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“Piped-In” Cab Heater For Case Skid Loader
Mark Majerus couldn’t find a commercial heater for his 1986 Case 1835B skid loader, so he came up with his own design that makes use of heat coming off the engine.
    “It lets me work in comfort and produces so much heat that even though I’m only capturing part of the engine’s heat I can take my jacket off, even on the coldest days,” says Majerus, Farmington, Minn.
    He used 1/8-in. thick steel to make a rectangular box the width of the grill on back of the engine and drilled four 3 1/2-in. dia. holes into the top side. The box, which is open on the bottom, hooks onto a pair of metal brackets on back of the skid loader door.
    Then he made a plexiglass window that snaps into the back of the cab and has 4 corresponding 3-in. dia. holes cut into the bottom side. He bought four 3-in. dia. ABS plastic elbow pipes that fit into the holes in both the box and the plexiglass.
    Homemade adapters are screwed on inside the box to hold the pipes. “I cut threaded couplings in half and then screwed each half coupling to a male adapter. The pipes fit onto the adapters similar to threading a bolt onto a nut,” says Majerus.
    “To attach the window I welded 2 bolts onto either side that fit into corresponding holes in the skid loader’s frame.”    
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mark Majerus, 1731 230th St. E., Farmington, Minn. 55024 (ph 651 463-7084; markmajerus46@hotmail.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5