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    Default Build a set of steel wheels Save my rubber

    I am thinking I would like to build a set of steel wheels for my jd 790 .
    I am in the process of clearing some land and i know i am gonna get whats coming to me .
    I could aquire a spare set of rims and some steel and fabricate a set . Never the less ! I think a set of steel wheels would be great in the woods and fields . My only worry is the shock load imposed on the tractor for lack of cushion of the tires . But shock load might be minimal . Especialy on dirt It has been done before and i wonder why you never see steel wheels now ? might save a lot on tires

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

    Do you think you will have a problem with thorns are sharp objects of some sort? If I was concerned about that I would put foam or something in the tires so they wouldn't go flat before I would go steel. I doubt you would ever want to go on the road with steel.
    There has to be a reason nobody goes with steel anymore, maybe it's just not a good idea.
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    Default Re: Build a set of steel wheels Save my rubber

    Thorns stumps and stobs oh yea ! And no tellin what ! I don`t think i`ll ever go on the road with my tractor . It might be we don`t see steel wheels because it would be bad for tire manufactures ! If they are really not needed . I seen a ad for ford tractors during ww2 Ford sold steel wheels as a primary option because ot the shortage of rubber for the war effort ! Might work great on dirt except for a bumpier ride ? Oh yes ! I`m planning on keeping my normal rims and tires ! It is just that I think steel wheels might be a good option when you know you gonna get whats comming to ya ! Another thing it might be is steel wheels do play **** with roads !
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    Default Re: Build a set of steel wheels Save my rubber

    The amish run steel around here in some of their equipment. I dunno if its a religious thing or what. The only thing I would very strongly caution you about is remembering that Rubber tires slip a little bit when they catch a root. A steel tread will not let go unless it tears through something. You might be looking at the sky or 180* the oher directions very very quickly. I think it could be done, but as deere suggested, I would look into foam filled tires and possibly some ring chains like the skidders use?
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    Default Re: Build a set of steel wheels Save my rubber

    Maybe the guys at the local junkyard or landfill might have some suggestions. I see these types of wheels constantly in these applications.

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

    Any steam engine clubs in your area. They would also possibly be a good resource for information on steel wheels. I think you will find that steel wheels will slip a slide on hard surfaces like rocks, tree branches, etc. faster than rubber tires will.
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    Default Re: Build a set of steel wheels Save my rubber

    I would foam fill your current wheels before I went with steel. They will ride much better and wont slip on hard surfaces.

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

    A compromise might be flat steel wheels with tire tread bolted on.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by aczlan View Post
    I would foam fill your current wheels before I went with steel. They will ride much better and wont slip on hard surfaces.

    Aaron Z
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