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Loader-Mounted Cement Mixer
A New Brunswick farmer who wasn't satisfied with his 3-pt. cement mixer built his own loader-mounted "quick-tach" mixer that lets him pour cement into or over wall forms up to 12 ft. high.
Curtis Steeve, of Petitcodiac, built the mixer from junk parts and mounted it on the 245 loader on his Deere 1840 front wheel assist tractor. The mixer is powered by a 3 hp Briggs & Stratton gas engine removed from a junked-out gar-den tiller. Steeve uses the same hydraulic cylinders that tip the bucket to tip the mixer for pouring cement.
"It has a lot of advantages because it extends well ahead of the tractor and can be raised as high as the loader will reach," says Steeve. "The problem with 3-pt. mixers is that you can't always get them close enough to forms. My loader-mounted mixer can easily reach right over a 12-ft. high wall for pouring floors. The mixer weighs about 250lbs. I haven't had any problems with keeping the gas engine running even when the mixer is upside down. It hooks up fast to the loader with two locking pins."
Steeve used 30-in. dia., 1/4-in. thick steel pipe salvaged from a cement mixing plant to make the mixer barrel, tapering it on one end. He used 1/4-in. thick steel to make three 4-in. wide, 24-in. long mixing blades and bolted them to a shaft that runs through the tub. The rope-start engine drives a jackshaft that turns a 14-in. pulley which gear-drives the mixer shaft. The gears were salvaged from the differential off an old 25-ton quarry truck.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, " Curtis Steeves, RR 2, Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, Canada EOA 2H0 (ph 506 756-2504).

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #5