2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4, Page #35[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Tach-N-Go" Grabs Loader Tools Fast
"My first model was built for Kubota BX loaders," says Dunn. "This system weighs just 52 lbs."
Dunn points out that on small loaders like the BX, every pound is important. His design also offers a more secure and trouble-free pick up. Instead of requiring two large pins and a safety pin, the Tach-n-Go has only a safety pin. Pins are left in the attachment.
The Tach-n-Go has a hook for the upper bucket mount and a set of receivers for the lower bucket mounts. Nested between each pair of receivers is the innovative Tach-n-Go two-component locking mechanism. A bolt and a compression spring connect the two rotational components.
Securing the attachment is fast and easy. After the operator has picked up the attachment with the loader, he removes the safety pin, which keeps the mechanism in the ready position. The operator then rotates the handle of the upper mechanism less than 90 degrees to an over center "locked" position and replaces the safety pin. This eliminates the possibility of the handle being accidentally knocked open.
Dunn says the Tach-n-Go components are designed for long life. Stainless steel is used where corrosion might be a problem. Industry standard powder coat and zinc finishes are used throughout.
Dunn has a design for Sc2400's and Sc2450 Cub Cadets in the prototype stage. He is also working on a universal Tach-n-Go for any small tractor loader with capacity of up to 900 lbs., such as the Kubota LA 402 loader. Like the BX design, weight is kept to a minimum to maximize loader lift capacity.
The Tach-n-Go itself pins directly to the loader just as a standard bucket or attachment would. Once in place, it accepts standard buckets and other attachments as well as any attachment with a 2-in. receiver mount, such as a winch or a variety of hitches.
Dunn has designed a 16-in. ripper tooth for the receiver hitch. With its range of movement and down pressure, the tooth is ideal for loosening soil, digging roots or popping rocks out of the ground. He also has a set of fixed forks for use with pallets.
Dunn says integrating bale stabilizer mounts into the Tach-n-Go helps to increase lift capacity. Used in combination with a receiver hitch-mounted bale spear, the stabilizers, Tach-n-Go and spear weigh only 110 lbs., leaving nearly 600 lbs. of capacity on a BX loader.
Dunn is developing a number of other new attachments to work with the Tach-n-Go in addition to his original Loader Buddy. He is pricing the BX version of the Tach-n-Go at á$649 plus shipping. The ripper tooth is priced at $179, and the forks are $459 plus shipping.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jery Dunn (ph 715 445-4997 or 715 203-4763; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.mytractortools.com).
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