1992 - Volume #16, Issue #4, Page #10[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Baler Works On Rough GroundAlberta farmer Art Dechaine put a walking beam axle on his "early 80's" Vicon baler and also put a hydraulic lift arm on the hay pickup so he can adjust it on the go when working rough or soft ground.
Originally the baler had just one wheel on each side. Dechaine and his brother bolted a walking beam to the original axle and added a second wheel in back. The two spindles on the walking beams are spaced so wheel hubs are 40 in. apart. Because the beam, made out of 4 by 6-in. sq. tubing, just bolts to the original axle, it can be easily removed to convert back to a single-wheeled axle. The walking beam gives a better ride on rough ground while the second wheel provides better flotation over soft ground.
Dechaine added a hydraulic arm to the pickup on the baler. Allows him to change the height of pickup on the go depending on ground conditions.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup,
Art Dechaine, Box 15, Jarvie, Alberta T0G 1H0 Canada (ph 403 954-2117).
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