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Garden Tractor Tow Rig
“At my lawn mower repair shop I often have trouble moving riding mowers around that have bad transmissions,” says Steve Reining, Mt. Zion, Ill. “A lot of times the transmissions are locked so all you can do is drag them.”
    That’s what prompted Reining to build what he calls a “recovery module” to tow disabled tractors around the yard. “I used an axle and some scrap steel that I had laying around. The lifting device came from an old wheelchair loader that a friend gave me. I took it apart to get the parts I needed. It had electric controls but I had to rework those slightly to get it to do what I needed.
    “The lifter is 12-volt so I just made a tray for a small garden tractor battery and power the system using that. It provides plenty of power. I keep it on a battery maintainer when not in use.
    “Now I just back up to the rear of the tractor I need to move, lower the lift until I can place the hook under the mower, then lift it up so the wheels are off the ground.
    “You do need a fairly heavy towing tractor. I have an old Wheel Horse tractor that’s fixed up as a sort of utility unit. I built a wide seat for it so I can actually drive it from either side. Its a hydrostatic unit so works great for doing all my odd jobs”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steven Reining, 120 W. Main St., Mt Zion Ill. 62549 (ph 217-864-4664).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4