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    Hauling my MCUT on a flatbed

    When hauling on a flatbed do you tie your tractors down or just rely on gravity and friction. What do you tie down with if you do?

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    Not a clue what I'm doing, but it's always lots of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnf View Post
    When hauling on a flatbed do you tie your tractors down or just rely on gravity and friction. What do you tie down with if you do?

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    Gravity and friction. Are you kidding?
    Depends on how large of a tractor you have. Ratchet straps or chains & binders.

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    I have a jd 4010 MCUT. It's about 2k with the loader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnf View Post
    When hauling on a flatbed do you tie your tractors down or just rely on gravity and friction. What do you tie down with if you do?

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    YES!!! you want to tie it down.

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    Chains and binders....1 for each corner and at least 1 good strap for each implement
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    I use the 15,000lb. rachet straps from TSC. They do a good job on a SCUT or CUT. If it were a "heavy" tractor,I would go to chains and binders. Most states have regulations on tie down use. Four corner tie down is usually it. I took a machine to Canada a couple years ago and was checked, going in, for proper tie down.
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    Gravity and friction...lol. that's a good one. Let Johnny Law catch you hauling something like that not secured....lol.

    even most riding mowers would fall off a flatbed if not properly secured for a ride.

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    I think gravity and friction will get you a ticket and a tow. I see a lot of straps but prefer chains and binders for peace of mind. There are very strict rules about this you might want to ask your local PD where to find out what is required in your state. It's not your mower you should worry about but who it could hit when it jumps off tour gravity pad.
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    I hauled an old oil burner furnace on my landscape trailer one time. I figured it was so heavy that it wasn't going anywhere. Looked in my mirror as the trailer went over some railroad tracks. That burner jumped about a foot off the deck. NEVER AGAIN! The full 55 gallon drum that was on the front of my trailer (same trip) was tied down. Didn't move an inch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnf View Post
    When hauling on a flatbed do you tie your tractors down or just rely on gravity and friction. What do you tie down with if you do?
    Whether it's in the back of a truck or on a trailer, I NEVER tie anything down. That's what gravity is for. I am also schooled enough in physics to know that the law that states "an object in motion tends to stay in motion" is overridden by the law of gravity, so you never have to worry about your load shifting if you have to brake hard or accelerate quickly. Gotta love that Isaac Newton guy! I'm not sure why those laws of physics that I thought I knew so well were ignored back in in 1978 (when I was a newly licensed driver) as I was hauling a not-strapped-down, brand new fiberglass bathtub (in a cardboard box) down the interstate at 70 mph. It lifted out of the back of the truck, pretty as you please, and then (thankfully) skidded across the lane on to the shoulder when it landed.


    OK, back to being serious... I can't add much to what the others have said, but for gosh sakes - tie the darn thing down! After the bathtub incident of '78, I now over do it with straps and haven't lost anything since. When I rented a Bobcat trailer to haul my Cub home, the guy at the rental place said that the law now requires chains instead of ratchet straps. I don't know if that's true or not, but that's what I used on the tractor. Also, don't forget to secure the FEL. I was talking to a guy that used to work at the JD dealership that related a story about hauling a tractor where the FEL moved from the position that it was placed when parked on the flatbed.

    And secure the axles or somewhere solid on the tractor. Don't be "that guy" that places a ratchet strap across the floor of the operator's station and calls it "good". Yeah, I've seen the current delivery guy from the local JD do that.

    Be safe. Over-secure your load!
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