1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Unimog Front Loader"Works great for handling big bales of hay, straw or even silage," says an English firm that equipped a Unimog 1000 with a special made bumper that accommodates a conventional front-mounted tractor loader.
We beefed up the front frame and replaced the original bumper with a heavier one that's designed to accept a front loader. Putting it on, or taking it off, is as fast and easy as mounting it on a tractor. We're using an 8-year old Ford loader but most any make or model could be adapted," explains Ken Jordan of Straw Feed Service, which sells equipment for custom bagging and treating baled straw and hay with ammonia to boost TDN value, protein content and palatability. Ammonia, carried in tanks mounted on the rear of the Unimog, is injected into bales through the tips of spears mounted on the front of the loader. "This rear weight offsets front weight, making the vehicle easy to handle and steer under load," says Jordan.
He notes that, for custom work, the Unimog, is "handier than a tractor" since it moves faster down the road.
"We'd be happy to custom-build bumpers for other Unimog owners interested in a front-loader hookup. We've had a few inquiries from owners of 4-wheel-drive pickups but we tell them a front loader hookup wouldn't be practical for heavy loads," Jordan points out. (FARM SHOW featured a rear-mounted 3 pt. hookup for pickups in Vol. 10, No. 6, 1986, designed primarily for transporting combine heads.)
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Straw Feed Services Ltd., Hempton Green, Fakenham, Norfolk, England NR21 7LG (ph 0328 3709-44055).
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