2005 - Volume #29, Issue #2, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
3-Blade Lane Grader Adjusts On-The-Go
"A hand crank on the rear lets you change pitch on all three blades by raising or lowering one rear wheel in relationship to the other," says Rick Hendrikx, co-owner with his father, Archie, of HFL. "An uncle asked us to build a road drag. He suggested the design, we tried it, and he loved it. We've been making them ever since."
The lane grader measures 16 ft. front to rear with a standard width of 8 ft. to match most common road lanes. Since building the first one, the units have found homes throughout Ontario and as far away as northwestern Canada.
The 2,000-lb., $5,150 (Canadian) units can be completely unbolted for shipping. For regional deliveries, the lane grader can be towed down the road at 60 mph without a problem. The only requirement is that a tractor has dual hydraulic outlets.
"They can turn as tight as a tractor and are simple to operate and maneuver," says Rick. "Guys who try them usually buy them."
For the past five years, HFL has done custom metal fabricating for area farmers and other companies. If an item like the lane grader has potential, they build them for sale. When not in the shop, Rick and Archie manage a 500-sow farrow-to-finish hog operation and farm 1,000 acres. One of their latest projects is a no-till drill, which they built for their farming operation and are now building for sale.
"Fabricating complements the farming operation," says Rick. "We manufacture all our own equipment. My dad has a knack for engineering, and I have a knack for finding a simple way to get it done."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rick Hendrikx, HFL Fabricating, 26861 Napier, Kerwood, Ontario, Canada N0M 2B0 (ph 519 247-3806; website: www.hflfabricating.com).
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