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Brush Hauler Quick-Taches To Tractor Loader Bucket
Rondle Mathis was satisfied with the first brush hauler he built for his ATV (FARM SHOW, Vol. 39, Issue 1) until he decided he needed something bigger.
  Mathis built the ATV brush hauler with the idea to easily maneuver in the wooded areas on his Blairsville, Georgia, property. But long term the ATV suspension wasnt strong enough - even after being beefed up - to handle his 155-lb. hauler and the size of the loads he wanted to carry.
  I got tired of making so many trips, so I made one for my 30 hp. Kubota tractor, Mathis explains. He started by adding forks to his tractor bucket. For the brush hauler, he made the tines and back braces out of 1 1/2-in. angle iron and welded two 2 by 4 gussets to slide on the forks. They are held in place by screwing down T-handle bolts.
  It is easy for the tractor to handle (about 50 lbs.). I can make a big pile and it goes much faster, Mathis says.
  Hes been using the hauler for about half a year to clear property on the side of a ridge.
  The only thing is I can haul such a big pile of brush that sometimes I cant see where Im going, Mathis says with a laugh.
  When he needs the tractor for other jobs, he loosens the bolts and slides the 50-lb. brush hauler off.
  To use his tractor even more, he recently built a brush saw that mounts on his bucket. He cut teeth out of a piece of 1/4-in. by 4-in. flat bar and welded it to a forklift fork attached to the bucket with a 1-in. bolt.
  It cuts brush up to about 2-in. pretty good, Mathis says. I put it at about a 25-degree angle and drive it into the roots. He adds that it also works for digging a trench.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rondle Mathis, 441 Foxfire Rd., Blairsville, Ga. 30512 (rondle@tds.net).

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