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Mini Wagon Running Gear
“I built a wagon gear that looks and works like an actual farm wagon running gear, but is scaled down to garden tractor size,” says Steve Nichols, Galesburg, Ill.
  He started with the front axle and wheels off an MTD garden tractor and fabricated the rest of the wagon, which rides on 15 by 6.50 by 6 wheels.
  “The wagon pivots at the waist and has rocking bolsters, just like on real farm wagons,” says Nichols. “I’ve built and sold 3 of these wagons and let the buyer make his own hay rack or box.
  “I found the decal that’s on the axle at a local swap meet, and since I had obtained the white painted wheels at a garage sale I decided to make this running gear a ‘Case’ brand and painted it orange. All my running gears are scaled down to the size of an average lawn tractor.”
  Nichols says he has started working on another running gear using the cast iron front axle from a Huskee garden tractor. “It will be more on the scale of my Deere 318, with larger flotation tires. Since the wheels I have are painted silver, it will likely become a ‘Case IH’ wagon,” he notes.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Nichols, 1248 N. Seminary St., Galesburg, Ill. 61401 (ph 309 337-7141; stevelola77@gmail.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3