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Tractor Mounted on Stilts

February 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

tractor on stilts
Moving slowly through the sweet-corn fields of California is a weird tractor on stilts. The tractor is used to dust and detassel the high corn. The builder started with a 21-horsepower crawler tractor. He raised the tractor chassis including the motor and transmission so there would be 78 inches of clearance beneath it. Side frames – the “stilts” – support the tractor in this position. Additional sprockets and links of track were installed on each side. The result is a tractor that rolls through the high corn, dusting and detasseling it even during wet weather when rubber-tired tractors bog down in the mud. It has 6-1/2 feet clearance and straddles two rows of corn while dusting 12. A framework across the back holds the dusting equipment. During detasseling, men ride on hangers dropped down between the rows alongside the tractor.
Source: Popular Mechanics (Sept 1954)

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  • 1 Fendt Tractors // Feb 15, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Wow that looks like hard work, more tank than tractor…LOL

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