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"Caged" Tractor Used To Clear Land
Running a tree removal and land clearing service requires taking on all sorts of tasks. Benny Knepler of Benny's Tree Service in Girard, Ill., clears brush and smaller trees with a Brown Tree Cutter - a pto-powered chopper-mower that lifts up vertically to push over trees and cut them up.
  "It's really great for cleaning up all kinds of brush and will handle trees up to 8 in. in dia. I clean out under power lines and along fields," says Knepler.
  The problem is that the innovative machine sends chips and other debris flying. Knepler decided to build a cage around his Massey Ferguson 393 tractor. The cage includes "push bars" up front and a protective grille so he can drive right over small trees and brush. And there's a 1/4-in. steel belly plate under the length of the tractor.
  The cage is made of heavy-gauge round and square tubing and is covered with expanded metal normally used for industrial catwalks. The cage was built and installed by a local welder.
  In addition, the rear tires are forester tires which are steel-plated inside. The front wheels are fitted with airline tires retreaded with farm tire lugs.
  For more information on the Brown Tree Cutter, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brown Mfg. Corp., Rt. 3, Box 339, Hwy. 27 N., Ozark, Al. 36360 ph 800 633-8909 or 334-795-6603; fax 3029).
  Or contact Benny Knepler at: FARM SHOW Followup, Benny's Tree Service, R. R. 1, Box 155K, Girard, Ill. 62640 (ph 217 627-3868).

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2