2002 - Volume #26, Issue #3, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Skid Steer-Mounted Post Puller Also Works On Trees
The "Snap Jack" was introduced at the recent National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky. It weighs 900 lbs. and is designed to quick tach to the loader arms. It consists of a large steel frame with a three-sided base that encloses a pair of angled "tooth bars". The tooth bars are mounted about 1 ft. off the ground and are equipped with a series of 2-in. long tapered teeth at the top. The bars are raised or lowered by hydraulic cylinders. Big steel springs on both sides of the frame apply constant side pressure to the bars as the teeth bite into the post.
"It works fast, with a breakout force of over 40,000 lbs. of pressure so it has amazing pulling power," says Snapp. "I used it on my farm to pull 200 posts in only about one hour. It also works great for pulling out small trees. In fact, I originally designed it to pull trees but discovered it works great on posts, too. It pushes against the ground around the tree or post - the skid loader itself doesn't lift anything until you've loosened up what you're pulling. As a result, it can pull out 6 to 10-in. dia. cedar trees. It has a maximum opening width of about 12 inches.
"The teeth bolt on so they're replaceable, and can be sharpened. "
Sells for $2,900. Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Snapco Incorporated, 3060 U.S. Hwy. 27S, Cynthiana, Ky. 41031 (ph 859 234-8267; Website: www.snapco.net).
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