Gravity and friction. Are you kidding?
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.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?
I have done this same thing (maybe more than once). Wonder how many of us on GTT has bought trucks after buying a tractor because we "needed" more truck for the tractor?Just bought a new truck to haul the $6K tractor I bought. :yahoo:
Imagine what would have happened to the oil burner and drum if had you been involved in a collision.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.
I see tractors secured by the fel often but it's never been something I felt cool with. I have always used the front axle to secure the front and i have a clevis on my drawbar that I secure from for the back. I'm not saying my way is right or the best way by any means, it works for me and I'm comfortable with it. When I haul my tractor without the loader on I secure from the frame where you would hang weights.Think I've got enough chain for the job, just need to get a couple binders. Would something like this work. Got Amazon prime, so no shipping and they cost about $50 at the local coop. https://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Duty-Ratchet-Chain-Binder/dp/B002A03F3C/ref=sr_1_118?ie=UTF8&qid=1488477954&sr=8-118&keywords=chain+binder
My boss said for the front of the tractor he hooks chains around the FEL and curls the bucket to tighten. Will that work? I do have newly welded chain hooks on my FEL and do trust my welds to hold.
I see tractors secured by the fel often but it's never been something I felt cool with. I have always used the front axle to secure the front and i have a clevis on my drawbar that I secure from for the back. I'm not saying my way is right or the best way by any means, it works for me and I'm comfortable with it. When I haul my tractor without the loader on I secure from the frame where you would hang weights.
I have no clue what the federal or state of KY laws are regarding the loader and implements being secured. Obviously the officers that has pulled me over or has written the reports for the fender benders I have been part of didn't know either or simply didn't take the time to cite me for it. I don't doubt it being a good ideal but until forced, I personally am not going to be securing my loader or implements that are on the 3 point down. I expect it to change but the state of KY has been very relaxed on the trucks running around here with agriculture registration and plates so perhaps that has been the reasoning for not being ticketed.[/B]
now don't quote me -on this but i think to be by the law-with a loader on ur tractor, u should strap or chain the loader down also, evenlo it is attached to the tractor. same as having a brush hog on the back that is hooked to the tractor. just my 2cts, as i've been away from DOT load securement for yrs now. if the DOT cop likes how u have it tied down-then i suppose u pass, and that would hold up in a court of law, in case ur involved in a bad wreck-right.
personally i don't tie my own loader frame down either. one 10,000lb strap over the front end, and one on the rear. good to go. for just the tractor-oh.