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Author Topic: HOW TO GET A TRACTOR UNSTUCK EVERYTIME WITHOUT A WINCH OR HELP  (Read 2300 times)

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Re: HOW TO GET A TRACTOR UNSTUCK EVERYTIME WITHOUT A WINCH OR HELP
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2018, 07:40:30 PM »
Wow !
Simple yet amazing

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HOW TO GET A TRACTOR UNSTUCK EVERYTIME WITHOUT A WINCH OR HELP
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2018, 06:07:27 AM »
Got stuck in an icy hell-hole a couple days ago in record low temps without V-Bar (or any) tire chains so thought I'd snap a pic & share a never fail, free, one-man extraction method for those that don't know it yet.
I keep at least three 20' lengths of 3/8" chain & 100' of 1/2" cable on board for logging anyway so if stuck here's what works for me without a winch or help:

1) My Belarus 420A has five 2-1/2" dia holes in the rear wheels that you can hook chain or cable to so hook your chain in a wheel-hole closest to 3 o'clock position & a tree (or something immovable) to back out or 9 o'clock position & a tree to go forward.
-A 1/2" clevis slip hook works well in the 420A wheel-holes & won't fall out when wheel is rotating (mine has 1-7/8" throat & 4-3/4" OD);
-At a minimum use 5/16" - 3/8" Grade 70 chain (cable is best as it absorbs shock but I'll just use the term "chain" from now on);
-Pick a tree that will help "steer" you where you want to go but not at such a sharp angle that the tire runs over the chain and wraps around axle/reduction gear housing;
-When working steep slopes leave stumps tall enough to chain to.

2) Using first gear or reverse, drive until chain hooked in wheel-hole moves tractor. Stop driving when you're not gaining any more ground & the wheel-hole that the chain is hooked to is back where you started & chain is slack (again, about 3 o'clock position to back out or 9 o'clock position go forward);
-If you have a loader use it to help push or pull off the ground or trees. If there's nothing to push or pull off of and the ground is too soft to help, raise your loader to help transfer more weight to rear wheels but get ready to lower loader fast if things get tippy;
-If you gain ground but slide back when chain is slack use come-along, loader and/or parking brake or hook chains to both rear wheels such that one chain can be tightened while slack while the other chain is tight holding the tractor from sliding back downhill;
-Carry a shovel on board, shoveling always helps esp in removing that large rock suspended in mire that your front wheel is hung up on.

3) Get off tractor to tighten up chain. The tighter you get the chain the more ground you'll gain so use a chain binder if you can.

4) Repeat until unstuck. Using the 420A wheel-holes you can gain at least about 7"-9" of ground with every chain tightening but if you line things up right you can use the tire as a winch drum (as pictured below from the other day) but don't let the chain get inboard of tire and/or wrap around axle/reduction gear housing.

5) -$mile once: if you didn't have to ask or hire anyone to pull you out.
-Smile twice: if you impress folks with your simple yet effective technique.
-Smile thrice: if no none saw your dumb-a** get stuck in the first place.
-Cry? because your wheel got dinged up by the chain? Get over it, it's a tractor with battle scars.

Alternatively, esp if there are no trees or immovable objects to pull against, you can chain an 8"+ dia. hardwood log etc. to the face of your rear wheel(s) but that works better in mud than ice. Depending on conditions, cut the log about 1'- 2' longer than your tire OD but watch out for tipping/highsiding e.g. if you climb up on something hard on a grade.

Any other ideas for getting a tractor unstuck without a winch or help?
« Last Edit: January 10, 2018, 06:55:52 AM by Brought Upright »
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