1992 - Volume #16, Issue #2, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Concept TractorTractor mechanic Veikko Lifflander from Finland has developed a "new concept" tractor featuring bi-directional steering and adjustable axle. Operated by two hydraulic cylinders, it slides along the frame and can be moved forward "on the go" up to 5 ft.
The telescoping axle, used in conjunction with a cable and winch, allows the operator ù without leaving the driver's seat ù to pick loaded cargo beds off the ground, tilt them up and slide them onto the tractor's main frame.
The seat, steering wheel and hydraulic control panel pivot 180? to provide bi-directional operation in a matter of seconds. The cab tilts for easy access to the engine and other components.
The 52 hp prototype is equipped with a 3 pi hitch and pto. Fuel tanks and hydraulic lines are imbedded in the frame beams.
Inventor Lifflander feels the basic design could be readily adapted to a wide range of tractor sizes, and with a wide variety of options, including four wheel drive and steering, and hydrostatic drive with equally fast operating speeds in either direction.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Veikko Lifflander, Kanervantie 4 AS 17, Kerimazki, Finland SF 58200.
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