Coupling pole


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Coupling pole

The wooden beam, often an oak two-by-four, that connected the front and rear wagon axles. It usually was long enough to stick out a bit past the end of wagon box, and was a favorite place for boys to stand. The reach of a buggy was really two pieces—more in the order of wagon Hawns, except longer and lighter. They connected the front of the buggy to each end of the rear axle.
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husk and load two rows of corn onto a wagon) and the first all-steel wagon with automotive-type steering and a telescopic, tubular steel coupling pole and sealed wheel hubs.
The pictured items are from the frame of a horse-drawn wagon, and are called "reach plates." They lay horizontally in the frame, with the coupling pole sliding in between them, similar to the two slices of bread in a sandwich.