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Articulated Wagon First Of Its Kind
"It'll obsolete standard 4-wheel wagon gears," predicts Bryan Moore, director of marketing for Barrentine Mfg. Co., Greenwood, Miss., about the company's new articulated wagon running gear.
"You can't beat it for maneuverability and easy steering. The rear wheels always follow the front, so if you clear an obstacle with the front wheels, you're sure of clearing it with the rear wheels," explain Moore.
Distance between axles on the standard five ton gear is 91/a ft. Standard wheel tread width is 80 in. Two hinged, criss-crossed bars bend to provide the articulation.
Barrentine Mfg. will custom build articulated running gears to handle different size boxes. On a soon-tobe-introduced model, cross members will telescope up to 2 ft., allowing one running gear to be used interchangeably with various size boxes. It will also feature a pinning system which will lock therear wheels into a rigid position for down-the-road travel at highway speeds.
"One of the articulated wagon's key features is easy backing," Moore points out. "It backs up as easy as a two-wheel wagon. No time is wasted, as is often the case with regular 4wheel rinning gears."
Wagon boxes are bolted to bearing plates, mounted above the running gear. The new-style gear is especially suited for use with ammonia and other chemical tanks, but works great for most any purpose, according to Moore.
Cost for the standard articulated gear is $1,063. It comes with 11 by 14-in., 6-ply flotation tires. The telescoping model will be available early this fall.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Barrentine Mfg, Co., Box 700, Greenwood, Miss. 38930 (ph. 601 453-7334).

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