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Airbags Give Oliver A Smooth Ride
C. Roger Podoll doesn’t bounce around any more when he takes his 770 Oliver out to the woods, thanks to its air ride seat. Podoll works on trucks and semi tractors in his shop, giving him easy access to used suspension bladders. When an airbag on one side of a truck goes bad, the other is also replaced, even if it is still fine.
    “I usually have a couple bags sitting around,” says Podoll. “It took less than an hour to install one on my tractor.”
    Suspension air bags are essentially a rubberized fabric bellows set between two metal blocks. Podoll attached threaded rods to the blocks to mount the air bags between the pto shield and the seat.
    Podoll fitted the airbags with a Schrader air valve to pump them up to 10 lbs. pressure.
    “I let out air until it felt right,” says Podoll. “The air does leak out after a couple of weeks but I can quickly pump them back up. If you used a new one, leaks would be no problem. But why buy new if you can make it for nothing or next to nothing?”
    Podoll says the used suspension units have found lots of new uses. “I know one guy who uses an airbag for a tensioner on his baler,” he adds.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Roger Podoll, W8772 State Rd. 21, Wautoma, Wis. 54982 (ph 920 295-2357).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5