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Old Bean Rider Converted To Utility Tractor
"It does more than a 4-wheeler ATV and cost far less to build," says Lyle Fisher, who used the mechanical components from an old Schweiss 3-wheel bean rider to build what he calls a utility tractor.
Fisher unveiled the tractor at the recent Minnesota Inventors Congress near Redwood Falls, Minn. The 2-WD rig measures 8 1/2 ft. long, 6 ft. high, and 56 in. wide and has a cab as well as a 3-pt. hitch and pto on front. It rides on a pair of 15-in. car tires on front and 10-in. tires on back. Power is supplied by an 18 hp Briggs & Stratton gas engine. Fisher used the bean rider's engine, seat, hydrostatic transmission, live hydraulics, power steering, fuel and hydraulic tanks, hydraulic hose, and battery. He made his own chassis including the drive axle and steering axle. "I have a line of equipment that I use with it including a 5-ft. belly mower, a sprayer, snowblower, worktable, push hitch, and dozer blade," says Fisher. "One lever controls for-ward and reverse and another lever engages the pto, which is direct-driven off the engine crankshaft. I use the pto to operate the snow-blower and mower. The pto could also be used to operate an auger.
"There are a lot of bean riders around be-cause so many farmers have switched to drilled beans or Roundup Ready beans in re-cent years."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lyle Fisher, RR 2, Jackson, Minn. 56143 (ph 507 847-4757).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #5