2017 - Volume #41, Issue #1, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Loader Hopper Handles Bulk Cargo
“I was watching a customer use a conventional, self-dumping hopper to load firewood and thought how tricky it was to position the hopper just right so it didn’t hit the customer’s truck or trailer,” recalls Joe Glick, Iron Bull. “I put some thought into it and came up with the EZ-Load.”
The basic EZ-Load Hopper holds 2 cu. yds., equivalent to a face cord of firewood. The 48-in. wide, 40-in. deep and 42-in. tall open topped, steel box has 2 drop down doors in its underside. It can be mounted to a skid steer or front-end loader with its standard quick-tach plate or with optional fork receivers.
“It’s easy to load and unload,” says Glick. “The manual release works like a retractable dog leash. It can be triggered from the operator’s seat. Press the thumb latch and pull to dump.”
The doors shut when the empty hopper is lowered to the ground. The release reel has a magnet attached to its side, making it easy to mount to any steel surface near the operator.
“We built it tough with 1/4-in. and 7-gauge steel,” says Glick. “It has to be. Loaded with mixed hardwood, it can weigh as much as 2,800 lbs.”
The EZ-Load Hopper starts at $2,847 for the face cord capacity. Larger units are available.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Iron Bull Mfg., 5947 N 350 E., Marshall, Ind. 47859 (ph 765 597-2480
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