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Apparently I should have put the chains on before I started today. I am trying to expand my driveway with a few feet of CR6. On the first scoop of soup (dripping wet clay) I managed to get the 2305 stuck. I never managed to get it loose on its own. I had to break down and hook the truck to it. :( I did put the chains on and had a very productive day. The area where I got stuck, though, is so soupy that I was not able to finish about a 5 foot stretch at the end of the drive.
 

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Apparently I should have put the chains on before I started today. I am trying to expand my driveway with a few feet of CR6. On the first scoop of soup (dripping wet clay) I managed to get the 2305 stuck. I never managed to get it loose on its own. I had to break down and hook the truck to it. :( I did put the chains on and had a very productive day. The area where I got stuck, though, is so soupy that I was not able to finish about a 5 foot stretch at the end of the drive.
Did you use your bucket to push out? All you do is curl the bucket down, drop it into the ground and curl the bucket up while keeping the downward pressure on. You can get out of almost anything doing this. This works real well if you have a toothbar, I have backed up some very scary slopes that I got stuck on using this method.
 

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I did try the bucket. Either it was too late or I just did not have the technique down. I really think I would benefit from a tooth bar right now. We just moved into the new house. The problem is, I suspect that my "digging" efforts will dwindle in time. Time will tell.

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Yeah, ya can get in real deep real fast. Now that is the way to break 'er in. :thumbup1gif:
 

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Your tractor with teeth.

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Your tractor without teeth.

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Get a toothbar, they will change your tractor.
 

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What was in that box on the back?
 

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That landscape that your stuck in looks very young. Disturbed heavy soil like clay, that is wet, turns into the worst kind of peanut buttery goo. I just had a bunch of dirt work done around here, and I'm in the same sutuation. I probably won't be able to go across those areas until June. For now I stay on the virgin ground areas, and work my way into the soft areas from a hard ground footing.
 

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What was in that box on the back?
That is a homemade ballast box I got with the tractor (just bought the whole set-up in June). I had it nearly full with CR6 when I started. During the effort to get unstuck, I had scooped some out to try to fill the holes I had made. I have since filled it back up but with some 57 stone I have. Not a very convenient way to add/remove ballast. I need to work on that as well. This homemade box is a nightmare to remove and install when it is full of stone. I need to either empty it, or create some sort of cradle to support the full box. I know so many people have filled their boxes with cured concrete. I would definitely not want that until I can figure out how to suspend this thing above the floor. Thoughts?
 

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That landscape that your stuck in looks very young. Disturbed heavy soil like clay, that is wet, turns into the worst kind of peanut buttery goo. I just had a bunch of dirt work done around here, and I'm in the same sutuation. I probably won't be able to go across those areas until June. For now I stay on the virgin ground areas, and work my way into the soft areas from a hard ground footing.
You are correct. This is a final grade that was just done in late October. We just moved in Halloween weekend. The problem is, the parking pad is skimpy. People turning around tend to drop off the edge of the pad. The whole point of this effort was to add a few feet of stone to the edge of the pad. Made a huge mess, but overall I succeeded. I will definitely have to do some touch up in the spring. In the mean time, I am hoping to not need the tractor to pull out an unsuspecting delivery truck simply making a 3-point turn in our driveway. Although that could be fun.....
 

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That is a homemade ballast box I got with the tractor (just bought the whole set-up in June). I had it nearly full with CR6 when I started. During the effort to get unstuck, I had scooped some out to try to fill the holes I had made. I have since filled it back up but with some 57 stone I have. Not a very convenient way to add/remove ballast. I need to work on that as well. This homemade box is a nightmare to remove and install when it is full of stone. I need to either empty it, or create some sort of cradle to support the full box. I know so many people have filled their boxes with cured concrete. I would definitely not want that until I can figure out how to suspend this thing above the floor. Thoughts?
Yes, a few thoughts...

- If you look at JD box, you will see that it sets on the floor when the 3PH arms are lowered almost all the way, in your picture it does not look like yours can do that. It just looks like the design is all wrong. Below are some random pics I snagged for you.
- iMatch Quick Hitch-you will wonder how you ever got by without it once you have it. I can remove/install my box without leaving the seat.
- I am close if you need help...

More great pics in this thread: http://www.greentractortalk.com/forums/showthread.php?2621-Dual-receiver-hitch-ballast-box-mod
 

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I suspected that the design was all wrong. I have wheel weights and beet juice in the rear tires. For light duty (i.e. mulch) I am not inclined to run the ballast box at all. I normally have a hitch receiver in the 3 pt so I can move around my utility trailer. I know I will be flamed, but the convenience of the hitch is outweighed by the lack of ballast. For moving stone like I am doing now (just approaching the 70 ton mark since I moved in) I definitely prefer to have the ballast box on the back.
 

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No flaming, but please understand that adding weight to the rear wheels DOES NOT remove weight from your front axle-it needs to be BEHIND the rear wheels to work effectively.
 
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