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Cub Cadet Flies High Over Farm
It's pretty obvious that Jared Trone is a big fan of Cub Cadet tractors. Drive by his rural Astoria, Ill., home, and you can't miss the Cub Cadet balanced on top of a 30-ft. pole.
    Jared was given the pole, a former streetlight. Since he and his father, Tom, pull with Cadets, he thought it would be cool to mount one on the pole.
    Father and son worked together to reduce the weight of an Original Cub Cadet, by removing some of the internal parts. They bolted a plate on the bottom of the tractor after finding its balance point and welded on a round piece to hold the pole with a couple of bolts.
Jared's mother, Pam, painted it - top and bottom.
    The Trones poured a concrete slab using a star-shaped form a local man had made and cemented in four 1-in. bolts to secure the plate to the bottom of the pole.
    "The most challenging part was how to get it up there," Pam says.
    Fortunately, a local grain bin company, Briney Brothers Construction LLC, had just purchased a new crane. They agreed to test the crane out raising the Trones' pole.
    "They had to put it up twice, because the first time they had to figure out how to get the straps off," Pam says. On the second attempt they dropped the ropes through a clevis, and a worker rode the crane cable to let it loose.
    The tractor moves a couple of feet in strong winds, but everything seems to be secure, Pam says. It attracts plenty of comments.
    "Most of them are 'How did you get that up there?'" Pam notes. "Others say, 'Why would you ruin a good Cub Cadet?'"
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Trone Family, 808 N. Timothy Lane, Astoria, Ill. 61501 (ph 309 329-2236; troneastor@aol.com).

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4