wheels, on chicken tractors

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by the Pollo Loco, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm looking for some ideas on how wheels, and steering mech. have been attached on tractors. I've seen some before that I've liked but haven't been able to find it. thanks for the pics [​IMG]
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    We have a store here in AZ... "Arizona Casters" that sells everything imaginable... I'll bet you could find something online...
     
  3. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a set of retractable wheels on my tractor. Small wheel barrow tires mounted on a pipe that could rotate down deploying the tires and raising the tractor a few inches. They then locked in place. The tractor could then be moved around, when it got to the new spot, unlock the pivot and retract the tire.

    You can also use a frieght dolley and a wedge.
     
  4. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Twentynine nailed it. I would do same. You might investigate the never flat tires now available. Not hard rubber either, but feel like correctly inflated pneumatic tire if you squeeze one. Advantage obvious as will last the life of the coop and beyond. Even sunlight has little to no effect on them, unlike pneumatic tires. [​IMG]

    Depending on weight of tractor, you might consider mounting the wheels in from the end somewhat so that it weighs next to nothing when you pick up other end to move it. Would require independent mounting of each wheel on it's own stub-axle as opposed to a single axle for both if mounted on end of unit. Just a thought.
     
  5. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Gsim, I want to do that on MY tractor. I found a nice mounting idea in the coop section, and I'll be putting the wheels under the tractor. My question: is there a particular formula to use to decide where under the tractor the wheels would go to achieve the balance of front to back?

    Did that make sense? It's probably fairly clear that I don't know what I'm talking about![​IMG]
     
  6. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you "twentynine" this is what I was having in mind. Do you have any pics available? does anyone have any pics? -thanks
     
  7. Ken H

    Ken H Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's mine. It's built on a small(4'x6') utility trailer. It can be moved around by hand but i usually just hitch it to my vehicle.

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  8. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes! I do!

    First pic is close up of the pivot and holding pin.


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    Next on is of the tractor with the wheels in the up position.

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    Next is wheels down, tractor ready to roll.

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