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Earth Scraper
George Yungwirth, Prince Albert, Sask., built his own 8-yard capacity earth scraper which he uses to dig out and replace topsoil in low-lying wet areas and drained sloughs.
The scraper is equipped with a bucket that's 11 ft. wide, 7 ft. long, and 40 in. high.
"I moved a lot of dirt with it during the recent drought after I drained water from some sloughs," says Yungwirth. "Before I built this model I was using a 2 1/2-yard capacity scraper pulled by my 80 hp tractor. I pull this model with a 200 hp tractor."
Yungwirth built the frame from 4 by 8 in. box tubing and the bucket from 3/8-in. steel. He borrowed the scraper's two single front tires from an old 5-ton truck and the dual rear tires from an old tag axle truck. If he did it again, Yungwirth says he'd do some things differently. "The front tires are too close to the biting edge of the bucket where most of the weight is, making it easy to get stuck. I should have mounted dual tires on front and single tires on back. One problem with this model is that I've got to be careful how I dump the bucket because it lifts a little too high off the ground. Also, the bucket is so deep that the rear portion doesn't always fill up completely."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, George Yungwirth, RR 5, Prince Albert, Sask., Canada S6V 5R3 (ph 306 922- 1 8353).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #2