1982 - Volume #6, Issue #6, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Way To Unstuck Tractors , Combines
Made of molded steel, the Traction Aid is a series of spring-loaded arms that fit across the tire tread, providing extra traction and biting power. The device bolts onto the wheel rims of combines, trucks, and tractors, including 4-wheel drives.
Manufactured in Italy, the Traction Aid is distributed in North America by Drummond Manu-Rep, Drummondville, Quebec. According to the company, the new device provides better traction under wet or sandy conditions, reduces soil compaction, and prolongs tire life by reducing the wear and tear from slipping.
The traction lugs are a series of spring loaded arms which ride in the "retracted" position when not needed. When needed, they flip over, by hand, fitting across the tire tread to provide the extra gripping action. You can flip any number of the lugs over at one time. The lugs extend about 4 in. over the tire and reach a little over half way across the tread.
When not needed, such as on pavement, or in normal field conditions, the arms can be flipped back out of the way.
Sizes are available for 14, 15, 16, 20, 24, 28, 30, 34, and 38 in. dia. rims. A traction aid for a 14 in. by 30 in. tire, for example, weighs right at 475 lbs.
The 14 in. model sells for about $700 for a set of two, and the 38 in. model for right at $3,000 per set. Freight costs are extra.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Drummond Manu-Rep, P.O. Box 711, Drummondville, Quebec, Canada J2B 6W6 (ph 819 477-9069).
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