2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3, Page #37[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Power Steering Added to 1989 Belarus 2 TractorGary Combs, Concord, Ohio: "My 1989 Belarus 25 hp tractor used to steer like an old steel-wheeled Fordson. Now it steers so easy I feel like the King of Siam when I'm driving it. I added power steering to my 1989 Belarus 25 hp tractor, using parts I bought at a forklift truck company.
"My total cost was less than $400.
"The tilt steering wheel, column and servo valve came off a forklift truck, while the hydraulic pump and hoses are off a 1988 Toyota pickup. I mounted the pump on an angle iron bracket bolted on top of the engine. I bought a new hydraulic cylinder and bolted it to one of the tractor's front spindles. There was limited space for a hydraulic reservoir, so I had my friend Alvin Zinz build a small 2-quart reservoir out of two 1-lb. propane tanks. Zinz cut the bottoms out of the tanks and soldered them together in the middle.
"I replaced the tractor's two 6-volt batteries with one 12-volt battery, which left more room for the hydraulic reservoir.
"When I added power steering I also completely restored the tractor. Now it's like I have a whole new tractor. I paid $100 for the servo valve, and my friend Tom Latchaw gave me the pump. A new servo valve would have cost about $500 and Belarus sells an add-on power steering kit for $3,000, so I saved a lot of money. The only part I bought new was the hydraulic cylinder. I paid $89 for it at Tractor Supply Company. The steering wheel that I bought was cracked so I replaced it with one off an old MG car.
"I think the same idea would work on any tractor that doesn't have power steering but is equipped with a steering arm. My thanks to Tom and Alvin for their help and ideas. It made this project much easier to do."
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