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He Has Fun Building "Farm Show" Projects
“When I’m not repairing things for other people, I’m building useful stuff of my own from ideas I’ve seen in FARM SHOW,” says Richard Hayward, a self-employed welder and repairman from Salem, N.Y. “My father-in-law gave me a subscription 10 years ago and I’ve still got every issue right here. Those magazines and my recliner are the two most important things in my shop.”
   Hayward says his first “copy cat” project was modifying a push lawn mower to cut brush between rows of Christmas trees. The family calls it “The Beast” and they still use it. Over the years he’s also built a tree shear, stump grinder, wood wagon, skid steer “thumb”, wood splitter, snow plow, wood chipper and learned several short cuts that are helpful in his work. “The home-built projects have really saved me time and money,” says Hayward.
  His self-unloading wood hauler is made from an old manure spreader, an idea that he first read about nearly 10 years ago in the magazine. “Building the buggy was easy because I removed the spreader beater, replaced it with a door and just came up with a sprocket that would spool the chain on the back as it unloaded the wood,” says Hayward.
  For his homemade stump grinder Hayward used ideas from 2 different stories in FARM SHOW. “I called a guy in Texas who made a hydraulic-powered grinder and asked him some questions. Another guy I visited with had carbides called green teeth that were 1 1/8 in. wide, so I used those on my machine. I started with an old bush hog, used the gearbox, and put in a 5/8-in. plate for a blade on a 30-in. drum. I used the green teeth for the outside edge and it works real well. The whole deal probably cost less than $500.”
  Hayward made what he calls a chipper/chopper from a 50-year-old New Holland 717 forage chopper. “The original machine had 9 blades - I removed 3,” says Hayward. “I shortened up the spout and moved the control lever for the spout from the end of the hitch to the side of the machine. That way I can reach the controls as I’m feeding in brush. I run the machine with a 1958 Ford 861 Powermaster diesel and it barely makes the engine work. I can cut up branches and brush up to 3 in. dia. and the chips are very uniform. I’ve got probably $500 into the rig total. A new one would’ve cost close to $2,000.”
  Hayward has also used ideas from FARM SHOW stories to build a tree shear and a wood splitter for his skid steer. The shear uses a hydraulic cylinder to operate 18-in. farm disks. The splitter is tough enough to break apart chunks of wood up to 4 ft. in dia. “I use it on elm and maple and never have a problem,” says Hayward.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, R.W. Hayward, 180 Blind Buck Rd., Salem, N.Y. 12865 (ph 518 854-7564).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1