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Spindles And Springs Turned Into Bale Forks, Bucket Teeth
Axle spindles from old mobile homes can be used to make inexpensive, loader-mounted round bale forks, says Brenden Janssen, Vega, Alta., noting that other types of axles would also work.
  His bale fork consists of a pair of 5-ft. long, 2 7/8-in. dia. steel pipes that support cut-down, 8-in. long solid steel spindles. The spindles are ground down to a point, then inserted into the pipes and welded on. The back end of each pipe is inserted into a home-built frame that quick-taches to the tractor’s front-end loader. The entire unit is raised and lowered by a pair of hydraulic cylinders.
   “I use it on my Deere 280 front-end tractor. It really works good,” says Janssen. “I don’t stab the bale with the forks. Instead, I slide the teeth under the bale. The solid steel spindles won’t wear through from sliding on the ground. I used a chopsaw to cut the spindles down.”
  Another idea that works well for Janssen is using truck leaf springs to make inexpensive, heavy-duty steel teeth that bolt onto his loader bucket. The springs are 5/8 in. thick by 4 in. wide and spaced about 12 in. apart on the lip of the bucket, with the curvature of the spring facing down. He simply drills holes in each spring and in the bucket and bolts it on.
  “The teeth come in handy because they can get under the load, whereas the bucket by itself will often slip off. Also, they’re built strong so I can root around in ice and concrete and they won’t bend,” says Janssen.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brenden Janssen, P.O. Box 75, Vega, Alta., Canada T0G 2H0 (ph 780 674-5920 or cell 780 674-0033).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #5