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V-Blade, Packing Wheel Fills Trenches
Wilford Roberts built this front-mounted V-blade with packing wheel to fill trenches dug for waterlines. It quick-taches to the front of his Case 1845 skid steer loader.
  "As far as I know, there's nothing like it on the market," says the Perry, Iowa, farmer. "If you don't pack the dirt in the trench, it'll settle later."
  The shop-built 4-ft. long steel V-blades are angled at 60 degrees to cover a total area of 6 ft.
  Roberts used a 4-ft. dia., 4-in. wide steel wheel off an old silage cutter for the packing wheel. Downpressure is controlled by a pair of hydraulic cylinders, and it can be operated from a maximum depth of 24 in. up to just above the ditch.
  To use, Roberts drives the skid steer forward while the wheel packs soil in the trench and the V-blade covers it.
  Except for two hydraulic couplings, the attachment was built entirely from scrap materials.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wilford Roberts, 1437 J Ave., Perry, Iowa 50220-8094 (ph 515 465-4556).

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #4