2018 - Volume #42, Issue #2, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
“4-In-1” Skid Loader Quick Tach Plate
He uses the quick-tach plate on his Case 1835B skid loader. The plate is equipped with a 2-in. ball hitch plate, a drawbar pin hitch, a gooseneck hitch, and a 6-ft. long, 5-in. high grader blade. The grader blade, located about 2 in. below the plate, is welded to 4 vertical lengths of 1 1/4-in. square tubing welded onto the plate.
“I use the blade to dig up ice and to level out hard, washboarded gravel,” says Majerus. “I can tilt the hitch plate down to keep the blade from digging or gouging, or position it straight up and down to use as a backdrag.”
The ball hitch plate is bolted to a receiver hitch that’s welded to the center of the quick-tach plate. Majerus drilled a hole on the end of the ball hitch plate so that it doubles as a drawbar. He also welded a receiver hitch for a 2 5/16-in. gooseneck ball on top of the quick-tach plate.
“All the hitches are located close to the skid loader, which provides a lot of leverage when lifting and moving heavy gooseneck trailers,” says Majerus. “I added two homemade weights on back of the skid loader that total 640 lbs., which helps keep the machine’s front end from tipping up.”
Majerus added 3 homemade steps to the quick-tach plate by cutting pieces of rectangular tubing lengthwise in half, and then making zigzag cuts on both sides to form serrated edges that result in a good grip. He then welded the steps to the plate.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mark Majerus, 1731 230th St. E., Farmington, Minn. 55024 (ph 651 463-7084; email@example.com).
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