2002 - Volume #26, Issue #3, Page #36[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Old Road Graders Turned Into Low-Cost "Terrace Builders
I've used it over the years to build miles of terraces and road beds. It takes only six to eight passes with the rig to make a terrace. I paid $1,000 for the road grader, which I bought from a local Deere dealer. My only other cost was for three sets of hydraulic hoses.
The road grader originally had a set of wheels as well as a scarifier on front and was designed to be pulled by a bulldozer. All operations were controlled mechanically by an operator who stood on a platform at the back of the machine and used hand and foot-operated controls.
I removed the front wheels and the scarifier and installed a trailer axle with dual wheels on back. Hydraulic cylinders were installed to raise and lower the blades and a hydraulic motor is used to change blade angle. An electric car window motor is used to operate locks that hold the blade in place. He also made a quick hitch to fit the tractor 3-pt.
If I want I can still raise or lower the blade mechanically to change the starting point at which the hydraulic cylinders take over..
I bought another old road grader for $500 and converted it into a 3-pt. dirt scraper. It's equipped with a home-built pan that measures 10 ft. wide, 3 ft. high, and 5 ft. deep. He replaced the original axle on back with a trailer axle equipped with dual wheels. He removed the blade. The pan is operated by a pair of hydraulic cylinders and is supported by part of an old Deere 230 disk frame that he already had. He made a pintle hook and eye and mounted it on the rig's tongue to fit the quick hitch on his tractor's 3-pt.
I've used it for 10 years to do different jobs, including digging ponds. My total cost was less than $1,500. A new commercial machine would sell for $30,000 or more. (Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Tapp, 1210 Old 59 Drive, Mason, Tenn. 38049 ph 901 465-2689)
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