I have found what appears to be a nice Sunstar 20h with a few attachments w? 1000hrs a few hours away. The owner bought it from his FIL and really doesn't know much about it. I am wondering if it has a diff lock with 2 speed rear end, as the pics really don't show that area well. If it just has the traction control, will that work fine with the FEL? I have read certain rear tires are more desirable? Anything else to look for "if" I drive to see it.
The Peerless 2500 in my MF1655 doesn't have a diff lock, but I never missed it doing FEL work. Now that I have a SCUT with diff lock, I realize that it would have been helpful in a few situations, just not essential.
I've found that the 26x12-12 turfs when loaded with Rim Guard and equipped with 2-link chains and a set of wheel weights makes for a formidable loader tractor. For payloads in excess of 400-500 lb, a counterweight of 200-500 lb on the 3PH is very desirable.
More aggressive tires may suit your ground conditions better if it's soft, but GT loader work in soft or wet ground conditions is iffy at best. The problem is with the smaller diameter front
tires when carrying a payload. They tend to sink in soft soil due to the extra load and can stop the tractor. Flotation is the name of the game for front tires, and aggressive treads tend to sink more than turfs or highway rated utility trailer tires. A 500 lb payload applies something in the order of 1600 lb to the front tires. Front wheel traction for steering is not
a problem for a FEL equipped GT. I've had 18x9.50-8 trailer tires on the front for about 20 years of service.
That is a good candidate for a FEL. The power steering is a bonus that was not included with my MF1655.
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