I get a ton of searches for “hay wagon rebuild” or something similar to that. I assume readers are looking for these two articles. Those two aside, I think I can provide more detail. So, this is the first of a series looking under each of the four wagons on our farm and my thoughts on each one. Hopefully you’ll find them to be helpful as you plan out your next hay wagon rebuild.
This is the wagon we rebuilt above. It really isn’t a hay wagon, though we used it as one this summer. It’s a grain wagon, complete with sides. It was pretty rotten when we hauled it home and we are working to rebuild it as time allows. Time hasn’t allowed so it’s still just a flat platform. We used the original design as our pattern when rebuilding this one and it turned out well. Most of the iron we need to rebuild it as it was is laying on the bed waiting for me to clean it up.
The running gear is sound. It has good rubber and turns well in both directions. You may not realize why that’s important so just trust me. It’s important. We bolted two 4×6 beams to the rear of the running gear. This allows the front to flex over uneven ground.
Above the beams we knotched 2x4s to support the floor. These could be doubled up. Each are bolted to an angle iron which is then bolted to the 4×6. We knotched them to match the design of the previous bed. It helps to keep the bed lower to the ground.
Then we used treated 2x tongue and groove flooring across the platform. The surface can be a bit slick but it’s solid. We started with a reasonably straight board and the tongue sticking out on the edge which we later cut off. Each board was …convinced… to snuggle up to its neighbor. Finally we put 2×4 edging around the bed. This should be a 2×6 because of the thickness of the floor but we were anxious to get into the field. I have since purchased the 2×6 edging but, like so many other things, haven’t installed it yet.
Finally we attached a headache rack to the back. Maybe it looks a bit hoosier but when it’s time to bale, it’s time to bale. We had to get on the road. It worked so it stayed even though one of the scrap boards we made it with has broken. (Just to show how cheap I am, one of those horizontals are discarded treated boards from my father-in-law’s fence. A fence he built 5 or 6 years ago.)
So there you go. You can stretch them out so they are long and heavy if you want but I prefer them to be shorter. There are any number of ways to build your deck on the running gear and I’ll be detailing our other wagons soon.