I was blowing some snow today (JD 47 inch snowblower), and had my 1025R in 'Low Gear' and had my unit in 4X4 mode.
After doing my drive.... I put the tractor into 'High Gear' to drive up the road about 1/8 mile (snow covered road, just plowed after snowstorm) and went up to my neighbors to do his drive.
I got to my neighbors and his drive was already done, so I drove back home and saw a neighbor across the street from me struggling with his 2 stage walk behind blower.... so I started blowing his drive. I forgot to put my gearing selector back into 'LOW' gear and my 1025R was bogging down a bit...and then it got stuck in the snow.
I noticed when trying to rock it out backwards, that my front wheels weren't spinning - AT ALL. I checked my drive selector and it was firmly in 4X4 position.... so I moved it to 2WD and then back to 4WD and it didn't seem like my front wheels had any drive at all.
I then discovered I was in 'HIGH' gearing mode...so put it back into 'LOW' and then eventually got unstuck and finished blowing my neighbors drive.
I am not sure that my 4X4 front axle is working at all, frankly.....
MY QUESTIONS ARE:
- Does running the tractor in 'HIGH" mode automatically disengage the front 4X4 system?
- If not... does moving at full speed in 'HIGH" mode with 4X4 engaged harmful?
My neighbor has the same unit and said he has run his in HIGH mode wity 4X4 engaged many times..... not for doing pto work per se, but he said he didn't think there was any harm in doing so.
Anybody have input, suggestions, or feedback regarding my questions highlighted in BOLD ?