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Homemade "Dirt Hauler"
My wife Judi and I sell and install tombstones on a part-time basis. In doing so, I found I needed something that would haul 1/2 to 3/4 cu. yds. of dirt, yet be small and maneuver-able enough that cemeteries would allow it off their roadways to drive between and around gravestones.
So two years ago, I came up with this "dirt hauler" that's built around a Deere 140 lawn tractor with hydrostatic drive. I got it from a neighbor and repowerd the machine, which had a blown engine, with a D950 20 hp diesel engine out of a F200 Kubota mower. This required stretching the center of the frame 14 in. with channel iron. I replaced the worn out front axle on the Deere with a salvaged golf cart front axle and installed a salvaged Cucadet steering box I fitted a 4 by 5-ft twin post dump box on back. I made the bottom out of a sheet of aluminum and sides out of aluminum running boards off wrecked pick-ups. It raises and lowers with a 12-volt hydraulic pump and two cylinders off an old snow plow.
Cost only about $700 to build and has been trouble-free since I built it. (Ed Poppe, R.R. 3, Box 204, Jerseyvile, Il. 62052; ph 618 498-5976)

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #5