1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Lower-Cost" Tracks Fit Any Combine
"Fargo Tracks" are 30-in. wide rubber tracks that fit over standard size (42-in.) dual wheels equipped with a 24-in. steel idler wheel. Special tires are machined flat to match the track. The idler wheels on each side of the combine are connected by an axle. To mount the tracks you remove the combine's original wheels and install the company's customized duals.
"There's a lot of interest in tracks for combines but high prices have made it hard to justify," says Jack Oberlander. "Our tracks mount without any permanent modification to the combine. The axle bolts to existing holes on the combine. One advantage of our design is that the transmission ratios on the combine remain the same so there's no affect on the combine speed and no affect on the accuracy of any monitors that you're using. All you get is a smooth, tire-like ride.
"The tracks can be made to fit most brands and models of combines. A complete system sells for about $22,000."
The company also manufactures tracks for use on gravity carts, air seeders, and manure tanks and spreaders. "By making use of used tracks and a less costly undercarriage design, we're able to sell our tracks for 65 to 70 percent of the cost of competitive brands," says Oberlander, who notes that tracks designed for 2-WD tractors are also currently under development.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Fargo Products, 1801 23rd Ave. N., Fargo, N. Dak. 58102 (ph 701 235-0124; fax 0125).
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