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Tractor-Mounted Cement Buster
Several years ago, we had to put new water lines under the cement in cattle yards we were downsizing before we could start work on hog finishing yards we were expanding. I really dreaded having to break it all up by hand and this is the labor-saving tractor-mounted "cement buster" I came up with. We used it to break up 14 cu. yds. of concrete without any trouble.
Our cement buster mounts on the frame of a Shaver post driver we use on front of our International 560 tractor. It will easily break concrete up to 4-in. thick with four to six blows. But you should never use more than an 8 or 10-in. stroke to prevent bending or breaking off the tip.
The heart of the attachment is its 10-in. point, which we fashioned out of an old International 283 plow beam. It's sharpened on one end. The opposite end is welded to a plate made from two sections of tractor drawbar welded together. Three gussets equally spaced around the plate help rein-force the point as well as punch a bigger hole in concrete. All components were welded together as solidly as possible.
The attachment bolts securely onto the post driver with two 6-in. long pieces of angle iron welded to the sides of the plate.
We used it three or four days steady on the cattle yards, and the only problem we had was occasionally having to pry the point out of concrete with a pry bar. Also, breaking concrete 10 or more inches thick takes quite a bit longer. (Peter Westphal, 5532 115th St. Wyoming, Iowa 52362; ph 319 488-3962)

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #3