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DON TX
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:13 pm    Post subject: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

How much fuel should a TE20 use in an hours brushogging?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Manual says 1/2 imperial gallon [ a little more than a US 1/2 gallon] per hour of ploughing with a two furrow mouldboard . Ha Ha ! this sounds like the optimistic fuel economy figures they give you with a new car . My TE20 uses a gallon an hour just running around , others have the same experience .
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My thoughts exactly on the 1/2 gph. My 8N uses @ 1 gph brushoging. I figured about the same with the 20.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would expect your TE, unless all rebuilt and adjusted like a swiss watch, to use about one gallon an hour.
Everything I ever owned- or friend's, employer's equipment, goes thru about 1 US gallon an hour. Worse with Farmalls, better with Allises, fergies in the middle. In my experience, a diesel is only more 'efficent' if it is working at a high idle, open it up- you might as well have a worn out flathead.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:59 am    Post subject: Re: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Most of my TO 20 use is lawn mowing at least once every 10 days with a 5 foot Land pride finishing mower. At least one US G/H but i'm up and down on the throttle alot.

What would be ideal is to have somekind of a cheap fuel flow meter to install in the gas line.

I've never tried to plow a field with my TO 20.
Let us assume an average corn field cultivation for the momment:

I realize there alot of variables. But assuming somekind of average corn growing conditions then what is the MOST number of acres that a gasoline powered TO 20 or TO30 or the TE 20 would be reasonably expected to successfuly handle thru out the corn growing season????

Quite frankly i have absolutely no idea. So just somekind of educated guess from any of u experienced farm owners would be much appreciated.
 


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:42 am    Post subject: Re: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Don,
i do not know about a 20, but i believe the 35 on the side of my 1957 TO-35 means that if you plow hard all day, it can use 35 gals of gas.

little short stroke engine runs good, but it does love its gas.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:59 am    Post subject: Re: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Maxwell! Holy Cow! It is hard to drain 5 gallons an hour out the 1/4 inch tubing to the carb. You better check this out, if you have unburnt gas getting into the sump or soemething, you are in big trouble. Unless you only sleep every other day...that is a lot of gas for even a long day at full bore, wow. That is like an old English 'hogshead'? Nearly a proper barrel, not 55 gallon drum but a beer barrel. I was told years ago the gastank under the hood was enough for an average 10 hour day and transporting itself home. I don't even know the 35's for sure, 12 gallons? I know it looks depressingly big... but it's not over 15 gallons is it?
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:33 am    Post subject: Re: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Being as it is working quite hard, you could expect it to use about a gallon an hour or just under. It will also depend on how it is tuned on the Carb and the Ignition Timing.If you want this information how to do this,just email me...John(UK...fergusontractors@hotmail.com
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My 57 TO35 uses about 1 gallon an hour dragging a 5" bush hog thru tall grass in 3rd low
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

my te20 plowing with 2btm 12s,3rd gear 2/3 throttle is a gallon an hour
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

THose of u posting 1 gal/hr. At What engine rpm is it using the 1 gal/hr?????
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:14 am    Post subject: Re: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The engine is recommended to run between 1200 and 1500rpm (Half and three-quarter throttle) to be most economical. It develops it's max torque between these two figures...John(UK)...fergusontractors@hotmail.com
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:26 am    Post subject: Re: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It depends on how hard the engine is working on how much fuel it uses, no matter what kind of work it is doing. Make sure the blades are sharp ALL the time, besides making it easier to cut it will make a much nicer cut on your grass. Try and keep a constant speed on the engine, you should not be changing engine speed all the time on a PTO driven implement, it is designed to run at a more or less continuous speed (3/4 throttle = 540 PTO revs). Any variation in traveling speed should be done with the gearbox, if you need to keep varying your traveling speed, you should drop a gear as you are going too fast. You should not be varying the throttle or slipping the Clutch all the time. Select a gear that will give you the correct speed using the 3/4 throttle setting....John(UK)...fergusontractors@hotmail.com
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:16 am    Post subject: Re: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks John(UK) for the info. I usualy mow (lawn groming) at full throttle 3rd gear sustained. I mite try the 1/2 to 3/4 throttle. However mostly i am interested in getting the job done as fast as possible and there is rarely ever any grass heavy enuf to bog the engine.


Let us consider the 1500 rpm 3/4 throttle sustained operation at 1 gal/hr. vs somekind of more standard or common fuel consumption measurements.

My 56 Packard will run about 16 miles/gal at 1500 rpm = 40 mph. Assuming that is a SUSTAINED 40 mph. So in 1 hour it will run 40 miles and use 40/16 = 2.5 gallons.

So the Ferguson IS rather economical for fuel consumption especialy since it is operating under load.

Anyone can use any car gas mileage they want to use for their own comparison. Even at 32 mpg modern car would equate to 1.25 gallons/hour if i've done the math rite. (Assuming overdrive allows 1500 rpm at 40 mph which is probably about par).
 


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:31 am    Post subject: Re: Fuel usage ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm still bewildered about the maximum number of acres that an experienced poughboy would reasonably expect to cultivate with a TO20, TE20 or TO30 gas powered Ferguson if cultivating/growing crops on a full time basis, not just hobby gardens.

For lawn grooming i can easily estimate with some degree of accuracy that 20 acres can be mowed in a 10 hour day. I currently do 2 acres (with many obstacles) in about 45 minutes once every week to 10 days. But i have absolutely no idea about plowing. I've never poughed a field.
 
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