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Farmall F20 unknown front end


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Hello everyone. I have had this F20 around 6 years now, but I have been having trouble finding any information on its odd angle front end. I have found out that some people called it a pigeon toe. And that a few years back I stopped at my local IH dealership and they let me look through an old manual. I remember it having the front end as a option, but I never had it copied down. Does anyone have information on it? Was it just for turning purposes? The front tires rub lightly and have a notion of wearing on the side because of the sharp angle.

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Here are some photos.
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Default Re: Farmall F20 unknown front end

I beleave its to row up dirt (raise) as your working the field ..
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Default Re: Farmall F20 unknown front end

I have seen that setup on other tractors and I believe the sharp angle is to help keep the tractor going straight when plowing, not much weight up front when pulling a plow!
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Would anyone happen to have the manual with a photo/information of the front end? I'd like to do a print out for shows.
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sorry, no information on my part. try googling tricycle farmall, lots of pictures and maybe some information as well! I was reading in one post and the claim was easier to get around in tight spaces and easier steering "pre powersteering" and alot of youngsters would help with the crops.
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Self steering in lister ridges.
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Self steering in lister ridges.
I have see guys make spacers about 6" wide that would move each front tire out so they would walk on top of a listed ridge.
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I'm afraid I'm not following. Lister ridges? I apologize if I might be sounding ignorant.
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Default Re: Farmall F20 unknown front end

In dry land farming, they plant the crop between high ridges created by a special plow mounted on the rear of the tractor. It also had the planter unit on the plow. Doing both operations in one pass. The plow was referred to as a Lister planter. the deep furrows preserved the moisture and cut down on wind erosion. When cultivation was needed the front wheels were set to follow the ridges, either straddle the ridge or follow the furrow, depending on what operation was needed.
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Default Re: Farmall F20 unknown front end

Travis that front end was not specified for lister ridge farming. It was used in narrow planted row crops such as potatoes where having the extreme camber helped keep the front wheels away from the plants. Same principle as a single front wheel. Your rear wheels are also special for narrow row crops planted in roughly 34" rows. They utilize a split ring type rim welded to a blank band to which the spokes attach. Given that wheel equipment, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if that tractor was used on a potato farm.
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Default Re: Farmall F20 unknown front end

Sorry to bump this Travis but do those narrow rear wheels turn that F-20 into a normal width tractor?
I'm glad I looked into your thread again as I finally, really notice the rear wheels.
I think I'm jealous.
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