Stuck in the pond

   / Stuck in the pond #61  
Doesn’t the tractor run duels
No
as well as much taller front tires and a lot better weight distribution?
Taller front tires, yes, but you said a backhoe weighs more. Why we changing subject to tire height?
The backhoe definitely has lousy traction in mud but putting R1s on it wouldn’t make a revolutionary difference. It’s still going to get stuck all the time.
It would make a difference. if it didn’t, they wouldn’t be offering R-1’s now would they?
 
   / Stuck in the pond #62  
No

Taller front tires, yes, but you said a backhoe weighs more. Why we changing subject to tire height?

It would make a difference. if it didn’t, they wouldn’t be offering R-1’s now would they?

I didn’t say it wouldn’t make a difference. I said revolutionary differences. The backhoe will never complete with the tractor in mud. It’s at numerous disadvantages.
 
   / Stuck in the pond #63  
Well, it finally happened. I've only got about 100 hours on my yanmar YT 359 tractor. Just long enough to feel comfortable and try and do something I probably shouldn't have.
I was adding a run for my meat pigs to have access to the pond for water. I got a little too aggressive on how far I could drive out and scrape backwards with the bucket. My pond has a lot of that super sticky, gross, squishy, black muck, and I sure enough got stuck.
I tried all of the tricks with pushing the bucket down and lifting the front and going backwards and everything I could possibly do. I had it in four-wheel drive and the diff lock engaged, everything to no avail.
I ended up getting my farm truck out with a long chain to help move the tractor backwards. The wife was kind enough to steer the truck while I worked the tractor backwards.
Moral of the story, don't bite off more than you can chew, or dig!!
Truthfully we have all been there, the man that hasn't made a mistake hasn't done anything!
 
   / Stuck in the pond #64  
It happens. I got my tractor stuck in a similar, but not quite as bad situation while I was working on my new home build during a 100 year rain/flood event. A contractor with a large track steer was on the property and pulled me out.

After a heavy rain event, I also dropped the entire left side to the frame of my lightly loaded, 4wd, ext. cab, diesel RAM 2500 in a filled in trench previously dug by the power company. When I opened the driver's door to check out the situation, gravity pulled me out of the seat and into the muck with one hand still holding onto the steering wheel- ha, ha. There were no anchor points around for the 12k# winch to be of use and I was alone with no equipment help in the vicinity. I was quite surprised I was able to toss some large rocks in front of the tires on the left side and they sunk into the muck and the locked drivetrain walked me out like I was driving on dry concrete.

I have also used the 10k# winch on my Jeep GC to pull out a friend's Ford tractor stuck in muck on his farm at the bottom of a long hill after a large rain event.

Good times ;-)
 
   / Stuck in the pond #66  
Before I put some sub-surface drainage in, I had to have my wife drag me and my B-2301 out of a spot we used to call the "rice paddy." Embarassing, but no damage done.
 
   / Stuck in the pond #67  
Water mud or clay never plays well together through in a little peat and good luck
 

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   / Stuck in the pond #68  
In my experience tractor-ing (limited 🤷🏻‍♂️) when I start getting stuck I find it best to stop spinning tires and get pulled out sooner than later… at the very least likely less damage. I also got some big ol’ chains for the rear tires of my JD 950 as I use my machine mostly in the dirt, woods roads and snow
 

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   / Stuck in the pond #69  
One thing I have seen mentioned over & over again is (paraphrasing) “once the tires are packed up with mud, it doesn’t make a difference”.

That’s true, but an R-1 tread is less likely to get stuck in those critical first few wheel spins than an R-4 tire is.

It’s not about what the tire looks like once you are stuck, its what tire you have to help prevent you from getting stuck in the first place.
 
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   / Stuck in the pond #70  
Well, it finally happened. I've only got about 100 hours on my yanmar YT 359 tractor. Just long enough to feel comfortable and try and do something I probably shouldn't have.
I was adding a run for my meat pigs to have access to the pond for water. I got a little too aggressive on how far I could drive out and scrape backwards with the bucket. My pond has a lot of that super sticky, gross, squishy, black muck, and I sure enough got stuck.
I tried all of the tricks with pushing the bucket down and lifting the front and going backwards and everything I could possibly do. I had it in four-wheel drive and the diff lock engaged, everything to no avail.
I ended up getting my farm truck out with a long chain to help move the tractor backwards. The wife was kind enough to steer the truck while I worked the tractor backwards.
Moral of the story, don't bite off more than you can chew, or dig!!
It's not yours until you find its limitations.
A man has to know his limitations as well as his equipments.
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