1977 - Volume #1, Issue #1, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Wagon Gear Features 4-Wheel Steering
"There's no need for backing or jockeying to make sharp turns. You simply turn as short as you want and the "T" mechanism does the rest. Our 10-ton wagon with a 72 in. wheel tread, for example, turns within a 20 ft. radius," Wolf points out. "When pulled down the road behind a pickup, four-wheel steering virtually eliminates the usual whipping, swaying or fishtailing action you get with conventional trailers."
Here's another advantage: TrueTrak four-wheel steer wagon gears, equipped with two front ends, turn from either end. If, for example, you get stuck in the field, you can simply pull a pin, switch the tongue around and pull the wagon in reverse.
Another feature: The wagon reach telescopes inside special sleeves to provide a variable wheel base to accommodate a wide variety of box lengths.
A 10-ton wagon gear, factory equipped with True-Trak four-wheel steering, sells for right at $4,050. "That's about $200 higher than you'd pay for a comparable trailer with conventional two-wheel steering," says Wolf. "Assuming 10 years depreciation, that's only $20 a year extra for four-wheel steering." Factory-equipped Tru-Trak wagons with 6 and 8 ton capacity are also available.
If you're handy with a welder and can round up two front ends, you could buy the True-Trak "rack and pinion" mechanism and build your own four-wheel steer trailer. "You may be able to special order a duplicate front end direct from the manufacturer of a wagon you already own. Or, you may be able to buy a used running gear from which you could salvage a front end to match one you already own," Wolf points out.
For more details, including dealer inquiries, call or write: FARM SHOW Followup, Suemnicht Enterprises, National True-Trak Distributor, Grafton, Wis. (ph. 414 377-7389, or 377-2559).
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