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Chisel Plow Makes A Great Pothole Patcher
Anyone who can weld can turn the frame of an unused chisel plow into a useful heavy-duty “pothole patcher”, says Perry Easley, owner of Easley Welding, Kirksville, Mo.
  He uses the 10-ft. wide pothole patcher on his Kubota skid loader to smooth out gravel driveways.
  He removed all the shanks, leaving a rectangular frame. Then he cut 120 4 by 1 1/2-in. rectangular “teeth” out of 1/4-in. thick steel plate. They mount horizontally on the crossbars, spaced about 6 in. apart and staggered between bars. To mount the unit on his skid loader, he made a cardboard pattern and then welded three lengths of 2 by 4 steel tubing at an angle running from the frame to a mounting plate that’s equipped with quick-tach brackets.
  “It does a good job of loosening the surface and smoothing out any clods and rocks,” says Easley. “One time I used it at a local tractor pull where they fell in love with it. When the tractors spin their tires they pile up a lot of dirt, but my pothole patcher did a great job of dragging the dirt back into the holes.
  “On gravel roads it rattles around some, but it does a good job of loosening the gravel and filling in the potholes. After a pass or two it looks like I’ve put new gravel on the entire driveway.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Perry Easley, Easley Welding, 1603A N. Green St., Kirksville, Mo. 63501 (ph 660 626-3730).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1