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Christmas parade

Postby Wingit » Thu Nov 10, 2022 6:59 pm

I have been approached by a local orchard to use my Cub to tow a float in our local Christmas parade. The trailer it would be towing would be on four wheels like a hayride trailer but with bins of apples to give to the crowd and people and decorations etc. I am estimating the trailer at 7000 pounds. The tractor seems to run very well but it is retired and it’s used as a show piece on my front lawn. Would this little 9 1/2 hp tractor be able to do something like that at 20 below Celsius with a two hour parade starting and stopping on a paved road with a few gentle hills in the middle of a small city. I am not interested in having a tow of shame needed to be done in the middle of a Christmas parade. The orchard owner has lots of tractors but has seen this one driving by the house and thinks it would be a great addition to the parade. Interested in your thoughts.

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Re: Christmas parade

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Thu Nov 10, 2022 7:10 pm

I'd be concerned about cub brakes, stopping that weight down hill. THey are not famous for their brakes.

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Re: Christmas parade

Postby Don McCombs » Thu Nov 10, 2022 7:10 pm

You’re pulling, and trying to stop, a 7000 pound load with a 1500 pound tractor. I wouldn’t do it.
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Re: Christmas parade

Postby Eugene » Thu Nov 10, 2022 7:29 pm

Nope. Not with a Cub. 7000 lbs. equals 3 1/2 times a fully weighted Cub. Most likely people on the trailer. Crappy brakes.

Who's liability insurance in case of an accident? The tractor owner and operator.

If the orchard owner wants to use the Cub, much lighter load and no passangers.
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Re: Christmas parade

Postby Barnyard » Thu Nov 10, 2022 9:13 pm

Use an H. Much safer.
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Re: Christmas parade

Postby Clemsonfor » Thu Nov 10, 2022 10:25 pm

I agree with all the others. The trailer is too heavy for the cub especially with the hills etc. Towing in a parade with people is totally different. Sure many of us would tow a hay wagon or something else across a relatively flat pasture maybe rolling hills in the wide open pulling 7k pounds but I don't think I'd want to pull it with people on the trailer and in stop and go traffic on hills with people all around It.

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Re: Christmas parade

Postby SamsFarm » Thu Nov 10, 2022 10:29 pm

Wingit wrote:I have been approached by a local orchard to use my Cub to tow a float in our local Christmas parade. The trailer it would be towing would be on four wheels like a hayride trailer but with bins of apples to give to the crowd and people and decorations etc. I am estimating the trailer at 7000 pounds.


We cant see the wagon you have in mind, but around here a hay wagon is probably 1500 to 2000# empty.

5000# of apples @ 1/4# ea would be 25000 apples to give away.

Is this a close aproximation of the number of apples they plan to hand out?


Wingit wrote:The tractor seems to run very well but it is retired and it’s used as a show piece on my front lawn. Would this little 9 1/2 hp tractor be able to do something like that at 20 below Celsius with a two hour parade starting and stopping on a paved road with a few gentle hills


We have no Idea what "a few gentle hills" equates to.
And there is where your problem may be.

Will a Cub move the load, (On level ground) probably so!

Will a Cub crash while towing a 7000# load down "a few gental hills", I would not want to find out!
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Re: Christmas parade

Postby Jim Becker » Thu Nov 10, 2022 10:54 pm

That is a lot of weight. Not only is a Cub out of the question, I think that Barnyard's suggestion of a Farmall H is borderline. It should have at least a couple pair of wheel weights. You need to be looking at a tractor that weighs in above 4,000 pounds.

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Re: Christmas parade

Postby inairam » Fri Nov 11, 2022 6:35 am

As other have said It is not what you can pull is it what you can stop and control. The cub's weight and brakes make it a big question mark for safety.
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Re: Christmas parade

Postby Wingit » Fri Nov 11, 2022 7:49 am

You had me at brakes. Thanks so much for all of your input. The orchard owner has far bigger equipment to do this job. Just not as cool as the Cub.
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Re: Christmas parade

Postby Urbish » Fri Nov 11, 2022 8:42 am

Maybe have the Cub zipping around in circles with a little load behind it like a Shriner behind the big wagon.
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