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Hub Converter Allows Fast Wheel Change
Here's a nifty idea we spotted in the British publication called Practical Farm Ideas.
Dennis Loades of Norwich has an industrial backhoe with narrow wheels that work fine on hard surfaces but sink out of sight in soft ground. He wanted to be able to fit the tractor with flotation tires when needed. However, the wheels he wanted to use were also needed on one of his tractors so he couldn't just cut out the wheel centers and weld in new ones to fit the backhoe hubs.
Instead, he made up converters so either the original or flotation wheels could be fitted to the same hubs.
The converter consists of two heavy plate discs. The larger is drilled to take the stud pattern of the original wheel and the second to fit the pattern on the tractor wheel. The two plates are joined by a short length of heavy pipe.
To mount the tractor wheels, the converter hubs are simply bolted into place on the original studs. To put the original wheels back on, he just takes off the converters.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dennis Loades, Broad Hall Farm, Rockland St. Mary, Norwish, Norfolk, United Kingdom (ph 01508 538580).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #6