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4-WD Garden Tractor With Duals
"Most people think it's a baby Versatile when they first see it," says Lyle McHenry, Beloit, Kan., who built a 4-WD garden tractor, together with Richard Worick, an engineer with Sunflower Mfg. Co.
The heavy-duty rig is probably unique among garden tractors in that it's fitted with clamp-on duals on all four wheels. "We started it as a spare time winter project but it took two winters to complete," says McHenry. "We finished it in 1980 and it's been used since for heavy work in large gardens and for some custom work in the area."
The tractor is about 8 ft. long and 5 ft. wide. Total weight is 1,600 lbs. Steering is done by a mechanical gear box acting on the articulated frame. It has a 15-hp. engine and 4 speeds ranging from about 2 mph to 6 mph in both forward and reverse. The tractor's equipped with disc brakes. The hydraulic system operates a Cat. "0" 3-pt. hitch and is fitted with remote outlets. Tire size is 7.00 by 15 and most of the drive train was built with recycled automotive parts.

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1985 - Volume #9, Issue #2