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Old 05-15-2011, 06:01 PM   #1
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Default Best way to tie down a tractor?

I just had 4 d-rings welded on my tractor so I good spots to attach my straps when I trailer. I hate to use chains! They scratch, They are heavy and slow to hook up.
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:02 PM   #2
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Nice!!! Just make sure you use the highest rated ratchet straps you can get! The Weight Master around here wouldnt let that fly. Only certified chains and ratchet binders for me!

They have weld on D rings that are higher rated than those bolt on ones:



The ones you used look to be :
Breaking strength: 12000 lbs
Safe working load: 4000 lbs
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:31 PM   #3
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These are rated at 11000 pounds and are welded on.
And the straps I use are 10000 rated and I dont let them rub on anything.
I dont see how chains and binders are that much better?
The tractor with an implement is about 4200 LB.
If Iam doing this wrong please let know!!
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:59 PM   #4
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The laws in each state are different but more than likely chains and binders are required by law, they are in Ga. One chain and binder on each corner are required here and if you have a implement is hooked up it has to be chained also. Most of the time THE MAN won't mess with farm equipment as long as it looks secure and safe. I personally use 2" straps on mine instead of chains.

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After years of being a heavy equipment operator I have learned this. A dirty truck will get stopped over a clean truck every time. If your truck/trailer is nasty and looks like rolling scrap metal you are giving them a excuse to pull you over. Correct lighting and being clean will make a difference.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:42 PM   #5
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After years of being a heavy equipment operator I have learned this. A dirty truck will get stopped over a clean truck every time. If your truck/trailer is nasty and looks like rolling scrap metal you are giving them a excuse to pull you over. Correct lighting and being clean will make a difference."

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Old 05-15-2011, 08:46 PM   #6
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As an observation, not criticism: the third picture shows the ratchet strap running laterally at a pretty steep angle. It might be more convenient to reach, but that strap isn't going to do as much to hold the tractor forward and back as it will left to right. You would do better to move it so it is more in line with the long axis of the tractor.

Bulldog made a great point about presentation being important. If you look like you know what you're doing and run a tight operation, you can get away with a safe but not technically legal setup while others doing the same thing but with messy, untidy or disreputable looking rigs will get stopped. 4 10,000 pound ratchet straps properly secured to good fastening points on that rig is not unsafe, whether or not it's legal. I don't see anything wrong with working around the legal requirements while remaining thoroughly safe with things like this.

I really like the idea of permanent D-rings to quickly and easily secure the tractor. Good job!
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While looking at your pic's again, I noticed something. I may just be me but, I really don't think you should have welded the rings onto a certified ROPS. The heat could cause a failure in a roll. Look, I'm not wanting to start an argument just stating the observation about an engineered piece of safety equipment with a stated stress factor.

I really like the idea of permanent locations for tie-downs on both a tractor and its trailer.

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I may just be me but, I really don't think you should have welded the rings onto a certified ROPS.
I'm sure it's safe to say that it's no longer under warranty because of that. It is a handy idea though.
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:14 AM   #9
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WOW I never even thaught of that the warranty!
Would welding onto the ROPS really weaken it?
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:05 AM   #10
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I'm sure it's safe to say that it's no longer under warranty because of that. It is a handy idea though.
+1 Here.

I love the idea of the rings. Is there really a better place to put them though? The fact that they are a little higher mounted will certainly help hold the load down too.

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