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Trailer-Powered Cherry Picker
Wayne Beauchamp, Tampa, Florida, gets a lot of use out of his converted cherry picker which began life on an electric power company truck. He modified it to pull behind his New Holland 75 hp front wheel assist tractor, powered by the tractor's hydraulic system.
  "It's a safe, convenient way to do maintenance on buildings and is handy for use as a bucket lift," he says.
  The cherry picker was in pieces when he found it at a junk yard. He removed the lift boom from the truck, then redesigned the hydraulic system to run on his tractor's hydraulics. Then he rebuilt the lift and welded it onto the frame and axle off an old bus.
  He mounted a pair of stabilizer legs on back and a screw jack on each side, in order to hold the trailer steady.
  "I built it because I have a tree farm and a mobile home park where I do all the maintenance work myself, including a lot of tree trimming," says Beauchamp." I use a grapple fork on the tractor to handle the trees. My bucket lift makes the work much easier. I'm 72 years old and don't climb trees anymore, so this is the only way I can still do the tree work.
  "I've also used it to paint my barn and to change street light bulbs. I park it in the woods and use it to hunt. It also works great for photographing wildlife."
  The controls mount in a box on front of the bucket. Beauchamp made a bracket on the bucket where he stores a chainsaw and limb. He also mounted an aluminum cover over the box to keep wood chips from falling into it as he saws tree limbs.
  He says his total cost was about $600, "mostly for hydraulic hoses and parts."    
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wayne Beauchamp, 7416 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa, Florida 33610 (ph 813 626-8993).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3