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Tractor “Rack” Saves Space
Gerald Suurdt, Frankford, Ontario needed to find room on his shop floor for his 6 Massey Ferguson tractors. “I built a shop with tall 17-ft. sidewalls so I decided to build a tractor rack to save space. A good friend, Ed Jackson, did all the welding,” says Suurdt.
Each tractor sits on 12 in. I-beams. He cut notches in the beams and welded in 2 by 6-in. square tubing to fit the forks on his 5,000-lb. forklift to place and move the tractors.
Suurdt estimates the tractors to weigh between 4,000 and 5,000 lbs. each depending on the model. “The bottom one is the heavy one. I had to put a cement counterweight on my forklift for balance. It’s a lot for the forklift but that tractor is only 16 in. off the ground.”
Some of the I-beams came from a carport that was torn down at a local church. “I had to buy more, and the square tubing. In the end, I would guess I have $2,000 in it,” says Suurdt.
The project was completed on Saturdays over a month.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gerald Suurdt, 255 Huffman Road, RR3, Frankford, Ontario Canada K0K 2C0 (gerald.suurdt@gmail.com).

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2021 - Volume #45, Issue #3