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Widen Front Tractor Axles
Rick Wendling and his son, Jake, like to side dress corn with NH3. The Mason, Ill., farmers wanted to use their big 4-WD Deutz-Allis 9170 but the wheels were not spaced for 30-in. rows. The front wheels were originally positioned so that they would run between tracks made by the duals on back.
  To solve the problem they went to welder Gary Hatten in Neoga, Ill. He made "spacers" to move the front wheels out so they run in line with the outer duals on back. A corn row now passes between each set of duals.
  The spacers are made from 16-in. dia. oil field pipe with 1/2-in. thick steel. He welded plates into both ends of the pipe that match up to bolts on the original drive hub and the tractor wheel. No modification was needed to the tractor or to the wheel.
  This was the second time welder Hatten has made spacers to extend tractor drive axles. He buys the oil field pipe from a nearby oil pipe supply company.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gary Hatten, RR1, Neoga, Ill. 62447 (ph 217 849-3352).

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #4