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Heavy-Duty Hydraulic Shear Doubles As Bender
"Our heavy-duty, open-jaw hydraulic shear doubles as a bender. It's so handy I don't think we could farm without it," say David and Martin Ray of Winfield, Kan.
  The machine's 21-in. long shear consists of two main parts that pivot on a 3-in. dia. steel shaft. The top part is raised or lowered by a pair of large diameter hydraulic cylinders. The cylinders are operated by a hydraulic pump powered by an electric motor. Stepping on a foot pedal extends or retracts the cylinders.
  Ray had the machine's arms and jaws custom made. For bending work, the bottom half of the machine is equipped with two parallel bars and an "elephant's foot" that looks like a shank on a tillage implement. Extending the cylinders forces the "foot" between the steel bars to bend the object. For cutting work, the top half of the machine is equipped with a shear that slips down through a narrow slot in a heavy-duty steel plate.
  "A new machine of comparable capacity would sell for $5,000 to $6,000," says David who gives credit to the Lord for their abilities.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David Ray, RR 2, Box 236A, Winfield, Kan. 67156 (ph 316 221-3541).

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #4