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Old 08-26-2019, 07:40:38 PM
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Yes well, no doubt there are many among us who reap the benefit of a spinner on your steering wheel. Did you know that before the days of power steering these attachments were illegal in the USA (correct me if I am wrong.) I am not sure if it was the same in Australia. Those who drive omnibuses, and tow caravans, horse floats, trailers, etc no doubt find that reversing is so much easier. Speaking of home built horse floats I am led to believe that many are poorly built and present a danger to other road users.
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Old 08-26-2019, 09:45:22 PM
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Many years ago my dad was brush cutting on the back 40 with an 861 Ford tractor without power steering and a 6 foot rotary cutter. One tractor front wheel hit something that didn't give and it yanked the spinner knob right out of his hand as the steering went full-lock in 1/1000 of a second. Ya'll know the "pattern" of travel is circular for the spinner, being as its mounted firmly to the steering wheel. That spinner circled around and hit dad square in the middle of the forearm with such force it broke the 1/2 inch bolt that ran through the middle of the knob. It was a fresh break all the way through - not something that had been rusty and stress-cracked for several years. Somehow, by the grace of God it didn't break his arm, but it sure was dark purple where the impact was for a few weeks.
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:32:56 PM
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I don't think they were illegal here as there were plenty of them for sale at the parts houses. We had them on the row crop tractors, with the tricycle front end. Saw many on passenger cars as well. Those tricycle fronts were bad for whipping the steering out of your grip! Our Farmall 400 had the mounted plow on back, if you hit the furrow wall hard, it could unseat you fast or break your fingers! My brother found out that the hard way, he didn't let go fast enough an almost broke both thumbs! Those old farmers didn't believe in such extravagant thing such as power steering!
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:56:33 PM
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Speaking of home built horse floats I am led to believe that many are poorly built and present a danger to other road users .
Prove it. A smart/anal cookie like yourself would have proof.

Steering wheels spinner are illegal in Australia for on-road vehicles. They tend to poke a hole in your guts, or head, in an accident.
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:36:00 PM
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we call them suicide knobs around here, illegal for road use (you can turn too quick and to much) but in the field on my 1955 to35 massey ferguson with no power steering it makes life a lot easyer, I always keep my thumbs on the outside of the steering wheel....
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:45:48 PM
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Mate has an exemption to use one in his on road car in South Australia because of health one of his arms is nearly useless and the other can't hold the steering wheel rim and be able to turn it as needed so the spinner remedies that so he can still be independent and mobile as he clocks up many miles travelling the rallies and shows. I would like to hear some more clarification to you statement Winchester as to if you are referring purely to on road cars or trucks or tractors or all vehicles that can have a spinner fitted. I have even seen paddlesteamers with spinners on the wheel and if you aren't careful they can soon throw you around the wheel house.
I would also be interested to hear more about the horse floats? I would believe that for them to be registered they would first have to be inspected to make sure they are up to code.
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:48:07 AM
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We use them on forklifts, can't see the need on a tractor or car unless, as Nathan points out, it is needed for assistance reasons.
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Yes well another question comes to mind .If you do use a spinner where is the most preferred position to locate it . In my own personal instance I use the ten to twelve option.
In the USA many truckers use spinners and I would imagine here in Australia the same applies .
As regards horse floats and defective welds and design.......the evidence speaks for it's self .
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Old 08-27-2019, 02:36:09 AM
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The best place to mount it is on the steering wheel, I think!


As indicated they are legal with a permit and those are usually associated with a disabled driver. As to what position, that would depend on the disability right side or left and where it is most comfortable for the user.
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As regards horse floats and defective welds and design.......the evidence speaks for it's self .
Please explain. What evidence? Or are you full of caca? My money is on the caca bit.

Obviously you don't know many truckies Mr Goose. When was the last time anyone saw a spinner in a truck? A machinery would get them thrown out at the first inspection. Even those nice people with the pretty purple flashing lights would get a laugh out of seeing a spinner. And then write you a fine out.

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PS: it must be nearly time for the big words to come out Mr Goose
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The best place to mount it is on the steering wheel, I think!
What a corker. Well duh!!!
I suppose the steering wheel is better then the steer wheel for a spinner.
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I have a fidget spinner......does that count
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Jeez Winchester, did you put uncle Herb's undies on backwards or something?
You've been whinging a bit as of late.
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Change the title of this thread to "come in spinner"?
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Mate has an exemption to use one in his on road car in South Australia. I have even seen paddlesteamers with spinners on the wheel ........
...a while ago now a fairly well known S.A. sprintcar driver had one fitted.He was a fairly competitive racer in his day.His reason was that he only had one arm.
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Default Re: ''Spinner's''

My fathers 1952 Case SO, I am also familiar with that green knob. Dad wore out a couple other spinners before it. It was used in his "Valley View Fruit Farm" orchard, for about 30 years. The S wide front series tractors came with Case "Quick dodge" steering, perfect for a spinner.
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The only spinner I have is on my Massey Harris 90 combine. It is many turns lock to lock so the spinner is very helpful for turning corners.
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Old 08-27-2019, 04:39:04 PM
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We had a DC Case. No power steering but it took a lot of turns to make a corner. A spinner was a must. Now I have a model Case steam engine that takes somewhere around 50 turns lock to lock. At 2 mph it is real easy to loose control even with a spinner. They have had their place in history.
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I have a spinner on my 1020 John Deere. It is wide front and power steering. I like it.
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My McDonald TWB came with a handle on the steering rim - not exactly a 'spinner' but served the same purpose.
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