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Self-Propelled Manure Scraper
Late in the Fall of '75, an exasperated neighbor walked into the workshop at Maust Farms, near Pigeon, Mich., declaring that there had to be a better way to push pit scrapers in poultry cage houses than a conventional garden tractor. Maust agreed and immediately set out to develop what is now called the Hydra King.
Heart of the new power unit is the 30 hp. electric start, VH4D Wisconsin engine. A heavy duty Sundstrand hydrostatic transmission, rated at 60 hp. and a positraction automotive differential, combine with the engine to make up an extremely rugged power train, the manufacturer points out. Oil cooling via an external cooler greatly reduces wear on the hydraulic components and minimizes oil breakdown.
"The Hydra King's front wheel drive has proven a real asset since the scraper unit is mounted on the front of the tractor and its weight is utilized for traction via a weight transfer system," Gale Maust told FARM SHOW. "Customers also comment on the good visibility afforded to the operator, who sits on the front of the unit over the drive axle. A single rear wheel permits extreme maneuverability in close quarters."
Standard dimensions for the Hydra King are: 40 in, high, 28 in. wide, and 42 in. long. Narrower models are available on special order. Mausts also custom build manure scrapers to go with the Hydra King power units.
Cost of the basic power unit is $2,550.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Maust Farms, Inc., 8639 Pigeon Road, Bay Port, Mich. 48720 (ph. 517-453-2236).

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