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Out of curiosity I scribed a line between left hub and axle tube and found out differential is locked. Is this an issue? I need the extra traction so as long as this won't harm anything I'm ok with it locked. Previous owner may have locked it,it does tear up the ground just a little (not a big concern) when making tight turns. Maybe this winter I will tear into differential to see whats going on.

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If the tractor shipped with limited slip and it now digs ground while making turns there's something amiss, I have the transmission cover off on my Allis 720 and from what I'm able to see it looks like Simplicity used a design similar to what you would find in the Detroit Locker.

I once owned an International 3 ton with a locker and sometimes while making a turn on paved road the diff would send a shock wave through the whole truck accompanied with a loud snap. Obviously there was an internal problem but since it never let me down lived with it.

The derby guys like to weld the spider gears in the differential giving them posi traction, the problem here is that can lead to broken axles.

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If you have a large frame tractor, and the diff is locked means it was put together wrong.  Locked they will want to plow straight ahead and the outside front tire can tear  up the lawn,  on blacktop or concrete the locked diff will really put a strain the axle when turning.

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This is a AC314. Looking at parts diagram it is just 8 planetary gears around a sun gear on axle. Friction is controlled by springs on each planetary gear.  Tractor operates and steers fine,it also pulls like a mule so not sure if I want to bring it back to OEM.

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