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“Made It Myself” Wheel Horse Implements
“Back in 1974 my dad bought a new WheelHorse 120 12 hp. garden tractor, which for years served as the main tractor on our 30-acre farm. To save money, he cut down several old farm implements to use with the tractor. I’m still using some of those implements today, as is my friend Mike Grubb who owns a couple of smaller 8 hp. WheelHorse tractors,” says James Byrn, Georgetown, Ind.
Some of the implements include a 3-ft. tandem disk, a single lift hitch combination rake-cultivator, a home-built sawmill, a fifth wheel-mounted wagon, and a single-bottom moldboard plow.
“At the time, WheelHorse made some commercial implements for its tractors. However, whenever my dad needed something he’d build it, even if it cost twice as much to build as the commercial product,” says Byrn.
The 18-in. sawmill blade is belt-driven off the same shaft that drives the tractor’s belly-mounted mower. “When we were kids, my brother and I helped our dad use the saw to make firewood. My dad and brother fed logs into the saw, and I threw the firewood into a trailer made from an old pickup. We could fill it in 15 min.,” says Byrn. “Now Grubb uses the sawmill on his WheelHorse. The mill’s original mounting brackets didn’t fit his tractor, so he used 2 by 4’s to make a platform that extends several feet out in front of the tractor and mounted the blade on it. He cuts the wood into 6-in. pieces.
“Dad cut down the disk and installed a universal joint in the middle with wooden bushings, which allows the disk’s rear gang to follow directly behind the front gang on turns. He also mounted steel weights on front and back of the disk for better ground penetration.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, James Byrn, Georgetown, Ind. 47122 (ph 812 786-6927; Jamesbyrn9621@gmail.com).

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