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Loader-Mounted Two-Story Scaffold
A "two-story" scaffold built from scrap iron and mounted on the front-end loader of a Ford 4000 saves a lot of time for Gilbert Ahrenstorff and son Glen.
"It lets two men work at different levels. We use a ladder on the ground to reach the lower scaffold and another ladder on the lower scaffold to reach the upper scaffold. Works great not only for painting but also for installing metal siding on buildings," says Gilbert.
They built the frame using scrap angle iron and steel, most of which was salvaged from two old Deere overhead hoists. Each scaffold is 13-ft. long and 3 ft. wide, "floored" with three 2 by 12 boards. The bucket attaches to the lower scaffold with six bolts. To mount it, they lay the scaffold flat on the ground, tip the bucket down, and bolt it on. Then they tip the bucket up and drive it up against the building. "For safety, we position the scaffold so it's almost touching the building, then lock the brakes on the tractor. This would keep the bucket from from falling down if a hose ever broke on the loader," notes Gilbert.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gilbert Ahrenstorff, Box 354, Lake Park, Iowa 51347 (ph 712 832-3672).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #3