2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
One-Wheeled Trailer Provides Lots Of Fun
The trailer measures 3 ft. square and rides on a swivel wheel assembly off an old semi-mount sicklebar mower. The trailer frame is 2 by 5/16-in. thick angle iron. A metal railing surrounds 3 sides of the trailer and is made from 1-in. sq. tubing off the frame of an old porch glider.
The hitch assembly uses a pair of brackets that attach to a 3/4-in. dia. metal rod that can be hooked up to most tractor drawbars, and also to any Cat. I 3-pt. hitch.
“I came up with the idea because I remember as a child that our neighbor hauled feed for his livestock on a one-wheeled trailer,” says Schaeffer.
He says building the trailer turned out to be more fun than expected. “I often use the trailer to haul children in parades, and every spring I take it with me on a 100-mile tractor ride. I fasten a plastic storage box to the trailer floor to haul gas cans, rain gear, a tool kit, jumper cables, lawn chairs and other odds and ends.”
A one-wheeled trailer pushes straight behind the tractor, which he says makes it easy to steer and to back up, especially when loading and unloading from a flatbed trailer.
He has also made brackets to fit his Allis Chalmers G and Deere B tractors, as well as his Farmall Cub. “The trailer looks really nice hooked up to the Cub because it’s proportionately sized,” notes Schaeffer.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Reed Schaeffer, 180 Murphy Hollow Road, Ford City, Penn. 16226 (ph 724 845-8794; email@example.com).
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