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Truck Wheels Gave Skid Steer A Lift
“Our skid steer loader is the handiest machine we’ve got on the farm, but it sometimes used to get hung up in gravel, dirt, manure or silage, so I fixed the problem by putting on larger wheels fitted with truck tires,” says Minnesota farmer Al Hernke.
Hernke bought four 295R225 truck tires for $150 apiece and four aluminum rims for $25 each for a total investment of $700. He made adaptor rings from scrap metal for mounting the larger wheels to the hubs.
“It took me less than two days to put the whole setup together,” says Hernke. “Now the skid steer works at least 25 percent faster and more efficiently than with the OEM tires. I can travel faster from farm to farm, because the larger wheels provide more speed. The extra clearance sure helps when cleaning out cattle lots, moving gravel, snow and other material. My time and materials worked out to be less money than if I’d put on new skid steer tires, which are quite expensive.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Hernkes Inc., 6510 County Road 9 Blvd., Cannon Falls, Minn. 55009.

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #1