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WD 45 FactoryPower streeing

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fastfarmall

12-03-2015 18:37:19




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I seen the first 45 with factory power steering, Very curious, how long did they use that system, that looked like a good one. The neighbor bought that new, before i got to know him,he used that for his spud raising tractor.




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tractorguy2

12-06-2015 18:19:00




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to fastfarmall, 12-03-2015 18:37:19  
I own a 1957 wd45 diesel wide front with factory power steering. it works very well you can steer it with one finger. A friend of mine has a 1955 wd45 diesel with single front. You can't hardly steering the single front. it's more like herding cows!



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fastfarmall

12-08-2015 06:43:03




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to tractorguy2, 12-06-2015 18:19:00  
This 45 has a new home now, and he said too, it steers hard or different, and wanders, but this thing is far from wore out, but it's still in our area.



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NEKS

12-06-2015 05:19:27




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to fastfarmall, 12-03-2015 18:37:19  
I must of had a lot of arm muscle when a kid cause cultivated a lot of corn with a front mounted two row on WD. Put a steering knob on for a year. Wrist hurt for a year.



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Bob Bancroft

12-04-2015 14:47:54




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to fastfarmall, 12-03-2015 18:37:19  
In 1957 production switched to the "D" series. That power steering was much more built in, than an afterthought like the WD45. But it was still power assist, not hydrostatic.



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d beatty

12-03-2015 18:57:04




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to fastfarmall, 12-03-2015 18:37:19  
The WD 45 was the first ( 1953) Allis Chalmers to have power steering.



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ramblineagle

12-03-2015 19:20:07




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to d beatty, 12-03-2015 18:57:04  
the factory power steering for the WD45 was first offered as a option on the 1956 model, some late production 1955 tractors had the power steering option.



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fastfarmall

12-04-2015 14:32:07




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to ramblineagle, 12-03-2015 19:20:07  
I have no idea what year Max ordered this 45, but it's got the big single front tire on it,he had some 2 row potatoe equipment for it. Oh i suppose he pulled his 4 row corn planter,cultivator, with it too. The only thing is the rear wheels are shot, due to the chloride leaking out, but i am sure it's got less than 500 hours on it.



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d beatty

12-03-2015 20:10:30




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to ramblineagle, 12-03-2015 19:20:07  
I have a 1954 WD45 and they steer so easy I don't see the need of power steering. If you put a loaded on it then you might need power steering.



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jr1983

12-04-2015 07:44:23




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to d beatty, 12-03-2015 20:10:30  
You obviously have a wide front.



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d beatty

12-04-2015 07:56:13




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to jr1983, 12-04-2015 07:44:23  
Yes mine is a wide front but years ago we rented the farm across the road from us and he had a WD45 narrow front and he told us to use it. I plowed and worked ground with it and pulled an AC combine with it. It actually steered better than our Farmall M or JD A which also had no power steering.



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BushogPapa

12-05-2015 10:06:15




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to d beatty, 12-04-2015 07:56:13  
I agree, the WD & WD-45 steered just fine...EXCEPTING for the un-forseen Groundhog hole or Tile blow-out you can hit...

THEN, the steering wheel WILL spin faster than you can ever think..completely to and against the "Stop"..and I don't care who has it in their hand, you will NOT
control it ( BTDT, bought the "T" shirt)...and I had as strong a hands and wrists as anyone can have...

That is why you were always told NOT to hook your Thumbs around the steering wheel..!!

Dad's WD-45 had power steering and it was a great Joy to work ground with it. It steered even easier than out Late Styled JD "B" tractors that we worked plowed ground--first time over, with the Soil Surgeon..

Always used Duals on the WD-45 when working ground and used the IH #37 Disk (10'7"), with a 12' JD Harrow..

Plowing was nicer with the power steering..ya didn't have to get a Death-Grip on the steering wheel, when crossing open furrows.!!

We could (and did) turn 50 acres in one day with our 2 WD-45's and 4-14' Semi-mounted plows every year..( Dark-to Dark, but we did)..!

Ron..

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d beatty

12-05-2015 10:19:42




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to BushogPapa, 12-05-2015 10:06:15  
The 1949 John Deere A was bad at taking steering wheel out of you hands going over open furrows.



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BushogPapa

12-05-2015 10:29:08




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to d beatty, 12-05-2015 10:19:42  
Yea.... JD's New Roll-A-Matic" really improved them..!!

BUT, it sure improved your GRIP before that...!!

Dad had super strong hands..( Hand Milked 13 cows before School every day) and broke a lot of Baseball bats at the games..!

Those certainly were the Days..(excepting for NOT having an elevator..everything had to be SHOVELED)...!!!

I was the "Kid", so I got the pleasure of pumping up ALL the tires on everything with a Hand Tire Pump..30 lbs was all I could get at that time..!

Ron.

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d beatty

12-05-2015 11:03:34




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to BushogPapa, 12-05-2015 10:29:08  
I shoveled a lot stuff when I was young. We used sawdust for bed in free stalls of cow barn. I had a Chevy 1 1/2 truck with a 7 1/2 x 14 foot bed with 6 foot sides and went to saw mill and loaded it by hand and come home and unload it by hand ( no dump). I shoveled a lot of ear corn and oats with a scoop shovel.



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jr1983

12-04-2015 14:36:28




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 Re: WD 45 FactoryPower streeing in reply to d beatty, 12-04-2015 07:56:13  
Mine doesn't. My MM U steers better than my wd and neither have power steering. Maby I should look into that. lol.



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