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Homemade Firewood Hauler
I used this "made it myself" machine for years to haul cords of fire wood.
  During the summer of 1965, the pile pictured took about a week to haul. There were 1,500 cords in all and I got $3.00 per cord so $100 a day 40 years ago was pretty good.
  The machine is made of two Allis-Chalmers WC tractors. Behind the transmission, which I moved back 6-in., I added a No. 80 roller chain and sprockets to drive the driveshaft going to the rear wheels. U joints and a carrier bearing from a Dodge truck were added to the joint where the machine bent to steer. A 4 by 16-in. hydraulic cylinder steered it. Although the WC engine lacked power, I added a WD 45 crankshaft and pistons and sleeves that increased the power. The wheels were 13 by 24 motor grader tires so I had to widen the rims 3 in.
  I also added tongs operated by a hydraulic system to move the cords. (Andrew Hauner, 617 Main St., P.O. Box 409, Littlefork, Minn. 56653)

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5