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Garden Tractor Fitted With Small 10-In. Wheels
“I’m just 16 years old, and a few years ago I bought a tractor from my grandpa’s neighbor for $10 and have been working on it ever since,” says Cameron Messinger, Hummelstown, Penn. “It had a waterlogged motor and a flat front tire. I used the good front tire on another lawn tractor, so when I got the motor running after an overhaul I needed 2 replacement front tires.”
  Instead of buying 2 new tires for upwards of $30 apiece, Cameron went to Northern Tool and bought 10-in. low-speed wheels. “I spent $16 for both wheels, and about $10 for a dozen brass fender washers to use as spacers,” he says. “The wheels slid right onto the spindles with no play. The wheels are narrower than normal tubeless mower tires, so I used the washers to space them out. I cotter pinned them on like the original tires, and they work great.”
  He offers a word of caution. “I wouldn’t try this idea on a lawn tractor equipped with a deck, because the smaller wheels lower the tractor’s front end a good bit and will mess up your cut. I use this tractor without the deck to pull small trailers, and it backs them up like it has power steering. I think the combination of better bearings in the wheels and a smaller surface area on the tires makes this a win-win.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Cameron Messinger, 158 Brinser Rd., Hummelstown, Penn. 17036 (abcmessy@juno.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1