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    Do you mow with or without FEL on? Have 2038

    Hello all, newbie q. I have a fairly steep yard to mow and the first time I mowed with the FEL on and wondering if I should remove before I mow again.

    Does anyone have experience with mowing with and without the extra 700 or so pounds the 220R adds?

    That's prob not the best picture in the world but might help. I have the 60MMM.
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    I never mow with the loader on. Deere engineers did a lot of work to make it simple to remove and install. My loader lives on my tractor except for weekly mowing time. The loader comes off and mower on within 5 minutes.

    You will find your tractor a lot more stable on hills without the loader on. You might think the extra weight is a benefit but that weight is up higher than you think. I have some steep hills which I mow regularly. When I am up there on the hills with just the loader on I have to really take it easy and watch myself compared to when just the mower is on.
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    I have left mine on occasionally but I think its harder on the tractor as everything bounces. I try to take off the loader and backhoe on my tractor whenever I mow. But I have no proof either way. I'm sure others will chime in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    You might think the extra weight is a benefit but that weight is up higher than you think.
    True, not only does it raise the center of gravity making the tractor more likely to tip, but it also shifts the center of gravity forward, away from the solid rear axle and towards the pivoting front axle which makes it even more likely to tip.

    Yes, you should remove the FEL before mowing.
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    Thanks for the info. You all are correct and I just was confirming my suspicion and this is great site again for newbies like me.

    Every time I say newbie it reminds me of home. The jersey shore I grew up down in cape may and we call all the philly people that came down showbie's. Lol. Stupid backstory I know.

    Thanks for the info.

    So do you take off your mower when your doing FEL work same principle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVjoeJD2038 View Post

    So do you take off your mower when your doing FEL work same principle.
    Yes, far too easy to damage that mower deck and the accompanying auto connect hardware. Much too easy to remove compared to the cost of replacing parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVjoeJD2038 View Post
    So do you take off your mower when your doing FEL work same principle.
    It would be best for stability if the mower deck stayed on because it adds a couple hundred pounds down low but unless you are using the FEL on a smooth level surface you will risk damaging the mower deck - so in most cases it is best to remove it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVjoeJD2038 View Post
    Hello all, newbie q. I have a fairly steep yard to mow and the first time I mowed with the FEL on and wondering if I should remove before I mow again.

    Does anyone have experience with mowing with and without the extra 700 or so pounds the 220R adds?

    That's prob not the best picture in the world but might help. I have the 60MMM.
    For me, FEL work means no mower. Mowing means no FEL! Been that way since day one. No exceptions.
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    Do you mow with or without FEL on? Have 2038

    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    For me, FEL work means no mower. Mowing means no FEL! Been that way since day one. No exceptions.
    This. I have a hard enough time mowing around the fruit trees in my orchard with out the FEL. I can’t imagine what it would be like with it.

    I never mow with the loader attached.


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    Thanks everyone, yeah I mowed once with it on and it rather annoying steering around obsticals etc.

    Now if we can gerbil a few days without rain that would be great to play some more. lol.

    Hope the removal of MMM and FEL goes on and off as smooth as supposed to here st the house.
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