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Seed Bag "Cradle" For Forklifts
om Mix's forklift couldn't lift big bags of seed beans high enough to clear the wagon he used to fill his planter in the field. Also, he was concerned the lifting straps might break, causing the bag to fall and hurt someone. He solved both problems by building his own seed bag cradle.
  "It lets me lift the bag from the bottom instead of the top, which provides 3 to 4 ft. of extra lifting height," says Mix. "And, I never have to worry about straps breaking."
  The 5-ft. high cradle has a 4-ft. sq. cone at the bottom and a pair of horizontal arms on top.
  He uses his forklift to pick up a bag by its straps and sets it on the cradle. Then he picks up the cradle from underneath with the forks. Once the bag has been lifted over the wagon he opens up the bottom, allowing seed to funnel down through the cone.
  "I can lift the bag high enough to clear 12 ft.," says Mix. "I used 1-in. sq. tubing to make the cradle frame and light gauge metal to make the cone."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tom Mix, Rt. 2, Clay City, Ill. 62824 (ph 618 676-1065).

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2002 - Volume #26, Issue #3