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He Added Strength, Floatation to Deere Drill Tandem
The tandem hitch on Ben Dechant's pair of Deere 750 drills wasn't strong enough and he needed extra flotation for soft ground. So the Manning, Alberta, farmer beefed up the hitch and added additional wheels to the front and back of each drill.
"We used the modified rig last year in very soft conditions with no problems whatsoever," Dechant says.
"We built a complete new hitch and mounted the castor wheel assemblies from the drills on the hitch. We replaced the wheels and tires with a pair of dual 21.5 by 16-in. tires and rims. The drills attach to the new hitch with a hook welded to the back of the hitch frame.
"We added hubs and spindles to the rear and fitted them with the original wheels and tires from the front of the drills. This doubled the flotation on the back of the drills.
"Our roads are wide enough to allow us to transport the drills in field position. To store the drills, we built a two-wheel dolly onto which we set the yoke of each drill. Each drill can then be moved individually."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ben Dechant, Box 891, Manning, Alberta, Canada T0H 2M0 (ph 403 836-2287; fax 2868).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #2