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Actually swathers used to be like that. I never ran one myself but don't recall anyone who did being upset when they changed over to steering wheels.
Very first swather with a steering wheel...?
Versatile 103! Circa 1967. Ish?
Quite the mechanical conglomeration of double snowmobile belt drives with a sliding panel affair to vary the wheel speeds. Sloppy when brand new and a curious reversing pedal system.
But it had a steering wheel!

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I’d take a joystick over driving with two levers any day.

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Cub cadet just introduced a Zero Turn mower with a steering wheel. The claim its less fatiguing over the day
I think a lot of old time swather operators would agree. Of course the sticks were pretty crude affairs back then.

I saw one of those mowers. Pretty neat!
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I saw one of those mowers. Pretty neat!
Don't ask for a price on one, with out sitting down
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Thought I read somewhere that the Tribine was joystick only, no steering wheel.
How hard would it be to have an electric steering wheel that "plugged in" to the console when needed.
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The mechanical link can be deleted in some electronic power steering systems.

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Apparently MF dealers in Manitoba have now been told that current NA Massey combines will still be produced next year, if any get ordered. However, the Hesston plant only made 14 new units this year, with dealers in Saskatchewan in Alberta having cancelled most of their orders in favour of IDEALS.
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our MF dealer brought in 2 MF's, 1 Gleaner, 1 Ideal. Sold 1 MF already.
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our MF dealer brought in 2 MF's, 1 Gleaner, 1 Ideal. Sold 1 MF already.
Not surprised when you can almost buy 2 9565's for one Ideal 9.
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The mechanical link can be deleted in some electronic power steering systems.
My tractors haven't had a mechanical link connecting the steering wheel to the steering cylinders for as long as I've been alive! When autosteer is active the steering wheel doesn't move either. I realize the steering valve is a pump too, so in theory you could force oil to move by cranking really really hard on the steering wheel, but in practice doing so has no real effect. Certainly not going to move an articulated tractor when the power is off!

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