1992 - Volume #16, Issue #3, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Ditch Hoe For Front End LoadersI designed and patented this ditch hoe for front-end loaders. It digs a ditch 6 to 12 in. wide to a depth of 54 in. What makes the digger unique is the way it dumps dirt to the side of the ditch. The digger arm mounts on a metal tube that's rotated by a hydraulic cylinder. The bucket makes a 180? arc as it digs a bucket of dirt, then moves to the side to dump when the cylinder reverses rotation of the tube. Bucket then returns to digging position for another pass.
It's simple and doesn't put much stress on the tractor since it slices instead of shearing. Mounts with 4 pins on any loader in place of the bucket. Sells for less than $1,400 and is being manufactured by Plainsman Manufacturing, Plains, Kansas 67869. (Garland Fitzwater, Box 126, Protection, Kan. 67127 ph 316 622-4852)
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