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Loader-Mounted Brushcutter Cuts Up To 11 Ft High
"I use it along the edges of fields to let more sunlight get to the crop," says Ronald Brook who last winter built a hydraulic brushcutter that mounts in the bucket of his front end loader.
The Tangier, Ind., farmer used a 20-in. dia. saw blade, mounted on the shaft and bearings out of an old fenceline mower. The blade, which is offset to the right side of the bucket, mounts on a framework made out of 3 in. dia. pipe.
A hydraulic motor off an IH 500 air planter mounts behind the saw blade. The blade is belt-driven by a 2 1/2-in. dia. pulley on the side of the motor. The motor, driven by the hydraulic pump off the air planter,is mounted on the pto on Brook's IH 1206 tractor.
The unit simply bolts into the loader bucket with flat iron straps welded onto the pipes.
Brook mounted an IH canopy on the tractor and bolted expanded metal to two 1 1/2 in. angle iron braces on front of the tractor as a safety precaution. Likewise, he shielded the blade, motor and belts with expanded metal.
"I can trim branches up to 11 ft. high. It'll go through 3 to 4-in. dia. limbs with no problem," he says. "It's pretty limited when it gets to 8 or 9 in. dia. limbs, however. I may use a bigger hydraulic motor to get more power."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ronald Brook, Rt. 4, Box 71, Tangier, Ind. 47952 (ph 765 498-5347).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6