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Sharp-Edged Loader Bucket Slices Through Weeds, Soil
Larry Markman uses his tractor’s loader bucket to take out groups of problem weeds like waterhemp and marestail. He grinds a sharp edge onto the loader bucket to cut through the weeds.
  “It’s nothing revolutionary, but I wish I would have done it long ago,” says Markman. “I only thought of it because my Bush Hog was down, and I had weeds at the edge of the field that had escaped my renter’s herbicide application.”
  Markman’s bucket had the standard beveled edge. He gave it a knife’s edge, working his handheld grinder along the top of the bucket’s cutting edge. At the same time he sharpened the outside corners of the bucket.
  “Now I can get within an inch and a half of the row or even less,” he says.
  When dealing with a large patch of weeds at the field edge or along a waterway or roadway, Markman simply tilts the bucket back and lowers it. Dragging it backward through the weeds pulls them into a clump. He says the sharp edge breaks them off at ground level, better than it ever did prior to sharpening.
  While Markman made the modification for weed control, he got a bonus benefit. “It also works dirt better,” he says. “It slices through the sod and soil instead of having to force the blunt edge through.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Larry D. Markman, 439 New St., West Salem, Ill. 62476 (ph 618 456-8536).

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #6