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8-Wheeled Wagon Can Convert To Skis
It works great for gardening and landscaping work, and in winter the wheels can be replaced by skis," says Wilbert Sas, Rochester, Minn., about the mini wagon chassis that he builds for sale in his spare time.
  The 8-wheeled wagons have tandem oscillating axles both on front and back and are designed to be pulled behind a garden tractor. They can carry loads up to one ton.
  The chassis is made from 1 by 1 1/2-in. rectangular steel tubing and rides on tandem axles equipped with 3 1/2-in. wide, 12-in. high wheels. The axles are made from stress proof steel and support bolsters that measure 30 in. wide and are spaced 4 ft. apart. To replace the wheels with skis, you simply pull a snap ring pin from each wheel and pin the skis on in their place.
  "The tandem oscillating axles distribute the weight better and increase the wagon's load carrying capacity. They also result in a really smooth ride," says Sas. "The bolster is only 12 1/2 in. high, which makes the wagon easy to load and also helps keep the wagon from ever tipping over. The customer can build whatever kind of box he wants high and narrow or low and wide, etc. Generally, the overall length of the wagon will be about 5 1/2 ft."
  The skis are made from 1/4-in. thick flat steel and measure 2 in. wide by 1 ft. long. According to Sas, it takes only two or three minutes to replace all the wheels with skis. "The skis let you use the wagon during the winter for hauling firewood or taking wild game out of the woods, or just giving your kids a ride. The wagon can be pulled behind an ATV or snowmobile."
   The wagon chassis sells for $700, skis included.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wilbert Sas, 1710 20th Ave. N.E., Rochester, Minn. 55906 (ph 507 289-5436).


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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #6