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Nifty way to mount tractor duals
Putting spacer hubs on both the tractor wheel and dual wheel makes it easy to bolt on an the extra wheel when needed.
"I've used these hubs and extra wheels for 15 years with good results on rough and steep land. They stabilize the tractor when bushhogging steep hillsides," says W. A. Gibbs, Elmwood, Tenn.
He used heavy plate steel to make the spacers. The spacer on the tractor wheel protrudes just 2 112 in. so it's inside the edge of the tire. That way the hub is out of the way when duals aren't needed.
The spacer on the extra wheel hub is about 15 in. long and is strengthened by three 1 by 2-in. gussets. Each spacer has a flat round plate on the end. The two plates bolt together to hold the wheel on. The long spacer on the extra wheel stays on all the time. To mount the wheel, Gibbs rolls the extra wheel up alongside the tractor, lines up the spacer bolt holes and fastens the spacers together.
"I reverse the tread on the extra wheel so it runs to the rear. It increases traction backing up on steep ground and doesn't hurt forward pulling ability much," says Gibbs. He uses slightly narrower tires on the outside dual wheels than the tires on the tractor because "they give plenty of traction and stability yet don't put so much strain on the tractor."
Contact: W.A. Gibbs, Rt. 1, Box 54, Elmwood, Tenn. 38560.

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #6