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Re: Towing a WD45

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Dave K

01-05-2003 11:07:03

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Just wondering...how do you secure a chain for towing a narrow front WD? Don't think I want to pull on the pedestal and there is not much else up there to chain to!


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Brian G. NY

01-06-2003 05:59:04

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 Re: Re: Towing a WD45 in reply to Dave K, 01-05-2003 11:07:03  
A few years ago I bought a "parts" WD and had to haul it about 11 miles behind my running WD. It was a NF and I made a tow bar using 2" pipe, some channel iron and a large muffler clamp. I bolted the channel iron onto the pedestal using that big bolt on the bottom, welded a couple of angle iron uprights to the channel and ran a large muffler clamp around the pedestal, bolted to the angle iron. Worked absolutely perfectly. However, if I were doing it again I might consider bolting a couple of plates on the side of the frame and bolting a couple of pieces of angle iron to them that come together for a ball hitch.I would tie the steering wheel fast and "slide" it around the corners if the caster wouldn't allow the wheels to "follow". I've flat towed many cars and if the caster wasn't right, I just tied the steering wheel down and "slid" it around the corners; never had a problem. I can't imagine towing a tractor with bull gear final drives for 100 miles. I wouldn't tow the tractor much over it's designed top speed as it would put a lot of stress on the gears and bearings. BTW, I always use safety chains. Disclaimer: This is what I have done/would do and I would not recommend that anyone else do the same as the knowledge and experience necessary to accomplish something like this varies from individual to individual and there are inherent dangers in such an undertaking.

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01-05-2003 15:50:00

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 Re: Re: Towing a WD45 in reply to Dave K, 01-05-2003 11:07:03  
Either run the chain around the pedestal, down low between the wheels, or go back to the front engine support angle iron. Or bolt a hook or short length of chain in one of the side rail holes, near the front.

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