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Cultivator Resembles Allis Chalmers G
William Davis of Masontown, W. Va., built a one-of-a-kind cultivating tractor to run between the 48-in. rows in his garden. Using salvaged materials, he kept the cost to about $2,000.
“It looks somewhat similar to an Allis Chalmers G but is much longer. The operator sits in the middle of the tractor on a cushioned boat seat and has a great view of the cultivator up front, without having to twist around to see the work being done,” says Davis. “My nephew and I use it on our market vegetable garden where we grow peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and other vegetables, all on 48 in. rows. We built it about 8 years ago after adding to our acreage.”
The tractor is built on the running gear off a small Kubota tractor. Davis lengthened the rear half of the tractor and mounted it to face backward. The tractor’s hitch is bolted to a home-built, 4-in. channel iron frame that’s connected to the tractor’s front steering axle. The tractor’s original 3-pt. hitch and cylinder mount over the axle, and support a toolbar-mounted cultivator that’s raised or lowered hydraulically.
The tractor’s original 20 hp. engine and transmission were worn out, so Davis replaced the engine with a hydraulic motor and connected it to the hydrostatic transmission and 30 hp. engine off a junked skid loader. “The motor operates a hydrostatic steering unit salvaged from an old Ariens riding mower purchased on eBay,” he says.
The tractor is equipped with a moveable pto shaft that’s driven by a secondary hydraulic motor and can be installed on the front, back or side of the tractor. “The variable speed pto can drive an implement at any speed,” says Davis.
An aluminum box in front of the steering wheel contains the tractor’s ignition switch and gauge panel. A lever next to the steering wheel controls the 3-pt. hitch, and other levers control the tractor’s throttle, transmission, and a pair of hydraulic pumps.
Davis used 1/8-in. thick steel to build fenders for the rear wheels and also to build a big hydraulic reservoir. The side-mounted exhaust pipe came with the skid loader.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, William Davis, 1250 Long Hollow Rd., Masontown, W. Va. 26542 (ph 304 864-5832; mwdavis80@gmail.com).

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