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Power wagon built from 2-ton truck
"Converting an old truck into a pto-driven grain trailer lets me haul grain right through wet spots in the field. It gives me most of the benefits of hauling grain with a truck but without paying for a truck license and insurance," says Norman Wigfield, Clyde, N.Y., who pulls his "power wagon" with a Deutz 120 hp tractor equipped with duals.
Wigfield stripped a 325-bu. 1952 Dodge 2-ton single axle 14-ft. grain truck of everything but the chassis, rear axle, 5-speed transmission, and body. Then he shortened up the truck's frame by 1 ft. to make room for a heavy duty hitch that he borrowed from a Massey Ferguson flail chopper. He slid the transmission back 1 ft. and welded a pto shaft off the flail chopper to the transmission. The pto shaft turns in the opposite direction as the engine so he had to turn the truck's rear end upside down to keep the wagon running in the right direction
Wigfield bought the worn-out truck from a neighbor. "When the ground is too wet to use my two single- axle trucks, I park them and use this trailer to dump grain into the dryer. I also use it on dry ground if the trucks can't keep up with the dryer," says Wigfield, who equipped the trailer with signal and tail lights so he can haul grain over the road at night.
The tractor's pto shaft also runs a hydraulic pump that allows Wigfield to raise the truck's body by putting the transmission in neutral with the pto in gear.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Norman Wigfield, 10607 Kelsig Road, Clyde, N.Y. 14433 (ph 315 923-7954).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #6