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New 4-Wheel Drive Pedal Tractors
When Brant Koller, general manager of Cheney Weeder Inc., Spokane, Wash., saw an article in FARM SHOW last fall on pedal-powered mini-tractors, he set out to build his own.
New Koller-built "pedal pushers" were unveiled at the recent Spokane Ag Expo where show goers were invited to give them a try.
The simplified 4-WD tractors are equipped with trailer tires. The seat is adjustable to accommodate everyone from kids to adults, and there's a grip bar for extra pull in place of a steering wheel. There's just one gear on the chain drive which propels the 4 wheels.
The weight box is driven by two rear wheels on the sled. A sprocket on the axle of the rear wheels drives a chain which pulls the weight box up an incline and puts pressure on a skid plate running along the floor. The higher the box gets, the more pressure on the skid plate and the more resistance to the operator. Different amounts of weight can be added, depending on the size and strength of the competitors.
"Pedal pulling can be a great event for shows, fairs and other local events," Koller told FARM SHOW. He plans to make his tractors available to community groups. He'll also build additional tractors for interested buyers.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brant Koller, Cheney Weeder, Inc., P.O. Box 232, Spokane, Wash. 99210 (ph 800 541-5880 toll free, or 800 572-5600 in Wash.)

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