1997 - Volume #21, Issue #4, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Solution To Ford-Versatile Bi-Directional Tractors Burning UpWalter Ray, Warsaw, Ontario: "After we heard about problems farmers have had with Ford-Versatile 276 bi-directional tractors burning up, we inspected our own 276 which has front and rear hydraulics and 3-pt. hitches. I'm convinced that the problem farmers have had is that there are too many electrical and hydraulic lines running through the center articulation joint. The hydraulic lines wear through and then an electrical spark starts a fire. We think we've eliminated the problem permanently by wrapping a piece of thin plastic sheeting around the hydraulic lines. We simply used a snow sled that people up here call a "lazy carpet". There's a 5/16-in. steel loop in the articulation joint that rubs on the line. The plastic goes between that and the line. We just wrapped it around the line several times. Provides peace of mind."
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