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Backhoe-Mounted Limbinator
Verlis Smith bought a Limbinator hydraulic saw to remove the high limbs on trees around his pasture (www.northerntool.com). But instead of mounting it on a tractor bucket, he attached it to the back of a Kubota backhoe bucket that he uses for all kinds of jobs on his McCrory, Ark., farm.
  I can cut limbs almost 30 ft. off the ground, Smith says.
  He admits the dealership where he bought the backhoe was surprised by his request to come up with a bracket to mount the Limbinator on the new KX71 Kubota rubber-tracked excavator Smith ordered.
  The dealership split the $500 cost of the modification because they were eager to try it, Smith says. The mechanic replaced the two hydraulic hoses with a two-way valve on the boom of the excavator and hooked it up to couplings.
  I just flip the valve and the backhoe thumb runs the saw, Smith says. It runs fast at 5,000 rpms. It cuts a 10-in. limb in about 20 seconds. It stays sharp because there is no dirt or rocks up there.
  The backhoe-mounted Limbinator got its trial run at the dealership where a mechanic tested it cutting limbs around the shop. Smiths first job with it was clearing out an area where he planned to dig a pond.
  Im very well pleased with it, Smith says, noting it would also be handy on a skidsteer or tractor as it is intended to be used. I just wanted to reach higher.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Verlis Smith, 2108 Woodruff 775, McCrory, Arkansas 72101 (ph 870 347-2667; verlis@centurytel.net).


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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5