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Compact wagon running gear.

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Sandhill Crane, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. Sandhill Crane

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    When I come across a well made piece of equipment I like to share the info about it. So far I've only used it as a glorified tool carrier, but it is rated at 1.5 tons. The plan is to use it as a mobil rounds staging table for the opposite side of the SS as I'm feeling an imbalance working on just one side of the splitter. (If there was room I would build a log deck and stationary staging bench instead, mirroring the other side of the splitter, but there isn't enough room with out clearing and leveling more area than I want to.) I added the ball coupler using one bolt through the existing pin style coupler, and a sheet of 4' x 8' x 3/4" treated ply fits snug in the frame without cutting. To date I've not fastened the plywood in actually. The deck is a little lower than expected but that's been okay. Check out Kory Farms on line. There are a couple options, including all-steer. This is the Model 3000 wagon running gear and the FB-48 deck frame. The last photo is from their website. Takes some effort to back up a wagon but I'm getting considerably better. A guy on a small tractor forum used the running gear and built a nice electric/hydraulic dump for it. Initially I was checking out putting the running gear under the SS as it is adjustable length wise, but it's way of over kill for that use. In Wisconsin there are retail farm stores that you can get them, similar to the Tractor Supply Co. that is in Michigan. I bought this one direct and picked it up. As soon as I'm done processing logs that are shedding bark like a snake skin it will soon replace the Thule trailers spot next to the splitter, with some short uprights and a half cord of oak rounds on it.
     
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    A heavy equipment place local to me has one just like it except it has green paint. I haven't asked how much they wanted but it looked like a really nice setup. I could see myself using this for firewood. Id be tempted to put some tall sides on it though. The construction is the same for a hay waggon running gear just smaller. Do you mind sharing how much you bought yours for?
     
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    It would work great for wood with some racks on the side.

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    Interesting. Another option if a guy had a welder and a torch would be to chop some width out of a regular running gear. The tires would be a little bigger, but light duty running gears for wagons can usually be bought for $250.

    There was a forage wagon on my local Craigslist this week with a hydraulic dump feature for $500. I was pretty tempted, but I figured i could love without it.
     
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    Marshy: The running gear was $1,100., the deck frame was $300. In my case MDOT added a bit to the overall cost, more than shipping would have been. Not cheap by any means, but I expect to still be using it ten years from now, then on to the next guy.
    If I had a tractor then a used farm wagon running gear would be the better choice and of course for way less money, but I'm not set up for that. The Kory 3000 is more of a nursery wagon design, especially with four wheel steer option.
    Fabrication skills would go a long ways to build something similar way cheaper as well.
    There is a drawback to the farm wagon design and that is (I assume) they are meant for flat ground. The deck frame is fastened in the rear only, which again I assume, allows for a bit of twist in the running gear, and the more ridged deck can float a bit side to side in the front.
    For the price I expect it to be well built, and I'm not disappointed, not at all.
     
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    Those are really good running gears, I've looked at them a few times... I guess it's the price that has kept me from buying one.

    I bought my last running gear for 50 bucks, it needs a reach, two wheels and used tires for it are free...

    But, I can sure see why someone would like a new small one, they are pretty cool!

    SR
     
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    Sorry to change topics........Can I ask what is it that I'm looking at in the background with the logs on it. Is that a cutting station?
     
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    CaseyForrest I am NOT a tree freak.

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    Yes.
     
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    CaseyForrest I am NOT a tree freak.

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    Id love a small running gear, but the price keeps me away. I have a 5x10 single axle utility trailer that works quite well as a lawn cart with the added functionality of being road legal.
     
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    Muskytooth, Search here using the term "bucking table" to find the thread. Lots of good ideas there.
     
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    Neat, but $1400? ouch

    I mean shoot, I have an 18ft 12,000lb rated trailer I paid 3k for brand new!
     
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    That Kory undercarriage is a really well made unit. I️ lucked out a made my mini wagon out of an undercarriage for an old 1938 Westinghouse engine
    drive welder. I️ bought the welder to restore but the armature was bad so I️ scrapped the copper and repurposed other parts. The welder running gear used 16” cast iron wheel. There were grease fittings on every spring bolt, king pins and pivots. Works really well behind my Kubota tractor or the RTV.
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    Ooooo la la, suspension and everything! Very nice wagon. :)
     
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    Ooooo la la, suspension and everything! Very nice wagon. :)
     
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    Thanks, I️ really lucked out on that one


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    Very nice Saxman,

    What is the orange drum looking item between the wagon and the tractor? A 3 point counterweight?
     
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    That drum is indeed a counterweight built from the old Westinghouse welder generator housing. I️ added a bunch of scrap iron welded inside along with a receiver hitch and some D rings. Works very well and would be nearly impossible to tear up if you backed into something.
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    I paid $595 for the running gear and about $200 for the material to make the bed. I think I bought it around '05 so it seems there has been quite a price increase.


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