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Minnesota farmer Gerald Jorgens, of Elbow Lake, built a versatile ladder that mounts on his skid steer loader, pickup or tractor providing the working height of a conventional ladder but with much more stability.
"I like the ęPorta-Perch' because it's sturdier and safer than a ladder leaning against a building or tree," says Jorgens, who uses it for a variety of chores, including painting and trimming trees.
When mounted on his tractor's 3-pt., the ladder has a maximum working height of 15¢ ft. He can vary the height by adjusting the 3-pt. arms.
For attaching to his pickup, Jorgens mounts the ladder on a bracket fastened to the rear bumper. He anchors it with cable to a bracket extending across the front of the truck bed. The ladder folds back into the bed for transport.
To mount it on his skid steer loader, Jorgens simply slides the forks into the bottom framework of the ladder.
The 2-ft. wide, 9-step metal ladder has a working cage at the top. Jorgens is developing an extension ladder to use with the Porta-Perch.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gerald Jorgens, Rt. 1, Elbow Lake, Minn. 56531 (ph 218 685-4627).

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5