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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.

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #1