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"Made It Myself" Skid Steer
Some people just love to build their own equipment, rather than buy brand name stuff. Bill Bell of Deloraine, Manitoba is one of those people. Using scavenged parts from three self-propelled swathers, this creative fellow constructed a handy skid steer loader.
  For the "front legs" and the hydro drive, he took parts from a 400 Versatile hydrostatic swather.
  "The back legs and the seat are from an 800 Deere swather," he says. "The 4 cyl. GM motor and the electrical panel came out of a #36 Massey Ferguson swather. The engine has its own hydraulic pump to power the loader."
  He equipped the machine with a 1970 "Big M" loader with a quick hitch attachment, and put a 6-ft. Deere bucket on it.
  The tires came from a 1-ton truck and the rear bumper and 8-gal. gas tank were made out of a Massey discer frame.
  "This unit easily lifts a bucketful of gravel 14 ft. high. It works great and has been very useful around the farm," Bell says. "It cost me $1,170 (Can.) to build."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill Bell, Box 317, Deloraine, Manitoba, Canada R0M 0M0 (ph 204 747-2605; fax 204 747-2960).

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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #6