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    fjordowner
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    It looks like singletrees attached to the hooks on each side of this pole assembly rather than using an evener. Does that make sense and should I do the same or add an evener? Thanks for any input.

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    #84312

    Rivendell Farm
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    I would replace that setup with an evener. On the other hand, with this type of steering, it might make it easier to turn sharply with a heavy load. Bob

    #84313

    Dale D
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    Maybe that is a holdback for the evener.

    #84314

    fjordowner
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    Thanks for the help. I have an idea of what you mean, Dale but could you explain exactly what you mean by a holdback. Thanks again.

    #84333

    Dale D
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    On one of my wagons (homemade, not very old) it has a chain from each end of the evener back to the fifth wheel. It limits how much the evener can swing if one horse gets ahead of the other.
    Dale

    #84334

    carl ny
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    It almost looks to me that there was a hole for an evener in the pole right where it is broken. That would go along with Dale’s idea of the hold backs. I have never seen the single trees mounted solid to the running gear so I have to go with Dale on this one. JMHO

    carl ny

    #84338

    fjordowner
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    I found an old fore cart on the same farm that the wagon came from and, sure enough, the singletrees hook straight back to the axle. Can’t find a name anywhere so perhaps it’s all homemade equipment. Thanks for all the comments.

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    #84342

    CharlyBonifaz
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    not only easier in curves, should also provide more “up” when pulling a heavy load through deep soil
    seems like many Russian carts/carriages were designed with the horses hooked straight to the front axle

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    #84358

    Ronnie Tucker
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    the holdbacks are called staychains most old wagons had hooks on the axle to attach them to.always used here in the south.

    #84375

    JaredWoodcock
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    I always wondered why this wasnt done more, what would the draw back be to having hold chains? They always made sense to me?

    Jared

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