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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #6, Page #36
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Home-Built Loader-Mounted Basket Lift

I thought your readers would like to see the basket lift we made for our loader tractors. The basket has a 25-ft. reach and is free-swinging so it always stays in the upright position. The boom that holds the basket bolts onto the bucket floor with four bolts and is chained to hooks welded on top of the bucket.
  The basket measures 24 in. wide, 30 in. deep, and 42 in. high and pivots on a steel yoke that bolts onto the end of the boom. The basket pivots on a pair of bolts. There are small rubber cushions mounted between the basket and the arms of the yoke, so I can adjust how much the bucket swings by tightening or loosening the bolts. We use the bucket to set rafters, trim trees, etc. I used angle iron to make the basket and welded two lengths of channel iron together to make the boom. I use the basket with my Deere 6400 front wheel assist tractor and also my Deere 158 tractor.
  By removing two bolts I can remove the yoke from the boom and bolt a 4 by 6-in., 16-ft. wooden crane in its place. The crane has a chain at the end of it and works great for lifting rafters, etc. The crane is also chained to the bucket. (Glen Schweppe, 1355 S. 32nd Rd., Syracuse, Neb. 68446).
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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #6