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johnfarnworth - (2/23/2013 10:22:22 AM)
RE:Family tractors remembered - gone but not forgoten

Well I reckon we could have coped with rice if need be.  We had odd very wet years on the peat moss farm where we could never have travelled without them.  We also used to use them on 2WD tractors a lot in the spring when working down ploughed land and sowing cereals on both the peat and normal hard land.  Wheel marks eliminated and rolling reistance on soft soil considerably reduced. 

Cage wheels had a very popular spell over here in the 50s and 60s before the advent of widespread 4WD and balloon or wide section tyres on tractors.  Simple and amazingly effective.  Manufacturers made the narrow plus wide version pair for combines but for tractors of course they were always equal size.  Dual rubbers would do the same job but were more expensive to acquire - but better for going down the roads!

It's important to note that cage wheels did not improve traction - only flotation.  For extra traction we used bolt on (to the rubber wheels) steel strakes which were often extendible to give the sort of grip you required.