2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
ATV Rock Picker Works Fast
“It can handle up to a 70-lb. rock, about the size of a basketball,” says Doug Anderson, Marshall Machine Shop. “I have a 430cc ATV and pick partial loads with it. Even partial loads can be dumped at the field edge quickly, and I’m back in the field.”
Larger ATV’s can haul a full load up to 1,700 lbs. at a time, depending on soil conditions. To pick up rocks, the operator drives up to the rock, lowering the rake and the reel. The 2 sets of revolving (and reversible) teeth on the reel are powered by a 12-volt hydraulic drive. The drive also raises and lowers the rake. It in turn is powered by a deep cycle battery that comes with the unit.
Revolving teeth on the reel sweep smaller rocks onto the rake and up into the box. For larger rocks, the operator raises the rake and the reel until the teeth can push it off and into the rock box.
The powder-coated Marshall Picker weighs 680 lbs. empty. The 10-gauge steel rock box has a mesh floor, allowing dirt and trash to fall back onto the field.
The manually controlled hitch on the 3- by 3-ft. trailer swings out from transit position to straddle 15, 22 or 30-in. rows.
“When the box is full, just pull to the edge of the field, and the hydraulic lift dumps the box,” says Anderson.
Marshall Machine Shop is a full-service fabricating, machining, welding and repair shop. The Marshall Picker is priced at $5,500 and can be ordered direct. Anderson suggests calling for the names of distributors in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota.
You can see a video of the Marshall Rock Picker in action at www.farmshow.com.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Marshall Machine Shop, 1005 Channel Pkwy., Marshall, Minn. 56258 (ph 507 532-3613; toll free 866 262-4418; email@example.com; www.marshallmachineshop.com).
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