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Canadian Spread

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I'm lookin' at a tractor that has a "Canadian Spread" , anybody know what the measurements are for a Candian v.s U.S. spread? Thanks!

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Well I can't see Pipeman's azz on his avatar but they are probably wider than the American spread!
J/King Orville!
PK

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If I remember correctly, the standard spread on an american tandem is 3'6". The canadian spreads are right at the 6 foot mark from center of one axle to the center of the next, though I am pretty sure the regulation that sets it up defines it in metric terms. Have a friend that has one he runs on the farm hauling grain, don't think it has any effect on his legal weights here stateside, since the axles are still interconnected for weight balance purposes. Someone told me once that the reason for the wider spread was to make the tractor move easier in bad weather conditions, but I've always kind of doubted that and figured it was lost in the regulatory mists of time.

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The canadian spread is allowable here in the US. As far as traction i would suspect that it does nothing except make it harder to turn as the rear axle gets dragged more than usual. i can't remember how much more weight is allowed though.

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Google found 60" as the "Canadian Spread" for trailers which is 5 feet. This tractor doesn't look like it has a 6 foot spread but I'd believe 5 feet.

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Anybody ever "cut down" a Canadian spread?

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If I remember right, the theory was that having the axles on the tractor spread further apart gave more chance of them getting different grip on slick surfaces, though I never thought the argument made too much sense. As for dragging, you're right, and I suspect that tire wear is somewhat greater as well. I never thought that any lawmakers would care whether or not you got stuck, unless they received campaign funds from a towing company. But the person that told me that years back probably believed what he was saying, just mis informed and passed it on.

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does anybody have any pictures with car with their drives spread aka "Canadian Spread". my uncle's company almost bought one but voted against because of mainttanence.
any pics appreciated

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I don't know for sure, but it seems the trailer tandems on a basic set were usually a little wider than the tractor, possibly the 6' dimension. You don't seem to see as many Canadian spreads running in the states since NAFTA and the resulting increase in north-south cross-border traffic.

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A canadian spread is 60" We do have a 72" but its rare to see on highway cars. Almost all the cross-border haulers have goine to 54'" or so. They used to allow more weight for the bigger spread but now only the 72" is allowed more. One nice thing about a 60'" is that you can slide your creeper inbetween the wheels when servicing the car!

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Had several cars with Canadian spread, Hendrickson spring over walking beam. No more maintenance problems than with American spread. No excessive tire wear. The Canadian spread definitely givesa a better ride and better traction. Several times I hooked onto chained up cars while I was barefoot to get them moving.

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Saw a nice older V8 CAT FRLR COE back in the early 90's that had been restored by a guy at ERB transport that had reduced the spread

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