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post #16 of 25 Old 08-06-2019, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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What part of MA are you in. I am originally from Somerset, and did field service all over the state. You don't have to post it, I understand😃
I'm in beautiful downtown Stow. No ski slopes, but lots of golf courses and apple orchards. Only a few goats <img src="https://www.mytractorforum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
Nice area up 117. Very rural. Reminds me of where we are now, minus all the snow. I don't miss the snow at all. Left my snow removal equipment with the house when we sold it. None of it were gravelys. Now when it snows, we take a picture quickly before it's gone.

That and a 7 month growing season. Thanks for all the help.
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post #17 of 25 Old 08-06-2019, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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I find an L model doesn't need weights on the deck, esp if you have a battery. I kind of like the well-balanced feeling of being able to push down the bars one-handed to float the deck over obstacles. But you should set up your machine the way you want.

Using a 106 deck on a kohler powered machine is a different story; you definitely want the weight there.
Put a battery in the L8, while it improved, it still seems a bit light and wants to wheely going up hill. I live in a pretty hilly area, so will add some weight to make it balance the way I like it. On flat ground it is perfect, but not much of that around here.
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post #18 of 25 Old 08-06-2019, 07:31 PM
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Do you have dual wheels? That and AG tread tires makes for a unbeatable hill machine. I have tried to turn mine over several times and it won't do it, it just slides down the hill.

You will also find after using it awhile, that you need to go with the flow and not try to fight it too much. It will wear you out if you try to control it too much. If you have a steep hill and want to mow it sideways, just start at one corner and gently keep it going sideways, but if it wants to go diagonal and slide down the hill, let it, and modify your mowing pattern to suit. A lot less work that way. There is a learning curve to it.
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post #19 of 25 Old 08-06-2019, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Do you have dual wheels? That and AG tread tires makes for a unbeatable hill machine. I have tried to turn mine over several times and it won't do it, it just slides down the hill.

You will also find after using it awhile, that you need to go with the flow and not try to fight it too much. It will wear you out if you try to control it too much. If you have a steep hill and want to mow it sideways, just start at one corner and gently keep it going sideways, but if it wants to go diagonal and slide down the hill, let it, and modify your mowing pattern to suit. A lot less work that way. There is a learning curve to it.
No dual wheel at least for now. I really just go up or down the hills to get to where I want to mow brush. When I go up the hill the front end wants to lift up and I have to lift up on the handles to keep it down. Even with a battery it does this, just not as badly. I will sort it out. I have much lead and can make a mold in any shape I want, so it won't be a problem. How does dual wheel help for traction going up hills? Would they be worth having for general use. It does have AG tread tires now.

I tried to fight it at first, now i let it go and just persuade it. Was clearing along a fence line today and had a great time. Cleaned under a couple of hickory trees to make it easier to harvest nuts. I am really enjoying these tractors. Nice to be able to use a scalpel instead of an axe. Tractors can only get you so much precision.

Thanks for the tips.
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post #20 of 25 Old 08-08-2019, 09:06 PM
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Dual wheels changes it's personality dramatically, and makes it a real working tractor. More traction, more weight, and a wider stance. Dual wheels are worth every penny it takes to convert it.
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post #21 of 25 Old 08-09-2019, 06:57 AM
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Dual wheels changes it's personality dramatically, and makes it a real working tractor. More traction, more weight, and a wider stance. Dual wheels are worth every penny it takes to convert it.
Lnk,
Let me echo what franklin2 stated... dual wheels are absolutely incredible!!! I brush cut some very steep and sandy banks by our creek. Previously, I did this with just a pair of ag tires and it worked ME really hard because I was having to use a lot of 'body english' to keep the machine on track PLUS there were many sections that I simply could not access. Then, I picked up my fourth machine and as part of the package it came with a set of dual wheels. Some time passed and after reading on mytractorforum about the benefits of the dual wheels, I pulled these from my shed and installed the set. I have not removed them since that day! The improvement FAR exceeded whatever I could have imagined. The tractor's ability to perform on hills and banks has improved tremendously. The stability is... well, the machine is going where you point it. I can cut many more areas than I was I simply could not safely reach before. The only downside that I have experienced is that if you are cutting near trees, one needs to be very careful because more than once the extra stanch can grab a hold of a tree and swing the operator and machine as the Gravely tries to climb the tree.

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I'll join the throng. Duals are great for marginal traction situations, hills or other rough ground. When I was using my first L8 as the primary mowing machine, I ended up with wanting them due to the ups and downs in my lawn.

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They *do* make it noticably harder to turn tightly. You get to practice your technique of not trying to muscle the tractor around

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post #23 of 25 Old 08-09-2019, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Sound like. Need to find a set of duals. At least for the C8, still not sure what the L is going to best used for. Will wait until I run her a bit to see what speeds I am dealing with. I do have an older brunch mower, with the two holes in the cap. Locked up right now but I will tear it down and see what it needs. It is an old 4 bolt, and is stamped 102 on the casting. I just know it is not a 106. Perhaps it can be my fence line mower.
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I for one would like to see a dual wheel LS w/ GRW too! Would go anywhere.
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post #25 of 25 Old 08-09-2019, 10:08 AM
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I for one would like to see a dual wheel LS w/ GRW too! Would go anywhere.
I've never seen dual adapters for GRWs. It sure would be a beast!

I have run GRWs on one of my LS's. Talk about a crawler! It turns out that an LS with GRWs in low speed is just about exactly the same speed as a mountaineer in low/low/low

I keep meaning to mount a set of extension axles, and put GRWs on the ends. That would be nearly as cool as dual GRWs . . .

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