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couple things a cub can pull

Postby Groove Critter » Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:59 pm

We went for another country drive and stumbled upon these items. Not sure what the large contraption is and I figured forum members would have a quick answer on this one.

I picked up the (wagon type) 4 wheeled restore winter project. Not sure exactly what it is from either -maybe a hay wagon or something else ..another item for our expert forum members to comment on please?

Thanks,
Dave
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Re: couple things a cub can pull

Postby v w » Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:09 pm

The first picture is a forage cutter. It could be used for filling a silo or after the corn was husked from the shock the stalks gathered and cut. Animals would eat some but some was merely used for bedding. . Vern
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Re: couple things a cub can pull

Postby Eugene » Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:50 pm

Running gears. We use to have a hay rack set on 4 each 55 gallon barrels and 4 more 55 gallon barrels on the opposite side with space to drive tractor between barrels. Remove the grain box from the running gears and move to empty barrels. Move as in manually pick up the box or rack, then move hay rack to running gears.

What every you wanted to mount on the running gears - get's mounted.

Edit. That was the short version on changing boxes/equipment on running gears. Frequently the process would proceed through changing 4 or 5 boxes to a different style container. Basically, just depended on what was needed for the harvest season.
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Re: couple things a cub can pull

Postby Groove Critter » Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:24 am

Very interesting. Thanks for the descriptions. It sounds like this old gear was pretty versatile in function. I imagine that the hay rack or grain box would sit with clearance above the wheels for turning. I guess there must have been 4 pockets / receiving voids on the underside of each respective item i.e. grain box, hay rack etc.

The one back right corner is missing on the gear.

The wood part in the middle looks to operate with movement seen on a swinging draw bar; this is in addition to the pivoting / turning front end. Also, the wood's vertical clearance to the iron part probably allows some twist for uneven ground travel too.

I am considering just updating all of the wood parts and making this a permanent hay wagon; any suggestions on the best approach are much appreciated?

I could make a hay wagon top with 4 receiving holes at the corners. It is flat ground where I am here.

The wood is so old I am not sure if it is pine or hardwood?
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Re: couple things a cub can pull

Postby Eugene » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:16 am

Groove Critter wrote:I could make a hay wagon top with 4 receiving holes at the corners.
The main support beams of the box or rack fit inside the corner posts. This kept the box or rack from sliding side ways. A couple of cleats were fastened perpendicular to the main support beams. The cleats set over the axles, keeping the box or rack from sliding forward or backward. Weight of the box or rack kept it in place.

Front to rear wheel spacing is probably adjustable.

If you are planning on hauling people, you will probably need to fasten the rack to the gear. One thing to upset a load of hay, nothing compared to people. When in use in it's previous life, the gear probably only moved at 2 or 3 mile per hour.

Thanks for the photos. Brought back memories.
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Re: couple things a cub can pull

Postby Daddysbabybearcub » Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:26 am

I have running gear similar to that. Be careful with the iron. Most of my bolts were rusted badly and broke. A good soaking in pb blaster and removing them by hand and not pneumatics is what worked for me. At least the ones that weren't broke. :D
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