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Trail Blazer Power Unit
"This concept is the result of a long search for a better way to combine tractors and implements," explains A. P. Balzer, veteran farm equipment manufacturer and inventor of one of the slickest systems we've seen for self-propelling a wide variety of pull-type equipment.
Called the Trail Blazer, it's a fully hydraulic power unit which features automatic on and off coupling to pull-type equipment, converting it into a highly-maneuverable, selfpropelled unit. Its guiding wheels are also the drive wheels. Consequently, drawbar pull is always in the direction of travel. It features 180? steering, making it extremely maneuverable. Ground speed (infinitely variable) and pto speed are independent of each other.
Power for the prototype unit is provided by a 30 hp. gas engine. In hooking up to a pull type baler, mower, rake, swather or other pull type equipment, the automatic hookup is rigid, as opposed to the conventional "hinge pin" hookup with tractor drawbars and pull-type equipment. Without leaving the seat, the driver automatically couples or uncouples the Trail Blazer unit to a pull-type implement in 30 seconds or less.
For moving between implements, a rear tricycle wheel on the power unit is swung into position. When hooked to an implement, this wheel swings up and out of the way.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, A. P. Balzer, Box 191, Mountain Lake, Minn. 56159 (ph 507 427-3173).

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