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Roger Welsch

02-17-2003 13:00:27

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I've spent a little time recently over at the Tractor Tales site and even dropped in on the Reddies at the International list, so I thought I should stop by and see how things are going here with the Orange Alert! I'm finally getting some time in the shop and am restoring a Kosch steering wheel that came on a wrecked WC I have. Do any of you know anything about the Kosch? It was made in Columbus NE and has a kind of clutch or buffer in the hub to save you from broken wrists when the steering wheel snaps. I'm fixing this one up to donate it to the tractor museum in Lincoln and would love to have some information to send along with it. I don't think many were made...I have #111.

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02-28-2003 17:41:05

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 Re: Howdy and a query... in reply to Roger Welsch, 02-17-2003 13:00:27  
If you search the internet using the search engine "Google"

( http://www.google.com/ )

You will find that Google finds at least 15 different sites concerning the Kosch Steering wheel. Some of those sites contain a lot of information on the device.

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Bruce (Wa)

02-18-2003 11:33:03

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 Re: Howdy and a query... in reply to Roger Welsch, 02-17-2003 13:00:27  
Never saw a Kosch steering wheel, but we did have Kosch side mount mower on the farmall H that I put quite a bit of time on when I was about 13,14 years old.

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Steve from MO - I've at least seen one.

02-18-2003 11:01:26

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 Re: Howdy and a query... in reply to Roger Welsch, 02-17-2003 13:00:27  
I didn't look at the brand name at the time, but a neighbor had a unit like you describe on his Farmall M when I was a teenager. The M is certainly a tractor that could break your wrist.

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02-18-2003 07:08:03

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 Re: Howdy and a query... in reply to Roger Welsch, 02-17-2003 13:00:27  
Nope, I got 'er right here in front of me. I didn't even notice I had this thing until an old timer spotted it back and the trees and said something along the lines of "Holy Moley, Boy, you done got yourself a Kosch steering wheel there!" He then explained it to me and showed me how it works. I rebuilt the busted and checked rubber but the hub is still working fine. It adds slack to the wheel and buffers the turn, making it possible to turn too late, if you weren't going to do that anyway, and take out six or seven rods of fence at the end of the row. Now, you might not find that an advantage you'd want, but with a Kosch steering hub, you have something to blame your stupidity on when explaining to Dad why all that bobwahr is wound up in the sickle bar.

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big fred

02-18-2003 07:26:14

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 Re: Re: Howdy and a query... in reply to Rog, 02-18-2003 07:08:03  
Reminds me of my dad's next door neighbor. He told my dad his wife had just taken out a few hundred yards of fence with a cultivator. Turned out it was his fault, though. Seems he had put the fence in the wrong place. That poor feller could never win.

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jim gutenberger

02-18-2003 05:36:52

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 Re: Howdy and a query... in reply to Roger Welsch, 02-17-2003 13:00:27  

Geez Rog, thats tough one. I got out my Tractor Field Books from the early fifties and found nothing on 'Kosch'.So I went down to the local tavern where the real experts are, and consulted with the Christion Bros. and friends of Bud Light. All I got was some funny looks and undecernable grunts that were too unintelagable to decipher here. Are you sure you have a steering wheel their? Maybe you are working on what is known in the industry as a MIRAGE.

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Eric Egland

02-18-2003 05:05:49

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 Re: Howdy and a query... in reply to Roger Welsch, 02-17-2003 13:00:27  
Roger, is this thing not working? one can visualise several methods for achieving a slip function. Sounds like something every tractor should have. Let me know if I can help

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02-17-2003 23:41:54

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 Re: Howdy and a query... in reply to Roger Welsch, 02-17-2003 13:00:27  
Mr. Welsch: Considering the fact that Kosch used to make a nine-foot, side mounted mower for those tractors, you might want to consider close observation during disassembly. Perhaps some obtuse (el cielo forbid!) employee might have inserted some sub-sized triangular-shaped deviscerating mower parts into that steering wheel assembly to obfuscate the disassembly thereof, thereby evascerating the proximal contusionaries of anyone with los infortunadas que removar the last bolt!

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Alvin NE WI

02-17-2003 18:30:49

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 Re: Howdy and a query... in reply to Roger Welsch, 02-17-2003 13:00:27  
Hi Roger-- I just looked in my book about busted tractors and rusted knuckles and I didn't fine anything about that thingamajig. Enjoyed readin 'em. I got a '38 WC apart now waiting to fit back together.

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