John Deere Spreader Wheels
The lugs on the John Deere manure spreader
wheels were originally parallel. They were later changed to a
criss cross pattern. It was my theory that this change was made
to prevent the spreader from veering to one side when under a
load in heavy soil. You can see the difference below.
I have so far found only three
surviving examples of spreaders with the parallel lugs. I own
two of them!
The one that eludes me is somewhere near Deerfield,
The early parallel lugs.
The later criss cross lugs.
I found the answer in the Theophilus Brown Diaries. On January 2, 1913,
he wrote that he was requesting French & Hecht to "have
lugs put on criss cross so that wheels will not slew to one side
and so that rights and lefts can be avoided." My theory was
correct! Here is that diary entry:
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