm a crybaby when it comes to running any of my tractors on an incline. I'm terrified of tipping the machine on its side (or worse!). I know, fear is a good thing, but I get the heeby-jeebies whenever one of the rear wheels goes over a rock and the machine lifts up just a little on one side. On the 4600, if there's a little incline I'll often put down the stabilizers so if it does begin to tip, it will have something to rest on before it goes all the way over. Also, I'll turn the backoe over to the high side to add counter weight. Tires can be loaded, wheels weights added, and the wheels set for a wider track. All these things can, and should be done. But what about a way to measure how much the machine is leaning?
I find it odd that I have never seen any references to putting an inclinometer on the tractor dash. Has anybody done this? What about something like this? Amazon.com: Sun Company 201-F Lev-o-gage Inclinometer | USA-Made Level for Off-Road Vehicle, Jeep, Truck, RV, Camper, Trailer, or Boat: Industrial & Scientific
(I have no interest or involvement with promoting a product. I'm just asking.
Most importantly (as you are probably aware but will say it in case). Any loads you have (FEL, 3PT, ballast, etc) throw those base tractor incline ratings out the door. So really you can't rely on what the manufacturer says about the incline by itself.
Personally I just never go sideways on an incline. I live in the mountains so it is doable. You just have to plan the route before you go.