1993 - Volume #17, Issue #6, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Mini Ditcher For ATV's
Heward used 2-in. dia. steel pipe and scrap iron to build the frame which mounts on a pair of 7.50 by 16 wheels off an old dump rake. A 2-in. dia. ball hitch mounts in front. He used pieces of 4 by 3-in. angle iron to make a V-shaped digger that's 10 in. wide and 8 in. high. It's welded to a shank that's raised and lowered by a hand-cranked threaded shaft.
"I use it mostly to clean out lateral ditches in our hay meadows, but I can also use it to make new ditches," says Heward, who's used the ditcher for two years with no problems. "I had been cleaning out ditches with a shovel. However, I can clean more in 30 min. with my ATV ditcher than I could in two days with a shovel. Next time I would mount ATV tires on the ditcher to minimize wheel tracks. The size of the ditch it makes depends on ground conditions. In soft ground it'll make a ditch that's 10 in. wide and 8 in. deep.
"I didn't want to use tractor-pulled ditchers because often our meadows are so wet and soft that a tractor would make deep wheel tracks. My only out-of-pocket expense was $9 for the ball hitch."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ron Heward, 7E Ranch, Shirley Basin, Wyoming 82615 (ph 307 356-4612).
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