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Aircraft Baggage Carts Turned Into "Wagon Train" Hay Hauler
"I hook them up like a wagon train to move round bales off our hay fields and to haul lumber out of the woods," says John King, Midland, Va., who pulls 10 used aircraft baggage carts together at a time.
    King bought the used baggage carts at a surplus auction for $10 apiece. The 4-wheel steer carts were about 28 years old when King bought them in 1986. The carts are 7 ft. long and 4 ft. wide and are equipped with steerable front axles. King didn't have to make any modifications to the carts at all. Each cart has a 4-in. dia. loop on front of its tongue and is simply pinned to the cart ahead of it. He installed a similar ring hitch on the drawbar of his tractor.
    "I use a front-end loader to load bales onto the carts," says King. "The round bales fit perfectly into the saddle at the bottom of each cart. It's amazing how well the carts follow each other in the field. I can drive in a circle and make only one set of tracks. Another advantage is that the carts are equipped with foam-filled tires which never go flat."
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John King, 6557 Stoney Road, Midland, Va. 22728 (ph 540 439-3978).

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #3