2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Self-Cleaning, Airless Center Pivot Wheels
“It’s the only wheel on the market that self-cleans, has no moving parts, and is airless and maintenance-free. It’s the last pivot wheel you’ll ever need,” says Schaaf.
Schaaf farms under center pivots and is a Valley irrigation dealer, so he knows the problems involved firsthand. “Our customers were tired of buying $500 plus pivot tires, only to have them go flat because the tires rotted in the sun. We tested the Mud Commander over 3 irrigation seasons to ensure proper operation and long life,” says Schaaf.
The Mud Commander fits all brands of center pivots with an 8-bolt wheel pattern. It’s made from 3/8-in. thick, powder-coated steel and comes with a series of 4-in. dia., 10-in. long heavy wall pipes welded onto the wheel perimeter, which serve as cleats. A 12-in. dia. steel hub reinforcing ring (included) reduces stress on the hub.
“The open design allows mud to flow through the pipes and fall back into the track as the pivot moves forward, preventing deep ruts in the field,” says Schaaf. “The wheels don’t spin out or push mud out of the track like a rubber tire does. Another benefit is the rounded pipes cushion the shock on the initial start-up of the tower motor, which reduces stress on the drivetrain.”
The Mud Commander wheel measures 48 in. tall, similar to a standard 14.9 by 24-in. tire and wheel assembly. “We use a short wheel because it allows us to ship the wheels by LTL freight on a 4 by 4-ft. pallet, which reduces the shipping cost,” says Schaaf.
The Mud Commander is currently being tested on corner center pivots to determine performance. It sells for $1,100 per wheel plus S&H.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Irrigation Listings, Mud Commander LLC, Nebraska Hwy. 11, Ord, Neb. 68862 (ph 402 300-3113; www.mudcommander.com).
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