2013 - Volume #37, Issue #3, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Loader-Mounted "Bunk Plow"
Jeff Frederick built a loader-mounted feed bunk plow that quickly cleans out dirty feed and snow.
“It’s built heavy to stand up under a lot of use,” says Frederick, who operates a welding and fabrication shop in Marcus, Iowa. “I’ve worked around cattle yards all my life so I know that different types of feed cause different bunk issues. We built a lot of adjustment into this bunk plow so it’ll work for just about any situation.”
The unit quick-taches to the loader in place of the bucket and comes with a 1/2-in. thick steel blade that has a rubber “squeegee” bolted onto it. The blade bolts onto a horizontal telescoping toolbar. The toolbar can be adjusted to work with different loader widths by changing the position of a pin.
“It’s amazing that something so simple can do such a good job. It has no moving parts and isn’t noisy like a bunk blower,” says Frederick. “It’ll clean 2,000 ft. of bunk in only about 15 min.
“I use recycled rubber belting to cover the plate and used oil well pipe for the mounting frame,” says Frederick. “The belting is bolted to a 1/4-in. thick steel backing plate. I usually sell the unit with a 4 by 4-ft. sq. rubber piece bolted onto the blade and let the customer trim it to fit his needs.
“I can customize the plow for different bunk sizes and styles.”
The bunk cleaner comes with a pair of telescoping vertical stands. By removing a pair of pins, the stands can be rotated 180 degrees and tucked out of the way against the toolbar.
The feed bunk plow sells for $1,500 plus S&H.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Frederick Welding & Sales,4795 C Ave., Marcus, Iowa 51035 (ph 712 376-4543 or 800 245-4543; email@example.com; www.frederickwelding.com).
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