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Left and right hand drive model 60s.

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10 months 1 week ago #251181 by Deas Plant.
Hi, 17AFarmer.
The vision from the seat of a Sixty is pretty good whichever side you are seated on 'coz there is no hood or firewall to obstruct it. The D9 i s whole nuther story as far as seeing excatly where your right track is running.

Just my 0.02.

You have a wonderful day. Best wishes. Deas Plant.

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10 months 1 week ago #251184 by D4Jim
I managed to herd a D9 back in 1964 as a push Cat on scrapers for two days. Working on a diversion dam in SW Nebraska.
The main thing I remember is sitting so far to the left and the visibility was poor at best trying to line up to push the scrapers.
Don't know the make nor year of the D9 but it sure had noisy clutches.

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10 months 1 week ago #251185 by Deas Plant.
Hi, D4Jim.
You can get used to sitting so far to the left. I learned to pick up STOPPED scrapers in 2nd gear at full throttle with no bump - - - and from either side.

Just my 0.02.

You have a wonderful day. Best wishes. Deas Plant.

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10 months 1 week ago - 10 months 1 week ago #251188 by gauntjoh
It seems like we may all have to agree to disagree on this one.
When ploughing with my D7 (7M), I have to sit over on the right of the seat so as to be able to see along the furrow (one way plough, would be different with a reversible plough).
So I am definitely right of centre when ploughing !

My "Avatar" picture says it all !

John Gaunt, ACMOC Director, UK
Last edit: 10 months 1 week ago by gauntjoh.

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10 months 1 week ago #251190 by Ray54
A interesting subject with no correct answer as different jobs have the operator watching different places as the action has moved. Deas last post has a key for anyone LERANED. It takes some of us a lot more practice than others to learn. And then there is the seat warmers, that never even tries to become a better operator.


Like 17AFarmer I spend most of my time on the right watching the furrow over there. The offset disc was the most used tillage tool in my world. Running the right side of the disc to the pervious pass was considered correct. I never questioned it, just the way I was tote. Because of hills, canyons and what ever, I was told work this field the wrong way this time. So at a early stage of my learning I did learn you could go the WRONG WAY, in the field. (I really need emojis, guys that developed soft ware for this site) ( yes if I was smarter, I could "import" it) As an adult I learned many companies made offset discs that had the hinge point on the other side.(more happy emojis) The bigger the tractor, the bigger the tillage tool behind it, and your looking father off to the side to see the end of the tool, the dash and other things on the tractor are not in the way of seeing ( those lovely wonderful 30+ foot wide spring tooth cultivators, big smile) were you want the edge of your tool.


But again, most of us can LEARN. Then we can operate from either side. But you can still tell the boss how dumb he is for getting the seat on the WRONG side. But as the plowing picture shows there really is best way to see on some jobs.

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10 months 6 days ago #251244 by Wombat
Following through all this thread, I think there is one factor not realized. Most of the commenters are operating tractors with seat tanks, on the other hand the fuel tank on a SIXTY is fender mounted with the exception of a Cold Weather configured tractor, hence the fuel tank can be an obstruction to the operator trying to follow a plough furrow on the right side if it is a left hand drive tractor.

Kind regards, Wombat

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10 months 6 days ago #251247 by Deas Plant.
Hi, Wombat.
I have only ever run a left hand drive Sixty in a parade at Santa Margarita and that was a LH drive version butI seem to remember that there was pretty fair vision to the front of the right track ahead of the fuel tank.

Just my 0.02.

You have a wonderful day. Best wishes. Deas Plant.

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