In Reply to: plowing snow rear blade tips posted by thad bergh on November 24, 2018 at 21:24:24:
Are we to assume you have a FORD N-Series Tractor? It matters somewhat because the 9N/2N only had DRAFT CONTROL which makes it difficult to keep an implement at a certain height without the aid of limiter checks chains or a Position Control device such as The Zane Thang. Position Control was added to the 3-pt lift system beginning in July, 1947 on the new 8N Model. It allows the implement to be set a certain height via the touch control lever and will stay there. For some implements, back blades and mowers especially, the use of STABILZER BARS are a huge addition in order to help keep the blade/mower stable in a straight position. When pushing snow in reverse, without them, the blade wants to kick off to one side and makes it battle to get the job done. Likewise when mowing, when making turns, the mower/brush hog will tend to scallop the sod without stabilizer bars. NOTE: There is difference between STABIZER BARS and STAY BARS -to completely different animals so be sure you read your Owner's Manual to know the difference. WE have a document on our HOW-TO's forum (see LINK below) on how to correctly install stabilizer bars on your tractor. If they are nor properly installed, you can and will do major damage to your hydraulic pump and system. This set up works well for me, and I've plowed tons of snow with my N's with and without stabilizer bars. The heavier the load, the more the blade will wants to kick off to one side. They bars help prevent that and keep the blade nice and straight. Stabilizer Bar kits are available at most parts supply houses, www.just8ns.com for one. The important thing is that they get installed correctly. Once the fender brackets are fastened on axle bosses and set, there is no need to remove them and they are good to go for the next implement that requires the stabilizer bars.
FORD 8N w/STABILIZER BARS & BACK BLADE SETUP: