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Where/How to Jack Up/Block Up Front of Tractor?


 
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Tom Bowman
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:22 am    Post subject: Where/How to Jack Up/Block Up Front of Tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Another Dumb Question: I want to change the spacing of the front wheels on my TO-20 - where/how do you jack up/block the front end, to get both wheels off the ground at once?

I have the Owner's Manual and the Shop Manual, but they both assume that everybody already knows how to do this. (In at least one picture, it looks like they're using the tractor jack that works off the lift arms.)

I have/can get floor jack, jackstands, 4x4, etc.

I did a quick search of the archives, both here and on the N Board, and it sounded like you block under the oil pan - that just didn't seem quite right to me.

I sure it's different, depending on what you're doing: removing the entire front axle, for example, as opposed to just changing the wheel spacings.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:42 am    Post subject: Re: Where/How to Jack Up/Block Up Front of Tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No don't lift under oil pan on the 8N it's cast iron
it may be easier just to do one at a time.Look for
the front axle pivot point you should be able to get
it from there.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:20 am    Post subject: Re: Where/How to Jack Up/Block Up Front of Tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I usually use a hydraulic jack under the front axle carrier when lifting the front. If I am only working on the wheels, I will then use jack stands under the axle on each side, otherwise I slide a stack of 4x8 timbers under the front of the transmission. I always put blocks around the rear wheels to prevent rolling.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:34 am    Post subject: Re: Where/How to Jack Up/Block Up Front of Tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sometimes you need to jack the entire front end up and support it. But when I've changed front wheel spacing I've found it easiest put a sturdy support (in my case a bottle jack on blocks) under the front axle support to take most of the weight and to act as a backup. Then a jack on one side that just catches the main axle member (but not the part you want to unbolt) to cock one side up a bit. Do one side at a time. This is how I did it. Likely someone else has a better way.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: Where/How to Jack Up/Block Up Front of Tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks, Guys.

I think Jeremy answered my question (even though I didn't ask it very well): it is indeed possible to jack up the center axle section on one side, to take the weight off of the wheel you're working on, and be able to move the axle extension on that side.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Where/How to Jack Up/Block Up Front of Tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I usually cheat a bit - Out something heavy on the 3 point. (Like a rear mounted blade)

Makes it easier to jack the thing up. And I usually just jack one side up at a time.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Where/How to Jack Up/Block Up Front of Tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Jack up the front of the tractor using a pirece of 2x6 and a floor jack under the oil pan.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Where/How to Jack Up/Block Up Front of Tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you stick a floor jack under the bell housing it should lift the front end off the ground.

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