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Hinged Loader Bucket Works "Better Than A Grapple Fork"
“It works fabulously and didn’t cost much to build,” says LaVier Schliefert, Deepwater, Mo., who added a hinged top to the loader bucket on his Deere 855 4-WD utility tractor. It does the work of a grapple fork, and more.
  He used thick sheet metal and channel iron to build an L-shaped hinged top that’s braced with 2-in. tubing and pins onto both sides of the bucket. A steel arm connects the top to the bucket and is raised and lowered by a small hydraulic cylinder. An old welded-on grader blade was used to form the top’s cutting edge.
  “I built it because I got tired of chasing rocks across my yard after I tried to pick them up with the bucket. The grabber also works great for loading and spreading crushed rock. I fill the bucket and bring the grabber down, then tilt the bucket and slowly retract the top to let the crushed rock escape. I’ve even used it to lift big 30-ft. long light poles. I never take the grabber off because it’s not in the way – it doesn’t affect normal bucket use.”
  He also made a fabric cab with flexible plastic windows for the tractor. “I made a metal frame, then took the tractor to a fabricating shop where they fitted together the fabric and windows. The cab simply snaps together,” says Schliefert.
  “I made a similar cab for my Yamaha Rhino utility vehicle. I made the framework and the upholstery shop did the rest. The cab is made from sections of snap-together canvas and has clear plastic windows. I use it when plowing snow with a front-mounted blade. The door mounts on hinge pins and can be easily lifted off.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, LaVier Schliefert, 1125 S.E. 720, Deepwater, Mo. 64740 (ph 660 723-0072).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2