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Lawn tractors will pull a surprising load with a 14.5 hp engine, as long as the load is on wheels and there are no slopes involved.

In general, LT transaxles are limited to a maximum static load of 600 - 700 lb, including the operator, but not including the rims and tires and any ballast applied to them.

The lack of weight carried by the rear wheels is the limiting factor for pulling loads with your tractor. The engine is big enough to tow a 7000 lb trailer when installed in a heavier tractor that can carry more ballast.
 

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Yes surprisingly it does have impressive pulling power but if the pulling power was better it would really help!

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Load the rear tires with windshield washer antifreeze or plumbing antifreeze. While it will work with tubes, it is messy and time consuming when either filling or emptying. It is better with tubeless tires.

The second step for ballasting is to add wheel weights and 2-link tire chains.

The third step is to add about 150 lb of weight to the rear of the tractor.

The above combination will pretty much max out the axle capacity for load carrying, and put it at some risk for torque capability, but it will result in a substantial increase in pulling power.

As with any piece of equipment, the closer you get to maximum performance, the shorter the service life becomes. We constantly receive requests from LT owners for assistance because they regularly used their tractors on steep grades and reduced the hydro transmission service life by 80% in the process.
 

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Good idea! I think I will take a look for a quad though due to more speed and power
Again, power is not the answer for pulling. Weight is. Neither is speed. Hard, sudden stops tend to break things.

Your tractor could weigh as much as 650 - 700 lb when properly ballasted. The difference between that and a quad is that the bulk of the weight is carried by the two drive tires, not spread out to all four tires as on a quad.

I have a 16 hp GT that is more than capable of out pulling two or three quads at the same time. Why? Because it weighs 2465 lb with all-up ballast weight.

How much difference does weight make? 800 hp JD vs18 hp.steam.

 

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The angle of the tow bar is insignificant when compared to the weight difference between the 18 hp steam tractor and the 800 hp JD. Even when the steamer had its rear tires down in the trenches dug by the JD and the JD was on undisturbed ground with the tow bar almost dead level on the last pull, the steamer still walked away.

The purpose of posting the video is to show that more horsepower does not affect pulling power nearly as much as more weight. Even with a tow bar that is attached at the same height on two tractors that are the same except for the load on the rear tires, the tractor with more weight on the drive tires will outpull the other even if there is a 1.25% hp advantage for the other tractor. It is, after all, an extreme example when compared to the 44.44% advantage in this video.

Likewise, the low gearing is irrelevant. Whether high or low, once traction is broken, the tractor with the spinning tires loses. There-in lies the difference between torque and horsepower.
 

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How big is the deck? If it's only like 38" or maybe 42" and you take it slow and don't try to cut very tall grass it might work.
My point of reference is the old 21" walk behind mowers from the '60s that had 3.5 hp engines. Heavy grass over a broken septic line would bog them down terribly, but a normal weekly cutting was no problem. Add the extra horsepower necessary to move a 500 lb tractor and operator and 7 hp is (barely) enough for a 38" deck. For a 42" deck, 10 hp is more realistic for a gear drive and 12 hp for a hydro drive.
 
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