«Previous    Next»
Horse-Powered Hay Mover Uses Hand-Pumped Hydraulics
Mark Hoover says hes seen a lot of ideas for moving big bales without tractor-powered equipment but none of them were quite what he wanted.
  So the Leitchfield, Ky., farmer, came up with the idea of using hand-pumped hydraulic cylinders that can lift several thousand pounds high enough to load even the biggest bales into bale feeders or onto trailers.
  The key, he says, was finding a hand pump that raises the lift boom fairly fast. He built the first one to move big bales but then also made a set of pallet forks to fit it for loading everything from bins of produce to bales of tobacco.
  My brother uses one I built to lift and drag logs out of the woods. He says the only problem with it is that I should have built one for him years ago, says Hoover.
  Comes standard with a bale spear, stabilizer prongs, and steerable wheels up front that are turned with a lever by the driver. Sells for $2,800. Pallet forks are sold separately.
  Hoover says hes also made units without the steering front wheels (costs $150 less) so it can be towed behind a pickup, ATV or a small tractor with no need for hydraulics.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mark Hoover, 7220 Brandenburg Road, Leitchfield, Ky. 42754.


  Click here to download page story appeared in.



  Click here to read entire issue




To read the rest of this story, download this issue below or click here to register with your account number.
Order the Issue Containing This Story
2017 - Volume #41, Issue #1