These towing instructions are for emergencies only. Haul the machine if a long distance must be traveled.
Personal injury or death could result when towing a disabled machine incorrectly.
Attach the tow line only to the tow hooks on the frame. Do not tow faster than 8 kph (5 mph).
Be sure the tow line is strong enough and is in good condition.
Shielding must be provided on the towing machine to protect the operator if the tow line breaks.
Do not have tension on the tow line when inspecting it. Do not jerk the tow line; it may break.
Use a tow bar if the machine is to be moved more than a few feet. If a tow bar is not available, attach a machine of equal size to the rear of the towed machine to provide braking when going downhill.
Do not allow riders on a machine that is being towed.
Always block both tracks before disengaging the final drives. When the final drives are disengaged, the brakes are also disengaged. The machine can move.
Use precautions to maintain control of the machine when using another machine to tow it.
Follow the recommendations below, to properly perform the towing procedure.
This machine is equipped with spring applied, hydraulic pressure released brakes. If the engine or power train hydraulics are inoperable, the brakes are applied and the machine cannot be moved.
Do not operate the track motors with the final drives disengaged. Damage could result.
To tow the machine, both final drives must be disengaged to prevent machine damage.
Before towing, make sure the tow line or bar is in good condition and has enough strength for the towing situation involved. Use a towing line or bar with a strength of at least 1.5 times the gross weight of the towing machine, for a disabled machine stuck in mud or when towing on a grade.
Keep the tow line angle to a minimum. Do not exceed a 30° angle from the straight ahead position.
Quick machine movement could overload the tow line or bar and cause it to break. Gradual and smooth machine movement will work better.
Normally, the towing machine should be as large as the disabled machine. Satisfy yourself that the towing machine has enough brake capacity, weight and power, to control both machines for the grade and distance involved.
To provide sufficient control and braking when moving a disabled machine downhill, a larger towing machine or additional machines connected to the rear could be required. This will prevent it from rolling uncontrolled.
The different situation requirements cannot be given, as minimal towing machine capacity is required on smooth level surfaces to maximum on inclines or poor surface conditions.
- 1. To disengage a final drive, block the tracks. Remove the thrust plug (1) from the center of the final drive case. Remove the puller bolt and washer (2) from the storage hole on the final drive case.
- 2. Install and tighten the puller bolt until the sun gear is pulled out of engagement with the planet gears.
NOTE: Torque lockup may require forcing a partial revolution of the sprocket to allow disengagement of the sun gear. Move the machine slightly with the tow line.