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 01-02-2004, 20:05 Post: 72926
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hi,
anyone know if its possible to adjust the
width of the rear axles on the Moline M5
mine (just purchased) measures just under 8'
and my trailer is an 83"x20'(7x20)






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 01-03-2004, 04:37 Post: 72939
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I'm not into MM to much but I would believe they should be. All most all of the row crop tractors are adjustable. There should be two big bolts clamping the hub to the axle. Some of the tractors had rim locks you could loosen and turn the rim on the hub to adjust.






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 01-03-2004, 08:50 Post: 72946
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Don't you have an axle sticking out? Look for the bolts that go in and loosen, he-he! they might be a little rusty.






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 01-03-2004, 10:57 Post: 72955
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Even if you get the wheels moved in..... how much does that big boy weigh?

I have seen some of those big ag monsters from that era weigh 8000 pounds on the hoof.






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 01-04-2004, 06:14 Post: 73012
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If it does have hubs that adjust on the axles, I guess the trailer doesn't have sides that are higher than the axles. I did hear a story once where the ends of axles on a tractor were cut off apparently to get the tractor in a trailer or truck bed. Seems like a real bad idea.

Sounds like a wider trailer would be better although it's not uncommon around here to see heavy equipment on flatbeds with half the tires off the trailer. They are very wide tires though. Guess you'd want to be very certain the chains couldn't slack, and tie down those binders or use the new type.






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 01-05-2004, 17:25 Post: 73156
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i want to thank you all for the input.
Im not sure about the weight but i think its
around 6k.

by the way I just sold my trailer so, i'll have to start
looking for another way to transport the "monster"
to south texas.

thinking gooseneck, or flatbed deckover,

thnx..






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 01-05-2004, 17:45 Post: 73158
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yesterday a mechanic friend of mine suggested that i hose down the bolts on the axles with wd40 and attempt to adjust them the day after. The tractor is sitting on the sellers property and i need to move it pronto...






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 01-06-2004, 06:28 Post: 73209
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Hope it works but WD-40 has let me down in a number of similar situations. Sometimes I've just started off with a torch when an area can be heated. Saves an overnight wait too. Too enthusiasm with a breaker-bar might produce a real mess. I wonder when you might start getting into wide-load issues in your area? If you have to get a trailer, getting a wider one might be a solution. I'd sure price having the transportation done--especially if a trailer to do the job wouldn't have much on-going use.






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 01-06-2004, 07:06 Post: 73211
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true,
im thinking 'bout renting a deckover 8x20 for the weekend.
hopefully under 50 bucks a day.
the tractor is in the houston area and needs to go to
the rgv. didnt like the idea since the cargo sits high
and i havent put a gn hitch on my trk.

thanks,






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 01-20-2004, 17:02 Post: 74577
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Tony, I have a MM 5Star which is same basic tractor, but mine is older, swoopier styling and less power. Assuming we are talking rowcrop (I don't recall how standard tread are set up), the wheels can theoretically be moved on the axles and there are additional choices by reversing the centers, etc. I think you are underestimating weight, memory is mine weighs about 8000 which includes a pair of big wheel weights.






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