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Loader-Mounted Bale Spear Converted To “Pipe Bucket”
“It works like a loader bucket to quickly scoop up rocks or chunks of wood and load them into a trailer or truck. The pipe floor allows dirt to fall through,” says Gordon Mariner, about the “pipe bucket” he built from the frame of an old Deere 3-pt. bale spear.
The pipe bucket consists of a series of 6-ft. long, 2-in. dia. pipes that mount on a home-built frame bolted to both sides of the quick-tach bale spear frame. Mariner removed both spears, then welded a 2-ft. wide steel plate under a length of 8 by 3-in. steel tubing. He drilled a series of 2-in. dia. holes in the tubing, inserted the pipes in them, and then U-bolted them to the plate. Channel iron brackets were then welded to both ends of the tubing and bolted to the sides of the bale spear frame.
Mariner used a 50-ton press to flatten the last 3 in. of the pipes, making it easy to slide them under the load.
“It works even better than I expected. I already had most of the materials used to build it,” says Mariner, who operates a machine fabrication shop. “If I want to use the bale spear again, I just unbolt the carrier’s brackets and reinsert the spears. I came up with the idea because I had to cut up a big pile of logs into 12 to 18-in. long pieces, and load them onto a trailer for a neighbor who uses the wood to heat his home.
“One time I used the carrier to dump about 12,000 12-in. long by 5-in. wide bricks into a big wash-out along our road. The bricks came from an old building that I had torn down years ago.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gordon Mariner, 1102 Cartwright Cr N, Goodlettsville, Tenn. 37072 (ph 615 477-8099; gmar501@aol.com).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2