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Electric Chain Saw On Loader-Mounted Antenna
Larry Zenz needed a way to remove big, broken tree branches hanging over his house. But he didn't want to pay someone hundreds of dollars to do the job.
  "We had a bad ice storm that broke tree branches up to 6 in. in diameter. Some of them were 35 ft. up in the air. I had to do something in a hurry to save my house," says the 80 plus years old Parks, Ark., farmer.
  He already had an electric chain saw equipped with a 16-in. blade, and a 30-ft. TV antenna that he wasn't using any more. So he mounted the saw on the end of the antenna, then attached the antenna to the bale forks on his Deutz 45 hp loader tractor. A 3-pt. mounted, pto-driven generator on back of the tractor powered the saw, via an extension cord that ran from the generator, alongside the antenna, and up to the saw.
  To mount the saw on the antenna, he cut two pieces of wood in a circle and fastened one piece to the antenna and the other to the saw. The saw is attached to a coil spring set on a swivel, which provides the necessary tension to pull the saw back up through the limb without binding.
  "It worked great," says Zenz. "To start the saw I simply engage the pto."  
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Larry Zenz, HC 60, Box 154, Parks, Ark. 72950 (ph 479 577-2677; zle7@ipa.net).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3