[Homestead] Homemade farm tractors, equipment

Tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Thu Sep 2 19:42:23 EDT 2004

http://imagebase.lib.vt.edu/browse.php?folio_ID=/vaes/food/ex  (Virginia 
Extension list of homemade farm equipment)

(Missouri list of books on homemade farm equipment)

http://fiascofarm.com/dairy/  (Fias Farm data on dairying, cheesemaking, 
DIY cheese press, plus some commercial links)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homebuiltequipmentfortractors/  (homebuilt 
farm tractor equipment)

http://www.farmshow.com/store/videos_tr.asp  (Farm Show machinery repair 
videos---lot of DIY farm equipment on Farm Show CD's also)

http://www.ytmag.com/ttalk/messages/6206.html  (1920's and 1930's saw a 
host of homebuilt farm tractors, a lot of them better than commercial 
ones.  Model A engines and transmissions were favored because they were 
lead pipe simple and hulletproof.  The now more numerous VW Bugs would 
work as well, as would practically any junked vehicle with a good engine 
and transmission---you will need a truck rear end though, and its a good 
idea to keep the front part of the passenger compartment (and install a 
rollover bar inside).. 

Any homebuilt needs an auxiliary transmission to increase engine torque 
to rear wheels, or a two-speed truck axle should suffice. There are 
commercially available hydraulic pumps and three-point lifts which you 
would want to install on a homebuilt to make it useful.  Also to get 
sufficient traction you would want large diameter, heavily cleated truck 
tires and wheels to match, plus wheel weights, or weights over the axle)

(Prairie Farm Report, long list, homebuilt tractors and related, 
unrelated farm devices)

http://www.cadplans.com/  (every farm tractor, commercial or homebuilt 
needs a front end loader, and a backhoe is almost equally useful.  I 
know the guy at Daleville and the quality of his kits or assembled 
equipment from licensees is excellent)

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