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Half-Scale Articulating 9630 4-WD Deere
We’re willing to bet that no one has built more scale model tractors and other unique creations than Don Campbell, Gaylord, Mich., who recently showed us his one-of-a-kind half-scale articulating “new-style” 9630 Deere 4-WD tractor.

    “I’ve wanted to build a Deere 4-WD for 20 years,” says Campbell, who doesn’t work from plans or measurements. He just eyeballs each job, fabricating most of the parts he needs in his well-equipped shop. “A dairy farmer down the road has 6 articulating Deeres, all fitted with Degelman blades. This one also has a blade and the newer 9630 hood.

    “I started out with the frame, axles and engine from an old Steiner front-mount mower. I also used the hydraulics and pivot joint. The wheels were fitted with 8 30-in. tall tires to give it a big tractor look. It has a 23 hp. twin cylinder Kohler gas engine. I lengthened the front and rear frames by 12 in. and made new fenders and a fuel tank as well as the hood.

    “Unlike most half-scale tractors I’ve seen, which have distorted-looking cabs so the driver can get into them, I made mine with a cab of the same scale so it’s proportional to the tractor. It looks factory-built.

    “I sometimes use the tractor in winter to move snow but otherwise it has a home in the shed. The blade gives it a nice finishing touch and it’s kind of fun to have a half-scale version of my neighbor’s 6 tractors with blades on them.”

    You can check out Campbell’s 9630 on a video at www.farmshow.com.

    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Don Campbell, P.O. Box 132, Gaylord, Mich. 49734 (ph 989 732-3946; doncampbellmodels@yahoo.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1