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I have a real nice barn find 1963 706D with 2800 hours working tach.  I want to show this tractor off but want to be careful not to blow the head gasket.  It has a 2 pt hitch and I would like to plow with it.  I am thinking a 540 plow either 4-14 or 3-16 would be a good match. I never use ether on it.  I put new glow plugs in it and it starts perfectly.  It currently has 16.9-38 back tires on it that need replaced.  Tractor data says it should have 15.5-38 on it.  which would be best for a show and plowing demonstration tractor?  

 

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I vote for  the 16.9s, especially if you will be plowing with it. FWIW, if you run across 14.9x38, they would stand a little higher than the 15.5s. Probably 14.9s will be harder to find. You might be surprised what the tires in the picture will pull with the addition of a couple pairs of wheel weights.

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16.9x38's are expensive for their size, almost more expensive than 18.4's.

To me, 15.5's will be too small and 18.4's look way too big on a 706. 16.9's or 420/85R38 would be my choice even though they are not the best value.

It's pretty likely that your rims are 14" wide or less and would put quite a squeeze on 18.4x38's.

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21 hours ago, FarmallTom said:

16.9's are a very nice size for a 706.

15.5.s will look dinky on a tractor that size.

This is my dad, on my 706 with 16'9's, pulling a 4-14's #540:

 

 

-FT

man my 706 with german must be shot or something wrong, if it was pulling a 4 bottom like that it would be letting a lot of black smoke out the exhaust - your dads doenst even smoke at all.

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On 8/22/2021 at 10:21 AM, BobinIL said:

how would 9.5-15 fronts look instead of the 7.00-16??  any opinions on plow size??

I went from 7.00-16's to 9.5-15's on my 656 and it made it look soooooo much better IMO. I went with wider rims too so they balloon out more. 

I have a set of 4-16's I pull and I would think a set of 4-14's would be a good match for your tractor and not pull too hard. This is a question that comes up alot here. In my soil I can pull a whole bottom less than others say in better soil. It varies that much. 

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Plowing is just like that....John Deere (the guy) did not invent the plow as is so often stated.   He just recreated the plow using a steel that would shine up - because the cast metal plows of the time would not work in heavy clay midwest soils.   The same HP that pulls a 6-16 bottom in really sandy soils, may only pull 4-12 in hard clay sod.  

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So - I posted the video of my 706 German pulling the 4-14's above but, in fairness, I realize that the D-310 is a step up from the D-282.

Here's the 560D (also D-282 diesel) that I owned previously, pulling the same plow in 2011 in some fairly hard going at a plow day.

 

 

PS: I wouldn't worry about blowing a head gasket unless you're planning to turbo it. It can happen, yes, but whether or not you pull a plow isn't likely to determine whether or not that will happen.

 

-FT

 

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On 8/25/2021 at 1:02 PM, Jeff-C-IL said:

Plowing is just like that....John Deere (the guy) did not invent the plow as is so often stated.   He just recreated the plow using a steel that would shine up - because the cast metal plows of the time would not work in heavy clay midwest soils.   The same HP that pulls a 6-16 bottom in really sandy soils, may only pull 4-12 in hard clay sod.  

I know that all too well. Around here in our Rocky red clay I tried pulling a 3-18 with my 282 706 and it didn't go so well. Here a 3-14 would be a pretty good match

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