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Breakthrough In Tractor Loaders
Latest "breakthrough" in tractor loaders is the Companion I, introduced by the F and W Corp., Lake View, Iowa.
"So far as I know, it's the first and only loader on the market that works on both 2 and 4 wheel drive row crop tractors," says Eldon Frank, inventor and manufacturer.
One man can mount or dismount the loader in a couple minutes without assistance. It's designed so there's no interference whatsoever with the wheels on 2 or 4 wheel drive row crop tractors, whether they have, narrow or wide front ends. A universal mounting bracket bolted to the underside stays on the tractor permanently for fast on-and-off hookup of the loader. If the loader is to be used interchangeably on several 2 or 4 wheel drive tractors, equipping each tractor with the universal mounting bracket makes it easy for one man to mount or dismount the loader in a matter of seconds on any of the tractors.
With the bracket already on the tractor, the operator only has to drop in one locking pin to mount the loader. Four snap-on hydraulic lines are color coded for easy on-or-off connection to the tractor. Another key feature is that the loader is selfstanding when dismounted. "It'll stand by itself even on rolling ground and doesn't require any special jacks or standards," explains Frank.
Lifting height of the bucket is right at 17 ft. Breakaway lifting capacity is 5,800 lbs. Suggested retail cost, including the unit's two 3 by 36 in, cylinders, hydraulic hoses and bucket, is $2,995.
For more details, contact; FARM SHOW Followup, F and W Corp., Eldon Frank, Pres., Lake View, Iowa 51450 (ph 712 664-2791).

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