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Bucket for tractor loaders
"It's ideal for livestock raisers. They can use it as a grader to clean off their concrete free stall barns or corrals without damaging the grooved concrete. Plus, they can use it as a bucket for hauling silage or grain and they can even use it to pick up large round bales of hay," says Floyd Curtis, Post Falls, Idaho, designer of the versatile Yard Boy bucket for tractor loaders.
The Yard Boy doesn't wear on concrete because of the 5 in. deep, 3 in. thick, hard rubber strip attached to the bottom which acts as the grader edge. Curtis says this rubber strip is strong enough to move manure, snow or grain but it won't wear the grooved concrete a problem Curtis says causes farmers to regroove and eventually repour concrete yards.
The Yard Boy is equipped with two 2-ft. wide wings which allow you to vary grader width from 6 ft. to 10 ft. They're powered by 2 by 8-in. hydraulic cylinders and allow you to get in close to feed bunks.
For moving silage, a pan attaches to the grader which transforms the unit into a 1 yd. capacity bucket. You can hook the pan up without getting off the tractor by driving up to the pan, then closing the wings.
For moving 6 by 6-ft. round bales, remove the pan and insert a tine through brackets on each wing. To grasp a bale, you drive up to the bale with the wings open, then close the wings to spear the end of the bale with the tines.
Curtis says you can also move 4 by 4 by 7 square bales by using the grader wings to grasp the bale.
He notes that the Yard Boy will fit most loaders and requires a 65 hp or larger tractor. An extra hydraulic valve is needed for the wings. Or, you can run the hydraulic hose to the tractor's rear outlet.
Yard Boy will sell for right at $2,000.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Floyd Curtis, Industrial Ag Sales, P.O. Box 404, Post Falls, Idaho 83854 (ph 208 773-0712).

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