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Q&A: What Can Mud Hog Axles Do For Your Harvest?

A Mud Hog rear-wheel assist axle can help your combine more efficiently power through all types of field conditions.
If you’re stuck waiting for your fields to dry out so you can get your crops planted, you’re hoping to avoid similar conditions when you go to harvest them. Outfitting your Axial-Flow® combine with a Mud Hog® rear-wheel assist axle now can improve your harvest — no matter the conditions.
We spoke with Rob Uppena, Case IH Product Manager, All Makes, Engine, Powertrain and Electrical, to learn about how a Mud Hog rear-wheel assist axle can enhance the performance of your combine in wet or dry fields:
Q. What is a Mud Hog rear-wheel assist axle?
A. Think of the Mud Hog axle as an enhancement of an already great machine. It is the first and only technology of its kind, providing four-wheel-drive capability to front-wheel-drive combines.
Q. How does the axle help improve harvest productivity?
A. A Mud Hog rear-wheel assist axle is the best solution for wet conditions. It provides additional traction to help your combine get through muddy fields. Added flotation also helps reduce soil compaction and minimize tracks and ruts. The Mud Hog axle helps make the best of a tough situation.
Q. How do improved traction and flotation pay off in all types of weather?
A. Regardless of field conditions, more traction helps you harvest faster and more efficiently.
Q. What does improved traction do for combine performance?
A. Increased traction helps your combine perform more efficiently, and that’s good for the combine in several ways:
  • Increases fuel efficiency
  • Creates additional torque for steep grades
  • Extends engine life by helping it run cooler
  • Reduces strain on the hydraulic system
  • Decreases wear on the front tires
  • Improves handling and steering
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