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Update On Front Mount 4 WD Articulated Tractor
Back in 1991 FARM SHOW published a story on my front-mount 4-WD articulated tractor, which positions the operator right up front for perfect visibility. I still have the tractor, which is powered by a Ford 140 cu. in. 4-cyl. water-cooled gas engine, with both driver and engine protected by a wire brush cage. The 58 hp tractor is equipped with front or rear pto, front and rear 3-pt. hitch, foot-controlled hydrostatic 4-WD, center articulation and oscillation, and four 11.2 by 24 ag tread tires.
  I've put more than 4,500 hours on it and I'm not afraid to go anywhere with it. The tractor's real strength is the ideal weight distribution for front or back attachments. As a result, there's no need for calcium in the tires, no need for wheel weights, and no need for removable weights either front or back.
  I recently built a larger model that's powered by a 90 hp Deere diesel engine and rides on big 14.9 by 24 tires. Otherwise, it has all the features of the original model and works fine. However, I've found that the 90 hp model is too big to maneuver easily in the woods. I'm still partial to the original one because of its size, versatility, and maneuverability. I'd like to build more of the original models. They would be powered by a diesel engine and sell for $60,000 to $70,000. (Maury Collins, Nelson Tractor Ltd., 521 Old Stoddard Road, Nelson, N.H. 03457 ph 603 847-3321; collinsworkall@yahoo.com; www.workall.com)

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #2