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Loader-Mounted "Land Plane"
"We call it a land plane, since it works just like a wood plane on dirt," says Daniel Johnson of Raleigh, N.C., who recently sent FARM SHOW photos of a rig built by his father Bruce.
  The land plane quick taches to Johnson's Kubota loader.
  The sides and back are made from channel iron, with a steel plate welded on back that has quick tach brackets on it. A blade with a 45 degree cutting edge mounts on front. "The cutting edge cuts through the soil so you don't have to first tilt the device like you would a standard bucket," says Daniel. "You just set it at ground level and drive forward. Dirt rolls over the front edge and fills in any low spots. The back plate continues to level the ground beneath it.
  "It works great for leveling dirt and for clearing brush. I have a box scraper with ripper teeth, but found it to be ineffective for cutting and leveling the hard-packed sand we have in this area."
  Since the land plane's sides are parallel with the ground, the operator can easily tell when the device is level. "Compared to using a 3-pt. mounted box scraper, the loader has down pressure and doesn't ride over harder-packed material. When you're done it looks like you used a large road grader or dirt pan."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bruce Johnson, 2828 Watkinstown Rd., Raleigh, N.C. 27616 (ph 919 266-0309; Cats129@hot mail.com).

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2006 - Volume #30, Issue #2