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2-Ton Truck Equipped With Pto, Hydraulics
A pto shaft mounted on back of his 2-ton truck, along with an engine-powered hydraulic motor on front, lets Jay Hadley, Union, Iowa, use the truck to operate manure spreaders, feed auger wagons, fertilizer spreaders, Hesston stack movers, etc., while eliminating the need for a tractor.
Hadley ordered the 1980 Ford 8000 truck without a box and built a wooden flatbed on the frame. He connected a 10-ft. long pto shaft to the transmission. The hydraulic pump is driven off the engine crankshaft and is connected by hoses to remote outlets on back of the truck.
"It lets me do a lot of different jobs and go 40 to 50 mph on the road," says Hadley, who has a cow-calf operation. "I rent pastures that are scattered several miles apart. The truck really comes in handy for hauling feed auger wagons between pastures. I can use the hydraulics to raise spreader endgates, operate grain augers, etc. I mount two 500-lb. concrete weights on the flatbed whenever I use the truck to haul manure. I bolted a steel bumper onto the back of the truck to beef it up. The hitch on the bumper swings from side to side for easy hookup. The flatbed is equipped with a gooseneck hitch so I can also use the truck to pull a livestock trailer.
"I spent $1,200 on the hydraulics and $500 on the pto."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jay Hadley, Rt.1, Union, Iowa 50258 (ph 515 486-5917).

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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #4