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Brett (NY)    Posted 01-23-2018 at 10:53:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I've got a couple questions related to steel wheels. Were steel wheels a factory option going back to '39? I've seen a receipt from 1940 that specified steel wheel option but wasn't sure if all the 39's were on 32" rubber?

    Second question... Anyone use lugged steel wheels on a dirt driveway when plowing snow... seems like they'd have great traction? I'm well aware of the tradeoff in ride quality, just curious to hear from folks who have tried this. I have a lead on some steel wheels that are essentially the same price as a set of used chains. Crazy idea?

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 01-24-2018 at 04:32:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Can't say for sure about your first question.
    I have taken out my '41 with steel wheels in the snow. Steel wheels,rear, rubber fronts. Less than six inches of snow. Was not plowing snow, just riding. It did ok. It turned to ice within a couple of days so I didn't use it. Have the same problem with my Oliver OC3 on ice, as Gaspump said, like a skating rink. Mind you the steel wheel lugs are worn down to about 1 1/2" not the 3" or 4" it originally came with. Unless you really just want the steel wheels I would opt for chains

    Brett (NY)    Posted 01-24-2018 at 15:00:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Good information- thanks all!

    Gaspump    Posted 01-23-2018 at 16:35:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • If I recall correctly yes there was an option for steel wheels. There was an option known as electric delete. The war time 2N would have included both of these. Steel wheels were just a precursor to rubber tires on about all makes of tractors.

    So far as steel wheels on ice or snow sounds like skating time to me, dangerous at that!

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 01-23-2018 at 13:44:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • HiYa Brett-
    Well, steel wheels were the standard OEM on tractors since their beginning, really. Look at all the old Fordsons, Rumleys, Hart-Parrs, John Deeres, et al. Rubber hadn't yet been discovered and manufacturers believed tractors need to be extra HD in weight as well. Many folks also believe the steel wheels were only on the war time 2N models, less than 12,000 actual war time models built by the way, not every 2N ever made. The Ford-Ferguson 9N Tractor, released on June 29, 1939, used 9 x 32 rear tires with 45 closed bar centers. These were on 8 x 32 rims, originally 6-loop style, then Ford released the infamous Hat Rims. By 1940 Ford offered the 9 x 28 hat rims and 10 x 28 tires as options. They would soon become the OEM standard and the 9 x 32 wheels and tires obsolete. I don't about using steel wheels on dirt/gravel driveways for snow plowing though. Unless you have a true 2N warhorse, I'd opt for chains on the rears. Hre's a 1940 Accessory catalog with both...

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Randy(PA)    Posted 01-23-2018 at 23:39:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I just noticed that the steel fronts were not included at this time.

    carl nny    Posted 01-23-2018 at 12:16:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Don't know about steel wheels but was just wondering where in N.Y. you live..

    Brett (NY)    Posted 01-24-2018 at 15:01:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Northern Adirondacks... near Lake Placid. As I recall you're west of me?

    carl nny    Posted 01-24-2018 at 20:03:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Ya, Lowville...I live about a mile out side the western edge of the Adirondack Park..

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