2006 - Volume #30, Issue #4, Page #42[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Front-End Loader Mounted On Long 510 Tractor
By pulling two pins I can quickly remove the bucket and mount a post driver in its place, which also doubles as a wood splitter. We just replace the pounder with a homemade, 110-lb. wood splitting wedge. I had a local machine shop make the wedge from a solid chunk of steel. It measures 8 in. wide and 12 in. deep and goes on with three bolts.
I get the wood for free from a local lumber yard which cuts the ends off logs for grading purposes and then gives them away. Some of the wood chunks are up to 30 in. in diameter and can weigh up to 200 lbs. so they're too big to split by hand.
The wedge wasn't heavy enough to split some of the chunks, so I welded a series of 1-in. thick steel blocks on top of the post driver. The weights also help the post driver do a better job of driving posts. (Reginald Suan, 106A Suds Run Rd., Mt. Clare, W. Va. 26408 ph 304 622-7421; firstname.lastname@example.org)
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