2023 - Volume #47, Issue #4, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Front-End Loader Attaches In Seconds
The FM-550, the smallest in the Freedom Mount series, features a 98-in. tapered free-flow bucket with a lift height of 14 ft. Its hydraulic cylinders are “lineless” for improved visibility, and the equipment comes standard with rotational height and level indicators.
What sets the Freedom Mount loaders and buckets apart from competitors is the remote-control coupler and auto lock mounting system that allows the operator to remove or hook up loader attachments from the tractor cab.
“The loader flips over on itself to sit on the bucket,” says Gail Cameron, Westendorf sales representative. “Just pull a handle and remove the exclusive Hydra-Snap manifold for hoses and electronics. They all unplug at once instead of individually. Then slowly back the tractor away from the arms.”
Hooking up the loader works in an opposite manner, with the operator driving into the arms for an automatic auto-lock connection. No stands, tools or pins are required.
Cameron says customers provide the make and model of their tractor, and Westendorf custom cuts bolt-on brackets.
The Freedom Mount loaders are manufactured in Onawa and shipped from numerous dealerships throughout the U.S.
“Customers order from their closest authorized Westendorf dealership, and we ship there. It’s easy,” Cameron says.
FM-550s come ready to work and sell for approximately $25,000 plus S&H.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Westendorf Manufacturing Co. Inc., 1900 Iowa Ave N., Onawa, Iowa 51040 (ph 877-423-0070; www.loaders.com).
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