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Stretched-Out Cub Cadet Has Wooden Dump Bed
"I had a lot of fun building it," says Kent Peach, who stretched out a late 1970's Cub Cadet 1650 garden tractor. He also added a hydraulic-operated wooden dump bed and a two-person wooden seat.
    The rig is equipped with a 5-ft. long, 4-ft. wide dump bed made from maple flooring that he removed from an old store that was about to be torn down. The seat was also made from the same flooring.
    "I collect old Cub Cadet garden tractors and built it two years ago just for the challenge," says Peach.
     He stretched out the tractor by removing the seat, then unbolting the rear end and bolting on a new frame made from 5 by 1 1/2-in. channel iron. He used a length of 1-in. dia. steel rod to extend the driveshaft. However, the rod vibrated so bad whenever he revved up the engine that it almost came loose. He solved the problem by installing an oak carrier bearing block at each end of the rod.
    The bed is tilted by a hydraulic cylinder that operates off the same ports originally used to raise and lower the mower deck and the 3-pt. hitch.
    "I ran the maple flooring through a planer to get it shined up and then brushed a layer of polyurethane on it to bring out the flooring's natural color," says Peach.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kent Peach, 1110 Cottonwood St., Grand Forks, N. Dak. 58201 (ph 701 775-0532; knkpeach@msn.com).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #6