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Do It Yourself Tractor Fenders
"While building a transport trailer that doubles as a quick way to move tractors between fields and farms, I came up with a cheap and easy way to make fenders out of plastic chemical barrels," says Robert Lee Greenwood, Bellwood, Neb.
"They cost very little since we used all salvaged parts. To start outI made mounting brackets out of 1/4 by 1 1/4-in. strap iron formed to match the arch of the tires. It's held in place by two L-shaped brackets, positioning the arch at the center of tire width and at least 2 in. above the tire surface.
"I cut the fender out of the bottom of a plastic chemical drum and bolted it to the support bracket using large-headed bolts that are normally used to repair the paddles on Deere clean grain elevators.
"The trick in making the fenders is to use the bottom of the drum for the feeder. The fender should be cut about 1-in. wider than the width of the tire and when you cut out the bottom of the barrel, leave rounded tabs every 8 to 12 in. to fasten the side of the fender to. The fender side can be cut from the flat part of the barrel center panel. Then use the elevator bolts to fasten the semi-circles to the sides of the fenders. The last step is to round off all the corners.
"These custom fenders are tough, flexible and rust-free."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Lee Greenwood, Rt. 1, Box 137, Bellwood, Neb. 68624.

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #3