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Ag tractor (non dozer) as wildland engine?

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  • Ag tractor (non dozer) as wildland engine?


    Anyone out there use/ know of folks who use modified ag tractors as wildland engines? My agency is looking at maybe rigging something up on our John Deere 5000 series tractor.... have seen some with rear mounted tanks and pumps... just wondering if anyone has any experience with or photos of that they could share.


  • #2
    Side mounted tanks would be a better option from weight dist standpoint. Could purchase such off the shelf w/unbaffled rotational molded poly. Used widely out here in farm country.

    Or perhaps smarter buy the mounts without tanks and have UPF fabricated baffled tanks for you.


    • #3
      I've only seen a tractor as an engine when they used a trailer mounted water buffalo and pump setup for patrolling/mop up on prescribed burns (County Parks)
      i have seen pics of logging skidders or forwarders modified with a tank and pump unit for mop up or suppression. go to

      http://www.wildlandfire.com/photos.htm to see pics under both Engines and equipment
      "If you can't be a good example, the you'll just have to be a terrible warning."


      • #4
        In the farm ground and some range it is common to use ag tractors. Take a tractor that is large enough to pull a 15 to 30 ft disk or a 8 to 10 bottom plow and roll along. You need to be going fast enough (10 + mph). In farm ground one tractor and disk can do the work of 5 or more engines.


        • #5
          Then again you have the go big option. 4x4/tracked tractor with 9500gal honey wagon (hopefully filled with water).


          • #6
            THanks for the input folks... I'll take the comments and other stuff I've heard back to the boss man. Appreciate it a lot.


            • #7
              goggle on tractor sprayer tanks



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