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bsggsb
Hello!! This is technically my first post. This is a wonderful site and you all make it work. My question is....Does anyone know what the max recommended axle weight is for the front and rear axles of a Big Ten and a 7014S Simplicity? Thanks!!?

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Kent
I've never heard that spec, myself. If you're concerned about how much weight people put on the wheels -- many people load the tires with fluid and then add 25 - 40 lbs of wheel weight on top of that. One member used to melt lead and cast his own wheel weights that weighed 100 - 125 lb. The weight box that went on the B-Series loaders was supposed to be filled with up to 300 lbs... No specs -- but this should give you some idea of what they'll handle. Just be careful spinning the tires with all this extra weight -- it puts a strain on the axle tube and differential...

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bsggsb
Thanks....somewhere I heard 1800# total but i thought that sounded like ALOT. I know with tractor weight, the wheel weights, driver weight, weight box, etc. the pounds could add up. I just was curious.

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thedaddycat
A few years back I weighed my 3310 which had at the time 75# each rear wheel and 35# each front(but no fluid) and the JBJr. and it came in at just under 1100# for the tractor without a driver....

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EricD
I made a post about breaking things in the Show and Tell forum but think that this thread warrants commenting on an experience I've had with weight and traction. First, I'd like to second Kent's caution when spinning wheels with alot of weight because when they catch, you can have a problem. But not spinning wheels under load can be a problem too. In my case, I had alot of weight with alot of traction. My wheels didn't spin and I broke a gear (or two) in the transmission. I honestly admit thinking that part of this was my fault because I was operating too hastily with my machine. Slow and sure is my new motto. I'm also planning to go a little lighter in the future and not use chains unless the ice is so bad I can't spin my way through.

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dhardin
In general axles and running gear should hold safely the max load the 2 or 4 ply tires that came with the tractor originally. So a 2ply with a load recomendation of 600 lbs. x that by 2 (tires) and you will get 1200 lbs for that axle. but we all know that is a safe limit and the Simpicitys and AC are built to handle more.

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HubbardRA
Overloading a front axle is not too bad of a thing to fix anyway. Worn out bushings or a bent spindle. Easy fixes. Not like the rear with broken axle shafts and drive tubes, or broken BGBs.

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