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Self Dump Rock Picker
"I got the idea when I leased rock pickers on my own farm. They all needed improving," says Frances Effling, Artesian, S. Dak. He's designed and now manufacturers a simple "pick and dump" picker that requires practically no maintenance.
"It has a pickup plate rather than teeth, which could break or bend. It's worked well on both tilled ground and pastures. A single double-acting 3 1/2 by 20-in. cylinder lowers it down to picking position and lifts it up for dumping. It has an extra long offset hitch for tractors with cabs to improve the visibility and the hitch swings over for road travel. Heavy-duty spindles and hubs provide long-lasting durability," says Effling.
The front 60-in. wide pickup plate scoops rocks out of the field. When the unit is raised, dirt falls through and rocks roll to the back. Grate spacing is 2 1/2 in. but can be special ordered to a wider or narrower width to adapt to local conditions.
"People have tried to build similar rigs in the past but they weren't as big, they weren't as cheap, and they required more maintenance," says Effling, who sells his Dakota Rock Picker for $1,800.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Effling Design and Fabrication, Box 103, Artesian, S. Dak. 57314 (ph 605 527-2250).

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1986 - Volume #10, Issue #3