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“Rotating Forks” Dump Firewood Totes Upside Down Into Truck
Eric Petrevich, Glen Gardner, N.J., sells firewood to individual homeowners and wholesale markets, delivering the wood in a dump truck. He eliminated a lot of handling by adapting German-made “rotating forks” designed for use on a forklift to his Kioti 75 hp. 4-WD loader tractor. It lets him lift steel totes loaded with firewood over the side of the truck, and rotate them upside down to dump the wood directly into the truck.
  The forks were made by Brudi, a German company, and consist of a big semi-circular steel plate equipped with a pair of long forks. The plate mounts on a shaft that’s connected to a horizontally-mounted hydraulic cylinder, and extending the cylinder causes the plate and forks to rotate 180 degrees.
  Petrevich bought the forks used on eBay for $1,800, and mounted them to a commercial quick tach mounting plate. He installed a camera on the mounting plate, which he uses to line up the forks when picking up totes.  
  “It lets me load the wood directly from my wood processor into totes without ever handling the wood by hand, and then stack for storage. I can stack the totes up to 3 high.”
  He says tote cages are ideal for firewood storage. “They can’t rot, and the wood stays exposed to the wind and sun. I cut the lids off the totes for use as covers that keep rain and snow off the wood.”
  You can watch the rotating forks in action at farmshow.com.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Eric Petrevich, Glen Gardner, N.J. (farmshow@megageek.com).


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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4