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    Google Amish tractor steel wheels

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    Default Re: Build a set of steel wheels Save my rubber

    Back when, few rural roads were paved, so it was no big deal to take to a dirt road with a steel wheeled tractor.

    Also, most farms were pretty small at the time, so you probably didn't have far to travel.

    Distances, paved roads, and comfort have made rubber tires attractive. Traction vs. safety has already been commented on.

    Good point raised, check with a local or online Steam Equipment club, they've been down this road....

    Rgds, D.

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    Default Re: Build a set of steel wheels Save my rubber

    i`ve seen old tractors that were like that from the factory ! Looks great to me ! Rubber on steel !

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    Default Re: Build a set of steel wheels Save my rubber

    Steel wheels is backward thinking. Search for videos of old steel wheel tractors and watch how rough they ride.
    NH TC33D, Lorenz 5ft blower, KK 60" tiller, Kubota RTV900, Stihl 026, 029, 361, 460, Husqvarna 2100cd, 261, Speeco 25t splitter, Cub Cadet 982

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    Default Re: Build a set of steel wheels Save my rubber

    Loggers in the Northwest use rubber on the loaders and skidders in the roughest ground imaginable. Don't bother with the steel.
    R1 tires have a thin sidewall which may cause problems. Industrial tires should work better.

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    Steel seems like a waste of money and time. For what they will cost you new rubber can be had.

    Chris

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    Default Re: Build a set of steel wheels Save my rubber

    NH TC33D, Lorenz 5ft blower, KK 60" tiller, Kubota RTV900, Stihl 026, 029, 361, 460, Husqvarna 2100cd, 261, Speeco 25t splitter, Cub Cadet 982

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    Default Re: Build a set of steel wheels Save my rubber

    I've talked to a few farmers that used to farm with steel wheeled tractors. They said the steel wheels were more dangerous than the rubber tires. If a hidden tall stump or rock is hit with a rear steel wheel it would flip the tractor without warning. Rubber tires are much more forgiving here.
    ........Shoot this thang! Have mercy this thang is killin' me. Just shoot up here amongst us. One of us has got to have some relief..............
    jerry clowers-a coon huntin story.

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    Default Re: Build a set of steel wheels Save my rubber

    If you desire Steel Wheels make a set. Just don't throw your rubber away.
    Egon
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    Default Re: Build a set of steel wheels Save my rubber

    I bet it would ride about like my MC, rougher than he!!. Would be interesting though.
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