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Loader-Mounted Bush Hog
Bud Vogelzang didnt want to spend thousands of dollars on a hydraulic-powered bush hog mower for his tracked skid loader, so he made one from an old pto-powered, 3-pt. mower deck.
I use it to cut down overgrown cattails and small trees on low, wet ground. It can cut trees up to 1 in. dia., says the 84-year-old Vogelzang. I can see the mower in front of me, so Im less likely to get stuck than Id be with my loader tractor.
The hitch hooks up to a 3-pt. adapter bracket that Vogelzang had previously built and welded to the skid loaders quick-attach. He removed the pto shaft and turned the hitch to the back, then bought a hydraulic motor to match the hydraulic output of his New Holland C232 skid loader.
He also installed a pressure flow relief valve and a bypass/check valve, both purchased from Surplus Center, Lincoln, Neb. (ph 800 488-3407; www.surpluscenter.com).  The check valve allows the disc blade to spin after the hydraulic power is shut off, notes Vogelzang.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bud Vogelzang, 13 1/2 3rd Ave. S.W., Sioux Center, Iowa 51250 (ph 712 441-1037).

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