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Skid Steer Loader
"We finally got all the bugs worked out of our home-built skid steer loader. It works like a charm," reports Jim Ward, Minesing, Ontario.
"Originally, we tried to drive it hydraulically but we couldn't maneuver it in close quarters so we went back to a standard transmission. We built the loader from the ground up. I started with a Ford 3 ton rear end, narrowed it up as close as it would go and then flipped it over to give us 3 forward speeds.
"The frame is made from 6-in. channel iron. The engine is a 2-cyl. Wisconsin. The flywheel and clutch are chain driven on a jackshaft so we can get enough reduction. We needed the loader to get into small calf pens and, at about $400 to build. It sure was a lot cheaper than buying a skid steer loader."

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