/ Terrified of tipping - how about an inclinometer? #81
Once you become in tune with your equipment, you are going to know when it gets tire light. Keep the clutch covered.
once the rear tire lifts it will loose traction and the machine will tilt until it reaches the stop block on the front end or the bucket touches down.
probably a job for tracked skid steer with low center of gravity.
I had to hook my truck to my ROP yesterday at a 90 degree angle to my travel path to get my 5105 out of the pond. Sometimes you don’t get second chances though. Be familiar with your controls essential .
I agree about your comment of “not reliable” on these guages.My 2 cents: the gauge is nifty, but not reliable. Reliability of the gauge changes based upon height of loader and implements.
I suggest increasing width of rear tire spread and filling tires/wheel weight. Tire/wheel weight should lower your center of gravity increasing stability. Wider rear tread depth should also increase your stability.
Of course a front tire dropping into a low spot (hole or ditch) can still cause issues. Thus a good standard operating practice is to keep your loader and implements as close to the ground as is reasonable and to minimize travel across a slope when possible, traveling up and down sloes is safest.
If you experience a pucker factor moment, stop immediately! Always have your head in the game for what you are doing!
I also understand that if I can create a max angle that I would visit, and in that angle I include a good bit of safety for unknown obstacles of whatever % of safety I’m willing to accept, then I would no longer have a fear of running the tractor at a generally accepted angle that is say 95% safe for most all conditions over continually pushing the line to 60 or 70% safe … which is a scary proposition.
That safety factor will no doubt change the way you work, and will have some impact on the work you may take on for yourself, or work for others.
I like plenty of safety factor as I’m a newbie here… I need that.
A more experienced operator with much more than my 400 hours may have a differing opinion based on their abilities and experience.
It’s all good!