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Old 03-16-2011, 12:00 PM   post #1 of 12
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Default 3 Point Hitch Stabilizer Bar Question

Is there any 3PH attachment that you should NOT use the lower link stabilizer bars with?
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:06 PM   post #2 of 12
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I use various cutters, boom and plows and use the stabilizer chains on all of these. I always leave a little play to allow the attachment to move slightly to reduce stress in the event I bump something while working.
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:36 PM   post #3 of 12
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Default Re: 3 Point Hitch Stabilizer Bar Question

Just to clarify, I'm asking about the extra stabilizer bar you can attach to the lower arms of the 3PH, like this:

http://www.tractorsupply.com/agricul...versal-0267903
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Old 03-16-2011, 08:43 PM   post #4 of 12
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Default Re: 3 Point Hitch Stabilizer Bar Question

They are ok for side sway reduction unless your mowing. then only use 1.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:47 AM   post #5 of 12
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Why would you just use one stabilizer when mowing?
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:38 PM   post #6 of 12
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Default Re: 3 Point Hitch Stabilizer Bar Question

It still allows lateral movement arond fence or trees.Brush cutters need some lateral movement especially in thick grass to help buildup on the skid plates to discharge or recut.
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:15 PM   post #7 of 12
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It still allows lateral movement arond fence or trees.Brush cutters need some lateral movement especially in thick grass to help buildup on the skid plates to discharge or recut.
That's interesting.....Thanks
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:23 PM   post #8 of 12
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The stabilizer bar serves the basically the same funtion as the chains on my ford, limit the side to side play. I leave them with a slight amount of free play to serve the same funtion as Walterboatwright using one stabilizer bar. Sorry I wasn't very clear in my original posting.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:27 PM   post #9 of 12
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Default Re: 3 Point Hitch Stabilizer Bar Question

If you're mowing with any of my tractors with only one sway chain hooked up you would have the lift arm rubbing against the tire if you are an a bank and the chain is on the low side. I keep both of mine on all of the time. When I'm putting up rows or cultivating they are also tight. If they had any slack I would be digging up whatever crop I'm working.
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:23 PM   post #10 of 12
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Hi, the bar type stabilizer should normally be used in pairs for all implements other than ground engaging ones,ie plows cultivators,ect. Only one exception I've seen was on a MF cutterbar mower (732) it had a mechanism which rested on the left lift arm leaving the right side stabilizer in use, which was ok because it was acting to prevent the mower from moving to the left, the only force when cutting as the cutterbar was to the right thus pulling the stabilizer only, hope this helps.
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You do NOT use stabilizer bars with a plow. (moldboard plow) It should be able to move left or right as needed to allow the tractor to make small corrections in steering. With stabilizer bars, the plow would hold the tractor in a straight line like a boat with the rudder locked in place. A well adjusted plow will track behind the tractor in the proper alignment.

I do NOT use stabilizer bars when using a 3-point mounted disc for the same reasons.
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You do NOT use stabilizer bars with a plow. (moldboard plow) It should be able to move left or right as needed to allow the tractor to make small corrections in steering. With stabilizer bars, the plow would hold the tractor in a straight line like a boat with the rudder locked in place. A well adjusted plow will track behind the tractor in the proper alignment.

I do NOT use stabilizer bars when using a 3-point mounted disc for the same reasons.
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