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Tractor Roller Wheels
Tractor tire compaction is no longer a problem on the John Harle farm near Sauchen, Scotland, since he designed "roller wheels" to replace the front wheels on his field tractors.
Harle farms in light soils that are easily compacted by tractor tires and he's had trouble for years with uneven seeding depths due to uneven tractor tracks and ruts made on turns by the front tractor tires.
The wheels consist of four close-coupled wheels on an extended axle a couple feet in front of the tractor. The old tires are replaced and the steering is done hydraulically.
"The tires fill in the gaps between the rear tractor tires so all the ground is rolled flat. This evens out the seeding depth," notes Harle.
Harle says the wheels fit quickly to most tractors with only minor modifications to the front end. The wheel assembly sells for around $2,000.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Harle, Managing Director, Cluny Home Farms, Sauchen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (ph 305 033 03355).

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5