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    For towing, how do you chain down your 1 series?

    Just about finished refurbishing an equipment trailer for hauling my 1025r. The trailer is a 78"x14' plus 2' dove tail 7000lb gvwr equipment trailer. It has stake pockets all around for securing loads.

    I have plenty of 5/8" chain and binders and am just looking for input on how it gets chained to the trailer. Where you attach to the tractor, how many chains, etc.
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    5/8" chain sounds like overkill to me. I use two 2 inch x 10 foot lengths of strapping on the front, with one end hooked over the front weight bar and then to the front corners of the trailer when hauling my 1025R. On the back, I use two 3 inch x 10 foot lengths of strapping hooked to the drawbar on one end and the other end hooked on the sides near the back of the trailer. All have ratchet tightening. This gives me cross bracing and front/rear bracing at the same time. If I had a loader (maybe someday), I would put another strap across the loader from side to side. The 3 inch straps were originally 30 feet long, but I cut hem down to a more manageable length.

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    That should read 5/16" chain and ratchet binders. 5/8" would be over kill.
    1025r TLB w 60D MMM & Independent Lift
    SN 114287 Built April '13 received 8/21/13
    180 degree thermostat
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    Ken's Bolt on hooks
    Artillian Forks (42")
    Full Compliment of Wheel Weights (340lbs)
    Custom Seat Springs

    Kubota 326H 72" deck ZTR

    Stihl MS361, FS250R

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    For towing, how do you chain down your 1 series?

    Ddinham's system is what I do with most equipment, and 5/16" chain should be plenty for your tractor.

    For the 1025/6, they're light enough you would be okay with a single chain front and rear. Use a clevis in the drawbar and run the chain through that, and over the weight bracket or maybe behind the brush guard in front of you have a loader.
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    I use two heavy duty ratchet straps when tying mine to the trailer. I install a clevis on the drawbar for the rear strap and the other strap goes on the front (been awhile since I've hauled so don't remember what I wrapped the strap around, sorry). It hasn't fallen off yet.
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    In my state you are supposed to also secure any attachment. So something on the loader and hoe, be it straps or chain.
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    I originally thought I would also use the clevis on the drawbar for the rear connections, but after considerable thought, I did not like the fact that the tractor could move side to side that way. So, I came up with the idea of putting the hook in one of the holes in the drawbar. This requires two straps on each end, instead of one, but I like it much better. I have the Omni Hitch drawbar with the 2 inch receiver and it also has two holes where I place the hooks.

    So it takes me 4 straps to tie it down, but I feel much more confident this way.

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    With the clevis in the drawbar and your chains pulling at the appropriate angle to the rear, sideways shifting shouldn't be a problem. More chains/ straps are better, but I've hauled a lot of equipment with a single chain across one end and never experienced a problem with shifting. It's even permissible by DOT regulations for equipment weighing less than 5,000 lbs to use a single chain per end, though DOT regs don't usually apply to private individuals.
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    It might be overkill but since it is what I have, I use it. Four chains with binders, two on the front frame bracket left & right, two on the backhoe subframe left & right, pairs crossed & attached to the trailer tie down points. Then a 2" webbing strap across the fel bucket. Chains are two grade 70 5/16" and two grade 43 3/8", so working load limit is fairly comparable in that any one could hold the whole load...

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    Thanks for all the replies. I like the clevis in the draw bar under the PTO but need to get the BH on to see if it is still accessible.

    The other issue I am seeing is trying to keep chains off paint. I can hook to the weight bracket but either have to go over the bucket or around. Either will strip paint real quick.
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    Artillian Forks (42")
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    Kubota 326H 72" deck ZTR

    Stihl MS361, FS250R

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