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"Lazy Man's" Self-Propelled Fencing Rig
Wayne Rodocker has more than 100 miles of fence to maintain on his ranch near Halsey, Neb. To make the job easier, he built his own self-propelled "fencing rig" using the chassis off an International Harvester 4-WD school bus and the hydrostatic transmission from an IH 915 combine.
    The one-of-a-kind rig, which Rodocker calls the International Fencer, can be used to:
    • Dig posts. A hydraulic-operated lift arm, equipped with an orbit motor, is used to operate either a 6 or 12-in. dia. auger. Rodocker welded a pair of U-joints together on top of the motor and also welded female pto shaft adapters onto each auger so that he can quickly snap them on or off. The U-joints swivel and allow the auger to remain straight up and down even on side hills. The lift arm can be hydraulically raised or lowered and also swings 200 degrees.
    • Supply wire. A turntable on one side of the machine supports three spools of wire. The bottom two spools are protected from the weather by a circular metal plate, with one spool holding up to 100 lbs. of no. 9 wire and the other up to 100 lbs. of no. 12 wire. The third spool mounts on top of the plate and holds barbless barbed wire. A length of conduit extends from each spool to the side of the machine just in front of the driver. Rodocker pulls wire out from each conduit as needed.
    • Roll up wire. A pair of wire-winding reels can be snapped onto a shaft that mounts on front of the machine. The lift arm is rotated to the front, and the orbit motor on it is hooked up to a short driveline that rotates the shaft.
    • Store steel T-posts and railroad ties. Up to 100 T-posts and five railroad ties can be stored on the sides of the machine. The lift arm is used to lift the ties into place.
    • Pound posts. At the present time Rodocker pounds posts in by hand. However, he plans to install a lightweight, hand-held hydraulic-operated post pounder that will mount just behind the driver's seat.
    • Dump off old posts. Old posts can be thrown into a 8 1/2-ft. long, 4-ft. wide hydraulic dump box on back of the machine.
    A unique feature is that the seat and platform lower hydraulically all the way to the ground, making it easy to get on and off the rig. The platform also serves as a downrigger to help stabilize the auger.
    "A lot of people say I must have been bored to dream up a rig like this, but it's very useful. I call it the lazy man's way of fencing," says Rodocker, who has a cow-calf operation and also runs a 140-acre center pivot irrigation system. "It took me seven years to build it. A lot of people have asked me to do custom fence work for them.
    "The bus's 6-cyl. gas engine is used to belt-drive the hydrostatatic transmission, which is connected to a transfer case that has a hi-lo range and also a 4-WD range.
    The machine can creep along so slow I can walk alongside it, or I can drive at speeds up to 60 mph on the highway. I mounted tow hitches on the rig's front bumper so that I can use my pickup to tow it. I even mounted a tractor radio ahead of the steering wheel.
    "Everything I operate is within a 4-ft. reach, including the auger which is directly on my left side. I got the chair out of a Peterbuilt semi. It swivels 360 degrees so I can look at the fence without having to turn.
    "The controls mount on a 4-ft. long console in front of my right arm. When I lower the seat to the ground, a cable connected to it automatically engages the parking brake to keep the rig from moving. At the same time, the control console swings out about 1 1/2 ft. beyond the side of the machine which makes it easier to reach."
    A rectangular tank with a baffle inside mounts on the right side of the machine. About 3/4 of the tank holds gas and the rest holds hydraulic oil. The lift arm rests on a saddle on the dump box during transport.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wayne Rodocker, HC 76, Box 1, Halsey, Neb. 69142 ph 308 834-3341).

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