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I am looking to pull my Chevy Nova out of the garage to work on it out side and pull fire wood and mulch around the yard. Sounds like it has a lot more power than a belt drive craftsman/murray That I have tried to use in the past.
 

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I am looking to pull my Chevy Nova out of the garage to work on it out side and pull fire wood and mulch around the yard. Sounds like it has a lot more power than a belt drive craftsman/murray That I have tried to use in the past.
its 2x time the belt drive Craft/Murray. Its not the power but the hydro Trans lets you creep the ground speed.
 

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I like the old ford in the background. I had a 78 supper cab 4x4 with a big block back in the day
78 Ford F150 Ranger Explorer 72,000 miles Im 3rd owner my grandpa has had it since 84, I got it in 99 351M Auto
Rusty but Trusty.
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I had the same motor but with a 4 speed with granny gear. It would pull down a house and that is what they used it for when I sold it.
My Truck in High School was a 78 Ford Custom with the 300 and 4 speed not ever fast but 1st gear would pull alot that was for sure. This was about as good as that truck every looked. I had just had it repainted. Same brush guard I kept that when I had to sell it.
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How much you might be able to pull is not as important a question as 'how much can you stop' -- so be safe. On flat, paved surfaces you can use a garden tractor to pull very large loads if you go slowly and carefully. Here is a picture for you (note that the tractor is not supporting the tongue weight):
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Here is my x495 and my EMPTY cargo trailer, where the 3-pt is in fact carrying the tongue weight:
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I pulled a 36ft travel trailer across the yard with a 330 a couple years ago just to see if it was possible. That wasn’t a good idea. Nothing was damaged but the jack foot didn’t lift high enough and it tore up the ground. Had I used a 3 point drawbar it probably would’ve worked fine.
 

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Luke,

A 36 ft travel trailer likely weighs 8,000 to 15,000 lbs, so a 15% tongue weight would be in excess of 1000 lbs and be a serious overload on even a 3-pt hitch. My 17 ft cargo trailer weighs about 1,300 lbs empty, so its tongue weight in that condition is less than 200 to 300 lbs, even considering the forward bias of the unloaded configuration -- so the 3-pt is not too stressed for those conditions. Still, stopping such a load is worth planning ahead for with a garden tractor that has only mechanical brakes on just one axle. The retardation of the hydro is a plus, but once the rear tires lose traction excitement would ensue... 😕 (maybe even excrement as well...)

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Luke,

A 36 ft travel trailer likely weighs 8,000 to 15,000 lbs, so a 15% tongue weight would be in excess of 1000 lbs and be a serious overload on even a 3-pt hitch. My 17 ft cargo trailer weighs about 1,300 lbs empty, so its tongue weight in that condition is less than 200 to 300 lbs, even considering the forward bias of the unloaded configuration -- so the 3-pt is not too stressed for those conditions. Still, stopping such a load is worth planning ahead for with a garden tractor that has only mechanical brakes on just one axle. The retardation of the hydro is a plus, but once the rear tires lose traction excitement would ensue... (maybe even excrement as well...)

Chuck
I admitted to it having been a bad idea! I wanted to prove that I could do it- and it wasn’t worth it. I only got it about 50 feet before I said forget this.
 
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