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Did Dbs Have Steel Wheels?

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Posted May 14, 2012 - 08:39 PM

Hi Ya'll,

I would like to know if there were ever steel wheels made for the David Bradleys.
Also, does anyone know when the David Bradley Show is in Bradley, Illinois this year.


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Posted May 14, 2012 - 09:55 PM

i would bet that they did. Were they built during WW2?

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Posted May 14, 2012 - 11:06 PM

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Posted May 15, 2012 - 12:00 AM

The post war DB line got there steel wheels from the prewar handiman jr line, who got theirs from the older full sized Handiman tractors. Over the yrs they started with a hub that mount over the axil shaft, to one that mounted to a hub. In 1946 you got the chioce of all steel lugged or bare air tire rims. Sears had a whole sales thing promoting the "used auto tire" way to farm equipment. Basically you took the worn tires from your car(which happened to be 16" back then) and used them on your farm wagons, hay rakes, and of course your garden tractor. There were whole decal sets made for the handiman jr's showing a flying used tire.

On the steel ones you got what you got, steel lugs. For mowing fine lawns you took for the lugs, so you didnt tear up the grass. Steel wheels are pretty sought after, and a good set will bring a couple hundred dollars or more .
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Posted May 17, 2012 - 08:43 PM

Several years ago I got a 597 from a guy who was going to scrap it. No engine and the tires were shot.
I inquired about any other parts/attachments, and he had two steel 'wheels" he gave me. But they were not
wheels, no hubs or spokes, just a rim with cleats.

He instisted they went with this tractor, and I didn't argue...(they were free, right?)

Could they be steel wheel extenders for the db steel wheels?