2000 - Volume #24, Issue #2, Page #13[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Stripped-Down Van Fitted With Bale Loader
Maxfield built the rig for less than $1,000 out-of-pocket. He stripped off the back of the van and fitted it with a Farmhand F11 loader. He welded the loader to a frame that straddles the van frame and is bolted in place.
Hydraulics are provided by a 16-gal. vane pump. He raised the radiator and installed two electric cooling fans for extra cooling.
He can fit the loader with a bale spear to haul big round bales, or equip it with a Farmhand 8-bale grapple fork.
"Because it rides so smooth, I can make a round trip with 8 bales from the far corner of a moderately rough 1/2 section of land to the barn on the other corner in less than 5 min.," says Maxfield.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Maxfield, Lucky 7 Ranch, 1407 Road 280, Admire, Kan. 66830 (ph 316 528-3476).
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