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Mini Wagons Perfect For Garden Tractors
After you’ve restored a couple of garden tractors, the best way to justify owning them is to make wagons to go with them. At least that’s what Tony Voigt decided, and the mini wagons he started building have proven popular with young visitors to his Fox Lake, Wis., property.
Instead of building his first wagon’s running gear from scratch, Voigt started with a new wagon-style Gorilla cart rated for 1,500 lbs. He removed the metal sides and sanded off the black paint to repaint the frame in John Deere green and yellow. Using the existing holes on the trailer he bolted on walls he built out of 1 by 6-in. boards. He stained the wood and added chains across the door openings to make it resemble a hay bale wagon.
“I cut railroad ties and covered them with mini-golf carpet to make them look like mini hay bales,” Voigt says. The wagon can haul up to five young children when pulled by his dad’s 1972 John Deere 110 square fender garden tractor.
For his second wagon, Voigt used steel wheels he had purchased at an auction for $35.
“The hardest part was building the axle. I experimented with pipe and made my own bushings and bearings,” he says. Scrap wood from a deconstructed farm building was perfect for the walls and wooden tongue to create the look of an old barge wagon.
After cleaning the wheels with a steel brush, he painted the wagon to match Voigt’s 1967 John Deere 110 round fender tractor used to pull it. With bench seats, it’s perfect for giving two or three young children a ride.
When not being used, the wagons double as yard ornaments.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tony Voigt, W9736 State Rd. 68, Fox Lake, Wis. 53933 (foxrunfarms02@gmail.com).

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