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Modified FarmallLoader With Interchangeable Buckets, Forks
When Jeff Cyr found an old cable-operated front-end loader designed for a Farmall F-20 tractor in some brush on a neighbor's farm, he decided to modify it to fit his Farmall H tractor.
He also made an interchangeable bale fork to fit in place of the bucket.
"I used mostly scrap steel and spent less than $500," says the Pinewood, Minn., farmer.
Cyr removed the cable and pulleys on the loader and cut off part of the lift mechanism, leaving the lift post intact. He used steel tubing to lengthen the loader frame so it would clear the front of the tractor and installed lift cylinders on either side of the loader.
He made the bale fork frame out of 2 1/2-in. sq. steel tubing. Steel plate was used to make a 4-ft. long bale spear with an 8-in. dia. triangle-shaped base that's welded to the frame. A pair of smaller 2-ft. long spears are also welded to the frame.
A 40-in. long, 3-in. dia. hydraulic cylinder is used to tilt the bale fork up and down. Cyr mounted one end of the cylinder on a steel bracket that's welded onto the frame and attached the other end to the loader's lift post. A pto-driven hydraulic pump is used to raise or lower the loader and also to operate the bale spear cylinder.
"I use it every day," says Cyr. "By mounting a 3-pt. bale fork on back of the tractor I can carry two round bales at a time. I don't use it with bales that weigh over 900 lbs. because the tractor's front spindle is too light. The loader can be raised about 12 ft. which allows me to stack bales three high. I can also use it to put two bales at a time into a shed that I built onto the end of my dairy barn. I lay the bales on their side and use a 2 1/2-ft. long antique hay knife to saw them in half, then use a wheelbarrow to haul each half bale into the barn."
"I also made a 6-ft. bucket for moving snow that mounts in place of the bucket. I still use the loader's original bucket to load manure."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jeff Cyr, Rt. 1, Box 280, Pinewood, Minn. 56667 (ph 218 243-2120).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #4