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Offline RedneckInTraining

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metal paddle/tractor tires
« on: November 28, 2017, 01:31:22 am »
So when I attempted to run the gambler 500 over by portland the GPS lead me down a "road" that hasn't been a road for over 30 years, in my 2wd 96 dodge ram,in the fog...Needless to say I got stuck.That weekend I called a local towing company because they had a 4x4 tow truck.They brought the tow truck and the owner's squarebody chevy on 37-39" tires,with a 5.9 cummins,and a rear locker.The tow truck couldn't make it down to my truck but the chevy could.once they got down there they decided to go back up to the tow truck and get more chains,shovels,etc.Along the way there is a 17% grade that is roughly 1200 ft long that is all muddy.That built chevy had such a hard time with that hill climb that they said the truck was impossible to get out of there.So now I'm gonna try again this time with a couple of built 4x4 vehicles with lockers front and rear,big tires,and winches,etc. To help out I built a set of steel paddle or ag tires, whatever you want to call them.I found a couple of 15x8 5x5.5 wheels and I welded 4 pieces of angle iron to them so they stuck straight out giving the steel "tires" a diameter of roughly 31-32".The idea is that as the wheels rotate the pieces of angle iron will sink into the ground and provide a ton of traction.Hopefully.After spending the better part of 3 hours welding I have 1 wheel done and I need to get started on the second.Without having the truck here I have no way of testing them to see how effective they work because everything else I have is not that bolt pattern nor could it handle tires that big.So I'm wondering if 4 angle iron spikes sticking straight up would be enough or if I should add 4 more spikes?The angle iron is some chunks of 3x3 that I got at a friend's house and currently the "V" is pointing in the direction of travel like tractor tires.The angle iron is welded to the rim with 3 passes on each side with my lincoln 140C cranked up as high as it will go so I'm not worrying about them breaking loose,bending maybe but breaking no.
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    Re: metal paddle/tractor tires
    « Reply #1 on: November 28, 2017, 02:06:03 am »
     I understand your thinking on this , BUT ag steel wheels are NOT just spokes off a center . steelies are a round flat "tire" WITH angle iron treads layed across the flat .   your spokes , well try to picture a spoke entering the ground , its pointing forward when it first hits , and pointing rearward when it leaves the ground , trying to make a Vee shape hole in the dirt . that is a ton of force trying to bend the angle .

     when I did towing/recovery what I sometimes did was drive a smaller wrecker out toward the victim , stopping at the reach of my cable . then hooking a larger wrecker to it winch both the little truck and the victim out .  loose cable , could be put together to make 1700 feet ... snatch blocks chained to trees  or buried tires will make the pull in the direction needed  . but electric winches ?  never tried with one of those ... good luck .
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    Re: metal paddle/tractor tires
    « Reply #2 on: November 28, 2017, 07:42:04 am »
    Find someone with a good winch.  I've seen the "metal paddle" thing done before.  It tossed shrapnel for quite a ways and damaged a couple other trucks parked around the mud hole the monkeys were playing in.  I'd be very careful and not go nuts with the throttle.
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    Re: metal paddle/tractor tires
    « Reply #3 on: November 29, 2017, 04:12:41 am »
    yea the goal is to help to get out not go faster.1st gear should do the trick.
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    Re: metal paddle/tractor tires
    « Reply #4 on: January 5, 2018, 09:13:59 pm »
    Got the truck out thanks to those "tires", but from all the rocks they encountered they were destroyed by the time by the time they went about 1/2 mile uphill to the road,but they worked.Getting it out without them would have been very hard if not impossible.
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