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Rock Picker Designed For The Big Ones
No excavator is needed to pull big rocks out of the field if you have a Hydrabox from AgStorm. Mounted to the front of a big tractor, it’s designed to grab and carry up to 4,000-lb. rocks, all controlled by an in-cab remote.
“The Hydrabox is like having an excavator on the front of your tractor,” says Erik Karlson, AgStorm. “It’ll go on any tractor large enough to handle its weight. We have it on tractors from North Dakota to Michigan.”
The Hydrabox is the big brother of AgStorm’s earlier rock picker, the Rock Box for ATV’s and UTV’s. It’s designed to replace skid steers and backhoes on mid-size and larger rocks. It uses a cable winch system and four claws to hook a rock and lift it.
The Hydrabox rock picker uses two sets of opposing, grade 80, steel claws with a tensile strength of 80,000 lbs. The 3-in. hydraulic cylinder controls the claws with 31,000 lbs. of pressure. The claws extend into the ground to 3 ft. beneath the surface to wrap around a rock.
Brackets are available to match tractors and include any hardware needed. Brackets bolt to the frame of the tractor. However, if the tractor has an existing weight bracket, AgStorm makes a matching bracket that slides into place.
“Standard weight brackets with suitcase weights and hardware can run $14,000,” notes Karlson. “The Hydrabox starts at $13,900 and gives you at least 1,900 lbs. of front-end weight.”
The Hydrabox is available in 5 and 6-ft. models with respective weights of 1,900 and 2,100 lbs. The 5-ft. wide model ($13,999) has a 30-in. deep, 18-in. high rock box. The 6-ft. wide Hydrabox ($14,999) has a 48-in. deep by 18-in. high box. Add the weight of prospective rocks, and it’s easy to see why Karlson says the size and weight of the tractor are key. He references 8000 series Deere and Case IH Magnum series as appropriate sized examples.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, AgStorm Equipment, 41062 Fort Rd., St. Peter, Minn. 56082 (ph 507-995-2321; agstorm.sales@gmail.com; www.agstormequipment.com).

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