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Wire Wheel Great For Seeding
Here's an idea from a French manufacturer for a way to reduce damage to freshly seeded fields by implement wheels.
Instead of using rubber tires, Somac came up with a "wire wheel" made up of wavy steel rod welded to a heavy spoked wheel. The new wheel touches only a fraction of the ground surface normally compressed by a rubber wheel, and yet it provides the same amount of support.
The obvious drawback is that the metal wheels are no good for transport on roads so they can only be used on mounted equipment, or equipment carried on trailers.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Somac, 02190 Lor, Guignicourt-Sur-Aisne, France (ph 03 23 22 61 55; fax 03 23 22 69 32).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #3