1985 - Volume #9, Issue #3, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Powered Farm Wagon Doubles Pulling Power
The idea consists of adding a powered axle to any wagon, trailer or manure spreader, then powering it by cage wheels driven by the rear tractor tires. The cage wheels are connected to a 3-pt. mounted gear box that drives a driveshaft connected to the powered trailer axle. The drive system leaves the pto free for use on the trailed equipment, if needed. It can be changed to different gears to match tractor speeds. "It lets you pull equipment with a smaller tractor and makes use of spare power off the rear tractor tires that might otherwise be wasted due to tire slippage. It can be fitted to most tractors and provides about 5 times the traction of a 4-WD tractor that might be used for extra pulling power," says John E. Colman, marketing representative for Trucspec.
Existing trailers, tankers and other equipment can be converted to the new traction drive which will workoff any tractor. The system sells for $2,500 to $3,000 in Britain and is starting to show up as original equipment on trailers manufactured there. Colman hopes to find a U.S. distributor.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John E. Colman Associates, Elm Lodge, Cornard Tye, Sudbury, Suffolk, England C010 OQA (ph 0787 722331.
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