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Giant Bucket Cleans Up Leaves Fast
Peter Maitland makes quick work of leaf cleanup with a bucket he built out of an old boat.
    “It was a 34-ft. houseboat built in the 1960’s out of heavy fiberglass so it’s strong,” says Maitland. “It works great and it won’t rot.”
    He cut the boat in half to make the floor and walls, then seamed the pieces together with 1/4-in. plate steel and bolted it to a plywood back to fit inside his compact tractor’s bucket. Turnbuckles inside and outside support the sides.
    Once the leaves are gathered in a pile, he uses the bucket to scoop them up and dispose of them.
    “I like doing things easy and simple,” he says. “With this I can get about 10 times the load compared to the tractor bucket. It works great.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Peter Maitland, 23 Cedarcrest Ave., Salem, Mass. 01970 (ph 978 745-3913; maitlandmountainfarm@gmail.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #6