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#1 GlenPettit OFFLINE  

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Posted March 18, 2014 - 06:59 PM

Found a very interesting article and a Four Wheel Horse draw wagon team:


Excerpts from the article: "Hometown parades are a big draw in many rural communities, and Palmer Feldman and son Gordon have come up with a proven crowd pleaser. Their tractor 'horse' hitch features four Wheel Horse garden tractors that pull a covered wagon, with all the operations controlled from the wagon. The pulling is done by one hydrostatic drive tractor on back, while the other tractors just tag along. Steering is done using reins attached to the tie rods on all the tractors.
We take it to parades every summer where it's always a big hit. People can't figure out how we control the tractors without anyone riging them. My son Gordon did most the work. All the tractors are equipped with Kohler engines. Three of them have 16hp engines and standard transmissions. The forth tractor has a 10hp engine and a hydrostatic transmission and is the only tractor used to drive the team. A boat cable runs from the tractors hydrostatic gearshift lever back to a lever mounted on the wagon.
Covered wagons in the old days had a lever on one side to control the wagon's breaks, we're using that lever to operate the tractor's hydrostatic transmission. The operator steers by holding onto a pair of reins, which are attached to the tie rods on all four tractors. A pole runs forward from the wagon between the two sets of tractors, while a pair of crossbars connect the tractors from drawbar to drawbar. A tie rod extends from the pole to the outside of both front tractors. The reins run from a pair of pulleys mounted on the pole 3' ahead of the wagon, forward to the steering rod on each tractor.
We alaready had the tractors because for years we operated a Wheel Horse dealership. (Palmer Feldman, Township, WI 54175).
This magazine is a bi-monthly only about "Made it Myself" reader stories about home-made equipment, there are usually 5-6 full pages on just Garden Tractor implements uses only, in each 44 page issue, most are very unique and original, and with no paid-ads, ( www.FarmShow.com ).

Edited by GlenPettit, March 18, 2014 - 07:05 PM.

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Posted March 18, 2014 - 07:10 PM

I'd love to see how that works in real life.  Didn't Bolens do something similar along the way?  Didn't someone post something similar here one time?


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Posted March 18, 2014 - 07:12 PM

Wow. That's neat. A lot of thinking went into that project. I enter into parades here through the summer. It's amazing what people can come up with for a show. Great job .


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Posted March 19, 2014 - 05:27 AM

That's cool and must be a bewildering sight

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Posted March 19, 2014 - 07:36 AM

That must have taken some fiddlin to get it right and probably required some special care to keep it all going where you wanted it. 

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Posted March 19, 2014 - 11:05 AM

Don't know the system, but would think to be pretty unsafe in a crowd if something should go wrong and be uncontrollable!  If tractors were all solid metal linked and steered would be safer, but not sure the mechanics as said. Would surely want a deadman switch!  Wondering if "creeping" is ever an issue with the hydro? Most older ones I've had do that and would need constant awareness when running.  AND, wonder how much room to turn it all around?

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Posted March 31, 2014 - 10:38 AM

A lot of things seem unsafe if you assume they weren't designed to be safe...


It appears by the excerpt that there is only one drive hydro, meaning only one running engine. Turning around would be a nightmare!! I would like to see some more pictures of this setup.

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Posted March 31, 2014 - 12:23 PM

Very cool if he doesn't get the reins mixed up!

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Posted April 24, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Nice find!

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Posted April 24, 2014 - 07:22 PM

Very neat, how old is that article?