Following the straight and narrow may be the key to a safe, productive life. Just don’t try following that philosophy if you’re driving a combine down roads in the eastern U.S. Many of those roads were based on the width of those roads’ original vehicles: horse-drawn carts.
The highways and interstates in the region were obviously planned and engineered with modern vehicles in mind. But old country roads were often originally paved long before anyone was thinking about how big commercial vehicles would eventually become. So what are the folks with those large vehicles supposed to do?
They do what all Americans do: they adapt. For one of our ag customers in the east, that meant giving us a call to help us understand the challenge and devise a solution.
Deer Country Farm and Lawn has four locations in the heart of American Amish country: Pennsylvania. Because many of the roads in that region were built for — and still used by — Amish farmers, they didn’t need to accommodate a new John Deere combine. Those combines, though, are a necessity for non-Amish farmers in the area, and it’s a lot easier to modify that equipment than it is to widen all of the country roads, so we got to work.
We needed to reduce the combine’s width so that it was less than 15 feet. We removed the OEM’s wheel and tire setup, and replaced that system with a set of 520/85R42 duals. This new set of tires and wheels kept the width of the combine under 15 feet, while still providing the durability needed for asphalt driving and the load capacity of a full combine. Now it can follow the straight and narrow as far and wide as possible.