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Simple 3-Pt. “Hay Lifter” Runs Off Electric Winch
“I built this 3-pt. mounted ‘hay lifter’ for my friend Scott Stickdorn, who uses it to load and unload round bales in a small shed with limited headroom. It’s operated by a small electric winch so he can use his 1955 Ford 860 tractor, which has no hydraulics, to double stack bales,” says Steve Huffman, New Lexington, Ohio.
    The 2,500-lb. electric winch runs off the tractor’s battery and is used to raise and lower a 6 by 12-in. metal plate made from 1-in. thick steel. A bale spear is welded into a hole bored into the center of the plate. The slide rides on small hard rubber wheels inside a 7-ft. high post made by cutting up an old truck frame. There’s a pulley on the slide and on top of the truck frame.
    Huffman welded the 3-pt. mounting frame off an old potato digger on back of the truck frame. He also welded 1 1/2-in. angle iron on both sides of the truck frame to serve as a guide for the slide.
    “It works really well and fits Scott’s needs perfectly,” says Huffman. “He uses 800-lb. bales, and it lifts them right up with no problem. He can back into a bale and raise it 32 in. with his 3-pt., and then use the winch to raise it another 4 ft. or so in order to double stack. We were worried the tractor might be too light on front and cause steering or tipping problems, but that hasn’t happened.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Huffman, 3663 St. Rt. 13 N.E., New Lexington, Ohio 43764 (ph 740 342-2825).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4