What is in this article?:
- Limiting power hop through proper weight, ballast and tire inflation pressure
- Overall tractor weight
- Weight distribution
- Tire inflation pressures
- What to do if still experiencing power hop
- Bottom line
One factor that can severely inhibit productivity is power hop — a bouncing effect a tractor sometimes experiences when pulling a high draw-bar load. By understanding what causes power hop, however, farmers can better diagnose the problem and make minor adjustments to correct it.
What to do if still experiencing power hop
If a farmer has followed all of the aforementioned guidelines for adjusting overall tractor weight, weight distribution and tire inflation pressures, but is still experiencing power hop, that farmer should consult with the tractor manufacturer for advice on next steps. These recommendations will often include raising front inflation pressures and/or removing weight from the front axle in order to shift the tractor’s center of gravity toward the rear of the machine.
Every scenario is unique and every machine is unique, which is why manufacturers’ recommendations will vary slightly based on factors such as tractor type, soil type and average speed.