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mcmanigal 113468 310 Hard Pull either
Hard Pull
A JD 9400T seeding winter wheat on SRS Ranches near The
Dalles, Oregon. Plenty of power (425 HP) but this pitch
causes the tractor to spin the tracks a little ( OK, a lot)
Operator Dave Wilson has cheated away from the fence a
little just in case the drill should drift down the hill.
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I live in an area of Ohio that have fields a mile long and
only drop 6"!! The tractors are made to go straight, not
skid? How long can todays tractors work in field conditions
like this before giving you problems? Do they hold up well
running that hard? How long do the tracks last running
sideways like that. My niebor runs a JD 9420T and a JD
9300. Just curious, Thanks!! :-)
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Hi there 4WDman! Well, they really hold up pretty well.
The Challenger 65B that I am running to spray ahead of
the drill has over 7000 hours on it.We are a little
disappointed in the track wear on the 9400T, but it has
more to do with them spinning on turns than running on
steep slopes.( the right track is worn more; lots of left
turns)We are very pleased with the overall performance of
the 9400T; it handles this air cart and 45' drill very well.
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Awesome pictures John. That is one of the issues that I
wish the factories would address on these two track
machines, is the drawbar mounting design. There has been
millions and millions of dollars spent on transmission
design, but only about three cents on how to actually pull
something with the multimillion dollar transmission.;-)
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hey John sounds like 4WDman's field in Ohio would make a
good rice field, flooding that boy would be a dream!! might
be a little to cold to plant March 15th?????? fellas this
field levees are on 8-10inch drops!! Happy plantings from
down here in hurricane land!
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Well, that sounds good to me!! Just wondered about how well
the tracks kept up. I know they are not cheap to replace!!
Could some one explain to me water leveling? I have seen
it in JD sales videos and a few older Steiger ads. Just
wonder how it works. I don't get out much!!:-D

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4WDman the basic concept of water leveling is to suspend
dirt in water and when it settles it would become level
started here in 50-60's for many reasons for leveling,
control grasses& they found it would help in suppression of
a wild rice we call red rice many new advances came from
this farm practice we found we could move dirt in water more
efficiently thus we could enlarge the area between our
levees and even remove some levees if the drop was not to
much, dry planted drill rice levees were made at 4 inch drop
on water level fields levees are @ 6-10 inch depends on how
flat your ground is, now they are doing research with laser
leveling in the water, most fields here are rotated rice one
year soybeans another so levees have to be pulled every
other year in a given field some leveling has to be done to
maintain level ground, a big reason I water level is I can
pull levees in Fall after bean harvest, plow,catch Winter
rains water level sometime in Jan-Feb. an start planting
March 10=15th it dosen't restricte window to plant and dirt
has about 30 days to settle so soil loss is almost 0 we have
sandy loam 95% of dirt will settle in 7 days. The bad part
is it's hard on equipment especially those farmers that
don't know how to clean equipment!:-\ PS in this photo
tractor is cutting levees to drop water off field has been
planted by airplane
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Thanks for the info :-), that is a lot different than
anything I have ever heard of. I collect 4WD tractor
literature and different items. I saw in the Woods &
Copeland literature that they built tractors for tuff
conditions like water leveling rice fileds. I also have
pics of it in Steiger ads. I have seen it done in videos,
John Deere 8000 series sales video shows a 8400 water
leveling. I just never really knew what it was all about.
You said you plant with a plane? I guess it would be hard
to pull a planter/drill through water:-\? Do you plant
beans the same way? How do you get the plane to drop
anywhere near enough seed? I would like to see that some
time!! Thanks!!

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I am from the Mountains of North Carolina. We farm flat
river bottom land as well as some very steep slopes. Some of
which are in the same field.
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