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07-09-2003 18:02:23

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I ask a question on here once and did not ask it in the right way. I want to know the difference in a D17 wide front end and a D17 tricycle other then on being wide and the other narrow? Was there a difference for the use or just a different model and if so what was the reason. I have a wide front end and love it I am going to put it back to original. Any help would be appericated. Thanks Ward

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07-09-2003 23:32:52

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 Re: D17 in reply to Ward, 07-09-2003 18:02:23  
Very few narrow fronts made- was in the time of transition when farmers wanted a narrow front for mounted corn pickers, and wide front for stability and easier steering, following the plow furrow. No difference in the tractor other than the front end. Last three decades, most farm tractors are wide front.

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07-10-2003 18:13:26

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 Re: Re: D17 in reply to JMS/MN, 07-09-2003 23:32:52  
Wondered about the purpose of a narrow front end. Makes sense if you wanted to mount a corn picker.Thanks JMS/MN.

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07-10-2003 23:38:24

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 Re: Re: Re: D17 in reply to AC in SC, 07-10-2003 18:13:26  
In the early days- a row crop tractor was a cultivating tractor, and a wide front, with less crop clearance, was not popular, nor could you mount a picker on it. In the fifties, before herbicides, especially grass herbicides, we needed to cultivate as late as possible, thus the high clearance axles on tractors like the WC, WD, etc. They had small rear wheels and high rear axles, while others, with 38 inch rear tires, and straight axles, could cultivate corn just as high.

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