1989 - Volume #13, Issue #2, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Bucket Attachment Lifts Tractor To Second StoryHome-built bucket attachments let Larry Oddan, Coaldale, Alberta, lift a 28-hp tractor up to the second story of his poultry barn to clean out manure.
Oddan, who operates a 50,000 broiler poultry farm, has two 2-story barns. "We use a Kubota 7200 4-WD hydrostatic tractor to clean manure from the second floor, pushing it through holes in the floor," says Oddan. "Before *e built the bucket attachment, we had been using a ramp built onto a wagon to drive the tractor onto the second floor. However, the ramp's steep grade made this a dangerous practice, especially if the ramp was wet or covered with snow. It's safer and faster to lift the tractor with our Case loader."
Oddan used 10-in. wide channel iron to build 7-ft. long forks that attach to the underside of the loader bucket. A set of wider tracks, which accommodate the tractor's rear tires, fit inside the bucket. "We back the tractor right onto these tracks and set the parking brake," says Oddan. "Then we attach chains to adjustable slots on the front of the forks and hook them to both corners of the bucket. One person can bolt or unbolt the forks in 5 minutes or less."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Larry Oddan, Box 1602, Coaldale, Alberta, Canada T0K 0L0 (ph 403 345-2566).
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