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Re: (ET) Tractor down!
Ok, that's out of my system. That said, I think that part of the problem
here is the lifting the tractor with the lift and blade. If the blade
mounts like the blower, then the weight is supposed to be shared between
the front stabs , the lift assembly, and the arm pins.
When you push down and lift the tractor, you're lifting a lot more than
the blower weight, and you're putting all of the force on the pins. As
well as the torque from the lift arm at the nost of the tractor. Very
little is going onto the stabs. Thus it overloaded the pins and snapped
the weakest part in half.
I'd say don't do that again. The Elec-trak is a great device but it's
not invulnerable. I've also heard reports of them breaking with the
front end loaders full of stuff.
Side note: If you do use a lift arm to lift the tractor, NEVER go under
it. If the frame brakes it will squish your head like a grape. I always
use a pair of jackstands, even when I run the front up on a ramp.
Kleinbrahm, Bob wrote:
A major mishap happened to my E20 this last weekend when out using my
dozer blade to do some weed removal work. I was using the blade to
remove patches of Star Thistle weed by forcing blade into the ground and
then digging it out. This worked just fine until I noticed the front
wheels were behaving funny, they seemed not to respond to turns and were
almost touching frame of tractor. I jumped off and looked under front
steering unit and discovered that I had lost the bolt that holds the
steering arm to the undercarriage of the tractor. This allowed the
front wheel assembly to work loose and detach from the mount. I use a
18” satellite actuator arm attached to the front of the tractor to raise
and lower the blade assembly. I raised the front of tractor off the
ground using the blade to push down into the earth to lift it up. I
have done this on many occasions and found it to be easy to do when a
need presented itself. However, this time it literally broke the
tractor frame on both sides just behind the arm attachment pins. The
break(s) came as a complete surprise to me with the front battery
compartment being the only thing holding the unit together. I managed
to gingerly move the tractor back to the garage without further damage.
I now am faced with a weld job to put frame back in one piece and really
am at a loss as to why this happened. Only thing I can think of is that
frame must have been welded in the past and the sudden loss of steering
caused fractures to happen. Has anyone had a similar experience with
these tractors? Mine was a real work tractor that has dug, tilled &
mowed flawlessly for years.
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