2006 - Volume #30, Issue #3, Page #19
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Tandem Axle Dolly Wheel Hay Wagon

Andy Tilleraas of County Line Welding in San Pierre, Ind., makes a lot of custom built equipment to suit his clients' needs.
  One such project was what he calls his "tandem axle dolly wheel hay wagon."     "This is one of those things that was not my idea, but it turned out great. It's unique and very practical," Tilleraas says. "My customer, Roger Martin, moves a lot of hay. He wanted more capacity and to be able to travel at higher speeds safely. This dolly wagon was the outcome of our collaboration."
  The unit is all-steel, with an expanded metal floor for longevity. It has a 12-in. channel iron frame and the cross members are 3-in. channel iron, spaced on 12-in. centers.
  The wagon is 9 by 20 ft. with walking tandem axles on the rear and the dolly wheel assembly on front. There are grease zerks on every pivot point.
  "The rack at the back slides into two stake pockets and can be lifted off by two people," Tilleraas says. "The rack is tipped back slightly to keep the bales from shifting forward and falling off."
  The wagon has a telescoping tongue and rides on 12 1/2 by 15 floatation-type implement tires. It has a capacity of 18 tons and will hold 265 small square bales, according to Tilleraas. It also has a rear hitch for pulling multiple wagons.
  "The reason this design has never been done before is that people think it will twist when you turn, and dump off the bales. But the frame is built very rigid. The walking tandems on the rear allow the wheels to give and not the wagon itself," he explains.
  Martin has used the wagon for three years with no problem, according to Tilleraas.
  "You can pull these wagons empty at 60 mph with a pickup. When loaded, you can go as fast as you want, as long as you have a vehicle heavy enough to stop it, because there are no brakes on it. With a 1-ton 4-WD pickup, that's usually 35 to 40 mph. These wagons won't sway like a 4-wheel wagon will," Tilleraas says. "I'd be happy to give a price quote if someone is interested."
  He adds that dealer inquiries and requests for information on other products that he has available are always welcome.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Andy Tilleraas, County Line Welding and Fabrication Inc., 14313 W 800 N, San Pierre, Indiana 46374 (ph 219 309-6467; countylinewelding@yahoo.com).

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